150 Years of UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863 following the passage of the federal Morrill Act. The yearlong anniversary celebration continues during Homecoming with programs and activities highlighting important historical milestones, events and people.

Event details coming soon!

umass-rising-bookA new book, UMass Rising, looks at the school over the course of its first 150 years. In 1863, just a year after Congress enacted the Land-Grant Colleges Act, Massachusetts Agricultural College embarked on its mission to offer instruction to the state’s citizens in the “agricultural, mechanical and military arts.” The school boasted a faculty of four and a student body of 56. As UMass Amherst celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2013, its full-time faculty numbers nearly 1,200 and the combined undergraduate/graduate student population is close to 28,000.

The principles that undergirded Mass Aggie’s founding continue to form the basis for UMass Amherst’s mission of preparing young people to make their way in life by stretching boundaries in all disciplines, from the physical and social sciences to the liberal arts. Learn more about UMass history—order your copy today!

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  1. Leo R. Gray
    August 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am to be inducted into the Boston English High Scool Hall Of Fame on 24 October,2013. Will any UMASS activity be going on up that way around that time?

    Leo R. Gray class of 1950

    • Elena Lamontagne
      August 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Many congratulation Leo on your upcoming induction! UMass Amherst student musicians will perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall on October 25 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will feature wind, brass, jazz, orchestral and choral ensembles, along with the Minuteman Marching Band. You can find more information on http://umassalumni.com/homecoming/multiband-pops-concert-in-boston/. More events are being planned and will be posted soon!

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