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Auburn University is a comprehensive land, sea and space grant institution, among the few that hold that distinction. Its campus occupies more than 1,840 acres, with an enrollment of nearly 25,000 students. Auburn University started as East Alabama Male College (chartered in 1856) accepting its first students in 1859, as a private liberal arts institution.
Auburn admitted its first female students in 1892, making it the oldest four-year coeducational school in the state.
Throughout the years, the institution has had four official names:
- East Alabama Male College (1856-72)
- Agricultural and Mechanical College (1872-99)
- Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1899-1960)
- Auburn University (1960-present)