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North Carolina State University – also called NCSU – was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college called the “North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts”. It became the “North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering” in 1917, and then the “University of North Carolina” in 1931, after merging with NC State and […]

North Carolina State University

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The University of Utah – more often called U of U or simply ‘The U’ – can trace its history back to 1850 when it was founded as The University of The Desert by Mormon pioneers. The university moved into fixed accommodation in 1876, and work began on a new campus in the Salt Lake […]

University of Utah

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The University of Iowa was founded in 1847, making it the oldest university in the state. It is officially ‘State University of Iowa’, but has been called ‘The University of Iowa’ for all but the most formal purposes since 1964.  When UI admitted its first class of 124 students in 1855, it became the first […]

University of Iowa

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The College of William and Mary in Virginia – more commonly walled W&M – is a major research university with more than 300 years of history behind it – making it one of the oldest educational institutions in the United States. In fact, only Harvard is older.  It received its Royal Patent from King William […]

The College of William and Mary in Virginia

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Tufts University was founded by the Universalist Church in the 1840s on 20 acres of land donated by businessman Charles Tufts, but many notables including P.T. Barnum are counted as founders. It was officially chartered in 1852. It boasts the US’s oldest graduate school of international relations.  By 1954 the school had lost its original […]

Tufts University

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Arizona State University – often called simply ASU – began in 1886. As this was 30 years before Arizona existed as a state, it was called the Territorial Normal School at the time. In its first incarnation, it was a four classroom building in the city of Tempe, and a total of 33 students its […]

Arizona State University

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The University of Notre Dame du Lac (today called simply Notre Dame or ND) was founded by a Catholic group called the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1842, but only chartered in 1844. At the time it was an all-male institution, and the women’s Saint Mary’s College was founded by a different Catholic order […]

University of Notre Dame

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Washington University (Not associated with the state of Washington or Washington DC) was chartered in 1853 by the Missouri General Assembly. Initially it was called the Washington Institute after General and President George Washington, but had its name changed to Washington University in 1856. The tag ‘in St Louis’ was added more than 100 years […]

Washington University in St Louis

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