Prior to enactment of the morrill act in 1862 michigan state university was chartered under michigan state law as a state agricultural land grant institution on february 12 1855 as the agricultural college of the state of michigan receiving an appropriation of 14000 acres 57 km 2 of state owned land. The history of michigan state university dates back to 1855 when the michigan legislature established the agricultural college of the state of michigan in east lansing with 3 buildings 5 faculty members and 63 male students as the first agricultural college in the united states the school served as a prototype for future land grant institutions under the morrill act enacted during abraham . Vintage photographs profusely illustrate this step back in time reliving the stirring saga of americas premier land grant institution long before it became michigan state university discover how forward looking legislators scholars and administrators found an oak clearing in the midst of . The reorganization of 1861 the earliest years of the michigan agricultural college were a constant struggle for its very existence since the field of scientific agriculture was quite a new concept in the united states many doubted whether it was really beneficial to the states young men to attend the school. A brief history of east lansing michigan including the historic buildings houses and neighborhoods of east lansing and a timeline of campus and building development at michigan agricultural college michigan state college and michigan state university
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