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1850-1859

  • 1850 - The Constitution of the State of Michigan provides for an Agricultural College.
  • 1855 - $5,000 Faculty and Free Tuition
  • 1855 - Michigan State University has had six different names in its history.
  • February 12, 1855 - College is founded
  • June 16, 1855 - Campus Site Selected: "A Judicious and Admirable Location"
  • 1856 - Construction of College Hall and the boarding hall "Saints' Rest."
  • December 10, 1856 - First Course Studies at the College
  • 1857 - First Faculty & Staff of Nine; Total Payroll: $5,000
  • 1857 - MSU has had 20 presidents over the course of its existence
  • 1857 - Michigan Agricultural College was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture
  • 1857 - Joseph R. Williams Named First President of the College
  • May 13, 1857 - College is formally dedicated and opened
  • May 14, 1857 - Classes and Student Labor Began on May 14, 1857
  • 1858 - Written Rules for Students Printed
  • 1859 - Lewis R. Fiske named president pro tempore
  • 1859 - College survives six attempts to close it between 1859-1869