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University Of Auburn - Academics and Athletics at the University of Auburn

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The University of Auburn (also known as Auburn University or AU) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama. The school has more than 20,000 students. It awards undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. Students choose Auburn for its excellent academic record, competitive sports teams, and student-friendly atmosphere.

History
Auburn was originally named East Alabama Male College when it was first chartered in 1856. The school offered mostly mechanical and agricultural programs, and it was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama in 1872. Over the years, the school added many different academic programs, and it was again re-named in 1899. This time it was called the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. The university officially changed its name to Auburn University in 1960. For most of its history, AU enrolled only white students. The first black student gained admission in 1964.

Academics
AU is consistently ranked among the top 100 public universities in the United States. It is best-known for its nationally ranked programs in engineering, pharmacy, vet science, and business. AU’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction is also well-known.

Tuition and fees for AU are affordable compared to other schools of its size and caliber. In-state tuition for undergraduate students is listed at slightly less than $8,000 for the 2010-2011 school year. Out-of-state tuition costs almost three times this amount, which is still reasonable compared to other schools.

Athletics
Auburn’s athletic teams are classified as Division 1-A. The school’s teams compete in the SEC conference of the NCAA. The school colors are navy blue and orange, and the mascot is the Aubie Tiger. AU offers basketball, football, baseball, golf, diving, swimming, and volleyball, among other sports. Auburn has many athletic fans who cheer for their team with face paintings and tiger paraphernalia. A few talented athletes who competed as Auburn Tigers are:

Bo Jackson (football)
Charles Barkley (basketball)
Frank Thomas (baseball)
Kirsty Coventry (swimming)
Rowdy Gaines (swimming and diving)
Carlos Rogers (football)
Ruthie Bolton (basketball)
Ronnie Brown (football)

The University of Auburn football team plays its home games at Jordan-Hare stadium, one of the largest football stadiums in the country. It seats more than 80,000 people. The James E. Martin Aquatics Center is home to the school’s swimming and diving teams. The facility has hosted several SEC championships since it opened in 1993. The Auburn basketball and gymnastics teams perform in the Auburn arena, a new facility built in 2008. The complex has a brand new practice gym, locker rooms, and weight rooms.

Student Life
The state of Alabama has one of the lowest costs of living in the United States. Students who live in the area enjoy reasonably priced housing, insurance, and even a smaller grocery bill compared to most other states. Auburn is known for being a relatively quiet college town with a low crime rate. Montgomery, Atlanta, and Birmingham are all within an easy drive of Auburn.

The Auburn area is a great place for students who enjoy the performing arts. These students may choose to attend a ballet or play at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. The center also has an art gallery. Another popular spot is the Telfair Peet Theater. It hosts musicals and plays.

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