On this day in Alabama history: Auburn opens its Montgomery campus

On this day in Alabama history: Auburn opens its Montgomery campus
(Alabama NewsCenter)

September 16, 1969

In the mid-1960s, civic leaders in Montgomery were looking to expand local higher education opportunities. When the University of Alabama showed no interest in expanding its facilities on Bell Street, the city turned to Auburn. The Auburn trustees reached an agreement to buy the UA assets and expand, pending approval from the Legislature. After more than a year of legal challenges, Auburn purchased the Bell Street facility and opened Auburn University at Montgomery on Sept. 16, 1969 with an enrollment of almost 600 students. Today, AUM offers more than 30 degree programs, with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of more than 5,000 students.

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