On this day in Alabama history: University of Alabama was created

On this day in Alabama history: University of Alabama was created
Denny Chimes, located on the south side of The Quad of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

December 18, 1820

The University of Alabama was established on Dec. 18, 1820, through an act of the Alabama Legislature. Tuscaloosa was chosen as the site for the new university on Dec. 29, 1827. The state purchased land for the campus outside the city limits of Tuscaloosa the next spring, and the school opened three years later in April 1831, with four faculty members and 94 students. Today, the school in Tuscaloosa is considered the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System, which also includes the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study, and consistently is listed among the nation’s top public universities. The school is one of the state’s two largest universities.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

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