List of land-grant universities

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This is a list of land-grant colleges and universities,[1] in the United States of America and its associated territories.

Land-grant institutions are often categorized as 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions, based on the date of the legislation that designated most of them with land-grant status. For a map and list of all 76 land-grant institutions, see the State Partners page hosted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service) of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Of the 106 land-grant institutions, all but two (the Community College of Micronesia, and Northern Marianas College) are members of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) (formerly the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges or NASULGC).

Note: Historically black colleges or universities on this list are listed in italics.

Native American[edit]

The 31 tribal colleges of 1994 are represented as a system by the single membership of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).

The AIHEC has its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia for the benefits of ready access to the federal government in Washington, D.C.. None of its member schools is located in Virginia. They are located from Michigan westward to Arizona, California and Alaska.

By US state[edit]


Though Alabama A&M is Alabama's official 1890 Morrill Act institution, Tuskegee's mission is so similar to those of the 1890 institutions that it is almost universally regarded as one of them. Tuskegee is a land-grant member of APLU, as are Alabama A&M and Auburn. However, only Alabama A&M and Auburn formally participate in the now-combined Alabama Cooperative Extension System, with Tuskegee listed as a "cooperating partner" in ACES. [2] [3] Tuskegee is also explicitly granted the same status as the 1890 land-grant institutions in a number of Federal laws.

Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute), is a largely privately funded institution in Alabama, which because of its unique history, functions as a de facto land-grant university and has received Smith-Lever Act funds since 1972 to operate its own Cooperative Extension program.







Originally in 1863 the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale was designated as the state's land-grant college.[3]








Indiana accepted the provisions of the Morrill Act on March 6, 1865.[3]


On September 11, 1862, Iowa became first state in the nation to accept the provisions of the Morrill Act.[6]


Kansas State was the first land-grant college newly created under the Morrill Act.[3]





The State of Maryland, in operating its land-grant program at the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, which did not admit African American students, sought to provide a Land-Grant program for African Americans. In 1919 the state of Maryland assumed control of the Delaware Conference Academy (of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church) and changed its name to Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College.



Founded in 1855 by the State of Michigan, and known as the "Pioneer Land Grant University" with its own state grants of land, the Michigan State model provided a precedent for the federal Morrill Act of 1862. In 1955, Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University were included on a U.S. Postage Stamp commemorating MSU and PSU as the "First of the Land Grant Colleges."


The land grant was originally provided in 1865 to a proposed state agricultural college in Glencoe, Minnesota, but was reappropriated to the University of Minnesota by act dated February 18, 1868.


The State of Mississippi granted Alcorn three-fifths of the proceeds earned from the sale of thirty thousand acres of land scrip for agricultural colleges. From its beginning, it was a land grant college, and the money from the sale of the land scrip of the Morrill Act was used solely for the agricultural and mechanical components of this college.


Founded in 1866 as the Lincoln Institute by members of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantry, under the Morrill Act of 1890, Lincoln was designated by Missouri as a land-grant university for black students. It integrated in 1956.




New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

Cornell is a private university with four statutory colleges, supported by the State of New York, that fulfill its land-grant mission.

North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]





Rhode Island[edit]

Originally in January 1863 Brown University was designated as the state's land-grant college.[3] The land grant was reappropriated to the University of Rhode Island in 1892.

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]


TSU is the only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. It was originally founded in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School and became the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College two years later.


Founded in 1876, Prairie View is the second oldest state-sponsored institution of higher education in Texas (after Texas A&M). Consistent with terms of the federal Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, which provided public lands for the establishment of colleges, the State of Texas authorized an "Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Benefit of Colored Youth" as part of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) System.




  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Virginia State University Founded in 1882, as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute. In 1902, the legislature revised the school's charter and renamed it the "Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute". In 1923, this college was renamed "Virginia State College for Negroes". It was designated one of Virginia's land grant colleges in response to the Amendments to the Morrill Act in 1890, which required that the states either open their land-grant colleges to all races, or else establish a separate land-grant schools for African-Americans.


West Virginia[edit]

  • West Virginia University (designated on February 7, 1867)[3]
  • West Virginia State University (Established as the West Virginia Colored Institute in 1891 under the second Morrill Act, which provided for land-grant institutions for black students in the 17 states that had segregated schools.)



Associated territories[edit]

American Samoa[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]


Northern Marianas[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

Virgin Islands[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Association of Public and Land-grant Universities [1] (Listed mostly in historical order, by state)
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "The National Schools of Science", The Nation, November 21, 1867: 409 
  4. ^ Fort Valley State
  5. ^ "Iowa State: 150 Points of Pride". Iowa State University. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "History of Iowa State: Time Line, 1858–1874". Iowa State University. 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  7. ^ College Symposium of the Kansas State Agricultural College, 1891, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  8. ^ USDA Land-Grant Colleges and Universities (PDF)
  9. ^ Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision
  10. ^ Michigan Act 140 of 1863, 1863, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  11. ^ Sorber, N.M. Farmers, Scientists, and Officers of Industry: The Formation and Reformation of Land-Grant Colleges in the Northeastern United States.