Auburn University

Auburn University

name=Auburn University

image_size = 150px
motto = For The Advancement of Science and Arts
established = 1856
type = Public, Land-grant, Space-grant, Sea-grant
endowment = 421 million [cite web|url =|title= Auburn University - Green Report Card 2009|accessdate = 2008-09-28|year = 2008|publisher = greenreportcard]
president = Dr. Jay Gogue [cite web|url =|title = Gogue Named 18th President of Auburn University|accessdate = 2007-09-11|date = 2007-03-22|publisher = Communications and Marketing, Auburn University]
city = Auburn
state = Alabama
country = U.S.
students = 24,137 [cite web |url=|title=Auburn University enrollment tops 24,000 students for first time|accessdate=2007-09-18 |publisher =Wire Eagle]
undergrad = 20,302cite web|url =|title = Quick Facts About AU|accessdate = 2007-09-10|year = 2007|publisher = Auburn University]
postgrad = 3,245
staff = 1,200
campus = Suburban 1,843 acres (7.45 km²)
free_label = Athletics
free = Tigers
mascot = Aubie the Tiger
colors = burnt orange (PMS 158) and navy blue (PMS 289) color box|#CC5500color box|#000080
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Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, U.S. With more than 24,100 students and 1,200 faculty, it is one of the largest universities in the state. [cite web |url= |title= Auburn University |accessdate=2007-03-24 |publisher = Alabama Department of Finance] Auburn was chartered on February 1, 1856, as the East Alabama Male College, [ [ About Auburn] Office of Undergraduate Recruiting and University Scholarships. Retrieved on 2006-12-13] a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college was donated to the state of Alabama in 1872, when it became the state's public land-grant university under the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. The college was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) in 1899. In 1960, its name was officially changed to Auburn University; it had been popularly known as "Auburn" for many years. [ [ A Short History of Auburn University, 1856-1984] , retrieved April 2, 2008.] Auburn is one of only 13 American universities designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center.Fact|date=August 2007


Auburn University was chartered by the Alabama Legislature as the East Alabama Male College on May 6, 1856, coming under the guidance of the Methodist Church in 1859. [Anson West, "History of Methodism in Alabama" (Nashville: Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1893), 738-739.] The first president of the institution was Reverend William J. Sasnett, and the school opened its doors in 1859 to a student body of eighty and a faculty of ten. The early history of Auburn is inextricably linked with the Civil War and the Reconstruction-era South. Classes were held in "Old Main" until the college was closed due to the Civil War, when most of the students and faculty left to enlist. The campus was used as a training ground for the Confederate Army, and "Old Main" served as a hospital for Confederate wounded.

To commemorate Auburn's contribution to the Civil War, a cannon lathe used for the manufacture of cannons for the Confederate Army and recovered from Selma, Alabama, was presented to Auburn in 1952 by brothers of Delta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.Fact|date=August 2007 It sits today on the lawn next to Samford Hall.

Post-Civil War

The school was reopened in 1866 following the end of the Civil War and has been open ever since. In 1872, control of the institution was transferred from the Methodist Church to the State of Alabama for financial reasons. Alabama placed the school under the provisions of the Morrill Act as a land-grant institution, the first in the South to be established separate from the state university. This act provided for 240,000 acres (971 km²) of Federal land to be sold in order to provide funds for an agricultural and mechanical school. As a result, in 1872 the school was renamed to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.

Under the provisions of this act, land-grant institutions were also supposed to teach military tactics and train officers for the United States military. In the late 1800s, most students at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama were enrolled in the cadet program, learning military tactics and training to become future officers. Each county in the state was allowed to nominate two cadets to attend the college free of charge.

In 1892, two historic events occurred: women were first admitted to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, and football was first played as a school sport. Eventually, football replaced polo as the main sport on campus. In 1899, the school name was again changed, this time to Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

On October 1, 1918, nearly all of Alabama Polytechnic Institute's able-bodied male students 18 or older voluntarily joined the United States Army for short-lived military careers on campus. The student-soldiers numbered 878, according to API President Charles Thach, and formed the academic section of the Student Army Training Corps. The vocational section was composed of enlisted men sent to Auburn for training in radio and mechanics. The students received honorable discharges two months later following the Armistice that ended World War I. API struggled through the great depression, having scrapped an extensive expansion program by then-President Bradford Knapp. Faculty salaries were cut drastically, and enrollment decreased along with state appropriations to the college.

During World War II, API again found its place training officers for the U.S. Military on campus; Auburn produced over 32,000 troops for the war effort. Following the end of World War II, API, like many colleges around the country, experienced a period of massive growth caused by returning soldiers taking advantage of their GI Bill offer of free education. In the five-year period following the end of the war, enrollment at API more than doubled.

Name change: Auburn

Recognizing the school had moved beyond its agricultural and mechanical roots, it was granted university status by the Alabama Legislature in 1960 and officially renamed Auburn University, a name that better expressed the varied academic programs and expanded curriculum that the school had been offering for years. However, it had been popularly called "Auburn" for many years even before the official name change.

Like most universities in the American South, Auburn was racially segregated prior to 1963, with only white students being admitted. Compared to the images of George Wallace standing in the door of the University of Alabama, integration went smoothly at Auburn, with the first African-American student being admitted in 1964, and the first doctoral degree being granted to an African-American in 1967.

Today, Auburn has grown since its founding in 1856 to have the largest on-campus enrollment in the state of Alabama, with over 23,000 students and a faculty of almost 1,200 at the main campus in Auburn. Additionally, there are over 6,000 students at the Auburn University Montgomery satellite campus established in 1967.


Auburn has traditionally been rated highly by academic ranking services, and has been listed as one of the top 50 public universities for 15 consecutive years. [cite web |url= |title=U.S. News ranks Auburn among Top 50 public universities for 15th consecutive year |accessdate=2007-08-22 |date=2007-08-17 |publisher=Wire Eagle at Auburn University] According to 2008 edition of US News and World Report Best Colleges publication "U.S. News & World Report," Auburn is 4th among public universities in the SEC (behind the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and University of Alabama). Auburn held the number one ranking in the state for 12 of the past 16 years, and was ranked below the University of Alabama in the 2006 and the 2008 edition, and tied with UA in the 2007 edition of US News and World Report Best Colleges publication. The university was ranked 96th in the USNews World Report 2009 list of top national universities. Auburn was the only college or university in Alabama included in the inaugural edition (1981) of the widely respected "Peterson's Guides to America's 296 Most Competitive Colleges".

Auburn is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which is currently composed of 11 of the largest Southern public universities in the US and one private university, Vanderbilt. Among the other 10 peer public universities, three are ranked ahead of Auburn by "U.S. News & World Report". This high ranking and reputation for academic quality is in spite of the fact that Auburn's $378.6 million endowment is currently the second smallest of the 12 SEC universities. [cite web|first=Thompson|last=Peterson|url= |title=Auburn University Overview|accessdate=2006-09-26] An attempt to increase the endowment by $500 million began in 2005 with the "It Begins at Auburn" campaign. As of August 2006, the campaign had raised $523 million dollars, making it the largest campaign in university history. [cite news|first=Kristen|last=Jackson|url=|title=AU launches largest-ever fundraising campaign|publisher=Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing|date=2006|accessdate=2006-08-13]

The university currently consists of thirteen schools and colleges. Programs in architecture, pharmacy, veterinary science, engineering, and business have been ranked among the best in the country.

The architecture profession’s publication Design Intelligence "2007 America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," ranked Auburn's architecture program sixth nationally, and a survey of the Deans of architecture schools ranked Auburn as the second most admired program, behind Harvard University. "Design-Intelligence" recently ranked Auburn's College of Architecture as the No. 1 school in the South for preparing its graduates for the professional field. In addition, the school was ranked No. 6 Nationally, with a 9th place National ranking for the Interior Architecture program. Auburn University's College of Architecture pioneered the joining of Architecture and Interior Design curriculum with the Nations first Interior Architecture Degree Program. The Dual Degree Architecture & Interior Architecture degree was the first in the nation as well. Auburn University's College of Architecture, Design, and Construction also pioneered the nations first Design Build Master's Degree program, hence capitalizing on The College of Architecture, Design and Construction's "Building Science" program with Auburn's "Rural Studio" program where Architectural students build highly creative and ingenuitive homes for some of the poorest regions of Alabama. These homes and efforts have been publicized by People Magazine, Time, featured on Oprah Winfrey, numerous Architectural and Construction periodicals as well. Of critical mention here is the School's Rural Studio program, founded by the late Samuel Mockbee.

The Ginn College of Engineering has a 134-year tradition of engineering education, consistently ranking in the nation's top 20 engineering programs in terms of numbers of engineers graduating annually. The college has a combined enrollment of close to 4,000. Auburn's College of Engineering offers majors in civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial, polymer and fiber engineering, aerospace, agricultural, biosystems, materials, chemical engineering, computer science, and software engineering, and--more recently--began a program in wireless engineering after receiving a donation from alumnus Samuel L. Ginn. In 2001, Ginn, a noted US pioneer in wireless communication, made a $25 million gift to the college and announced plans to spearhead an additional $150 million in support. This gave Auburn the first Bachelor of Wireless Engineering degree program in the United States. Auburn University was the first university in the Southeast to offer the bachelor of software engineering degree and the master of software engineering degree.

Auburn has historically placed much of its emphasis on the education of engineers at the undergraduate level, and in recent years has been ranked as high as the 10th largest undergraduate engineering program in the US in terms of the number of undergraduate degrees awarded on annual basis. The Ginn College of Engineering is now focused on growing the graduate programs, and recent rankings demonstrate the increasing profile of graduate engineering education at Auburn. The Ginn College of Engineering was recently ranked 60th nationally overall and 35th among public universities that offer doctoral programs in engineering by "U.S. News and World Report". Last year, the College ranked 67th among all engineering programs and 40th among such programs at public universities. "America's Best Graduate Schools 2006" ranks the Ginn College of Engineering's graduate program in the Top 100 graduate engineering programs in the US. Auburn's Industrial and Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering were all ranked in the top 100.

Auburn also boasts strong programs in veterinary medicine, mathematics, science, agriculture, and journalism. The university's core curriculum has likewise been recognized as one of the best in the nation.

Auburn's Economics Department, in the College of Business, was ranked 123rd in the world in 1999 by the "Journal of Applied Econometrics". Auburn was rated ahead of such international powerhouses as INSEAD in France (141st) and the London Business School (146th). Auburn's MBA Program in the College of Business has annually been ranked by "U.S. News and World Report magazine" in the top ten percent of the nation's more than 750 MBA Programs.

Nationally recognized ROTC programs are available in three branches of service: Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine Corps, the latter being the only one of its kind in Alabama. Each of these three ROTC units is ranked among the top ten in the nation. Over 100 officers that attended Auburn have reached flag rank (general or admiral), including one, Carl Epting Mundy Jr., who served as Commandant of the US Marine Corps. Auburn is one of only seven universities in the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, and has historically been one of the top ROTC producers of Navy nuclear submarine officers.

In addition to the many outstanding ROTC graduates commissioned through Auburn, two masters degree alumni from Auburn, four-star generals Hugh Shelton and Richard Myers, served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the last decade. Both officers received their commissions elsewhere, and attended Auburn for an M.S. (Shelton) and M.B.A. (Myers).

Auburn has graduated six astronauts (including T.K. Mattingly of Apollo 13 fame) and one current and one former director of the Kennedy Space Center. 1972 Auburn Aerospace Engineering graduate Jim Kennedy, currently director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, was previously deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Several hundred Auburn graduates, primarily engineers and scientists, currently work directly for NASA or NASA contractors. Hundreds of Auburn engineers worked for NASA at MSFC during the peak years of the "space race" in the 1960s, when the Saturn and Apollo moon programs were in full development.

Auburn University owns and operates the convert|423|acre|km2|sing=on Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport, providing flight education and fuel, maintenance, and airplane storage. The Auburn University Aviation Department is fully certified by the FAA as an Air Agency with examining authority for private, commercial, instrument, and multiengine courses. The College of Business's Department of Aviation Management and Supply Chain Management is the only program in the country to hold dual accreditation by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).cite web |url= |title=Auburn University Aviation |last=Caddell |first=Sallie |accessdate=2008-06-03 |year=2008 |month=March/April |publisher=AutoPILOT magazine] Created over 65 years ago, Auburn's flight program is also the second oldest university flight program in the United States.

Auburn University has been recognized as having some of the best agriculture, fisheries, and poultry science programs in the South. The Old Rotation on campus is the oldest continuous agricultural experiment in the Southeast, and third oldest in the United States, dating from 1896. In addition, the work of Dr. David Bransby on the use of switchgrass as a biofuel was the source of its mention in the 2006 State of the Union Address. "Modern Healthcare" ranked Auburn University’s Physicians Executive M.B.A. (PEMBA) program in the College of Business ninth in the nation among all degree programs for physician executives, according to the Journal’s May 2006 issue. Among M.B.A. programs tailored specifically for physicians, AU’s program is ranked second.

chools and year originated

*College of Agriculture, 1872
*College of Architecture, Design and Construction, 1907
*College of Business, 1967
*College of Education, 1915
*Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, 1872
*School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 1984
*College of Human Sciences, 1916
*College of Liberal Arts, 1986
*School of Nursing, 1979
*James Harrison School of Pharmacy, 1885
*College of Sciences and Mathematics, 1986
*College of Veterinary Medicine, 1907
*Graduate School, 1872

Campus Arrangement

The Auburn campus is primarily arranged in a grid-like pattern with several distinct building groups. The northern section of the central campus (bounded by Magnolia Ave. and Thach Ave.) contains most of the College of Engineering buildings, the Lowder business building, and the older administration buildings. The middle section of the central campus (bounded by Thach Ave. and Roosevelt Dr.) contains the College of Liberal Arts (except fine arts) and the College of Education; mostly within Haley Center. The southern section of the central campus (bounded by Roosevelt Dr. and Samford Ave.) contains the most of the buildings related to the College of Science and Mathematics, as well as fine arts buildings.

Several erratic build spurts from the 1950s on have resulted in some exceptions to the subject clusters as described above. Growing interaction issues between pedestrians and vehicles led to the closure of a significant portion of Thach Avenue to vehicular traffic in 2004. A similarly sized portion of Roosevelt Drive was also closed to vehicles in 2005. In an effort to make a more appealing walkway, these two sections have be converted from asphalt to concrete. The general movement towards a pedestrian only campus is ongoing, but is often limited by the requirements for emergency and maintenance vehicular access.

The current period of ongoing construction began around the year 2000. All recently constructed buildings have used a more traditional architectural style that is similar to the style of Samford Hall, Mary Martin Hall, and the Quad dorms. The Science Center complex was completed in 2005. This complex contains chemistry labs, traditional classrooms, and a large lecture hall. A new medical clinic opened behind the Hill dorm area. Taking the place of the old medical clinic and a few other older buildings, is the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. Phase I of the Shelby Center opened in the Spring of 2008, with regular classes being held starting with the Summer 2008 term. A new Student Center opened in 2008. [Auburn University Campus Map - click on each building for more information.] [Buildings at auburn University]

tudent life


Auburn's initial Campus Master plan was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. For most of the early history of Auburn, boarding houses and barracks made up most of the student housing. Even into the 1970s, boarding houses were still available in the community. It wasn't until the great depression that Auburn began to construct the first buildings on campus that were "dorms" in the modern sense of the word. As the university gradually shifted away from agricultural and military instruction to more of an academic institution, more and more dorms began to replace the barracks and boarding houses.

Auburn's first dorms were hardly luxurious. Magnolia Dormitory, built in the 1950s and demolished in 1987, was once used by the state of Alabama in its defense against a lawsuit brought by state prison inmates. The inmates claimed that housing two men in a cell of particularly small dimensions constituted 'cruel and unusual punishment.' The state argued in court that students at Auburn actually paid to live in even smaller living spaces—at Magnolia Dorm. The inmates lost the case. Its "twin", Noble Hall, used as a women's residence, was demolished only in 2005 and was condemned during at least the final year in which it was inhabited.

In the last twenty years, the city of Auburn has experienced a rapid growth in the number of apartment complexes constructed. Most Auburn students today live off-campus in the apartment complexes and condos, which surround the immediate area around the university. Less than 25 percent of Auburn students live on campus.Fact|date=August 2007

Auburn's on-campus student housing consists of four complexes located at various locations over campus -- "The Quad", "The Village", "The Hill", and "The Extension". "The Quad" is the oldest of the four, dating to the Great Depression projects begun by the Works Progress Administration and located in Central Campus. Made up of eleven buildings, the Quad houses undergraduate students. Nine of the buildings are coed by floor, the remaining two are female-only.

"The Hill" is made up of 14 buildings and is located in South Campus. The Hill houses mostly undergraduate women with the exception of the two high-rise dormitories (Boyd and Sasnett), which are coed by floor. All of the Hill dormitories house at least one sorority with their chapter rooms in the basement.

"The Extension" is a block of six buildings (labeled A, B, C, D, E, and F), each consisting of two-bedroom apartments, housing undergraduates.

"The Village," formerly known as married student housing, recently housed a variety of students, to include undergraduates, graduates, and married students. In May 2006, this housing complex was closed to students and was demolished during the summer and early fall of 2006; however, it will be rebuilt in 8, 4-story buildings to accommodate 1,700 residents. [cite news|url=|title=Board approves tuition increase, new residence halls|work=The Auburn Plainsman|accessdate=2007-04-29] The new Village is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Greek life

Greek associated students make up roughly 18 percent of men and 34 percent of women at Auburn.

Male Greeks in Auburn are roughly divided into two separate areas: Old Row and New Row. "Old Row" traditionally was made up of the fraternities whose houses were located along Magnolia Avenue on the north side of campus. "New Row" is made up of fraternities whose houses were located along Lem Morrison Drive southwest of campus. However, being an "Old Row" or "New Row" fraternity doesn't really depend on where the house is located but on the age of the fraternity. Therefore, there are some "Old Row" fraternities with houses on "New Row" Lem Morrison Drive because they moved there. Today's "Old Row" on and around Magnolia Avenue was once the "New Row," as the first generation of fraternity houses at Auburn were on or near College Street. Most of these houses were demolished by the end of the 1970s, and only two fraternity houses remain on College today.

There are sixteen sororities represented at Auburn University. Sorority recruitment is a week-long process held by the Panhellenic Council in August every year. Sororities are located not in individual houses like Auburn fraternities, but in the designated dorms located on the Hill. This has had the unintended side effect of keeping dues for these sororities among the lowest in the nation. Each dorm has a sorority "chapter" room within it for the sorority designated to that dorm.


Auburn University's sports teams are known as the Tigers, and they participate in Division I-A of the NCAA and in the Western Division of the 12-member Southeastern Conference (SEC). Auburn routinely fields nationally competitive teams in football, men's and women's swimming and diving, baseball, women's basketball, and women's golf. Auburn's colors of burnt orange and navy blue were chosen by Dr. George Petrie, Auburn's first football coach, based on those of his alma mater, the University of Virginia.


Auburn's football program is currently coached by Tommy Tuberville. Past coaches include John Heisman, Mike Donahue, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Pat Dye, and Terry Bowden.

Auburn claims a share of the 1957 national title. In 1957, Auburn was coached by "Shug" Jordan to a 10-0 record and was awarded the AP National Championship. Auburn's 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993, and 2004 teams have also been recognized as national champions by various ranking organizations. [College Football Data Warehouse, "Yearly National Championship Selectors", [ 1913] , [ 1914] , [ 1958] , [ 1983] , [ 1993] , [ 2004] , retrieved July 28, 2008.]

Two Auburn players, Pat Sullivan in 1971 and Bo Jackson in 1985, have won the Heisman Trophy. The Trophy's namesake, John Heisman, coached at Auburn from 1895 until 1899. Auburn is the only school where Heisman coached (among others, Georgia Tech and Clemson) that has produced a Heisman Trophy winner. Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium has a capacity of 87,451 ranking as the ninth-largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA as of September 2006.

Auburn played its first game in 1892 against the University of Georgia at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia starting what is currently the oldest college football rivalry in the Deep South. The Tigers' first bowl appearance was in 1937 in the sixth Bacardi Bowl played in Havana, Cuba. As of 2005, AU football has won six SEC Conference Championships, and since the division of the conference in 1992, six western division championships and three trips to the SEC Championship game. Auburn plays archrival Alabama each year in a game known as the Iron Bowl.

Auburn went 11-0 under Terry Bowden in 1993, but was on probation and not allowed to play in the SEC Championship game. Auburn completed the 2004 football season with a 13–0 record winning the SEC championship, the school's first conference title since 1989 and the first outright title since 1987. However, the Tigers were left out of the BCS championship game in deference to two other undefeated, higher ranked teams, USC and Oklahoma.

The 2004 team was led by quarterback Jason Campbell, running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, and cornerback Carlos Rogers, all subsequently drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The team gained a new offensive coordinator, Al Borges, who led the team to use the west coast style offense which maximized the use of both star running backs.

wimming and diving

In the last decade under head coach David Marsh, Auburn's swimming and diving program has become preeminent in the SEC and nationally, with consecutive NCAA championships for both the men and women in 2003 and 2004, then again in 2006 and 2007. Since 1982, only 6 teams have claimed national championships in women's swimming and diving. Auburn and Georgia have each won the last nine (five Auburn, four Georgia) since 1999. The men won their fifth consecutive national title in 2007, and the women also won the national title, in their case for the second straight year. The Auburn women have now won five national championships in the last six years. As of 2007, the Auburn men have won the SEC Championship thirteen out of the last fourteen years, including the last eleven in a row, and also won seven NCAA national championships (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007). [cite web|url =|title = Auburn Men's Swimming and Diving Makes it Four-in-a-Row, Complete Sweep of 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Titles|accessdate = 2007-09-10|date = 2006-03-15|publisher = Auburn University and CSTV Networks, Inc.] Coach Marsh, who has been a U.S. Olympic coach, is considered one of the top three swim coaches in the world,Fact|date=February 2007 and AU swimmers have represented the U.S. and several other countries in recent Olympic Games. Auburn's most famous swimmer is Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, winner of three gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. As the most successful female Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry (swimming for her home country of Zimbabwe) who won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. While the football team is far more well-known nationally and in the media, Auburn swimming and diving is the most dominant athletics program for the university.

Men's basketball

The Auburn men's basketball team has enjoyed off-and-on success over the years. Its best known player is Charles Barkley. Other NBA players from Auburn are John Mengelt, Rex Fredicks, Eddie Johnson, Mike Mitchell, Chuck Person, Chris Morris, Wesley Person, Chris Porter, Mamadou N'diaye, Jamison Brewer, Moochie Norris, Marquis Daniels, and Pat Burke.The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the building of a new $92.5 million basketball arena and practice facility. Groundbreaking for the new arena should occur in the summer of 2008 with the facility opening prior to the 2010-11 season.

Women's basketball

The Auburn University women's basketball team has been consistently competitive both nationally and within the SEC. Despite playing in the same conference as perennial powerhouse Tennessee and other competitive programs such as LSU, Georgia, and Vanderbilt, Auburn has won four regular season SEC championships and four SEC Tournament championships. AU has made sixteen appearances in the NCAA women's basketball tournament and only once, in their first appearance in 1982, have the Tigers lost in the first round. Auburn played in three consecutive National Championship games from 1988–1990 and won the Women's NIT in 2003. When Coach Joe Ciampi retired at the end of the 2003–2004 season, Auburn hired former Purdue and U.S. National and Olympic team head coach, Nell Fortner. Standout former Auburn players include: Ruthie Bolton, Vickie Orr, Carolyn Jones, Chantel Tremitiere and Monique Morehouse.


Auburn Baseball has won six SEC championships, three SEC Tournament championships, appeared in sixteen NCAA Regionals and reached the College World Series (CWS) four times. After a disappointing 2003–2004 season, former Auburn assistant coach Tom Slater was named head coach. Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park is considered one of the finest facilities in college baseball and has a seating capacity of 4,096, not including lawn areas. In addition to Bo Jackson, Auburn has supplied several other players to Major League Baseball, including Frank Thomas, Gregg Olson, Scott Sullivan, Tim Hudson, Mark Bellhorn, Jack Baker, Terry Leach, Josh Hancock, and Gabe Gross.

Women's golf

Auburn's Women's Golf team has risen to be extremely competitive in the NCAA in recent years. Since 1999, they hold a 854-167-13 (.826 win percentage) record. The team has been in five NCAA finals and finished second in 2002 and then third in 2005. The program has a total of six SEC Championships (1989, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2006). In October 2005, Auburn was named the #3 team nationally out of 229 total teams since 1999 by "GolfWeek" magazine.

Since 1996, the team has been headed by Coach Kim Evans, a 1981 alumna, who has turned the program into one of the most competitive in the nation. Coach Evans has helped develop All-Americans, SEC Players of the Year as well as three SEC Freshman of the Year. She has led the Tigers to eight-straight NCAA appearances. She is by far the winningest Coach in Auburn Golf History, having over 1100 wins and winning five of Auburn's six total SEC Titles. Evans was named National Coach of the Year in 2003 and has coached 8 individual All-Americans while at Auburn.

Track and field

The Auburn women's track and field team won its first ever national title in 2006 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, scoring 57 points to win over the University of Southern California, which finished second with 38.5 points. Auburn posted All-American performances in nine events, including two individual national champions and three second-place finishers, and broke two school records during the four-day event.

Auburn's men's team finished second at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships and at the 1978, 1997 and 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. The women's team finished 14th (2002, 2003) at the Outdoor Championships and seventh (2003) at the Indoor Championships.


Auburn's Equestrian team captured the 2006 national championship, the first equestrian national championship in school history. Senior Kelly Gottfried and junior Whitney Kimble posted team-high scores in their respective divisions as the Auburn equestrian team clinched the overall national championship at the 2006 Varsity Equestrian Championships at the EXPO/New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque, N.M.

Fight Song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: "War Eagle" the Auburn University fight song.


elected student organizations

Media and Publications

* "The Auburn Plainsman" – the university's student-run newspaper, has won 23 National Pacemaker Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press since 1966. Only the University of Texas' student paper has won more.
*WEGL 91 FM - The Auburn campus radio station which is open to students of all majors as well as faculty and staff who wish to DJ.
* [ The Southern Humanities Review] - One of the leading literary journals in the region, "The Southern Humanities Review" has been published at the University by members of the English faculty, graduate students in English, and the Southern Humanities Council since 1967, publishing the work of nationally known authors such as Kent Nelson and R. T. Smith.
* [ Eagle Eye TV News] - A weekly 30-minute television news program that is produced by Auburn University students and that airs on-campus, off-campus, and on-demand at the university website.
* [ "The Auburn Circle"] - The student general-interest magazine. "The Circle" publishes poetry, art, photography, fiction, nonfiction, and architectural and industrial design from Auburn students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
* [ "Glomerata"] - Auburn University's student-run yearbook which began production in 1897. Its name is derived from the conglomeration of Auburn.
* [ Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing] - Auburn University's news outlet for media related to the accomplishments of university faculty, staff and students.
* [ Auburn University's official YouTube channel] - Auburn University's YouTube channel was announced on January 15, 2008. It contains a wide variety of videos, from promotional to educational. AU’s Office of Communications and Marketing manages the content on the university’s YouTube Channel.


* [ Auburn University College Democrats]
* [ Auburn University Libertarians]
* [ Auburn University College Republicans]

General interest

* [ Auburn University Student Space Program (AUSSP)] - The AUSSP is a student-led, faculty-mentored program to design, build, launch, and operate spacecraft. Participants launch high-altitude balloons to the edge of space to test engineering and science instruments, they build small satellites that orbit Earth, and they are working with other universities on missions to the moon and Mars. The AUSSP is made of three groups: the Auburn High Altitude Balloon (AHAB) group, the AubieSat (Small Satellite) group, and the management group – involving students who are not majoring in the sciences or engineering. Many students take Directed Reading in Physics (PHYS 4930) and get credit for participating in AUSSP.
* [ United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)] - Auburn University is the WFP's lead academic partner in a recently launched student "War on Hunger" campaign. In 2004, the WFP tasked Auburn University with heading the first student-led War on Hunger effort. Auburn then founded the Committee of 19 which has led campus and community hunger awareness events and developed a War on Hunger model for use on campuses across the country. The Committee of 19 recently hosted a War on Hunger Summit at which representatives from 29 universities were in attendance.
* [ Cooperative Education (Co-Op)] - Co-op at Auburn University is a planned and supervised program alternating semesters of full-time college classroom instruction with semesters of full-time paid work assignments. These work assignments are closely related to the student's academic program. Thousands of Auburn University graduates, especially engineering majors, have supported themselves financially while studying at Auburn by participating in Co-op. This educational program prepares students for professional careers by combining academic training with practical work experience in industry, business, and government.
* [ The Sol of Auburn] - Auburn University's Solar Car Team - recently participated in the North American Solar Challenge 2005. On July 27, 2005, Auburn's car crossed the finish line in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 4th place in Stock Class, 12th Place overall. The SOL of Auburn is the only solar car in Alabama, and the project is organized by Auburn University's College of Engineering with a team of four faculty and over twenty undergraduate students.
* [ The War Eagle Flying Team (WEFT)] - A student organization made up of both pilots and non-pilots. Most team members are Professional Flight Management, Aviation Management, or Aerospace Engineering majors. WEFT competes with other flying teams at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) sponsored Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON).
* [ Auburn University Computer Gaming Club] - One of the oldest University Sponsored Computer Gaming Clubs in the USA. Weekly meetings and semesterly LAN parties.
* [ Samford Hall Clock Tower] - Information on the Samford Hall Clock Tower, a well known symbol of Auburn University. Also includes information on the bell and carillon. Note: This page is not directly maintained by Auburn University.

Alumni and faculty

Auburn in popular culture

*Auburn is visually referenced in the 2004 Lions Gate film "A Love Song for Bobby Long", starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. It is presumed to be the university where the main character, Bobby Long (Travolta), used to teach, as he is seen at the beginning of the movie wearing an Auburn T-shirt and later an Auburn baseball cap.
*Auburn is mentioned in the 2003 Sony Pictures' film "Big Fish", directed by Tim Burton and starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, and Billy Crudup. The film was based upon the novel, "", by Daniel Wallace which makes more prominent mention of the university. However, Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, was used as the location for shooting.
* During the opening ceremony of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Auburn's golden eagle, Tiger (War Eagle VI), flew into the stadium as part of the celebration. [Charles Martin, [ "AU'S EAGLE FLIES DURING OLYMPIC GAMES OPENING CEREMONY"] , "Auburn University News", February 8, 2002.]
* In the 1998 HBO movie "The Pentagon Wars", Auburn is referenced in the service record of protagonist Lt. Col. James G. Burton (played by Cary Elwes) as it is read back to him by Major General Partridge (played by Kelsey Grammer).
* At the end of the 1987 HBO movie "Long Gone", the protagonist, Jamie Weeks (played by Dermot Mulroney), tells his friend and mentor, Cecil "Stud" Cantrell (played by William Petersen), that he will probably go to Auburn now that their minor league baseball season has ended. The movie is based on a book by Auburn graduate and author Paul Hemphill.
* In the 1984 Lorimar movie "Tank", which starred James Garner and C. Thomas Howell, an Auburn plaque is mounted on the wall of William's (Howell) bedroom. The movie was filmed, in part, at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, which is about 45 minutes from Auburn.
*Auburn is mentioned in the 1971 TV-movie "Brian's Song", a fact-based film about the friendship of professional football players Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan) and Gale Sayers (played by Billy Dee Williams).
*At the end of the legendary 1940 movie "Knute Rockne All American", an honor roll of coaches who had played for Rockne at Notre Dame scrolls across the screen, with their names and the universities where they coached being read. Among these is the name of Jack Meagher, who coached at Auburn from 1934 until 1942.
*In John Grisham's book The Firm Ray McDeere, brother of Mitchell McDeere is wearing an Auburn hat as he rides a bus
*Auburn has made a number of cameo appearances in the syndicated comic strip Kevin & Kell, drawn by Auburn alumnus Bill Holbrook. Appearances include [ 16-Dec-98] , [ 3-Nov-04] , [ 4-Nov-04] , [ 5-Nov-04] , and [ 6-Nov-04] .
* In the movie The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) the character Darryl Hallenbeck (played by Daniel Emery Taylor) can be seen wearing an Auburn t-shirt. This is due to the low budget of the sequel to Swamp Thing. The characters were encouraged to wear their own clothes as a part of the wardrobe.
* In the book Swan Song by Robert McCammon an ex-wrestler nicknamed Black Frankenstein remembers his days of playing football at Auburn University.
*In the original 1960 Ocean's Eleven movie with the Rat Pack, the Auburn Vs. Alabama game is referenced by Dean Martin in a bet.

ee also

* Auburn University Chapel
* Luther Duncan
* The Auburn Plainsman the prize-winning student newspaper
* Donald E. Davis Arboretum
* Alabama Cooperative Extension System Auburn University's principal outreach organization


External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Auburn Tigers Athletics]

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