Why Auburn University?
1. With nine top-100 engineering programs, plus collaborations with Coca-Cola, KIA, and NASA, Auburn University opens doors for innovative and entrepreneurial international students.
2. For the price-conscious international student, Auburn University offers an incredible value: a high-quality education, welcoming atmosphere, robust alumni network, and attentive support, all at a reasonable cost.
3. When international students start at Auburn, they can go anywhere, just like alumni Cesar Cielo, Tim Cook, and Octavia Spencer: With one of the most vibrant campuses in the US, and the happiest students in the nation, Auburn welcomes international students into The Family with strong traditions and unmatched school spirit.
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SMALL COLLEGE TOWN WITH BIG OPPORTUNITIES
Friendly people, nice weather, and great opportunities for success. It’s easy to see why Southern Living ranked Auburn #7 on its list of The South’s Best Small Towns of 2017.
- Auburn is home to 60,000 people, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
- Average temperatures are 13°C in January, 31°C in June, and 25°C in October.
- In your free time, dine at 125+ restaurants, shop at 60+ stores, or explore 16 parks in the area.
- Day trips include hiking in Chewacla State Park, going to the beach, or exploring nearby Atlanta.
- Organizations recruiting Auburn alumni include Apple, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, and NASA.
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is only 1.5 hours away, making it convenient to travel home and around the U.S.
ACADEMICS: RESEARCH, INNOVATION, AND EXCELLENCE
Auburn has a long history of innovation, from cancer research to world-leading technology research centers to a top 5 Industrial Design program.
- #99 National University.1
- #16 Best Graduate Agricultural/Biological Engineering Program.1
- #31(tie) Best Graduate Industrial/ Manufacturing/Systems Engineering Program.1
- #54 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program and #71 Best Graduate Engineering School.1
- #66 Best Undergraduate Business Program.1
- #3 Supply Chain University (SCM World, 2018) 2
STUDENT LIFE: FRIENDS, FUN, AND FOOD
Want to have some fun? Join an exciting club, make the short walk downtown to do some shopping, or relax outdoors at the Davis Arboretum nature area on campus.
- 28,000+ students, including international students from 100+ countries.
- Ranked #1 College with the Happiest Students.3
- 500+ student clubs and organizations, including International Buddy Program and Engineers Without Borders.
- On campus, you’ll find an award-winning theatre, arboretum, and museum of fine art.
- 35+ dining options on campus, from buffet-style dining halls to boba tea to late night pizza.
- Auburn’s Recreation and Wellness Center includes a rock-climbing wall, 1/3-mile indoor track, and group fitness classes.
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about Auburn University
“To lead and shape the future of higher education.”
Our vision describes the aspiration for Auburn University 20 years in the future. It is deliberately intended to be lofty — realistic and ever challenging while also bold and ambitious. It is a challenge to ourselves to achieve greatness. Our vision is an invitation to the Auburn Family and those who do not yet know Auburn University to join us in our quest to inspire, innovate, and transform.
Auburn University has established itself as an excellent comprehensive, public land-grant university. However, excellence is not enough. We aspire to become a world-renowned institution that excels in education, research, and service—and to become a model of higher education. We understand that higher education is on the precipice of change. We intend to lead and shape that change.
Our goals describe Auburn University’s highest priorities for the next five years. The accomplishment of these goals will best position our institution to achieve its 20-year vision.
As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research and scholarship, and selfless service.
Auburn University’s mission concisely describes our central purpose. Our mission statement begins with a reference to the university’s origins and obligations as a public land-grant university. The 1862 Morrill Act created institutions of higher education that focused on agriculture and mechanical arts—a response to changing social and economic conditions. Land-grant universities would provide practical solutions to pressing societal problems and provide higher education to a much broader segment of American citizenry. Land-grant universities would eventually serve as the creators of economic opportunity and development. As such, we must never lose sight of the important educational, research and service responsibilities inherent in our land-grant lineage. Subsequent to its founding as a land-grant university, Auburn has also been designated, through federal legislation, as a sea-grant and space-grant university.
Our first responsibility is to educate our students and prepare them for life. We endeavor to expand their minds, broaden their experiences, and hone their capabilities by imparting both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Our goal is to empower and inspire our students to be their very best and to achieve their hopes and dreams. A key element of our public charter and of the Auburn Creed is to ensure our students are instilled with a strong work ethic, sound character traits, and core values of honesty and respect. We encourage students to make valuable contributions and to lead their fellow citizens in creating meaningful change. This responsibility to build moral character and inculcate active social responsibility distinguishes the student experience at all land-grant universities, and certainly at Auburn University.
Our second responsibility is to drive the development of research and scholarship that creates and advances knowledge. We support, build upon, and leverage the expertise of our faculty, students, and partners to discover, innovate, and create new science, new technologies, and new applications and methodologies that tangibly improve our world.
Our third responsibility, engagement and outreach, leverages the value of the first two elements. Our duty is to enable our students, graduates, faculty and partners to transform the fruits of our research and scholarship into products, methods, and services that meet our communities’ most pressing needs. Delivering real-world, practical solutions is what sets land-grant universities apart and is core to Auburn University’s foundation.
To be among the best land-grant universities, we must continue to excel in all three responsibilities. This requires leveraging the synergy found in the interchange of education, research, and service to maximize our impact on Alabama and the world.
Auburn University today is a comprehensive land, sea and space grant institution – among the few that hold that distinction – occupying more than 1,840 acres and helping fulfill the dreams of nearly 25,000 students.
The university began, though, as the small, more humble East Alabama Male College, which was chartered in 1856 and opened its doors in 1859 as a private liberal arts institution.
From 1861 to 1866 the college was closed because of the Civil War. The college had begun an affiliation with the Methodist Church before the war. Due to dire financial straits, the church transferred legal control of the institution to the state in 1872, making it the first land-grant college in the South to be established separate from the state university. It thus became the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.
A land-grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.
Women were admitted in 1892, making Auburn the oldest four-year, coeducational school in the state and the second-oldest in the Southeast. In 1899, the name was again changed to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. In 1960, the school officially acquired the name it has long been called and one more in keeping with its location, size, and mission — Auburn University. The institution has experienced its greatest growth since World War II, and now has more than 250,000 graduates.
Auburn University at Montgomery was established as a separately accredited campus in 1967. The institution has developed rapidly, especially since moving to a 500-acre campus east of Montgomery in 1971. Current enrollment at AUM is about 5,200.
Chartered in 1856, Auburn University opened in 1859 and became affiliated with the Methodist Church.
Throughout the years, the institution has had four official names:
- East Alabama Male College (1856-72)
- Agricultural and Mechanical College (1872-99)
- Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1899-1960)
- Auburn University (1960-present)
Auburn’s current colleges and schools and dates of inception are:
- College of Agriculture 1872
- Samuel Ginn College of Engineering 1872
- Graduate School 1872
- James Harrison School of Pharmacy 1885
- College of Veterinary Medicine 1907
- College of Architecture, Design & Construction 1907
- College of Education 1915
- College of Human Sciences 1916
- College of Business 1967
- School of Nursing 1979
- School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 1984
- College of Sciences and Mathematics 1986
- College of Liberal Arts 1986
* In 1986, the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences & Mathematics were created from the former schools of Arts & Sciences, Agriculture and Biological Sciences, and Architecture and Fine Arts.
TRAVELING AROUND CAMPUS
Auburn students have unlimited access to Tiger Transit routes. Tiger Transit operates 20 transit routes that run throughout town and campus during the day and within campus at night.
Campus parking is available for students who register their vehicles. Designated parking lots are available throughout campus.
WAR EAGLE BIKE SHARE
More than 17 bike hubs on campus and downtown make it convenient for students to bike around campus. Simply create an account online to begin reserving a bike at your chosen location.
SECURITY ON CAMPUS
Many students choose Auburn for its small-town environment. The campus supports multiple security measures, including an extensive closed-circuit surveillance system, the nightly Public Safety security shuttle, blue light emergency phones, and contracted security personnel.
In the event of an emergency situation, AU ALERT (Auburn University’s official emergency alert system) provides information on appropriate actions to students, faculty, and staff via voice, e-mail, text messages, social media, and other methods. Students can choose how they receive notification.
CAMPUS COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS
Campus CERTs (or CCERTs) are established in more than 50 buildings on Auburn University’s campus. More than 350 Campus CERT members
have been trained in disaster preparedness, fire safety and fire extinguisher use, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY
AU’s Department of Campus Safety and Security ensures that the university is prepared to respond to all emergencies and issues that arise on campus. The security team, together with the night security shuttle and security monitors, help ensure safety around the residence halls and across campus during evening hours.
YOUR AUTHENTIC U.S. UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE IS READY
It’s easy to see why students call Auburn a home away from home. Students who apply through international direct benefit from the full U.S. college experience, including:
- Convenient housing with all utilities included
- Dining plans to make enjoying on-campus dining at Auburn’s more than 35 dining options convenient
LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE
Moving to a new country can be stressful enough. Let us worry about finding a place for you to live! Choose from Auburn Global’s excellent housing options that are conveniently located, and help provide you with an environment that promotes your academic and social success. Living in Auburn Global housing will help you:
- Meet students from around the country and the world
- Adjust to living in the U.S. at a new school
- Experience AU to the fullest
So whether you’re studying in your private room at your off-campus apartment or hanging out with your new friends in the cozy apartment common areas, Auburn is sure to become a home away from home.
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WHAT’S ON THE MENU
Food brings people together. Auburn has a variety of quality, convenient dining options where you can spend your meal plan money on fresh meals on campus or ingredients to cook at home. Giving you easy access to more than 35 dining venues across campus, including several mobile options, your Tiger Dining meal plan:
- Fits your schedule and lifestyle
- Offers a wide variety of cuisines from Southern BBQ, to fresh sushi and salads
- Makes it convenient for you to eat on campus and socialize with your friends
- Allows you to easily manage your dining dollars online
Grab a coffee at Starbucks, some rolls at Olo Sushi, a smoothie at Smooth-N-Groove food truck, or a salad at Tera Nova. The choice is yours!
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LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE
Auburn University has a variety of resources to meet students’ healthcare needs, all located right on campus.
The nutrition services team helps students find balance in their lives. They offer check-ups, nutrition advice on healthy eating, diet modifications, and other services to help students feel their healthiest.
HEALTH PROMOTION AND WELLNESS
The physical and mental wellness of the university community is important at Auburn University. Through evidence-based and theory-driven health promotion and prevention services, the Health Promotion and Wellness staff serves as wellness advocates for the Auburn community.
STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES
Auburn University’s Student Counseling & Psychological Services provides clinical mental health services to enhance the psychological well-being of students. They are committed to supporting the academic wellness development of Auburn University students, to help them lead a balanced life on and off campus.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CLINIC
One of the best college health centers in the country, the Auburn University Medical Clinic (AUMC) provides efficient and convenient healthcare to its patients. East Alabama Medical Center is located only 15 minutes away from campus and partners with AUMC to provide professional medical services.
LIFE ON CAMPUS
Auburn University provides facilities and resources to help students stay active, healthy, and safe on campus. With various health and wellness services at their fingertips, students have access to a wealth of resources for the self-care that’s right for them.
- 13.5-acre nature preserve
- Tiger Transit shuttle service, available free to all students
- The 240,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center
- 1/3-mile indoor track
- Two 50-foot rock climbing walls
- 206 academic buildings across 1,875 acres
Auburn students have more than 300 clubs and organizations to choose from.
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