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Mass Aggie is how it all started

Agriculture has been an essential part of the University of Massachusetts since the very beginning. In fact, agricultural studies were the very beginning.

The university started out, in 1863, as Massachusetts Agricultural College, part of a nationwide effort to establish colleges specializing in agriculture and engineering. Mass Aggie, as it was called, became Massachusetts State College in 1931, which in turn became the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1947.

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