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Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, twenty years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1859, Auburn's patrons erected and equipped a four-story building at the cost of $1,100 and opened its doors on October 1st to eighty students, six faculty members, and a preparatory enrollment of one hundred.
As of the Fall of 2010 , the main campus has an enrollment of 25,078. Auburn University offers degrees in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The Auburn University main campus has expanded to over 1,870 acres with over 400 buildings.
Auburn University at Montgomery was established as a separately administered branch campus in 1967. The institution has developed rapidly, especially since moving to a 500-acre campus east of Montgomery in 1971. Fall of 2010 enrollment at AUM is about 5,800.
As Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, competition for the best students and faculty has intensified and rising expectations will require Auburn to adapt more quickly than ever in past eras. Auburn University needs a method to respond promptly and appropriately to new educational ideas and opportunities. The Comprehensive Campus Master Plan is a tool that defines development options based on an institution's inherent strengths, resources and vision. The Comprehensive Campus Master Plan is tightly linked to the Auburn University Strategic Plan and defines how the facilities and space that is the campus will support the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
The Comprehensive Campus Master Plan:
The Auburn University Comprehensive Campus Master Plan will assess and quantify the campus' ability to accommodate physical expansion and provide a flexible "blueprint" to guide this growth in a consistent and harmonious manner that supports institutional goals.