History of the University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri aka Mizzou is located in Columbia, Missouri. The university was founded in 1839. It was the first public university west of the Mississippi River. The university is a diverse school because their students come from every county in the state, all over the country, and virtually all over the world. They offer more than 270 degree programs in many fields.

The Missouri legislature passed the Geyer Act to get money to fund the university. The board of curators stopped operations of the university. The residents of Columbia formed a "home guard" unit and it became known as the "Fighting Tigers of Columbia." In 1890, a former University of Missouri student suggested that the new football team be called the "Tigers."

The Academic Hall was almost destroyed by a huge fire back in 1892. There were only six stone Ionic columns left standing.

Missouri boasts the country's first journalism school. The school became famous for their "Missouri Method" of teaching.
After World War II, the University grew at a fast pace. The GI Bill allowed veterans to attend college with the help of the federal government.

Four graduates of Lincoln University were denied admission to Missouri's graduate school in 1935. That led to a lawsuit because of racial bias.

From 1839, the University of Missouri System which includes the university in Columbia was known as the University of Missouri. Each university was initially renamed for the city in which it is in.

The university in Columbia was known as the University of Missouri-Columbia. In the next years, many people had a problem with the way in which the university was named.

There were many attempts to drop Columbia from its name by everybody, including students, faculty, alumni, and administrators. They felt it might cause the university to have the perception as a regional institution. This change was long resisted by the University of Missouri System and the other universities on the basis of uniformity and fairness.

The Board of Curators voted unanimously in 2007 to allow the University of Missouri to drop Columbia from its name for effectively all public purposes. If you call the university the University of Missouri-Columbia, then you are not wrong, but it's not recognized. The only place where you see the former name of the school with the city is on official internal documents within the UM system.

MU is located in Columbia, Missouri near the heart of the south part of downtown. The academic part of the university is split into two main groups. They are known as the Red Campus and the White Campus. The Red Campus is the core of academic buildings that are around the landmark columns of the David R. Francis Quadrangle. The Red Campus also includes Jesse Hall and Switzler Hall. The Memorial Union is the most famous part of the White Campus.

The university has the biggest library in Missouri.
The Tigers are members of the Big 12. Their colors are black and old gold. The university offers many sports including some of the non-traditional sports like gymnastics, lacrosse and wrestling.

Missouri plays their football on Faurot Field before crowds of about 68,000. The basketball games of men and women are played at the Mizzou Arena. The men's basketball team has 21 NCAA tournament appearances.
In the final poll of the 2007 season, Missouri was ranked number 4 in the country which is the highest they have finished in their history.

Mizzou is home to one of the oldest and largest Greek systems in the nation.

Mizzou established the tradition of homecoming in 1911. Athletic director Chester Brewer invited the alumni to "come home" for the football against their biggest out-of-state rival Kansas University

Writer and editor, Freddie Brister, is a former high school football coach of 25 years. His love of the game of football is reflected in his words and memories of growing up in the South and playing football in the back yard with his brother, cousins and neighborhood friends. His biggest thrill is watching former high school players he has coached play at the college level. His favorite pastime is watching college football on TV and attending the games in person every chance he gets. Freddie Brister is a huge fan of the NCAA and the University of Missouri.

Check out his University of Missouri merchandise or his Texas Longhorns Merchandise

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