The 1862 Morrill Act passed by Congress led to the establishment of “land-grant” universities, under which the federal government designated land for sale in each state — 30,000 acres for each of the state’s U.S. House representatives. Universities established under the Morrill Act were dedicated to teaching agricultural and mechanical arts, as well as military science. In North Carolina, the law led to the founding of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NC State) in 1887.
Today, as a research-extensive land-grant university, NC State is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.