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UMD and the Morrill Act

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Land-Grant Tradition from 1862 to today

In the midst of our nation's civil war, President Abraham Lincoln had the foresight to embrace a new educational system proposed by members of Congress who believed that in order for the United States to become a great power, it needed an educated workforce. Introduced by Vermont Representative Justin Smith Morrill, the Morrill Act was signed into law by Lincoln in 1862, creating land-grant universities and providing higher education to a wider range of social classes.

Over the years, land-grant universities produced research that taught practical agriculture, built local economies, improved lives, and created entirely new technologies. Through the land-grant university heritage, UMD continues to fulfill its democratic mandate for openness, accessibility, and service to individuals. Students study a wide-range of academic disciplines and explore fields of inquiry far beyond the scope envisioned in the original land-grant mission. UMD's research makes an impact. Students receive a real-world, hands-on education, leaving UMD prepared to contribute to the success of businesses and organizations around the world.

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