The College of Agriculture
was founded as a Land-Grant college in 1872 with the establishment of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. After 138 years in existence, the College of Agriculture is now home to eight academic departments including, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Agronomy and Soils, Animal Sciences, Bio-systems Engineering, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Horticulture and Poultry Science.
According to the College of Agriculture Web site, the college is “dedicated to educating people and discovering knowledge that improves the lives of all Alabama citizens through their research, instruction, and outreach programs.”
Emily Tice is a senior majoring in horticulture in the college of agriculture. Tice originally began as an agriculture communications major and received an academic scholarship upon entry to Auburn University her freshman year.
The College of Agriculture has the second largest scholarship program at Auburn, both in number of awards and monetary value. Scholarships range from full-tuition awards to grants of $100 to $1,000 from organizations and individuals.
Tice was placed in an agriculture learning community for her first semester of college which gave her an opportunity to explore and better understand the College of Agriculture. The learning community was enrolled in introduction to agriculture, a class that gives an overview of the different majors and departments within the college. It is in that class where Tice discovered her calling for horticulture.
“Being in the learning community and taking the intro to agriculture class helped me decide where I wanted to be within the college of agriculture,” said Tice. “I love being in horticulture and I know it is where I am supposed to be.”
Tice also described how the College of Agriculture stands out among the other schools at Auburn because of the tight-knit community that forms. “The people in the College of Ag are really friendly and helpful,” said Tice. “It’s a smaller college so you can really get to know the people who are there and you become a family.”
Tice is not the only one who describes the College of Agriculture in this way. “We are a people-oriented college that prides itself on our warm, friendly and caring environment,” said Richard Guthrie, Dean of the College of Agriculture.
The College of Agriculture is known worldwide because the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures is recognized as the number one program in the world. Another accomplishment is within the horticulture department where in the past two decades every one of its graduates has been placed in a job. It is apparent that the College of Agriculture has a strong foundation and continues to bring success and honor to Auburn University.