The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Massachusetts Agricultural College

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MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, at Amherst, Mass., a coeducational institution, chartered in 1863 and opened in 1867 by the State. The college farm is 660 acres in extent, about 175 acres of which are devoted to the campus, 75 to the experiment station, 100 to horticulture and 250 to farming. The work is experimental on the part of the students. The regular course extends over four years, but special courses are given for women desiring to study dairying, market gardening and some other subjects. Winter courses are provided for those unable to take the four years' work. The regular courses lead to the degrees B.S., M.S., M.Agr. and Ph.D. In 1918 the number of instructors was 60 and the students in attendance about 570. The library had about 45,000 volumes; the buildings and grounds were valued at $850,000 and the equipment at $450,000.