Established in 1856, Auburn University is a comprehensive land-grant, doctoral-granting institution.
Located in Auburn, Ala., the main campus of the university is a multi-million dollar complex of more
than 427 major buildings on 1,843 acres. The university has a statewide presence through the Agricultural
Experiment Station and conducts research throughout the state, and has Extension agents located in all
67 Alabama counties.
More than 25,000 students enrolled in the fall of 2013, and the university has more than 5,500 full-time
faculty. It has 14 schools and colleges that offer more than 140 degree programs at the undergraduate,
graduate, and professional levels, ranging from the sciences and engineering to the social sciences,
humanities, and creative arts.
Consistently ranked high, AU rated 40th among public universities nationwide in the U.S. News & World
Report's issue of America's Best Colleges 2014. More information on Auburn University can be found at
Auburn University is ranked among the top research universities in the country and is classified as a
research institution with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. Within the traditional land-grant
strengths of agriculture and forestry, engineering, veterinary medicine, and basic sciences, interdisciplinary
research focus areas include national security, information technology, food safety and quality, fisheries and
aquaculture, transportation, cellular and molecular bioscience, and energy along with a wide variety of other
research programs in other areas. Many programs are nationally ranked and AU faculty are internationally
recognized for their research. More information on the research programs at Auburn University can be found
Innovation Advancement and Commercialization
Auburn University faculty are not only generating new knowledge through their research, but they are also
creating technologies for commercialization as evidenced by the 80-100 invention disclosures received annually
by Auburn University Innovation Advancement and Commercialization (IAC). The professionally staffed IAC manages an impressive portfolio of
intellectual properties. IAC evaluates, protects, and licenses technologies and forms start-up companies based
on technologies generated by Auburn University faculty and students. More information about technology transfer
at Auburn University can be found at www.auburn.edu/research/vpr/ipttadm.
Auburn University offers a variety of programs that promote entrepreneurship, provide technical assistance to
businesses, and aid in business development. For example, some of these programs include the Lowder Center for
Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Auburn Technical Assistance Center, and the Small Business Development
Center that reside in the AU College of Business, and the Auburn Engineering Technical Assistance Program in
the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. More information about these programs can be found at
Auburn University is a comprehensive land-grant, doctoral granting institution. The University offers degrees in
14 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels with traditional land grant academic
and research strengths in agriculture, engineering, veterinary medicine, and the STEM disciplines as well as the
humanities, arts and social sciences. Auburn University is largest research university in Alabama and one of the largest universities in the South.
It is classified as a Research University with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation.