DID YOU KNOW?
Penn State became one of the nation’s very first land-grant institutions when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862. The Morrill Act was named after Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill, who envisioned a higher education system that provided both access to education for all and universities that applied their expertise to address societal issues.
These “Land-Grant” institutions gained funding through the selling of Federal lands granted to states and territories with proceeds used to establish colleges in engineering, agriculture and military science. In 1863, the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania was selected as the Commonwealth’s Land Grant college.
Nearly 150 years later, The Pennsylvania State University plays a significant role in education, research, and service that supports the development of our Commonwealth. Penn State is proud of our partnership with Pennsylvania and remains committed to our Commonwealth as we move forward in the 21st Century.