150 years and counting

Three MU schools and colleges are celebrating their 150th anniversary at Mizzou.

Sept. 21, 2022
Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870, McCuienP@missouri.edu

Since the University of Missouri was founded on Feb. 11, 1839, the university has continued to grow and expand into the educational powerhouse it is today. Much of that growth occurred in 1872, when three of the largest schools and colleges on campus were founded.

Learn more about the academic units celebrating 150 years at Mizzou.

School of Medicine
This is an image of MU Health Care before it was built next to an image of MU Health Care now.

School of Medicine Dean Roscoe Pullen shows off new facility in 1954 (left). MU School of Medicine and MU Health Care today (right).

The science of medicine has moved ahead at a pace perhaps never before seen. Advances in technology, chemistry and biology, along with breakthroughs like penicillin, X-rays and computers, have revolutionized our ability to improve and extend human life.

Accordingly, the curriculum of the MU School of Medicine, the first publicly supported medical school west of the Mississippi River, has completely transformed at least twice since it opened as a two-year program in 1872. Despite curricular paradigm shifts since then, certain elements of today’s experience would be recognized by students from any era, not the least of these being the core mission to train physicians and researchers who will keep Missourians healthy.

Read more from the School of Medicine

School of Law

Hulston Hall, home of the MU School of Law, under construction in 1986 (left). Hulston Hall today (right).

Mizzou Law alumni and faculty will be celebrating the school's remarkable milestone through continuing education seminars, a welcome reception, a class reunion and football watch party exclusive to the Mizzou Law community.

Since 1872, the law school has produced well-rounded lawyers who are sensitive to ethical issues, prepared to serve clients and ready to be leaders in promoting justice for the State of Missouri and the nation.

Read more from the School of Law

College of Engineering
This is an image of a postcard of the Engineering East building around 1925 (Left) next to an image of the Engineering East building, now known as Lafferre Hall, today (Right).

Postcard of the Engineering East building around 1925 (left). Engineering East building, now known as Lafferre Hall, today (right).

Mizzou Engineering reached a significant milestone in 2021: 150 years of incorporation. This year, the college celebrates that achievement and looks back on its rich history of engineering excellence.

In 1849, as people from around the world earned the “forty-niner” moniker on their search for California gold, the University of Missouri forged a new frontier in engineering. That year — the 10th since the university’s founding — Mizzou offered the first engineering course west of the Mississippi on the civil engineering topics of “Surveying, Levelling and Topography.”

Read more from the College of Engineering

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