Founded in 1888, Utah's land-grant institution, the Utah Agricultural College, opened for instruction in September 1890. It officially became Utah State University in March 1957. The modest college that began in the unfinished south wing of Old Main has since grown to encompass all of College Hill, with the additional Innovation Campus, associated research facilities, Extension offices and Continuing Education sites throughout the state.
With seven colleges, and a new Caine College of the Arts beginning in July, the university offers more than 170 majors and 130 research-related classes. Research has been a distinguishing characteristic of the university since its opening. As a top-50 research institution, USU professors bring in millions of dollars of research funding each year. In addition, USU has been ranked in the top 2 percent of prestigious graduate schools of education in the United States for the past decade. It is also ranked in the Top 500 of the World's Best Universities.