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In 1855, Michigan's legislature laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. In the spring of 1857, the school was officially founded in East Lansing, making it the first agricultural college in the U.S. The school became a model for land-grant schools established by the 1862 Morrill Act. Today the rechristened Michigan State University is much more than an agricultural school. Its 46,648 students include 10,311 graduate and professional students. MSU boasts the most Rhodes scholars of any Big Ten university in the past 25 years.
The Eli Broad College of Business offers undergraduate business programs and—through the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management—full-time, executive, and weekend MBA programs. Broad (rhymes with "road") had its beginnings in the 19th century, when MSU began offering courses on bookkeeping and farm management. In 1944, MSU introduced the School of Business and Public Service, and in 1956, the College of Business became an official school within the university. Broad emphasizes a team-based approach to business education and splits students into cohorts that take the same classes together for a semester.
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