Founded in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, a private religious school, Auburn University was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama in 1892, becoming a public coeducational institution before its final name change in 1960. It is located in Auburn, Alabama, and currently enrolls some 24,000 students as well as 1,200 faculty, maintaining a low student to faculty ratio of 18:1. The college offers a variety of degrees with a total of 140 different majors and operates on a massive 1,841-acre campus. A separate but related institution, Auburn University at Montgomery, is located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Academic programs at Auburn University provide many different undergraduate degrees as well as some graduate degrees. Undergraduate degrees are offered in a very broad and diverse selection of areas to study in, such as accountancy, biochemistry, civil engineering, communication, business administration, economics, languages, geography, international business, journalism, marketing, nursing, philosophy, physics, sociology and many more. Graduate programs are offered in subjects like aerospace engineering, elementary education, history, kinesiology, nutrition, public administration and others. Auburn University is home to Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the Army, Navy and Air Force branches of the US military.

Auburn University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. SACS provides accreditation to institutions within an 11-state area, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Some accreditation is also extended to parts of Latin America. (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 – (404)679-4500 – Fax: (404)679-4558).