What is a Land-Grant University?
A land-grant university (LGU) is an institution designated by a state or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The original mission of these institutions was to teach agriculture and mechanical arts so that working-class and African American citizens could obtain a liberal, practical education. Although 1862 and 1890 LGUs share a similar mission, 1862 LGUs are predominantly white institutions (PWIs), whereas all 1890 LGUs are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Collectively, LGUs are positioned to prepare diverse, well-trained students to enter the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) workforce.