Today is the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Missouri on February 11, 1839. We're joining in on the celebrations by sharing the very first University of Missouri catalog, one of the oldest items in the University of Missouri Collection. It wasn't issued until 1843 – that's the first year the university had a senior class – but it's an important piece of our history and shows just how far we've come over these 175 years.
As you can see below, the first senior class was made up of five students – two of whom were named Robert Todd. If you've been around Columbia for a year or two, you may recognize some of the other last names on buildings and street signs around town.There were no majors back then. Everyone took the same course of study, which was divided into three sessions per year."The University of Missouri having been permanently organized by the Board of Curators, and being now in successful operation, invites the candid attention of the public to its claims for general patronage."For more on the history of the university, check out the digital exhibits available through the University Archives.