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Top Student Housing Near the Best Universities in AUBURN, AL

5 Minutes to AU’s Main Entrance


The school originally named the East Alabama Male College upon opening its doors in 1856 has transformed from an institution with 80 students and 10 faculty members to one of the South’s premier institutions of higher learning with over 27,000 students and 1,200 faculty members.

After a brief closure during the American Civil War, the college reopened in 1866 and in 1872 turned its focus toward agricultural and mechanical education, and as a land grant school under the Merrill Act, included officer training and military tactical education.

Over the next several decades students of the college, which was now Alabama Polytechnic Institute, trended heavily toward enlistment in the U.S. Army and began careers as student-soldiers. By 1960 the Alabama Legislature, recognizing the wide array of concentrations and programs that were now being offered at the facility, renamed it Auburn University.

Today, Auburn still boasts some of the nation’s top programs in architecture, forestry, and engineering. Auburn fields competitive teams in a number of men’s and women’s sports, and the football team boasts 3 NCAA National Championships since 1913.

20 Minutes Away

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The Opelika branch of Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC) is just a short drive from The Beacon. SUSCC is the only two-year college in Lee County, and the school offers Associates degrees in several disciplines, including Science, Applied Science, and Occupational Technologies.

Originally one of two separate schools that were later merged to form SUSCC, the Opelika branch was originally Opelika State Vocational Technical Institute when it opened in 1966, but later became Opelika State Technical College, serving the area with technical and health education before merging with Southern Union State Junior College in 1993.

The SUSCC Bison proudly field a number of men’s and women’s sports including baseball, volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading.

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