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State-Related Universities

State-related status is one that has been conferred upon four institutions of higher education through their initial charter or subsequent legislation. Such status defined the impacted schools as “as instrumentalities of the Commonwealth” in the Commonwealth System of Higher Education. The Pennsylvania State University was granted its initial charter in 1855 originally constituted as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania.   Through subsequent name changes in 1862 (broadening its mission through land and funds generated through the Morrill Land-Grant Act) and 1871, in 1953 the name had evolved to The Pennsylvania State University.  Temple University was chartered as Temple College in 1888 incorporated as Temple University in 1907 and was granted state-related status by the legislature in 1965.  The University of Pittsburgh began as The Pittsburgh Academy established by a charter of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1787.  After changing its name in 1819 the name “University of Pittsburgh” was designated in 1908.  State-related status was granted to the University in 1966.   Lincoln University of Pennsylvania was chartered in April 1854 as Ashmun Institute with its purpose as “the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent.”   Lincoln was granted state-related status in 1972.
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