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Samford Hall peeking through green trees on Auburn University.

3 Joyous Facts About Auburn to Impress Your Friends This Holiday Season


As you gather around the table for a holiday meal with all your favorite people, be prepared to fill them in about life in Auburn and the joy of living at UNCOMMON Auburn. Impress your friends with these quick facts.

Have you heard of Auburn’s unofficial nickname? 

Did you know? Auburn’s unofficial nickname “The Loveliest Village On The Plains” takes inspiration from poet Oliver Goldsmith’s 1770 poem The Deserted Village. The opening line reads “Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain.” The poem is a little wordy, but it captures the beauty, history, and poetic atmosphere of the town.

What’s the history of Auburn University?

Auburn University is the oldest four-year coeducational school in the state of Alabama, and has undergone several name changes throughout the years. Auburn first opened its doors in 1859 as East Alabama Male College, but was quickly closed between 1861 and 1866 during the Civil War. The school started accepting female students in 1892 and underwent two more name changes before becoming Auburn University in 1960.

What are some cool things to see in Auburn, Alabama?

Due to the long history of the university itself, there are quite a few unique architectural and historical landmarks on campus. Samford Hall is one of the most iconic of the older structures, originally built in 1888. The red brick and clock tower make it easy to spot and totally photo-worthy.

Interested in learning about more cool sights and things to do in Auburn? Keep reading at the UNCOMMON Auburn blog.


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