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Montana State University is celebrating its 121st birthday.

The Montana State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts was established February 16, 1893 by an act of the state legislature.

The state legislature created the university because the U.S. Congress starting offering incentives in 1890.

Congress passed a bill giving land grant colleges $15,000 dollars, adding a $1000 each year for seven years.

Only 14 students enrolled in the college its first year.

Today, the university has 14,102 students.

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