West Virginia Agricultural College

Morgantown Weekly Post
August 10, 1867


This institution is now fully organized and ready to go into operation on the first Monday in September. We call attention to a few particulars in connection with it deserving the attention of students and the friends of education.

1. THE DESIGN OF THE COLLEGE is to promote the liberal and practical Education of the youth of our country in the several pursuits and professions of life.

2. THE BUILDINGS consist of first, the COLLEGE, built originally by Col. Thomas P. Ray, a gentlemen of taste and means; and subsequently much enlarged by the "Woodburn" association. The grounds include more than 26 acres, tastefully laid out; that part not in cultivation being ornamented with forest and fruit trees, beautiful shrubery [sic], flowers, etc. Secondly, the ACADEMY, a large and substantial building, conveniently arranged for study, recitation and lecture, and surrounded with ample grounds, shade trees, etc. Both of the above have been thoroughly renovated and made as good as new.

3. MORGANTOWN, the seat of the College, is unsurpassed for health, good order, and morality. The views and scenery, embracing mountain, river, forests, and farms are exceedingly attractive and picturesque. Coaches leave every morning to and from Fairmont, on the Balto. & O. R. R. There is daily communication, by steamboat, between Pittsburgh and Geneva, 12 miles below Morgantown. A boat is being built to ply regularly on the upper Monongahela as often as the stage of water will permit, which is usually several months in the year. There is also conveyance, on alternate days, between Morgantown and Uniontown, Pa. A place more elegible [sic] for the quiet and successful pursuit of science and literature is no where to be found.

4. THE DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION are as follows, viz:

(1.) Preparatory, where young men and lads are thoroughly drilled and taught in the common English branches and other studies required for entering the College classes proper.

(2.) Literary, embracing a Full Course in the ordinary curriculum of our best American Colleges.

(3.) Scientific, designed for those whose pursuits require thorough culture and discipline, and an extensive acquaintance with the Sciences.

(4.) Agricultural, in which special attention will be given to the various branches of practical Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Economy, and the Mechanic Arts.

(5.) Military Tactics.

(6.) Students preparing to Teach in our Common schools will receive especial attention and assistance. It is designed to establish a Normal Class during one or more Terms in each year in which the ordinary school studies will be carefully reviewed, exactness and readiness in explanation and definition acquired, and instruction in the most approved methods of organizing and conducting schools imparted.

5. THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE is composed of the best Educators that could be found. All the Professors are experienced and practical men, and earnestly devoted to the several departments of study assigned them.

6. THE COLLEGE YEAR consists of 39 weeks, divided into three Terms of 13 weeks each. A short vacation of about one week intervenes between the first and second, and second and third Terms. Also a recess of one week at Christmas. The following is the CALENDAR for the College Year 1867-8: September 2, First Term begins. November 30, First Term ends. December 4, Second Term begins. December 25, Winter Recess of one week. March 10, 1868, Second Term ends. March 16, Third Term begins. June 17, Meeting of the Board of Visitors. June 18, Third Term ends. Commencement.

7. THE RATES OF TUITION, per Term, are as follows, viz:

Primary Classes, payable in advance $3.00
Preparatory,         "   5.00
Collegiate,         "   8.00

Students in the Preparatory Department pay one dollar, and in the College, two dollars, per Term, contingent fee. This is scarcely half what is charged for the same purpose, by other schools of similar grade.

GOOD BOARDING, including every thing, except lights and washing, can be had, in the College, for $3.50 per week. Those in charge of this arrangement are entirely reliable. Some of the Teachers, and their families, will also occupy the building.

9. THE LIBRARY is about to receive a small but choice selection of valuable works in Science, Literature, and Art. Such apparatus as the means and demands of the College admit and require will be procured. We earnestly request our numerous friends to make contributions to our Library shelves. Also to collect and forward to us specimens for the Geological Cabinet, the Museums of Minerals, Natural History, etc. Such contributions will be thankfully received, carefully preserved, and the date of reception, locality whence procured, and name of donor permanently attached.

THERE ARE TWO LITERARY SOCIETIES in connection with the College, furnished with suitable Halls, and whose several exercises are, in many respects, of great advantage to the student. The authorities of the College will afford every facility for increasing the accommodations and usefulness of these valuable auxilliaries.

CIRCULARS and further information can be had by addressing the President of the College or any one of the undersigned.


Rev. ALEX. MARTIN, D. D., President, and Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy.
Rev. J. W. SCOTT, D. D., Vice President, and Professor of Languages.
Col. J. R. WEAVER, A. M., Professor of Mathematics and Military Tactics.
Prof. S. G. STEVENS, A. M., Professor of Natural Sciences.
Prof. F. S. LYON, A. M., Professor of English Literature and Principal of Preparatory Department.
GEO. M. HAGANS, Esq., one of our most successful business men, and an experienced Agriculturist, has consented to act as Superintendent. Tutors, and Assistant Teachers, in the various departments, will be employed by the Executive Committee, from time to time, as there may be occasion.


No. Of Dist. ........ Member of Board................ P. O. Address.
1............................T. H. LOGAN,......................Wheeling.
2............................D. B. DORSEY,....................Fairmont.
3............................GEO. M. HAGANS,.............Morgantown.
4............................SAM'L BILLINGSLEY,.......Middlebourne.
5............................W. E. STEVENSON,............Parkersburg.
6............................J. LOOMIS GOULD,............Buckhannon.
7...........................W. W. HARPER,....................Point Pleasant.
8...........................MARK POOR,.......................Ceredo.
9...........................SAMUEL YOUNG,...............Edray.
10.........................JOSEPH T. HOKE,................Martinsburg.
11.........................JAMES CARSKADON,........New Creek.


Geo. M. Hagans, Geo. C. Sturgiss, Ashbel Fairchild, F. M. Durbin, J. A. Dille.


Curriculum of Study.

Spelling, Reading, Writing, Mental Arithmetic, &c., as far as need by, continued from earlier studies through the first and second preparatory years.



FIRST TERM. - Geography; Arithmetic; English Grammar; First Lessons in Latin.
SECOND TERM. - Geography; Arithmetic; English Grammar; Latin Grammar and Reader.
THIRD TERM. - Ancient Geography; English Grammar; Arithmetic; Latin Grammar and Reader; First Lessons in Greek.


FIRST TERM - Caesar; Greek Grammar and Reader; Algebra; Watts on the Mind; Physical Geography.
SECOND TERM. - Algebra; Greek Grammar and reader; Sallust; History of the United States.
THIRD TERM. - Virgil; Anabasis; Geometry; History of the United States.
Regular lessons in Latin and Greek Grammar from beginning, and weekly exercises in Spelling, Elocution and English Composition.


Freshman Class.

FIRST TERM. - Algebra; Virgil; Creek Historians; Geometry.
SECOND TERM. - Geometry and Conic Sections; Homer's Iliad; Livy; History of English Literature.
THIRD TERM. - Horace; Plain Trigonometry; Mensuration; Surveying and Navigation; Homer's Odyssey; Natural Theology, and Evidences of Christianity.
Lessons in Greek New Testament and Greek Antiquities; in Composition, Declamation and Manual of Arms throughout the year.

Sophomore Class.

FIRST TERM. - Spherical Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry; Cicero's Orations; Zenophon's Memorabilia; Rhetoric.
SECOND TERM. - Logic; Plato's Apology and Crito; Natural Philosophy; Mechanics; Anatomy, Zoology and Physiology.
THIRD TERM. - Inorganic Chemistry; Differential and Integral Calculus; Nat. Phil.; Hydrostatics and Pneumatics; Tacitus; Germania and Agricola.
Lessons in Green New Testament and Roman Antiquities; in Composition and Declamation, and in Company Drill, with Lectures, throughout the year.

Junior Class.

FIRST TERM. - Mental Philosophy; Organic Chemistry; Greek Tragedies; Flint and Emerson's Manual of Agriculture.
SECOND TERM. - Nat. Phil.; Electricity, Magnetism and Optics; Mineralogy and Geology; Political Economy; Tacitus' Histories.
THIRD TERM. - Astronomy; Political Economy; Demosthenes on the Crown; Constitution of the United States.
Lessons in Greek New Testament, in Composition and Declamation, in Universal History and in Regimental Drill throughout the year.

Senior Class.

FIRST TERM. - Moral Philosophy; Botany and Meteorology; Astronomy; Cicero De Officiis.
SECOND TERM. - Greek Tragedies; Butler's Analogy; Guizot's History of Civilization; Elements of Criticism.
THIRD TERM. - International Law; Languages Reviewed; Allen's Book of the Farm; Mathematics Reviewed.
Forensic Exercises and Original Orations throughout the year. The Study of French or German is allowed as an equivalent for certain other branches at the option of the Student.



FIRST TERM. - Algebra; Geometry; Rhetoric; French.
SECOND TERM. - Geometry and Conic Sections; History of English Literature; Logic; French.
THIRD TERM. - Plain Trigonometry; Mensuration; Surveying and Navigation; Natural Theology and Evidences of Christianity; French.


FIRST TERM. - Spherical Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry, Manual of Agriculture, Mental Philosophy, German; Universal History.
SECOND TERM. - Mechanics; Anatomy, Zoology and Physiology; Guizot's History of Civilization; German; Universal History.
THIRD TERM. - Inorganic Chemistry; Astronomy, Book of the Farm; Hydrostatics and Pneumatics; German; Universal History.


FIRST TERM. - Organic Chemistry; Moral Philosophy; Astronomy; Botany and Meteorology.
SECOND TERM. - Acoustics, Electricity, Magnetism and Optics; Mineralogy and Geology; Political Economy; Elements of Criticism.
THIRD TERM. - Political Economy; Constitution of the United States; Calculus; International Law.



FIRST TERM. - Manual of Agriculture; Physical Geography; History; French or German. Lectures on the Chemistry, Structure and Physiology of Plants, - on the Water, atmosphere and Soil as related to Vegetables, - on Tillage, Draining and Manuring.
SECOND TERM. - Anatomy, Zoology and Physiology; Mineralogy and Geology; History; French or German. Lectures on Domestic Animals and their Digestion, Respiration, Assimilation and Excretion, - on the Composition, Preparation and Value of different kinds of Food, - on Milk, Butter, Cheese, Flesh and Wood as agricultural products.
THIRD TERM. - Book of the Farm, Natural Theology and Evidences of Christianity; History; French or German. Lectures on Horticulture and Kitchen Gardening, - on the Propagation, Training and Culture of Fruit Trees, the Vine, Small Fruits and Vegetables, - Excursions.


FIRST TERM. - Botany; Meteorology; Rhetoric; French or German. Lectures on the Staple grain, forage, root and fiber crops of this and adjoining States and their varieties and soils best adapted for them, - on the preparation of soil, seeding, cultivating, harvesting and preparing for market, - on the Origin and Natural History of Domestic Animals, - on Entomology and the Insects useful and hurtful to vegetation, - Excursions.
SECOND TERM. - History of English Literature; Logic; French or German. Lectures on the raising, care, characteristics and adaptations of different breeds of Domestic Animals, - on Cattle for beef or draught, and sheep for wool and mutton, - on Horses, Swine and Poultry, - on Pasturing, soiling and stall feeding, - on Tobacco, Hops and Forestry.
THIRD TERM. - Constitution of the United States and of West Virginia; International Law; Review of the whole course. Lectures on Rural Economy, - on the History of Agriculture with sketches of the same in Ancient and Modern Times and Foreign Lands, - on the Adaption of Farming to soil, climate, market and other Natural and Economical conditions, - on the different systems of Husbandry such as stock, sheep, grain and mixed farming, - Excursions.


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