Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute opened Sept. 13, 1892 with 31 students in a rented building in Mount Pleasant.
Nearly 120 years later, the school is now Michigan’s fourth largest public university with 22,000 students studying on a 440-acre campus.
CMU’s University Communications has embarked on a project using social networking site Facebook and the Timeline tool to show that growth, to share photos and stories and celebration the upcoming anniversary.
On Monday, the university released the first five decades of CMU, 1890s to the 1930s. Each decade has photo albums showing significant events.