On January 28, 1853, the Missouri legislature approved a charter for Christian University in the small town of Canton.
Over the years, there's been a lot of changes, including the name to Culver-Stockton College. Monday was National Blue Day as students and staff celebrated the school's 160th anniversary.
Culver-Stockton was the first school west of the Mississippi River to accept both men and women. Dan Silber, Dean & Vice President for Academic Affairs, says that forward thinking continues in the education today.
"We're working on really providing an excellent residential campus learning experience for our students," Silber said. "We currently have about 800 students on campus. We are looking to grow that number as more people become aware of the opportunities that Culver Stockton provides."
The college was just approved to start it's first online graduate program. Culver-Stockton will offer an online Masters of Business Administration degree this fall semester.
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