In 1906, the founders of what would become Georgia Southern University pledged to build a college that would prepare students to succeed in a changing world. The First District Agricultural and Mechanical School served well the needs of women and men who lived in a farm-based economy. As the 20th century unfolded, the college did something that is rare in the history of higher education: it changed its name five times to meet the educational needs of its citizens. A university since 1990, Georgia Southern provides opportunities for a diverse and inclusive student body that now exceeds 20,000. Each year, graduates earn diplomas at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. Today, the road to the future begins on a path that learners long have traveled: it leads up through a green forest to Sweetheart Circle. Old A&M has become one of the nation�s distinctive universities. Those who study and teach here say the campus is the most beautiful in America. At its heart is a pair of neatly coupled lakes, framed by historic willows, live oaks, and stately pines. The light of learning still shines brightly from Statesboro�s highest hill.