The first state-supported public university in the United States was the University of Georgia, chartered on Jan. 27, 1785. However, it took another 16 years for the school to establish facilities and open to students. In the interim, another state beat Georgia to the opening punch: The University of North Carolina was chartered in 1789 and opened in 1795, making it the oldest continuously operating state-supported university in the United States.

                                                                             

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