History of the MSC

The idea to build the MSC came about in the aftermath of the world wars. Former students sought to create a memorial to honor all of the Aggies who lost their lives in battle, while the current students wanted a student center. The solution was to build the dual-purpose MSC, which was dedicated on Muster day — April 21, 1951 — to all Aggies who had made the ultimate sacrifice in wars past, and to all who would do so in the future.

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About the MSC

In front of the MSC, 70 trees surround Simpson Drill Field to honor the 70 Aggies who died in World War I. Inside the Honor entrance of the MSC stands the Aggies Lost in Service memorial that lists names of Aggies who have made the ultimate sacrifice since World War II. The Hall of Honor also memorializes eight brave Aggies who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their distinguished acts of valor.

The MSC also houses three art galleries, many eateries, a bookstore, piano practice rooms and The Flag Room. The Flag Room is a place where students gather to study, meet friends, have meetings or just take a nap between classes.

Since the MSC is a living memorial, those entering the building are asked to remove their hats. Those walking outside are asked not to walk on the grass surrounding the facility, also as a sign of respect to fallen Aggies.


MSC tours are available for groups any time when classes are in session during fall and spring semesters.

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