The University of Maryland-College Park is a public, 4-year school located in College Park, MD, about 5 miles from Washington, D.C. The University was founded in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College and became a land-grant college in 1864. In 1916, the school was renamed Maryland State College and reached university status in 1925. In 1988, after restructuring the state higher education system, the campus became the primary location for the University System of Maryland. The 1,250 acre campus features Georgian red brick architecture and showcases a large quad called McKeldin Mall which lies before McKeldin Library. The campus boasts many open green spaces and tree-lined pathways which seems to contradict its proximity to D.C. The campus was also used as the setting for several feature films. Notable alumni include Jim Henson, television producer Larry David and journalist Connie Chung.