Utah State University is a public, 4-year school located in Logan, Utah at the entrance of Logan Canyon and near Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and Bear Lake in the northeatern section of the state. The school was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college; there was some controversy, however, that led to the closure of all departments not directly related to agriculture for 20 years. Most programs weere restored in 1927, except Law and Medicine, which remained solely with the University of Utah. In 1957, the school gained university status as Utah State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, although the shorter name of Utah State University is also official. Notable alumni include US Senator Harry Reid, former NFL player, NFL analyst and actor Merlin Olsen and former Olympic Athlete Jay Silvester.