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In the late 1960s, eight Southern universities came together to develop a general purpose statistical software package to analyze agricultural data. NC State had always been a leader in developing code for analyzing agricultural data. It was a natural fit to house the project at the university’s Cox Hall because the mainframe there could process enormous amounts of data.
The resulting program – the Statistical Analysis System – gave SAS both the basis for its name and its corporate beginnings.
Since then, SAS has grown to become one of the largest privately held software companies in the world.