History

A visionary university with humble beginnings

IUPUI can trace its roots back to 1891, when Indiana University offered classes in Indianapolis for the very first time.

In the decades that followed, both IU and Purdue proved themselves dedicated to providing higher education opportunities in Indianapolis, offering programs in the liberal arts, medicine, and more.

However, the two universities operated independently until then mayor Richard Lugar called for “a great state university in Indianapolis” in 1968.

As a result, Indiana University and Purdue University merged their many programs and schools to create Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 1969.

Since then, IUPUI has come into its own, becoming Indiana’s premier urban research university.

IUPUI timeline

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First graduating class of nursing at Wishard Memorial Hospital in 1885

1891–1920

  • 1891: Indiana University offers first classes in Indianapolis
  • 1914: Long Hospital opens and the Indiana University Training School for Nurses is founded
  • 1916: First extension office for Indiana University opens in Indianapolis
  • 1917: First commencement is held for nursing. Five students receive a Graduate Nurse Diploma from Indiana University
  • 1919: Indianapolis School of Medicine Building completed
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The Ball Residence for Nurses

1921–1940

  • 1924: James Whitcomb Riley Hospital, named after the Hoosier poet, is dedicated in October
  • 1927: The 75-bed William Coleman Hospital for Women is dedicated on October 20
  • 1928: The Ball Residence for Nurses, now known as Ball Residence Hall, opens its doors
  • 1934: The School of Dentistry Building and Ball Sunken Gardens are completed
  • 1938: The Clinical Building is completed
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The original IUPUI Student Union Building

1941–1968

  • 1941: The Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union becomes part of IU. It is renamed the School of Physical Education in 1973.
  • 1953: The Student Union Building opens
  • 1956: The School of Nursing is established
  • 1959: The Division of Allied Health Sciences is established within the School of Medicine
  • 1967: The Herron School of Art becomes affiliated with IU

In 1969 Indiana University and Purdue University merge to create IUPUI and Maynard K. Hine, D.D.S., becomes the first chancellor.

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Maynard K. Hine at the 1971 commencement ceremony

1970–1975

  • 1970: IUPUI holds first commencement, granting 1,535 degrees
  • 1971: Undergraduate campus, consisting of Cavanaugh Hall, Lecture Hall, and University Library opens
  • 1972: IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs, IU School of Liberal Arts, Purdue School of Science, and Purdue School of Engineering and Technology are established
  • 1973: Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. is named second chancellor of IUPUI
  • 1975: The Engineering and Technology Building is completed and the School of Continuing Studies is established
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The Classic Splash in 1983

1976–1985

  • 1977: Riley Hospital Intensive Care Clinic, Parent Education and Preparation Center, and Parent Care Unit are completed
  • 1980: Riley Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Clinic and Laboratory is completed
  • 1981: University Townhouses are completed
  • 1982: Natatorium, Track and Field Stadium, Classroom/Office II Building are completed
  • 1983: Elks Cancer Research Center opens
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Dinofest in University Library, 1994

1986–1995

  • 1986: Gerald L. Bepko, Ph.D., is named third chancellor of IUPUI
  • 1987: Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI is established with $4 million grant from Lilly Endowment
  • 1992: IU Hospital and Outpatient Center is completed
  • 1993: Purdue programs complete move to main IUPUI campus
  • 1994: University Library is dedicated
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The IUPUI Campus Center

1996–present

  • 1999: IU Cancer Center receives national cancer center research designation
  • 2001: Lawrence W. Inlow Hall is dedicated
  • 2003: Charles R. Bantz, Ph.D., is named fourth chancellor of IUPUI
  • 2004: Informatics & Communications Technology Complex is dedicated
  • 2005: Herron School of Art and Design moves to main IUPUI campus
  • 2008: Campus Center is completed and dedicated in April
  • 2010: The Office for Veterans and Military Personnel, Multicultural Success Center, and Honors College have their grand openings