A Brief History of IU South Bend

As the largest regional campus of Indiana University, IU South Bend’s history is a mix of tradition and innovation. It was established in 1916, with its first classes held in downtown South Bend at Central High School. In 1961, IU South Bend moved to its current campus location along the St. Joseph River.

As part of the IU South Bend mission of fulfilling the promise of excellence and helping students succeed with a quality education and affordable degree in Indiana, every decade has seen expansion and addition of new facilities to offer a robust academic and campus life.

More than 7,500 students attend IU South Bend, coming to the University from Indiana and nearby Michigan, as well as nationally and internationally. There are nearly 300 full-time faculty members, which provides students more personal attention due to the smaller student to professor ratios, but with the same well-known and respected Indiana University degree.

Mission Statement

Indiana University South Bend is the comprehensive undergraduate and graduate regional campus of Indiana University that is committed to serving north central Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Its mission is to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge. The campus is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research, and creative activity; to strong liberal arts and sciences programs and professional disciplines; to acclaimed programs in the arts and nursing/health professions; and to diversity, civic engagement, and a global perspective. IU South Bend supports student learning, access and success for a diverse residential and nonresidential student body that includes underrepresented and international students. The campus fosters student-faculty collaboration in research and learning. Committed to the economic development of its region and state, Indiana University South Bend meets the changing educational and research needs of the community and serves as a vibrant cultural resource.