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 postgraduate campus that serves North Central Indiana and is a regional campus of Indiana University. The campus values excellence in teaching, student-faculty interaction, research and creative activity, diversity and inclusivity, a global perspective, and collaboration in life-long learning. IU South Bend develops engaged citizens prepared to build strong communities.