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History & Mission


Indiana University South Bend is the only public bachelor’s and master’s degree granting institution in north central Indiana. The first classes were held at Central High School in downtown South Bend in 1916. The campus moved to its current location along the St. Joseph River in 1961 with the completion of Northside Hall. In 1975, Indiana University purchased most of the land that created the campus of today. Since then, new facilities include the Franklin D. Schurz Library (1989), Wiekamp Hall (1997), Student Activities Center (2002), pedestrian bridge (2005), IU South Bend Elkhart Center (2007), River Crossing student housing (2007), and the Education and Arts Building (2013). IU South Bend is the largest regional campus of Indiana University, with more than 8,000 students, nearly 300 full-time faculty members and over 1,400 full and part-time employees.


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.