Column :Indiana University began as ‘seminary’ in 1820




When the first classes were conducted in 1824, Indiana Univers-ity had one professor, 10 male students, and no building to call its own. The only subjects offered were Latin and Greek. Today, more than 3,000 professors teach 47,000 students on a campus graced by limestone buildings and woodland paths. Undergraduates choose from more than 150 majors.

And that’s just at Bloomington. IU has campuses throughout the state and an operating budget of $3.3 billion.

Its founders would surely marvel at the size and scope of the tiny school they launched in the Monroe County wilderness.

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