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Name: Indiana State University

Historical Note:

Indiana State University was created on December 20, 1865, pursuant to an Indiana statute, and was originally known as the Indiana State Normal School.  Its primary mission was to prepare teachers for the common schools of Indiana.  Indiana State Normal School awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1908; master's degrees were granted in 1928; and the first doctor of philosophy degrees were awarded in 1968. (1)

Name changed from Indiana State College in 1965 with the signing of Bill No. 1126. (2)


(1) 2012-2013 Undergraduate catalog / The University

(2) "Emergency Clause Results in Immediate Name Change".  Indiana Statesman. 2-9-1965

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