In 1941, local businessman Floyd McMurray opened the doors to the Indiana University Falls City Area Center with the belief that residents of Southern Indiana should have access to higher education close to home. In the first years of the school's existence, students could complete their freshmen and sophomore coursework before transferring to IU Bloomington.
In 1968, we became Indiana University Southeast and began awarding our first degrees. Three years later, ground was broken on Grant Line Road for the 180-acre campus in New Albany.
On May 14, 1973, the New Albany campus opened for classes.
Over the course of 75 years, IU Southeast has developed into a comprehensive, full-service institution that provides over 50 degree programs and concentrations to more than 6,000 students.
As Lyda Jeannetta Redford, the first student to have ever enrolled at the school, wrote in 1948: "All that I can say in memory of the center's growth is 'from an acorn, a big oak has grown.'"
- 75 years of excellence
- 75 years of continuous progress
- 75 years of fulfilling the promise