50 years (and many more)
Like all good things, IUPUI didn’t happen overnight. Its history goes back at least seven decades earlier to 1891, when Indiana University offered classes in Indianapolis for the very first time.
In the decades that followed, both IU and Purdue brought programs to Indianapolis in the liberal arts, sciences, and medicine; however, they operated on their own terms until 1968, when the mayor at that time, Richard Lugar, called for a “great state university in Indianapolis.”
Our story begins the following year, in 1969.