Our History

The ݮƵ Seal on the main campus gate

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, ݮƵ State was the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed, or economic status.

Important Milestones

ݮƵ State is an education leader committed to providing students of every generation with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

  • 1839: Founded by Horace Mann as the first public coeducational school for teacher education in the U.S. The school is opened in Barre, Mass. as Normal School for teacher training.
  • 1844: Moved to ݮƵ
  • 1847: Alumni Association established
  • 1892: Dedication of Court Street building (now City Hall)
  • 1925: Student government established
  • 1932: Name changed to State Teachers College and a four-year program instituted
  • 1956: Current campus dedicated
  • 1960: Name changed to State College at ݮƵ
  • 1960s: Graduate and Continuing Education instituted
  • 1967: Name changed to ݮƵ State College
  • 2009: Largest freshman class and highest enrollment in ݮƵ State’s history
  • 2010: Name changed to ݮƵ
  • 2014: First nursing class graduates 21 students
  • 2016: New Science and Innovation Center opens