Muskingum University is a private university located in New Concord, Ohio, United States. It is located approximately sixty miles east of the state capital of Columbus. The university was founded in 1837.
In 1827, the National Road (now U.S. 40) was laid through what is now New Concord, roughly following what had been the primitive roadway known as Zane's Trace. A year later, the village of New Concord, Ohio was established by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. On July 9, 1836, the first recorded meeting of the "Friends of Education" in New Concord, led by New Concord residents Samuel Willson and Benjamin Waddle, was held. A year later, the Ohio General Assembly authorized the creation of a college in New Concord, OH after being petitioned by the "Friends of Education" committee. On April 24, 1837, Muskingum College opened. Muskingum became a coeducational institution in 1854. In 1958, the United Presbyterian Church of North America (UPCNA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) merge by signing a historic agreement in Brown Chapel. In 2001, the school's women's softball team captured the NCAA Division III National Championship, the school's first national title.
The mission of Muskingum University is to offer quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences in the setting of a residential, coeducational, church-related college and in the context of a caring community where individual fulfillment is encouraged and human dignity is respected. Its primary purpose is to developï¿½intellectually, spiritually, socially and physicallyï¿½whole persons, by fostering critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives.
Collectively, Muskingum's alumni are referred to as the "Long Magenta Line". Muskingum College's favorite son is former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn, who graduated with a bachelor of science in 1962, the same year he became the first American to orbit the Earth (Glenn also has an honorary degree from Muskingum from 1961, but the B.S. he earned in 1962 is an earned degree). In 1983, John Glenn launched his White House bid from the Muskingum College quad in the heart of the campus. Glenn also announced his retirement from the United States Senate in Brown Chapel on live national television in 1997. Upon his retirement, Glenn donated his archives to the Ohio State University, with special conditions that Muskingum students would benefit from the collection at any time. Muskingum received national media attention once again in 1998, when a 77 year old Glenn returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest person ever in space.
Rural, 225 acres (910,000 mï¿½)