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Urbana University

Urbana University is a private university specializing in liberal arts education. Urbana is located in Urbana, Ohio, approximately one hour west of Columbus and one hour northeast of Dayton.


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College History


Urbana University was founded in 1850 by followers of the 18th century Swedish philosopher and scientist, Emanuel Swedenborg. The university was the second institution of higher learning in Ohio to admit women; the first was Oberlin College. The groundwork for the founding of the university was in part laid by John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed who became the inspiration for the Johnny Appleseed Museum founded for his extraordinary history. While more famous for spreading apple seeds throughout the East, Chapman was also a Swedenborgian missionary and helped spread this faith among the early settlers around Urbana.[1] Chapman encouraged his friend and fellow Swedenborgian, John Hough James, to donate the land on which Urbana University was built.[1] To this day, the University maintains an informal relationship with the Swedenborgian General Convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem in the United States of America.[1] The university is also home to the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum to honor John Chapman.[2] Classes for elementary and secondary students under the name Urbana Seminary began in the fall of 1850 in a rented room in a building in downtown Urbana.[1] College level classes were first held in the fall of 1854, following the construction of Bailey Hall, the first building on the campus.[1] Less than 10 years after the college opened it suspended operations from 1861-1866 during the Civil War.[1] The college experienced a number of changes in the early 20th century when the college's curriculum was shortened to a two-year junior college format in 1907.[1] The school later shut down the primary school in 1911; and the secondary school was closed in 1928.[1] Urbana operated as a two-year college until 1968, when it returned curriculum to a four-year format.[1] In 1975, Urbana was granted full membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[1] In 1985, the institution changed its name from Urbana College to Urbana University.[1] Today, in addition to being a traditional liberal arts college, Urbana University's School of Adult and Graduate Education offers Associate degree and Bachelor of Science degree completion programs in Business Management, Education, Criminal Justice Leadership, Human Services Leadership, and many more. In addition to these programs, Master's programs are available in Business Administration, Education, Nursing, and Criminal Justice. Classes meet on the Urbana University main campus, and at several off-campus locations throughout Western Ohio. These locations are in Bellefontaine, Dayton, Kettering, Marysville, Piqua, and Springfield.

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As an independent liberal arts institution, Urbana University�s strength lies in its quality faculty, students, and curriculum supported by strong student services. Urbana University prepares students for a lifetime of leadership and service to society through excellent classroom instruction, real world experiences, community partnerships, and technology. It is the mission of Urbana University to offer a liberal arts education in a small college environment emphasizing student learning through individual attention, excellence in instruction, career-oriented programs, and critical reflection on moral and ethical values.



T. Coleman DuPont, former president of DuPont industries and former U.S. Senator from Delaware Eric Jones, player with the Harlem Wizards Karen LaRoe, former president of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology Marcus Lewis, NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Detroit Lions Ross McGregor, member of Ohio House of Representatives Emily Taylor, founder of the Office of Women in Higher Education at the University of Kansas and elected as the president of the National Association of Commissions of Women (1975-1977) Gretchen Worden, known for her contributions to the M�tter Museum and several appearances on The David Letterman Show



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