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Historical Timeline

Old MainMiami evolved from a small Midwestern college into a twenty-first-century international university during five distinct historical eras.

Old Miami, 1787–1885

Inventing College Life


New Miami, 1885–1941

Embracing Professionalism


National University, 1941–1970

Expanding Access


Public Ivy, 1970–1996

Cultivating Image


Corporate University, 1996–2009

Encountering the Education Marketplace