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Did you know? WSU started as branch campus of Miami, Ohio State

Wright State’s first president, Brage Golding, points at a sign with Miami University and Ohio State University crossed off at the bottom.
Wright State’s first president, Brage Golding, points at a sign with Miami University and Ohio State University crossed off at the bottom.

Wright State University started off as a small branch of two other Ohio universities.

In 1964, Allyn Hall opened and welcomed 3,203 students to the Dayton campus of Miami University and Ohio State University.

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The branch campus started off with 55 faculty members and offered general college, science and engineering programs, according to WSU.

The state legislature passed a bill in 1965 making Wright State an independent university, contingent upon enrollment growth, which the university achieved in 1967.

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Upon the university becoming independent in 1967, students held mock funerals and read eulogies for the former branch campus, according to WSU.