Happy Birthday Wright State University! This September celebrates the 44th anniversary of Wright Stateâ€™s founding. Initially founded in 1964, Wright State University was the Dayton branch campus of both Miami University and Ohio State University (Miami-OSU at Dayton). The young campus had only 3,203 students registered for classes taught by 55 faculty members. In 1965 the Ohio state Legislature stated Wright State University would become an independent state university if enrollment continued to grow. In 1967, Wright State received independent status after enrollment reached 5,704 students.
Since the 1967 birthday, the campus has grown significantly. The 557 acre campus has 25 academic buildings and 26 student residence buildings. Wright Stateâ€™s 2,375 staff members instruct 15,665 undergraduates as well as 4,128 masterâ€™s degree and doctoral students. The University offers 186 degree programs and now has a branch campus of its own in Celina. Wright State has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a Greene County field. Happy 44th Wright State, and Go Raiders!
The photos below are early pictures of Wright State and Miami-OSU at Dayton found in the Dayton Daily News collection. Please click the thumbnail to enlarge the photo.