History of Antioch University

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) opened its doors in 1972, but its roots trace back over a century before. AULA is part of Antioch University, a multi-campus university system that began with the founding of Antioch College in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president, was a renowned educator, architect of the American public school system, social reformer, and abolitionist. His goal was to create an educational environment that was stimulating and unconventional in its approach to learning.

As early as 1863, Antioch embraced a policy abolishing race as criteria for acceptance, creating a legacy of social justice advocacy that continues today. Antioch College was also the first college in America to educate women on equal terms with men. In addition, Antioch was the first American college to hire female faculty on an equal basis with male colleagues and the first co-educational college to have a woman on its Board of Trustees.

The seeds of the modern Antioch University were sown in the birth of an independent, non-sectarian college founded in 1852 and then established in 1964 with the creation of the Putney School in Keene, NH, the first of its present campuses.

Beginning in the 1960s, Antioch evolved from a small liberal arts college to a multi-campus university system with five campuses located across the nation in Yellow Spring, Ohio; Keene, New Hampshire; Seattle, Washington; Santa Barbara, California; and Los Angeles, California. The University remains the legacy of Horace Mann’s original vision, and an example of the success of educational experimentation, innovation, and diversity of thought. Antioch University continues to break down educational barriers and rebuild them as educational opportunities, providing students with the tools to explore, empower, and transform the world around them.