Founded on the bank of the Maumee River in 1833, Toledo is Ohio's fourth-most populous city. Initially a part of the Michigan Territory, Toledo was re-founded after the Toledo War in 1937 and became a part of Ohio. Toledo became a fast growing city due to its location on a key railway line and proximity to Ohio's canal system. In the 1880's, Toledo gained its nickname, "The Glass City", after glass manufacturers made their way to the city.
in 1872, Toledo University of Arts and Trades was founded by Jesup Wakeman Scott. Scott had a vision for a university to allow young people to be educated to benefit the growing city. The University opened in an unfinished church basement, and due to a lack of funds, it had to close in 1878. In 1884, the University's assets were used by the city of Toledo to form the Toledo Manual Training School, with the intention of teaching Practical Arts and Trades.
In 1914 the University decided to focus on becoming a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. It was renamed Toledo University, and moved its main campus to the current location on Bancroft Street in 1928. The first building was University Hall, which features the University's iconic bell tower, and was completed in 1931. In 1967 the University became a state-funded university, and was renamed to The University of Toledo. The University now has 8 different colleges, a diverse population of over 20,000 students, and over 400 student organizations.
The University of Toledo has grown into a strong institution dedicated to its mission of improving the human condition and advancing knowledge. It has nationally-ranked programs in business, law, engineering, and occupational therapy.