Chartered in 1852 by the Christian Connection and later a Unitarian institution, Antioch College opened with educational pioneer Horace Mann as its first president.
From its inception, Antioch promoted humanistic and egalitarian values. Though it was not the first college in America to admit women and people of color, it was the first to give them equivalent status to male students.
In 1920, community organizer Arthur E. Morgan became president and initiated a widely emulated cooperative work-study program, which is still in practice at the college today.
As the 20th century continued, Antioch became well-known for progressive education and student activism. Anti-Vietnam and civil rights movements thrived on campus. In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the commencement speech. In 1973, a student strike shut down classes for several weeks.
he college closed its doors due to financial reasons in 2008. However, alumni and former university trustees instituted a rigorous task-force to reinstate Antioch's once-renowned vitality College re-opened in the fall of 2011, and continues to be a fully-operational institution of liberal arts education.