Edinboro University is a public liberal arts university located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA, and one of 14 schools associated with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The town is named after Edinburgh in Scotland. Edinboro University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).
Edinboro University was founded as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers in 1857, by the region’s original Scottish settlers. It is the oldest training institution west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in all of Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Edinboro modestly consisted of one two-story building, six classrooms, three instructors, 110 students and a principal. That original building still stands—Academy Hall—the home of the undergraduate admissions office. In 1861, the Edinboro Academy affiliated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to become the second State Normal School in Pennsylvania, occasionally known as the Northwest State Normal School. In 1914, the state purchased the school from the original stockholders and renamed the Edinboro State Normal School. By 1927, the advancement of academic programs to include liberal arts study required the school to rename itself Edinboro State Teachers College. Further development of the liberal arts to include degree programs outside the field of education result in Edinboro becoming Edinboro State College in 1960. Continued development of undergraduate liberal arts programs and advanced graduate degrees earned Edinboro university status in 1983.