College of Medicine and Life Sciences


The Toledo Times in 1964 announces Ohio General Assembly approves college

In the 1960s, a critical shortage of doctors developed in the United States, due to the limited number of medical schools that existed to train them. In response to this shortage, the Toledo State College of Medicine — later renamed Medical College of Ohio and, after that, Medical University of Ohio — was founded in 1964 as a freestanding, state-supported institution that eventually blossomed into an academic health sciences center.

One of fourteen state universities in Ohio, The University of Toledo was established in 1872 and became a member of the state university system in 1967. UToledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged July 2006 to form an institution with a breadth of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs matched by fewer than twenty universities across the nation and with the third-largest public university operating budget in the state. 

First class of medical students in 1969

The Health Science Campus, located three miles south of Main Campus, the campus of the former Medical University of Ohio, was constructed starting in the early 1970s under a master plan developed by the late Troy, Mich., architect Minori Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center in New York City and one of the best known architects of the twentieth century.

Also on the campus is the 267-bed University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), a major patient-care referral and teaching facility owned and operated by the University. The medical center’s outpatient care system and the physicians’ private practice plan, University of Toledo Physicians, LLC, also are located there. The medical center is at the forefront of health care, providing patients with the most progressive, state-of-the-art treatments, and medical technology available. The University of Toledo Medical Center is one of 15 major teaching hospitals chosen by Solucient's annual "Top 100 Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders," compiled by Modern Healthcare magazine and it is home to five of seven northwest Ohio physicians listed as "America's Top Doctors."

UTMC has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the region by U.S. News and World Report.

The campus also features a hotel that hosts many University events, regional events and conferences, and visiting athletic teams.

Health Science Campus


Jesup W. Scott, a Toledo real estate broker and newspaper publisher, donates 160 acres of land near what was to be a railroad terminal as an endowment for a university to train the city’s young people. Scott believed such an institution was necessary if the city was ever to achieve his vision of Toledo as the “future Great City of the World.”

On November 11, the Ohio House of Representatives passes a bill, 112-0, creating Toledo State College of Medicine. The Senate would vote next (33-0) on Dec. 17, with Governor James Rhodes then signing the bill into law. The college would become a legal entity with the governor's signature, on December 18.

The Ohio Senate passes a bill changing the name of the Toledo State College of Medicine to the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. The bill also authorized cooperation between the school and the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

The University of Toledo becomes a member of the state university system.

The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo admits its first small class, using the old tuberculosis hospital which had been renovated for classrooms, laboratories, library and administrative offices. Next door is the Maumee Valley Hospital, run down and badly in need of major renewal or replacement. The 1969 class of 32 was chosen 400 applicants and includes three women and two black students. Early on, students were given clinical experience in local doctors' offices, with an ear, nose and throat practice being particularly helpful.

The Medical University of Ohio merges with the University of Toledo.

The UToledo Board of Trustees approves a proposed academic affiliation between the College of Medicine and ProMedica.

Last Updated: 9/1/22