Bournemouth University (BU) was so named in 1992, yet the school has a history that dates long before that time. More than a century ago, Bournemouth Municipal College was created, serving as more of a prep school for the University of London than an actual spot for higher education.
During the 1970’s, a pair of name changes resulted in the school first becoming the Bournemouth College of Technology, followed by the Dorset Institute of Higher Education just a few short years later. In the decade prior to reaching university status, a major effort to bolster the curriculum was made, adding a wide range of different areas of instruction.
BU currently has two campuses, the Talbot and Lansdowne, with the Talbot serving as the central area for the main university. The Lansdowne has some classrooms mixed together with administrative buildings and residence halls for students.
Collectively, the school instructs over 19,000 students on an annual basis, with more than 75 percent of those individuals learning at the undergraduate level. The student population has tripled over the course of the last half-century.