The University of Rennes was a French university located in the city of Rennes. It was established by the union of the 3 faculties of the city (Law, Arts and Science) in 1885.
In 1969, it was divided into two new universities:
In 2023, the University of Rennes 1 will merge with four Grandes Ecoles (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, École nationale supérieure de chimie de Rennes, ENS Rennes, Sciences-Po Rennes) in the "UNIR" project, in order to create a new University of Rennes. The University of Rennes 2 and INSA Rennes, with research institutes (CNRS, INRAE, INRIA, Inserm and CHU de Rennes) are associated with the project. The 7 establishments will be grouped together in an "Experimental Public Establishment" (EPE), weighing nearly 7,000 staff and teachers, including a thousand researchers, 156 research laboratories and 60,000 of the 68,000 students in the Breton capital, including 7,000 international students.