The Husnu M. Ozyegin Foundation began its efforts to establish Ozyegin University in the fall of 2005. The foundation for Ozyegin University entailed comprehensive surveys conducted with more than 500 subjects including businessmen, faculty members, and university and high school students, in addition to a study on "Developing Sectors and Professions in Turkey and in the World". Based on the results of these studies, ARAMA Consulting began the designing process. The University’s fundamental values and vision were discussed and identified in collaboration with all of the stakeholders. Ozyegin University shaped its vision through a series of workshops. More than 300 participants attended these workshops, including businessmen, faculty members, university students, and new graduates.
In line with its collectively-shaped vision, Ozyegin University was officially established on May 18, 2007 to serve as a unique university that would contribute to social development through its modern education system, innovative structure integrated with life, academic approach intertwined with sectors, and academic programs tailored accordingly.
Ozyegin University welcomed its first students on its Altunizade Campus in September 2008, and opened the doors of its CekmekOy Campus in September 2011.