WVU’s history spans three centuries — from the aftermath of the Civil War to the age of the Internet.
Senator William Price of Monongalia County introduces a bill offering properties of Monongalia Academy and Woodburn Seminary for a new college.
Legislature establishes Agricultural College of West Virginia on February 7.
Reverend Alexander Martin, a Methodist minister born in Scotland, is formally inaugurated as the first president of the Agricultural College of West Virginia on June 27, and the College opens to students the following September.
On January 24, President Alexander Martin writes to West Virginia Governor Arthur I. Boreman requesting a name change for the new college. The Legislature passes an act on December 4, renaming the institution West Virginia University.
The Legislature makes its first contribution: $10,000 for the University's endowment and $6,000 for current expenses.
Martin Hall, located beside Woodburn Seminary, opens as University Hall. It's renamed Martin Hall in 1889 in honor of WVU's first president, Alexander Martin.
Marmaduke Dent serves as the group's first president.
To raise money to replace College Hall, which had burned, the Legislature levies a tax of 5 cents on every $100 of taxable property.
WVU completes construction of the original section of New Hall (now Woodburn Hall) at a cost of $41,000.
The College of Law opens and is the University's first professional school. Law classes are held in New Hall (Woodburn Hall).
Dr. Hugh W. Brock teaches the University's first medical courses.
West Virginia’s first medical school building, the Hick House, is constructed in Falling Run Hollow below Woodburn Hall.
Nine years after first being proposed, the Board of Regents votes to admit women to all but the "Preparatory Department," and the first 10 women arrive to study with 198 men.
Columbian Literary Society members become charter members of Phi Kappa Psi, the first permanent fraternity on campus.
Harriet Lyon graduates first in her class, becoming the first woman to earn a WVU degree.
WVU loses 72-0 in its first game against Washington and Jefferson.
WVU Tech, called the WVU Preparatory School, opens in Montgomery.
Lazzell, a West Virginia native, enters WVU in 1901 to study fine art. She becomes a pioneering early modernist and abstract painter, printmaker and designer known especially for her woodcuts. The WVU Art Collection holds the largest public collection of Lazzell's art.
WVU's first marching band forms as an all-male ROTC band of eight members.
Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke is among first group of Rhodes Scholars. Brooke, who graduated from WVU with an A.B. in 1901 and an M.A. in 1902, studies at St. John's as a Rhodes Scholar and earns B.A. and B.Litt. degrees from the University of Oxford in 1906.
WVU completes construction of Woodburn Hall's south wing. The Seth Thomas clock originally part of Martin Hall is moved to Woodburn.
Taft delivers his "World Wide Speech" from the porch of Purinton House on November 1 at the inauguration of WVU President Thomas E. Hodges.
WVU establishes the nation’s first mining extension program to train coal miners.
In July 1915, Randolph County Extension Agent J. Verus Shipman holds the first county 4-H camp on the Jackson Crouch farm.
Extension holds 17 county 4-H camps throughout West Virginia.
WVU suspends operations temporarily in the fall of 1918 during the influenza pandemic.
Woman's Hall (now Stalnaker Hall) opens as the University's first residence hall.
WVU establishes the Engineering Experiment Station and state 4-H camp at Jackson's Mill in Lewis County. The first statewide 4-H camp in the nation is held at Jackson's Mill that year.
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American Bar Associate accredits the College of Law. During the same year, the College's new building (Colson Hall) opens.
Elizabeth Moore Hall opens as a physical education building for women.
Stansbury Hall opens as the WVU Field House, home of the Mountaineer basketball team.
Original section of Wise Library opens on the Downtown campus.
Lawson Hill, the first official Mountaineer mascot, appears at sports events.
University High School opens at the top of North Price Street and serves as a "laboratory school" for the College of Education.
Boyd “Slim” Arnold is the first Mountaineer mascot to wear the traditional buckskin uniform.
Known as Terrace Hall, the building serves temporarily as a mess hall for 300 men of the 48th College Training Detachment who are living, training and studying on WVU’s campus during World War II.
Victorine Louistall is the first-known black woman to earn a WVU graduate degree. In 1966, she returns to WVU to teach library science, becoming the first-known black faculty member.
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Comedian, performer and star of the “Andy Griffith Show,” Don Knotts is still known as one of the greatest TV actors of all time. Born in Morgantown, he attended WVU after returning from the service in World War II.
Jack Hodge, from McDowell County, graduates with a B.S. in journalism, becoming the first-known black undergraduate student to receive a WVU degree.
Legendary two-time first-team All American Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley is the first pick in the NBA draft and goes on to play for the Lakers from 1958 to 1963. He graduates from WVU in 2000, 43 years after leaving for the NBA.
Soon after graduating from WVU, Russo co-authors the 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead." His brilliant — and perhaps twisted — imagination laid the foundation for some of our most iconic horror films. He's written, produced or directed more than 20 films and authored more than 20 books.
WVU’s Dr. Herbert Warden performs the state's first open heart surgery.
Parkersburg Center, first community college in West Virginia, established.
Vest graduates with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He goes on to serve as the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1990 to 2004.
Chattaway earns a bachelor's degree from the School of Music. He goes on to get a master's degree from WVU and compose scores for the Star Trek television series.
After completing a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of Business and Economics, Chambers graduates with a law degree and goes on to serve CEO and executive chair of Cisco Systems.
In 2009, Berger becomes the first African-American woman to hold a federal judgeship in West Virginia. She also holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from WVU.
In 1992, Keeley becomes the first female federal judge in West Virginia when President George H.W. Bush appoints her U.S. District Judge for the Northern District.
Mountaineer Field opens and John Denver sings “Country Roads” before the game.
Gymnast Shari Retton is WVU's first women's sport All-American, earning first-team honors in the all-around, floor exercise, uneven bars and vault at the 1982 AIAW national gymnastics championships in Memphis.
On December 21, 1984, Wells makes history as the first woman to dunk during a game.
Barbara Schamberger is the first WVU woman to earn a Rhodes Scholarship. She studies international
relations and politics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Life Sciences Building opens as the new home of the Departments of Biology and Psychology.
Interim head coach Bill Stewart leads the Mountaineer football team to a surprise 48-28 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma. A day later, Stewart is named the permanent head coach.
WVU is one of only two land-grant institutions on the list.
The Mountaineers roll over Clemson, 70-33, in a record-setting day at Sun Life Stadium.
A 1997 Journalism graduate, Mason and three Associated Press colleagues earn the award for their investigation of slavery and labor abuses tied to the seafood industry. Over 2,000 slaves were freed as a result of their work.