Dates in NYU History
31 January 1831
Albert Gallatin, former Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas
Jefferson and James Madison, elected as first President of the Council
of New York University.
The Reverend James M. Mathews elected as first
chancellor of New York University.
18 April 1831
The University of the City of New York, as NYU was known until 1896,
founded and incorporated.
3 September 1833
The first private commencement held, with NYU awarding three diplomas.
17 July 1834
The first public commencement held for students.
the NYU mascot, is ever ready to cheer on the victories of the school
on and off the field.
Construction begun on the University Building, NYU's first permanent
Samuel F.B. Morse, professor of sculpture and painting at NYU, perfects
his invention of the telegraph.
John William Draper, professor of chemistry and natural history and
president of the Medical faculty, produces one of the earliest
daguerreotype portraits of the human face. Draper also produces one of
the first photographs of the moon.
New York University offers evening instruction.
NYU Medical faculty fight to obtain passage of the "Bone Bill,"
legalizing dissection in New York State.
The School of Practical and Analytical Chemistry awards NYU's first PhD
The first women students enroll in the School of Arts.
Mary Dennis becomes the first woman awarded a PhD degree from NYU.
Undergraduate Arts and Science instruction moved from Washington Square
to NYU's new campus at University Heights in the Bronx.
The original New York University building on Washington Square East is
demolished and replaced by a 10-story commercial building designed by
Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken calls for regulation of college
football, eventually leading to the establishment of the NCAA.
The increased enrollment in the Collegiate Division leads to the
establishment of a four year, coeducational liberal arts college at New
York University, known as Washington Square College.
Arthur T. Vanderbilt Hall of the New York University School of Law
16 December 1972
The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library and Study Center dedicated.
1 September 1973
Washington Square and University College created through the merger of
NYU's two liberal arts colleges as result of the sale of the
University's Bronx campus at University Heights.