University of Oregon Chronology

1876: University of Oregon opens, with first students registering October 16.

1877: First building, later named Deady Hall, completed.

1878: First class, with five members, graduates.

1879: UO Alumni Association formed.

1884: School of Law established in Portland.

1886: Villard Hall completed. Music department added that would become School of Music in 1902.

1893: First dormitory, Friendly Hall, opens.

1894: First football game held.

1895: First track team organized. First summer session held, near Seaside.

1900: Graduate School organized. First fraternity, Sigma Nu, established. Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) organized.

1904: First Rhodes scholar, Harvey Densmore, named. First sorority (later Kappa Alpha Theta) organized.

1907: First library building, Fenton Hall, opens.

1910: Education school established. Oregana chosen as name for yearbook.

1913: Plan to consolidate University of Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College in Corvallis defeated.

1914: Schools of commerce, architecture established.

1915: Law school moves to Eugene from Portland. Johnson Hall constructed.

1916: Journalism school created from department established in 1912.

1917: Oregon defeats Pennsylvania 14-0 to win its first Rose Bowl, only the third Rose Bowl ever.

1920: Gerlinger Hall completed. Hayward Field opens. Oregon Daily Emerald replaces Oregon Emerald.

1926: First PhD granted. McArthur Court finished.

1931: Museum of Art completed.

1932: Zorn-Macpherson bill to combine University of Oregon and Oregon State College at Corvallis defeated. Upper-division science courses moved to Corvallis.

1934: William Parry Murphy '14 awarded Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his research on pernicious anemia.

1937: Library completed. Law school moves into Fenton Hall.

1939: The University of Oregon Ducks, known as the Tall Firs, win first NCAA national basketball championship. Chapman Hall opens.

1947: Athletic Director Leo Harris forms an agreement with Walt Disney to allow Oregon to use Donald Duck as school's mascot.

1949: Erb Memorial Union constructed.

1956: Oregon's Jim Bailey runs first sub-four-minute mile on U.S. soil at the Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles. Walter Brattain, MA '26, wins Nobel Prize in physics for his research on semiconductors.

1959: Institute of Molecular Biology created as one of the first U.S. institutes to encourage interdisciplinary research. Honors College established.

1960–69: Overall enrollment at the UO increased by more than 70 percent during the 1960s, with graduate student enrollment quadrupling. The university emerged as a star player nationally.

1962: Oregon wins first of five NCAA men's track championships. Virgil Boekelheide, professor of chemistry, is first UO faculty member elected to National Academy of Sciences.

1967: Autzen Stadium completed.

1969: The University of Oregon was admitted into the exclusive membership of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. The AAU currently consists of sixty-one universities in the U.S., both public and private, and two universities in Canada. The UO is one of only two AAU universities in the Pacific Northwest.

1969-1973: Steve Prefontaine runs at the UO and competes in the 1972 Summer Olympics, solidifying Eugene's status as Track Town USA.

1970: Oregon wins its first NCAA men's cross-country championship. School of Music's Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music Series are founded.

1972: The first line of Nike footwear, products of the Blue Ribbon Sports partnership formed in 1964 by men's track and field coach Bill Bowerman and former Ducks track star Phil Knight '59, debuts at the Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field. Included is the Bowerman-designed precursor to the 1974 Waffle Trainer.

1977: Deady and Villard halls designated National Historic Landmarks. Animal House filmed on campus.

1989: New four-building, $45.6 million science complex opens.

1992: Riverfront Research Park dedicates first building.

1994: Dave Frohnmayer named fifteenth UO president. Renovated Knight Library rededicated. University launches the Oregon Campaign, state's largest fundraising drive. The James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center founded.

1995: Ducks represent Pac-10 in Rose Bowl for first time in thirty-seven years.

1999: William W. Knight Law Center opens. First phase of Student Recreation Center completed.

2001: The University of Oregon celebrates 125th anniversary with publication of widely acclaimed, international award-winning Atlas of Oregon second edition. 

January 1, 2001: UO launches Campaign Oregon: Transforming Lives, most ambitious fundraising effort in state history. By the time the campaign ends in 2008, $853 million is raised.

2003: Faculty members secure a record $90.2 million in research funding. Autzen Stadium renovated and expanded. Lillis Business Complex—most environmentally friendly business school facility in country—opens.

2005: Renovated and expanded art museum reopens as Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Museum of Natural and Cultural History reopens with new interactive exhibits in entirely redesigned and reconstructed gallery spaces. Many Nations Longhouse opens. Ground broken for $27 million Living-Learning Center, first new residence hall on campus since 1960s.

September 2005: George Pernsteiner was appointed chancellor of the Oregon University System.

July 1, 2009: Richard W. Lariviere became the sixteenth president of the University of Oregon.

July 2009: New UO Student Alumni Association launches

Sept. 17, 2009: Michael Posner, professor emeritus of psychology, is one of nine eminent researchers to receive the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.

January 1, 2010: The Oregon Ducks make their fifth appearance in the Rose Bowl, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

January 10, 2011: The Oregon Ducks make their first appearance in the BCS National Championship game, losing to Auburn, 22-19.

January 13, 2011: Matthew Knight Arena opens with men's basketball victory over USC.

June 10, 2011: Ford Alumni Center opens next to the Matthew Knight Arena

December 2011: Oregon State Board of Higher Education names Robert Berdahl interim president of the UO after announcing that it will end the contract of 16th President Richard Lariviere.

January 2, 2012: The University of Oregon defeats the University of Wisconsin 45-38 to win its first Rose Bowl in 95 years and its second overall.

June 15, 2012: The Oregon State Board of Higher Education names Michael R. Gottfredson the 17th President of the University of Oregon.

Oct. 23, 2012: The Lewis Integrative Science Building opens. The complex, part of the  Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex, is home to strategic research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions.

Oct. 30, 2012: Grand opening for the Global Scholars Hall, the first new residence hall on campus since 2006. 

March 1, 2013: Allen Hall, home to the School of Journalism and Communications, celebrates its grand opening after undergoing a major renovation and expansion.