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Virginia Tech Historical Data Book:
Significant Dates
  • 1851 Olin and Preston Institute opens
  • 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act becomes law (July 2)
  • 1864 Morrill Act accepted for Virginia by "Unionist" legislature
  • 1869 Preston and Olin Institute chartered with collegiate powers
  • 1872 Bill establishing V.A.M.C. signed (March 19)
    • First meeting of Board of Visitors (March 25-26)
    • Montgomery County citizens approve bond issue (May 24)
    • Charles L.C. Minor elected first president (Aug. 14)
    • First session begins (Oct.1)
  • 1875 Twelve students awarded first non-degree diplomas
  • 1876 First off-campus student trip (to Richmond)
  • 1879 John L. Buchanan elected second president
  • 1880 National social fraternities banned
  • 1882 Thomas N. Conrad elected third president
    • Military system firmly established
  • 1883 First degrees (Bachelor of Arts) awarded
  • 1886 Lindsay L. Lomax elected fourth president
    • Agricultural Experiment Station legally established
  • 1891 John M. McBryde elected fifth president
    • Athletic Association organized
  • 1892 First Bachelor of Science and Master of Science awarded
    • First football game played
  • 1896 "Polytechnic Institute" added to name of College
  • 1903 First dean named (E. A. Smyth, dean of the faculty)
  • 1904 First summer school held
  • 1907 Graduate Department established
    • Paul B. Barringer elected sixth president
  • 1909 First basketball game played
  • 1913 Joseph D. Eggleston becomes seventh president
  • 1914 Agricultural Extension Division established
  • 1917 First R.O.T.C. unit established
  • 1919 Julian A. Burruss becomes eighth president
  • 1920 Quality credit and credit hour system established
  • 1921 Engineering Experiment Station established
    • Women admitted for first time as full time students
  • 1922 Semi-Centennial celebration
  • 1923 Engineering Extension Division established
    • First woman student receives degree (Mary E. Brumfield)
  • 1926 Future Farmers of Virginia (later FFA) founded at V.P.I.
  • 1930 First extension branch established in Richmond
    • Civilian Student Union formed
  • 1942 First Doctor of Philosophy awarded (Nathan S. Sugarman)
  • 1944 Radford State Teachers College becomes V.P.I. Women's Division
    • "Agricultural and Mechanical" College dropped from College name
  • 1945 John R. Hutcheson elected ninth president
  • 1946 Walter S. Newman elected first vice president
    • "Rad-Tech" campus established
    • Civilians outnumber cadets for first time
  • 1947 Walter S. Newman elected tenth president
  • 1948 V.P.I. Educational Foundation, Inc., established
  • 1949 "Rad-Tech" campus closed
  • 1952 First Master of Education degrees awarded
    • Cooperative Education program established
  • 1953 First Black student admitted (Irving L. Peddrew)
  • 1956 Bachelor of Agriculture degree awarded
  • 1958 First Black student graduates (Charles L. Yates)
  • 1961 First Master of Architecture degree awarded
  • 1962 First Master of Urban and Regional Planning awarded
    • T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. becomes eleventh president
  • 1963 First student to win Rhodes Scholarship (William W. Lewis, Jr.)
    • First (and only) Southern Conference football championship
  • 1964 Corps of Cadets becomes voluntary option
    • V.P.I.-Radford merger dissolved
  • 1965 Bachelor of Arts degree re-instated
    • University withdraws from Southern Conference
  • 1966 Cadets and civilians unite to form one student government
    • University-wide Extension and Research Divisions established
  • 1967 First Black student to receive athletic grant-in-aid (Jerry Gaines)
  • 1968 First student representation to the University Council
    • TRW, Inc., gives University its Rocky Mount Testing Center
    • Women students outnumber cadets for first time
    • Master of Business Administration and Master of Forestry approved
  • 1969 Master of Engineering and Master of Accountancy approved
    • Faculty Senate established
  • 1970 "and State University" added to V.P.I.'s name
    • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Health and Physical Education approved
  • 1971 Doctor of Education
  • 1972 Centennial Year
    • Bachelor of Technology approved (effective Fall)
    • Recognized social fraternity-sorority system approved

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