1818-20
In 1818, the federal government authorized the Alabama Territory to set aside a township for the establishment of a "seminary of learning." Alabama was admitted to the Union on March 2, 1819, and a second township was added to the grant. On December 18, 1820, the seminary was officially established and named "The University of the State of Alabama."
1821
Act of General Assembly establishing The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama as a body corporate.
1827
Tuscaloosa, then the state's capital, chosen as the University's home.
1831
On April 18, inaugural ceremonies were held and the University opened. The campus consisted of seven buildings: two faculty houses, two dormitories, the laboratory, the hotel (now Gorgas House), and the Rotunda.
1832
First commencement (Bachelor of Arts degree awarded to John Augustine Nooe).
1835
First Master of Arts degree awarded to John Augustine Nooe.
1841
President's Mansion completed. Its first occupant, Basil Manly, was University President from 1837 to 1855.
1847
Delta Kappa Epsilon became the first national fraternity on campus; Alabama Museum of Natural History established.
1850
Alabama Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa chapter established.
1859
Medical College branch of the University opened in Mobile.
1860
The University of Alabama became a military school - martial departmental and disciplinary systems established.
1865
Union troops spared only seven of the buildings on the University campus. Of the principal buildings remaining today, the President's Mansion and its outbuildings still serve as the president's on-campus residence.
1871
During the Reconstruction era, a reorganized University opened to students.
1892
The University's first football team assembled - the "Thin Red Line" that later became the "Crimson Tide."
1893
The first women students enrolled for the fall semester at the University; the University yearbook Corolla first published.
1894
The student newspaper, the Crimson-White, first published.
1896
Library card catalog started.
1903
After thirty years of student protest, the military system of organization at the University was abandoned.
1904
A summer school for teachers was begun in response to a need for better public education in Alabama.
1910
The Alabama Museum of Natural History in Smith Hall dedicated; served as a geological museum for the University's growing collections and still houses the Museum today.
1914
First on-campus fraternity house constructed (Phi Gamma Delta).
1914-15
University band organized.
1920
The Medical College moved from Mobile to Tuscaloosa.
1929
Denny Chimes dedicated; first section of Denny Stadium completed.
1939
Moundville Archaeological Park and its museum opened to the public.
1945
The Medical College moved from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham. The University Press was formed.
1948
Introduction of doctoral programs authorized.
1952
First two doctorates awarded (one in history and one in chemistry).
1956
The University of Alabama's first African-American student, Autherine J. Lucy, was admitted.
1963
The first sustained enrollment of African-American students, Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood, was achieved.
1966
Resident branch campuses with separate fiscal operations established in Birmingham and Huntsville.
1968
Coleman Memorial Coliseum dedicated; Computer-Based Honors Program was established.
1969
The University of Alabama System with separate accredited campuses in Birmingham and Huntsville established.
1974
RISE Program established to provide exemplary services based on recommended practices to young children with diverse abilities and their families.
1976
Position of chancellor of The University of Alabama System established.
1981
The University celebrates its sesquicentennial.
1984
Conclusion of the first Capital Campaign (total amount raised: $62 million).
1986
University Honors Program established. The University's computerized library card catalog, AMELIA, available for use.
1987
Bryant Conference Center opened.
1988
The Paul W. Bryant Museum founded.
1994
The Stallings Center opened as the new home of the RISE Program.
1996
Blount Undergraduate Initiative established - first freshman class accepted in 1999.
1997
Construction of the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence begun.
1998
International Honors Program established.
1998
Renovation of Bryant-Denny Stadium completed, increasing capacity to 82,000.
1998
Second Capital Campaign concluded having raised a total amount of $224 million in gifts and pledges.
1999
Renovation began on the Sewell-Thomas Baseball Field increasing the seating capacity to 6,571.
1999
Student Services Center completed.
2000
Construction of 1,500-seat University Softball Complex completed.
2000
Historic Barnard Hall rededicated as Oliver-Barnard Hall, the first of two Blount Undergraduate Initiative academic houses. Blount Living-Learning Center opens to its first resident class.
2000
Morgan Auditorium reopens after $1 million renovation, the first since its construction in 1911.
2001
University acquires WJRD 7, a local commercial television station. The University of Alabama is the second public university in the country to own and operate a commercial television station as an integral part of students' education in telecommunication and film. The station's new call letters are WVUA, channel 7.
2001
Crimson Promenade dedicated. The Promenade is a tangible recognition of service to the University by alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends. Constructed of commemorative brick pavers using donor monies, it is a physical link between the Quad and the Student Services Plaza.
2002
Crimson Tradition Fund established with a $10 million gift by Paul Bryant, Jr. The fund's focus is improving facilities used by student athletes for study and training, as well as those used by fans.
2003
Honors College created as administrative home for the three University-wide honors programs-Computer-Based Honors Program, International Honors Program, and University Honors Program.
2003
Inaugural Capstone Convocation and recitation of the Capstone Creed marks the formal entrance of students into The University of Alabama community.
2003
The School of Law dedicates the site for its first new building expansion after 25 years in its Law Center location.
2003
The University of Alabama graduates the Blount Undergraduate Initiative’s first class of 57 students, who started the program as freshmen in 1999.
2003
A three-day program, known as "Opening Doors," took place June 9-11, 2003, to commemorate the events of June 11, 1963, when two African American students enrolled at The University of Alabama following the famous "stand in the schoolhouse door."
2004
Lillie Florence Jones Sanford Resource and Design Center, a fully equipped digital-media production facility, opens for student use in Gorgas Library.
2004
Shelby Hall, new home to the A&S chemistry department and interdisciplinary transportation and science complex, opened on May 11, 2004.
2005
The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility is established to address issues related to ethics and social responsibility and to help prepare students to serve as effective, engaged ethical citizens.
2005
The Creative Campus Community Initiative is established. This unprecedented student-centered initiative focuses on broadening the scope and deepening the experience of the arts and cultural opportunities on The University of Alabama's campus and in the Tuscaloosa community.
2005
The Crossroads Community Center opens to assist student organizations with multicultural issues and to facilitate coordination of multicultural issues on campus.
2005
Riverside Residential Community opens. Riverside is the first major new residence hall built on campus since 1972.
2005
The University of Alabama launches myBama Freshman Connection and myBama Family Connection websites for freshmen and their parents. The two unique websites were designed to improve retention, campus involvement, and graduation rates.
2006
Effective with the 2006 fall semester, first-year students are required to live on campus in residence halls unless they are exempt from that requirement.
2006
Lakeside Residential Community opens.
2006
Maxwell Hall (the old observatory) becomes the new headquarters on campus for the Creative Campus Initiative.
2006
The University of Alabama announces a $500 million capital campaign that focuses on student scholarships, faculty support, campus facilities, and priority needs.
2006
The University of Alabama celebrates its 175th anniversary. The University unveils a permanent marker - a replica of the original campus gates - to commemorate the anniversary.
2007
Crimson Choice is implemented. The new residential rental education program is designed to help students opting to live off campus make safer decisions when choosing a place to live.
2007
Crimson Ride, The University of Alabama's new transit system, is implemented.
2007
Excavation behind Gorgas Library reveal stone steps that led to what was once the cellar of Jefferson Hall dormitory. The structure was built in 1831 and was burned by federal troops during the Civil War in 1865.
2007
Ridgecrest East and West residence halls open doors.
2008
The University of Alabama was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
2008
The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association gains two new sororities. Alpha Phi Sorority will colonize in fall 2009, and Delta Gamma Sorority will colonize in fall 2010.
2008
Broke ground on the site of the new Capstone College of Nursing building.
2009
Ridgecrest South residence hall opens doors.
2009
The University of Alabama announces completion of the "Our Students. Our Future." capital campaign. The $612,672,016 raised exceeds the original goal of $500 million.
2009
The University of Alabama enrolls 28,807 students, reaching and exceeding its 2010 goal of 28,000 students ahead of schedule.
2009
The Science and Engineering Building opens for classes and research activities. The new building is part of what will become the Science and Engineering Quadrangle.
2010
The Capstone College of Nursing opens for classes in its new building. The 64,000 square foot facility is The University of Alabama's first building specifically designed for nursing instruction.
2010
Newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium opens as the fifth-largest football stadium in the country, with a capacity of 101,821 seats.
2010
The Malone-Hood Plaza and Autherine Lucy Clock Tower at Foster Auditorium are dedicated. The plaza and tower are a tribute to James Hood, Vivian Malone Jones and Autherine Lucy Foster, the three African-American students whose enrollment represented The University of Alabama's first steps toward desegregation.
2010
Smith Hall, home of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, celebrates its 100th anniversary. The anniversary ceremony featured the opening of a time capsule encased in the building's cornerstone on May 28, 1907.
2010
The Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park reopens to the public following a $5 million renovation. The building now features state-of-the-art interactive displays and dramatic life-size scenes.
2010
Enrollment tops 30,000 for the first time with a record 30,232 students.
2011
The University of Alabama cancels final exams and the last week of classes and postpones spring commencement until August after an EF4 tornado created a six-mile path of destruction through the city of Tuscaloosa on April 27. Although the mile-wide tornado spared the campus, six of The University of Alabama’s students and one faculty member were among the 53 individuals in Tuscaloosa who lost their lives as a result of the storm. Many students, faculty and staff were displaced when their homes were damaged or destroyed.
2011
The University of Alabama acquires public radio station WHIL-FM 91.3 from Spring Hill College in Mobile. The University paid $1.1 million for the station, which will remain known as WHIL.
2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates reopening of the first floor of the Rodgers Science and Engineering Library. The project involved moving more than 25,000 bound volumes and installing new technology.
2012
Presidential Village I residence hall opens doors.
2012
The University of Alabama’s Rose Towers demolished July 4 to make way for the second phase of the Presidential Village Residential Community. Built in 1969, Rose Towers had been home to thousands of students, and it also housed a child care center for many years.
2012
The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band celebrates 100 years, kicking off its centennial celebration with a September 21 concert featuring directors from the past 100 years.
2013
The University of Alabama celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Holtkamp organ with a premiere music and dance performance. Installed in 1988 in the concert hall of the Moody Music Building, the 86-rank, 65-stop Holtkamp Organ, Opus 2005, is considered a milestone work by the Cleveland-based organ maker and is featured prominently on its website.
2013
The University of Alabama commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door. The “Through the Doors: Courage. Change. Progress” event recognizes and honors the courage and dedication of Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two African-American students who enrolled at The University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, and also recognizes The University of Alabama’s ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and its commitment to continued progress in the future.
2013
The University of Alabama Adapted Athletics program creates the nation’s first collegiate adapted golf program.
2013
The University of Alabama and the Bryant Museum commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Coach Bryant would have celebrated his centennial milestone on September 11, 2013.
2014
The following new or renovated buildings open on The University of Alabama campus: renovated and expanded Ferguson Student Center; new Presidential Village II residence hall; new Student Activity Center at Presidential Village; new stand-alone location for Fresh Food Co.; renovated Bryant-Jordan Hall (former Bryant-Jordan Chapel on Bryce Hospital property), new home of the performing arts venue for The University of Alabama Opera Theatre; new facility at Manderson Landing for the women’s rowing team; and Sidney McDonald Hall, new administrative building for The University of Alabama System.
2014
The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences held the grand opening for its 40,000-square-foot Digital Media Center, located on the two floors below the North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Digital Media Center is a high-tech teaching laboratory that houses the College’s professional media operations: Center for Public Television and Radio, WVUA-TV and Alabama Public Radio. It is also home to Crimson Tide Productions, part of The University of Alabama Intercollegiate Athletics.
2014
The University of Alabama’s Jones Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park celebrates its 75th anniversary.
2014
The Woods Quad Sculpture Garden is dedicated. The garden will feature works by faculty and students.
2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opens its new National Water Center on The University of Alabama campus.
2015
The University of Alabama becomes smoke-free.
2015
The University of Alabama dedicates its Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship. The new research center will build on the activities of the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, a 13-year effort to establish educational opportunities for UA students and faculty.
2015
University Medical Center opens University Medical Center-Northport. The new location will provide the West Alabama community with comprehensive patient-centered care in family medicine and obstetrics. The College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama operates both University Medical Center and UMC-Northport.
2016
The University of Alabama football team wins their 16th College Football National Football Championship.
2016
The first University of Alabama student wins a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship.

Source: Office of University Relations