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1950 - 1953 War

During the Korean War, the University evacuated to Busan and continued classes. Many of the SNU community members chose to enter the war.

  • June 25, 1950 Korean War broke out during the student registration period
  • July 1, 1950 Student Soldiers Group organized to fight against North Korea.
  • 1950 - 1953 SNU students and faculty participated in the Korean War: 22 students died in the conflict. About 70 faculty members, of which 50 were medical professors, joined military during the war.
  • Oct. 6, 1950 Dr. KIM Du-heon was appointed as interim president of Seoul National University, and led the university during the war, as the president Choi Kyou-dong was missing.
  • Nov. 1, 1950 A university funeral held for the late President CHOI Kyou-dong, who was believed to have been abducted to North Korea and died in prison on Oct. 6, 1950
  • Nov. 1950 The university administration investigated SNU faculty members, who had stayed in Seoul while the city was occupied by North Korea - 163 professors were dismissed or suspended for having cooperated with North Korea
  • Feb. 19, 1951 Classes relocated to Busan during the war: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Daeshin-dong,
    College of Medicine in Gwangbok-dong and its affiliated hospital in 36th Military Hospital, Colleges of Law, Engineering, Commerce, and Education in Seodaeshin-dong, College of Dentistry in Daecheong-dong, College of Music in Annam-dong.
  • Mar. 8, 1951 The academic year changed from September - August to April - March.
  • May 4, 1951 War-time Union University was organized in Busan. Ministry of Education (Minister: PAIK Lakh-Jun) issued an order to organize a war-time university consisting of nine departments - Departments of Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy, Agriculture and Fishing, Law and Commerce, Veterinary Medicine, Arts, Sports, and Home Economics
  • May 4, 1951 A special decree implemented that all male students exempted from military service should take military training courses every Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, or otherwise forced to join the army. The decree was abolished after the armistice was signed on July 12, 1954.
  • Sept. 1951 North Korean students were allowed to take classes, many of which were later admitted to Seoul National University as regular students.
  • Sept. 3, 1951 The College of Agriculture returned to its original campus in Suwon
  • Nov. 1951 YOON Il-sun, SNU's dean of Graduate School, participated in an international conference on oncology, held in Lisbon, Portugal. It is recorded as the first international academic event attended by SNU faculty.
  • Nov. 1951 According to the statistics at this time, the total number of SNU faculty was 358, of which 243 were still connected to SNU, while the rest were missing for various reasons.
  • Feb. 4, 1952 The first issue of the University Newspaper published
  • Apr. 26, 1952 SNU's first doctoral degree conferred at the 6th commencement ceremony
  • Apr. 8-11, 1952 Entrance examinations were administered in five different places due to the ongoing war. Exams, which lasted for several days, consisted of written test, oral test, and physical examination. The most competitive were College of Medicine (7.5:1, 120/900), and College of Engineering (3.5:1, 375/1,350)
  • May 25, 1952 The War-time Union University was officially dissolved, but classes continued in Busan until the return to Seoul in Sept. 1953
  • Apr. 26, 1952 6th commencement held in Busan with 565 graduates
  • July 1952 SNU students were generally exempted from joining the army. After July 1952, students who participated in less than 2/3 of the classes were no longer exempted from military service.
  • 1952 Following the government's special administration under the war, SNU's admission quota dropped to 50-75%, with the exception of College of Medicine. The admission quota for medical college was increased with 50% in an attempt to produce more doctors for the war.
  • Aug. 1952 Special Scholarship for Disabled Veterans offered
  • Nov. 30, 1952 1st SNU Sports Festival held
  • Mar. 28, 1953 7th commencement held in Youngsung Elementary School in Busan
  • Apr. 3, 1953 Entrance ceremony held in gymnasium in Dongdaeshin-dong, Busan
  • Apr. 5, 1953 Classes commenced on the College of Pharmacy campus in Euljiro, Seoul, with 372 new students
  • Apr. 18, 1953 The Educational Officials Act made it mandatory for the Ministry of Education to go through faculty approval to appoint the president of Seoul National University. Consent rights given to all faculty, which increase the autonomy of faculty members.
  • Apr. 20, 1953 Presidential Decree on Establishment of National Schools were issued, which became the governing system of all national educational institutions including Seoul National University.

    Following the decree, SNU educational units reorganized into 12 colleges: The College of Fine Arts was divided into College of Fine Arts and College of Music. The Department of Veterinary Medicine in the College of Agriculture became the College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • May 11, 1953 The UN Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA), organized on Dec. 1, 1950, sent 12,500 books to SNU Library
  • July 27, 1953 Armistice signed between North and South Korea
  • Aug. 2, 1953 The US army retreated from Dongsung-dong campus after two years of occupation during the war
  • Sept. 18, 1953 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Administration Office returned to Seoul
  • Oct. 15, 1953 A grand ceremony was held in commemoration of SNU's 7th anniversary and departure of the US army from the main campus
  • Nov. 28, 1953 8th commencement was held four months prior to its regular date, in order to let graduates participate in the reconstruction of Korean society after the war.
Last updated in 2016