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1975 - 1980 Relocation

SNU campuses had been dispersed around Seoul and Suwon since its establishment in 1946. Centralizing them in new campus in Gwanak, southern Seoul, SNU completed its relocation in three places: main campus in Gwanak, medical campus in Yeongeon, and agricultural campus in Suwon.

  • 1961 - 1970 Plans for Relocation
    - May 15, 1961
    5-Year Master Plan for Campus Integration announced: merging the dispersed campuses into six major campuses - humanities and social studies, arts, medicine and dentistry, education, engineering, and agriculture
    - May 1966
    6-Year Master Plan for Campus Integration announced and executed
    - Nov. 6, 1967
    10-Year Master Plan 1968-1977, the revision of previous 6-Year Master Plan in 1966, officially announced
    The Plan consisted of the Campus Master Plan for campus integration, and the Academic Master Plan to become more independent of the government.
    The Campus Master Plan was to merge the dispersed campuses into three: medical campus in Yeongeon-dong for the College of Medicine and other medicine-related institutions, agriculture campus in Suwon for the College of Agriculture and its facilities, and main campus for all the other institutions in a new area of 5,445,000 m2
  • Mar. 16, 1970 The government announced the final selection of SNU's new campus location as Gwanak area.
    The major reasons were:
    - The Gwanak area was within 15 km from the central area of Seoul
    - It supported government's long-term plan to develop southern part of Han River
    - It was close to the university forest, It was surrounded by beautiful nature
  • May 5, 1970 The Committee for University Integration was organized, under which Divisions of Planning and Construction were established
  • Apr. 2, 1971 Construction of the newly integrated campus in Gwanak initiated
    - Grand ceremony for the new campus in Gwanak held and attended by the Korean President. CHUNG Hee Seung, a student in Korean literature, who later became a famous poet, recited his poem Those who want to see the future of Korea, open up the eyes to Gwanak.
    - The construction started with an estimated budget of 31.7 billion KRW, but went over the budget by almost 7 billion KRW in 1974.
  • July 1, 1972 SNU's 10-Year Master Plan was included in the government's 3rd 5-Year Plan for Economic Development
  • Mar. 1, 1975 Colleges of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business Administration, Law, Education, and Home Economics relocated to Gwanak campus
  • May 15, 1975 University Library opened
  • Aug. 25 - 30, 1975 College of Pharmacy relocated to Gwanak campus
  • Feb. 28, 1976 College of Fine Arts and College of Music relocated to Gwanak campus
  • May 1976 University-level rules and College/School level rules integrated
  • Dec. 16, 1976 SNU Monument built in Dongsung-dong in commemoration of the old campus
  • Jan. 10, 1980 College of Engineering relocated to Gwanak campus, which completed the first stage of relocation
  • Feb. 25, 1975 Academic Reformation
    Decree on the Establishment of Seoul National University revised, and SNU's education units reformed accordingly:

    Colleges and Departments after 1975 reformation
      College of Departments of
    General studies Humanities (11) Korean Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Linguistics, Korean History, Asian History, Western History, Philosophy, Archeology
    Social Sciences (10) Political Science, International Relations, Economics, International Trade, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Geography, Social Work, Mass Communication
    Natural Sciences (14) Mathematics, Computational Statistics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Plant Science, Animal Science, Microbiology, Meteorology, Geology, Oceanography, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    Specialized studies Business Administration (1) Business Administration
    Engineering (17) Architecture, Technical Education, Industrial Chemistry, Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Design, Industrial Engineering, Textile Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Resource Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Naval Architecture Engineering
    Law (1) Law
    Education (7) Education, Korean Education, Foreign Languages Education, Social Studies Education, Math Education, Science Education, Physical Education
    Agriculture (14) Agricultural Studies, Horticulture, Forestry, Forest Resources Engineering, Agricultural Chemistry, Food Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Livestock Science, Sericulture, Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Home Economics, Agriculture Education, Landscape Architecture
    Pharmacy (2) Pharmacy, Manufacturing Pharmacy
    Medicine (2) Medicine, Nursing
    Veterinary Medicine (1) Veterinary Medicine
    Dentistry (1) Dentistry
    Home Economics (3) Home Management, Food and Nutrition, Clothing
    Fine Arts (3) Painting, Sculpture, Applied Arts
    Music (4) Vocal Music, Composition, Instrumental Music, Korean Music

    - Before 1975, there were 13 colleges, 1 graduate school, and 6 professional graduate schools, subsequently it was changed into 3 colleges for general studies, 12 colleges for specialized studies, and 3 professional graduate schools.
    - Colleges/Schools closed: Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Commerce, Division of General Education
    - Colleges established: College of Humanities, College of Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, College of Business Administration

  • - Departments closed: Department of Public Administration (College of Law), Departments of Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, and Applied Chemistry (College of Engineering)
    - Departments changed: Material Engineering changed into Ceramic Engineering, Nuclear Power Engineering into Nuclear Engineering, Astronomy and Meteorology separated, Archeology and Anthropology separated
    - Departments established: Department of Mass Communication (College of Social Sciences), Department of Computational Science and Technology (College of Natural Sciences), Department of Chemical Engineering (College of Engineering)

  • Oct. 15, 1975 The first university festival held, with dancing party the last night.
  • Feb. 23, 1976 Graduate education was reformed to activate more research: more scholarships and paid TA jobs offered, while research facilities were upgraded.
  • Mar. 19, 1976 Graduation thesis made mandatory
  • Apr. 24, 1976 1st general assembly of SNU Alumni Association
    Public employment of faculty became a rule of faculty recruitment
  • June 19, 1976 Korean People's Ethics (3 credits) and Korean History (2 credits) made mandatory courses.
  • Oct. 15, 1976 Thirty Years of SNU History published
  • Dec. 31, 1976 Open recruitment for faculty, which had been implemented only in the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, was institutionalized in all colleges.
  • Feb. 8, 1977 Special admissions for diplomats' families offered.
  • Mar. 1977 Graduate admission system reformed to secure talents in science and technology: admission exams simplified and schedules advanced.
  • Nov. 11, 1977 Students protested for democracy by occupying the university library
  • Mar. 10, 1978 University library holdings reached 1 million
  • Mar. 20, 1978 University main gate completed.
  • Aug. 16, 1978 Hospitals affiliated to the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry were changed into special corporate bodies, and renamed the Seoul National University Hospitals.
  • Aug. 1978 High school records became part of admission decisions from 1978
  • Oct. 14, 1978 At SNU's 32nd anniversary speech, President YOON Chun-joo declared SNU's mission to go from being a teaching university to become a research university
  • Dec. 1978 Graduate School's admission quota increased on a grand scale
    Number of students in graduate programs
    College of 1978 1979
    Humanities 90 140
    Social Sciences 254 380
    Natural Sciences 140 300
    Engineering 224 400
    Public Administration 100 150
    Agriculture 59 90
  • Dec. 1979 Department of Social Work renamed as Department of Social Welfare
Last updated in 2016