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USF History Timeline

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For such a young institution, the University of South Florida has a colorful and remarkable history of innovation and growth. Opened as a university bereft of dormitories or athletics, USF has climbed the ranks from obscure upstart to a major player…

The Florida Cabinet approves a resolution to build the new university on the Fowler Avenue property. At the time, World War II's Henderson Air Field occupied the space. USF would later be built on the practice bombing range just north of the…

The Board of Control names John S. Allen the first president of USF.
John Allen is named the first president of USF.

Florida Governor LeRoy Collins sinks a spade into a sandy USF campus at the groundbreaking ceremony. Construction has already begun on campus and occurs in the background of the event.

USF acquires historic Chinsegut Hill property near Brooksville as a site for conferences and retreats. Some of the Foundation's first meetings take place at the site, and will be used for planning conferences between students, faculty, and…

First commencement ceremonies are held on December 22, 1963 with 326 degrees conferred.

The USF Sun Dome is inflated and booked for concerts, sporting events, and commencement ceremonies.

The Florida Cabinet approves the name "University of South Florida," in part because it is the southernmost university in the state at the time.

WUSF-FM begins broadcasting as the second noncommercial public radio station licensed in Florida.

USF gets full accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

USF occupies the site of the St. Petersburg campus on Bayboro Harbor.

USF plays its first intercollegiate sports event, defeating Florida Southern's men's soccer team.

The Oracle is first published.
The first edition of the student newspaper, The Oracle, is published. It replaces the campus edition of the Tampa Daily Times started in September 1960.

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity becomes the first Greek organization on campus. It went national with four more fraternities and three sororities early in the month.

USF is admitted to the NCAA.

The USF Alumni Association is incorporated.