Decade by DecadeBefore 1900
- Weber Stake Academy established by the Weber Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1889.
- Classes offered near downtown Ogden.
- Weber Stake Academy becomes Weber Academy.
- Weber adopts purple and white as school colors.
- Students from the physics department send an exhibit to the World's Fair in 1904.
- 1911: First campus bookstore opens and the "Weber Herald" begins circulation.
- 1917: First college class graduates.
- 1918: Weber Academy becomes Weber Normal College.
- Students and Staff carry concrete and a flag pole for a school flag on the "death march to the top of Mt. Ogden."
- College's name is changed to Weber College.
- Weber College awards the first Associate of Science degree.
- Wildcat mascot is born when a sportswriter describes Weber's athletic teams as a "scrappy bunch of wildcats."
- LDS church transfers Weber College to the State of Utah in 1933.
- Sophomore class president declares that during Freshman Week, freshman:
- Should not wear loud clothes
- Must own a Weber Handbook
- Must know the school songs and yells perfectly
- Must wear green beanies
- Women must not expect courtesy from sophomore men
- Should cultivate respect and consideration for the faculty
- Depression forces students to pay tuition with goods (eg., a side of beef, a bushel of apples, etc.)
- College leased 80 acres of Snow Basin for a summer school and winter sports area.
- Freshman class sponsored the "Polygamist Prance," a girl's choice dance that men could attend with more than one date, due to a shortage of men caused by the WWII draft.
- College purchased 175 acres near Harrison Blvd. for $100,000.
- 1953: A public referendum deciding whether to return Weber College to the LDS church results in 80,000 "yes" votes and 120,000 "no" votes.
- 1954: Weber College moves from downtown Ogden to Harrison Boulevard.
- 1957: Flares used to create a giant "W" ignite 25 acres on the mountainside.
- 1959: The men's basketball team wins the Junior College National Championship.
- 1962: Weber College becomes Weber State College (its fifth name), and a four-year college.
- Several buildings constructed, including:
- Student Residence Halls
- Union building
- Performing Arts Center
- Science building
- Administration building
- Stadium was expanded and a track was installed.
- 1965: School radio station (KWCR "The Beat") was approved by the FCC.
- First federal research grant awarded to science faculty.
- Yearly parking stickers sold for $1.
- Bad relations between faculty and administration result in faculty votes of no confidence in the administration.
- Student arrests and FBI investigations occurred.
- 1978: Weber's first graduate program, Master's in Teacher Education, enrolled its first students.
- More buildings were added to the campus, including:
- Education Building
- Dee Events Center
- Ada Lindquist Plaza and Fountain
- 1979: "Primo Peacock" replaced Waldo the Wildcat as the WSU mascot, a change that lasted for only one year.
- Weber adds a second graduate program - Master of Professional Accountancy.
- More buildings finished, including:
- Wattis Business Building
- Marriot Allied Health Building
- Physical Education/Recreation Buildings
- Enrolled student body doubles to more than 14,000.
- Weber State College becomes Weber State University on January 1, 1991.
- WSU's Davis Center opens in Layton.
- Multiple student computer labs and online classes begin to make use of computer technology.
- WSU Online is created.
- WSU's Men's Basketball Team competes in the NCAA Tournament twice:
- in 1995, defeating Michigan State University
- in 1999, defeating the University of North Carolina
- Schedule changes to a semester system for the second time since 1918.
- Four new masters' programs added: English, Health Administration, Athletic Training and Nursing.
- Total enrollment exceeds 20,000 students for the first time.
- 2003: The first of 10 proposed buildings (D2) opens at WSU Davis.
- 2004: Office of Undergraduate Research established.
- New buildings added, including:
- Kimball Visual Arts Center
- Elizabeth Hall
- Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning
- Numerous renovations completed, including:
- Lampros Hall
- Ott Planetarium
- Stewart Library
- Swenson Building
- Shepherd Union Building
- Stewart Bell Tower Plaza
- WSU students present research on Capitol Hill in D.C.
- WSU was home to Carnegie's Utah Professor of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
- 2007: Community Involvement Center created on campus.
- 2008: Education, Access and Outreach office created.
- 2009: Signs Presidents’ Climate Commitment and commits to become carbon neutral by 2050.
- 2010: Establishes Dream Weber program.
- Total enrollment exceeds 25,000 (more than 3,500 at WSU Davis, more than 7,000 on WSU Online).
- Three new masters' programs added: Radiologic Technology, Taxation and Professional Communication.
- 2011: WSU receives All-Steinway School designation.
- 2012: WSU hosts National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- New student housing, Wildcat Village, opens.