Decade by Decade

Before 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
    • Library
    • Performing Arts Center
    • Science building
    • Gymnasium
    • 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 20032005 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.