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UC Davis Centennial
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Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



The College of Letters and Science enrolls its first students.


Stanley B. Freeborn is named the first provost of the Davis campus. The College of Agriculture at Davis separates from Berkeley.


Image: 1955 MU

The Memorial Union is dedicated, commemorating students lost in military service. The $1 million cost is paid by alumni, faculty, parents and friends.


The regents approve a master plan for UC Davis with projected growth to 5,000 students. Fall enrollment reaches a high of 2,166 students, of whom 605 are female.


Clark Kerr, chancellor of the Berkeley campus, is named university president, succeeding Robert G. Sproul. Provost Stanley B. Freeborn becomes the first UC Davis chancellor. The departments of Art and Music are established.


Cal Aggie Alumni Foundation (later the UC Davis Foundation) formed as a non-profit entity to raise private funds.

Image: 1959 Emil Mrak

The regents designate UC Davis and UC Riverside general campuses. Emil M. Mrak, is inaugurated as the second chancellor of UC Davis.