University Archives
UC Davis Timeline

by John Skarstad

Year Students Administration Classes Activities
1907
  • Research and teaching in entomology begins
  • First public event, October: State Farmers Institute
1908
  • Arthur Cleghorn, Principal (1908-1910)
  • First courses offered
  • First farmer's short courses in fall.
1909
  • 18 enrollees;
  • 5 University students;
  • Short course attendance: 125.
  • January opening of Farm School.
  • First Picnic Day, May 22; more than 2,200 people attend.
1910
  • Undergraduates: 77
  • Graduate: 0
  • Leroy Anderson, Superintendent (1910-1913)
  • UC President Benjamin Wheeler and Stanford President David Starr Jordan speak at Picnic Day.
1911
  • Undergraduate: 110
  • Graduate: 1
  • Capon Club founded.
  • Yearbook, Agricola (later El Rodeo) published.
  • First four graduates of the Farm School.
1912
  • Undergraduate: 168
  • Graduate: 0
  • Associated Students of University Farm established.
  • Estimated school costs for 8 months: $250.
  • Students assume responsibility for Picnic Day.
1913
  • Undergraduate: 123
  • Graduate: 1
  • Farm School admission age raised to 18.
  • Students build their own track.
  • Phi Alpha Iota founded.
  • Hubert Van Norman named director of University Farm (1913-1919).
  • College of Agriculture reorganized. Dean Thomas Hunt.
  • Ministers' Week with more than 700 ministers attending.
  • First University-owned automobile: Ford Model T bought for Dean's use.
1914
  • Undergraduate: 160
  • Graduate: 1
  • First women students, spring semester.
  • First boys' Agricultural Club convocation at Davis.
  • Smith-Lever Act establishes Agricultural extension Service.
1915
  • Undergraduate: 353
  • Graduate: 1
  • Weekly newspaper, The Weekly Agricola, published (September 29, 1915 to May 10, 1916)
  • Vegetable Crops Department established
  • Opening of all-weather road to Sacramento.
1916
  • Undergraduate: 181
  • Graduate: 1
  • The Weekly Agricola renamed University Farm Agricola (September 22, 1916 to November 15, 1922).
  • Agricola (yearbook) renamed Farm Rodeo.
  • UC takes majority of awards at Chicago International Livestock Show.
1917
  • Undergraduate: 55
  • Graduate: 1
  • America enters WW I in April; enrollments fall precipitously.
  • Smith-Hughes Act establishes vocational agricultural education in high schools.
  • Harry & I at the University Farm published.
1918
  • Undergraduate: 13
  • Graduate: 1
  • Women admitted to Farm School.
  • Food Science & Technology Department established; Beginnings of ag teacher training at Davis.
  • Major tractor and implement show at the University Farm.
  • Flu outbreak on campus.
  • Armistice signed, World War I ends.
1919
  • Undergraduate: 576
  • Graduate: 1
  • Disabled veterans receive vocational training at University Farm. Enrollment reaches nearly 600, including Australian soldiers.
  • Fraternities founded:
    • Kappa Tau (became Alpha Gamma Rho)
    • Beta Phi (established in 1919, chartered in 1920)
    • Calpha
    • Philo Delphos
    • Zeta Xi
  • Thomas Tavernetti, Acting Dean (1919-1921)
  • Courses in winemaking at Berkeley dropped, but viticulture continues at Davis.
  • Prohibition starts with passage of 18th Amendment.
1920
  • Undergraduate: 559
  • Graduate:
  • College of Agriculture faculty study reorganization of curriculum.
  • Financial problems at the University.
  • Agricultural groups meet with the Regents to appeal for better conditions at the University Farm.
  • UC livestock win trophies at Chicago International Livestock Show
1921
  • Undergraduate: 431
  • Graduate: 2
  • College of Agriculture begins internal reorganization.
  • Legislature appoints Special Commission on Agricultural Education
1922
  • Undergraduate: 418
  • Graduate: 2
  • Four-year degree work initiated at Davis.
  • Students officially adopt "Honor Spirit."
  • University Farm Agricola renamed California Aggie.
  • Golden Egg Club established.
  • Horticultural Round Table established.
  • Blue and Gold Dairy Club established.
  • Golden Hoof Club established.
  • Claude Hutchison, Director (1922-1925)
  • Faculty doubles in size.
  • University Farm becomes Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture, 4-year undergraduate program offered
  • Farm School starts 2-year nondegree curriculum
  • Landscape Horticulture Department established
  • UC livestock Judging team successfully competes at Portland International Livestock Show.
1923
  • Undergraduate: 315
  • Graduate: 6
  • Cosmopolitan Club established (later called International Forum).
1924
  • Undergraduate: 254
  • Graduate: 4
  • Departments of Botany and Chemistry established.
  • Library: collection contained 2,000 volumes.
1925
  • Undergraduate: 270
  • Graduate: 12
  • The name Mustangs is associated with the football team (California Aggie, October 21).
  • Walter Howard becomes director(1925-1937)
  • Military Science Department established
  • Graduate instruction begins with 12 students working in conjunction with Berkeley.
  • Far West Conference organized for intercollegiate sports.
1926
  • Undergraduate: 267
  • Graduate: 19
  • Agricultural Engineering program established; Zoology Department established
1927
  • Undergraduate: 260
  • Graduate: 26
  • Frederick L. Griffin becomes superintendent of nondegree instruction (1925-1954).
  • Mathematics and Physics Department established
  • Plant pathology Department established
1928
  • Undergraduate: 335
  • Graduate: 15
  • Farm Rodeo (yearbook) renamed El Rodeo.
  • Celeste Turner (Wright) becomes first regular woman faculty member and first Ph.D. in humanities at Davis.
1929
  • Undergraduate: 415
  • Graduate: 21
  • Marching band formed (Paul Dozier-President, Embert Bond-vice president, George Winters-librarian, Martin Liljedahl-secretary, Leon Milsner-business manager.
  • Football team wins Far Western Championship
1930
  • Undergraduate: 440
  • Graduate: 27
  • Sorority established: Tau Kappa
  • Director Howard goes to England
  • Robert Sproul becomes UC President
  • Snowstorm blankets campus; first snow since 1916.
  • Aggie Judging Team takes first place at Pacific International Livestock Show in Portland.
1931
  • Undergraduate: 417
  • Graduate: 24
1932
  • Undergraduate: 397
  • Graduate: 49
1933
  • Undergraduate: 354
  • Graduate: 34
  • Boxing team wins Pacific Coast Intercollegiate competition (coached by ranch foreman, Heine Sevier).
  • Marching band: Dick Jones-Librarian
  • Pomology Department moved from Berkeley to Davis
1934
  • Undergraduate: 475
  • Graduate: 32
  • Female students on campus organize the Cal Aggie Women's Association.
1935
  • Undergraduate: 722
  • Graduate: 50
  • Viticulture & Enology moved to Davis
1936
  • Undergraduate: 902
  • Graduate: 47
1937
  • Undergraduate: 923
  • Graduate: 44
  • Knowles Ryerson (1937-1952) becomes Director
1938
  • Undergraduate: 1,006
  • Graduate: 72
  • Cal Aggie Mustangs basketball team wins Far Western Conference Championship.
  • Marching band: Perry Miller became first drum major.
  • I.F. "Crip" Toomey, former football coach, appointed first athletic director.
  • Campus renamed the College of Agriculture at Davis, and is organized into four major programs: Animal Production, Plant Production, Dairy Industry, and Home Economics.
1939
  • Undergraduate: 1,107
  • Graduate: 75
  • Women students increase to 168.
  • Davis football team defeats Berkeley varsity team.
  • Basketball team again wins Far Western Conference Championship.
  • Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major, Bing Taylor-manager
1940
  • Undergraduate: 1054
  • Graduate: 67
  • Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major, Martin Glashoff-manager
  • Division of Chemistry holds first patents for entire University.
1941
  • Undergraduate: 873
  • Graduate: 64
  • Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major
  • California Legislature authorizes the establishment of a school of veterinary medicine.
1942
  • Undergraduate: 298
  • Graduate: 17
  • Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major
  • First Faculty Research Lecture Award.
  • Four-year degree program offered in Home Economics.
1943
  • Undergraduate: 2
  • Graduate: 5
  • Instruction discontinued, campus becomes training school for Army Signal Corps (Camp Kohler).
1944
  • Undergraduate: 27
  • Graduate: 5
  • Animal Breeding Genetics established
1945
  • Undergraduate: 544
  • Graduate: 37
  • Non-degree courses resume in March; degree programs resume in October.
1946
  • Undergraduate: 1,516
  • Graduate: 87
  • Veterans flock back to college.
  • Marching band: Evelyn Rowe-drum major
  • School of Veterinary Medicine established.
  • Plant Pathology major introduced.
  • Library: became State documents selective repository.
1947
  • Undergraduate: 1,601
  • Graduate: 85
  • Two-thirds of the students are war veterans.
  • Memorial Union fund drive launched.
  • Marching band: Evelyn Rowe-drum major
  • Division of Physical Education created with five instructors.
  • Committee on Scholarships and Prizes appointed.
1948
  • Undergraduate: 1,486
  • Graduate: 111
  • First four-year graduation ceremonies at Davis, 300 receive degrees.
  • Marching band: Don Verrue-president, Hap Reeves-secretary, Ric Pearson-manager, Evelyn Rowe-drum major
  • Groundbreaking for Veterinary Medicine building in April; 42 students enter in the fall.
  • Bixby Work-Learn Program begins with $250,000 grant.
  • The Strayer Report on higher education in California completed.
  • The Walker Report details the expansion of Davis and Riverside.
1949
  • Undergraduate: 1,518
  • Graduate: 152
  • Aggie Mustangs win triple crown in the Spring Far Western Conference, taking championships in swimming, boxing and track.
  • Marching band: Henry Metsler-manager, Evelyn Rowe-drum major
1950
  • Undergraduate: 1,289
  • Graduate: 236
  • First Ph.D. in Botany conferred.
  • Marching band: Don McClure-first student director, Curt Storr-drum major
  • Genetics Department established
  • Population of City of Davis is 3,557.
1951
  • Undergraduate: 1,029
  • Graduate: 314
  • University Chorus formed.
  • College of Letters and Science established with five departments offering bachelor's degree.
  • College of Agriculture established independent of Berkeley.
  • Mathematics Department established.
  • Poultry Department moved to Davis.
  • 80,000 volumes in the Library.
1952
  • Undergraduate: 1,068
  • Graduate: 323
  • University Concert Band formed.
  • First Vet. Med. graduates.
  • Stanley Freeborn (1952-1958) named Provost of Davis campus.
  • First faculty appointments in L&S.
  • Geology Department established
  • History Department established
  • Physics Department established
  • Agricultural Economics Department established
1953
  • Undergraduate: 1,122
  • Graduate: 349
  • First graduate degrees awarded at Davis awarded.
  • First Masters program in water science and engineering in the nation.
1954
  • Undergraduate: 1,220
  • Graduate: 379
1955
  • Undergraduate: 1,492
  • Graduate: 407
  • Soils and plant nutrition programs moved from Berkeley to Davis.
1956
  • Undergraduate: 1,663
  • Graduate: 453
  • Economics Department established.
  • Regents approve master plan for UCD growth to 5,000 students.
1957
  • Undergraduate: 1,810
  • Graduate: 474
  • Graduate degrees offered in Home Economics
1958
  • Undergraduate: 1,791
  • Graduate: 552
  • University Symphony founded.
  • Provost Freeborn (1958-1959) named first Chancellor.
  • Departments of Art and Music established.
  • Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics established.
  • Philosophy and Sociology Departments established.
1959
  • Undergraduate: 1,813
  • Graduate: 609
  • Emil Mrak (1959-1969) named second Chancellor.
  • Electron microscope laboratory established
  • Regents declare UC Davis is a general campus with authority to add new majors, schools and colleges and expand its graduate programs.
1960
  • Undergraduate: 2,157
  • Graduate: 719
  • Education Department established
  • Political Science Department established
  • University Arboretum established
1961
  • Undergraduate: 2,606
  • Graduate: 853
  • Graduate Division established
  • Dramatic Art and Speech Department established
  • College of Engineering established
1962
  • Undergraduate: 3,107
  • Graduate: 951
  • Institute of Governmental Affairs established
  • Agricultural Toxicology Laboratory established
  • National Center for Primate Biology established.
1963
  • Undergraduate: 3,567
  • Graduate: 1,284
1964
  • Undergraduate: 4,789
  • Graduate: 1,551
  • School of Law established
  • Anthropology Department established
  • Geography Department established
  • Soils & Plant Nutrition Department established separately at Davis
  • Agricultural History Center established
  • Computer Center established
  • Fine Arts & Museology Laboratory established
  • Food Protection & Toxicology Center established
  • International Agriculture Center established
1965
  • Undergraduate: 5,901
  • Graduate: 1,822
  • Crocker Nuclear Laboratory established
  • Institute of Ecology established
  • Radiobiology Laboratory established
  • French and Italian Department established
  • German & Russian Department established
  • Spanish & Classics Department established
1966
  • Undergraduate: 6,681
  • Graduate: 2,225
1967
  • Undergraduate: 7,363
  • Graduate: 2,547
1968
  • Undergraduate: 8, 296
  • Graduate: 2,884
1969
  • Undergraduate: 9,081
  • Graduate: 3,239
1970
  • Undergraduate: 9,641
  • Graduate: 3,300
1971
  • Undergraduate: 10,055
  • Graduate: 3,666
1972
  • Undergraduate: 10, 924
  • Graduate: 3,894
1973
  • Undergraduate: 11,292
  • Graduate: 4,076
1974
  • Undergraduate: 11,659
  • Graduate: 4,334
1975
  • Undergraduate: 12,224
  • Graduate: 4,637
1976
  • Undergraduate: 12,225
  • Graduate: 4,769
1977
  • Undergraduate: 12,042
  • Graduate: 4,794
1978
  • Undergraduate: 12,111
  • Graduate: 4,836
1979
  • Undergraduate: 12,581
  • Graduate: 4,965
1980
  • Undergraduate: 13,262
  • Graduate: 5,108
1981
  • Undergraduate: 13,460
  • Graduate: 5,436
1982
  • Undergraduate: 13,556
  • Graduate: 5,222
1983
  • Undergraduate: 13,434
  • Graduate: 4,999
1984
  • Undergraduate: 13,916
  • Graduate: 5,104
1985
  • Undergraduate: 14,128
  • Graduate: 5,209
1986
  • Undergraduate: 14,061
  • Graduate: 5,338
1987
  • Undergraduate: 15,140
  • Graduate: 5,091
1988
  • Undergraduate: 16,134
  • Graduate: 5,102
1989
  • Undergraduate: 16,711
  • Graduate: 5,209
1990
  • Undergraduate: 18,022
  • Graduate: 5,296
1991
  • Undergraduate: 17,295
  • Graduate: 5,233
1992
  • Undergraduate: 16,887
  • Graduate: 5,198
1993
  • Undergraduate: 16,502
  • Graduate: 5,094
1994
  • Undergraduate: 16,779
  • Graduate: 5,012
1995
  • Undergraduate: 17,421
  • Graduate: 4,951
1996
  • Undergraduate: 18,183
  • Graduate: 5,003
1997
  • Undergraduate: 18,435
  • Graduate: 5,054
1998
  • Undergraduate: 18,707
  • Graduate: 5,136
1999
  • Undergraduate: 18,815
  • Graduate: 5,220
2000
  • Undergraduate: 19,727
  • Graduate: 5,347
2001
  • Undergraduate: 20,637
  • Graduate: 5,539
2002
  • Undergraduate: 22,079
  • Graduate: 5,900
2003
  • Undergraduate: 22,603
  • Graduate: 6,242
2004
  • Undergraduate: 22,161
  • Graduate: 6,346
2005
  • Undergraduate: 21,821
  • Graduate: 6,335
2006
  • Undergraduate: 22,423
  • Graduate: 6,395