William Jennings Bryan credited with idea of creating a "Pan American University" in Miami

1921:

December 18: George Merrick announces Coral Gables will become "Miamiís University suburb."

1925:

April 8: University obtains charter to operate.

First Board of Regents selects campus site.

1926:

Cornerstone is laid for Merrick building February 4

$8 million pledges raised, George Merrick gives 160 acres

Uncompleted Anastasia Building leased for temporary use

Devastating hurricane hits Miami in mid-September

First student registers on October 15

First faculty meeting held October 15

First student assembly is convened on October 18

Classes begin in the hurriedly renovated Anastasia Building or "cardboard college"

Classes offered through College of Liberal Arts and School of Music

First football team defeats Rollins College 7-0

Bowman Foster Ashe appointed first president of UM

First UM newspaper, The University News, is published as an insert to the Miami Riviera

The University of Miami football team plays the University of Havana

Honor society that would become Iron Arrow is formed

School of Music founded by Bertha Foster; part of University from beginning

First football team ends year undefeated.

1927:

Publication of first Ibis yearbook

First class graduates on June 6

UM football team meets with first defeat after ten straight victories

John Llewellyn Skinner initiates the first program in architecture at UM

1928:

UM Opera Association formed; first production to be opera "Martha" by Flotow

School of Law formally created; courses had been offered beginning in October 1926

Miami Hurricanes football team defeats Athletic Club of Cuba, 62-0

1929:

Schools of Education and Business Administration created

First issue of The Miami Hurricane, the renamed student newspaper hits the stands

Stock market crash ends South Florida land boom; $15 million pledges never received

Students go door to door in Coral Gables collecting funds to keep UM open

Law School first graduating class and faculty

School of Education appoints its first dean, Henry S. West