On a mobile device? Visit http://www.lib.unc.edu/m/
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries logo
University Libraries banner

This Day in the History of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

August 1, 1792
The University's Board of Trustees met in Hillsborough to nominate potential sites for the new university.
August 3, 1792
The Board of Trustees selected an area near Cipritz Bridge on New Hope Creek in Chatham County as the location of the new university. On August 2, 1792, the Board decided that they would "not determine on any given place; but the ballots shall be taken for a given point, with a latitude of erecting the buildings within fifteen miles of said point." On August 4, 1792, they selected one representative from each of the state's judicial districts to serve as a site-selection committee. The members were to meet in Pittsboro on November 1, 1792 and be prepared to visit all of the nominated locations.
November 1, 1792
Commissioners appointed by the recently established Board of Trustees met in Pittsboro to decide on a location for the new university. In the following days, the committee visited several sites near Pittsboro, Haw River, and Raleigh.
November 5, 1792
The Board of Trustees' site-selection committee visited New Hope Chapel Hill in Orange County. After their visit, they recommended the site as the location for the new university.
December 3, 1792
Site-selection commissioners unanimously chose New Hope Chapel Hill in Orange County for the new university. They recommended the location to the Board of Trustees at a meeting in New Bern.
December 5, 1792
The University acquired its first book, "The Works of the Right Reverend Father in God Thomas Wilson, Fifty-eight Years Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man: With His Life," which was presented to the Board of Trustees by John Sitgreaves.
December 12, 1792
A notice in the "North Carolina Journal," a newspaper printed in Halifax, North Carolina, listed these proposed courses for the new university: "The study of languages, particularly the English; History, ancient and modern; the Belle Lettres, Logic and Moral Philosophy; the Knowledge of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Agriculture and Botany, with the principles of Architecture...Gentleman conversant in these branches of Science and Literature, and who can be well recommended, will receive very handsome encouragement by the Board. The exercises of the institution will commence as early as possible after the completion of the buildings of the university which are to be contracted for immediately."