October 15th, 2015
Based on the optimism of the land boom of the mid-1920s, a group of citizens banded together to charter the University of Miami in 1925. The South Florida land boom was at its peak in early 1925 and there seemed no end in sight.
However, prior to the open date for the university on October 15th, 1926, the land boom abruptly ended. The University survived the tough early times due to the persistence of its first president, Dr. Bowman F. Ashe (1926 – 1952). Under his administration, the school overcame bankruptcy, a reorganization, a world war and then the post-war years that represented growth and expansion.
By the fall of 1926, the University had 646 full time students enrolled at the University. When it opened in 1926, the University consisted of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Music and the Evening Division.
The full page ad announcing the opening of the University of Miami on October 15th, 1926, can be seen below:
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