The original campus of Western Reserve
College in Hudson, Ohio
February 7: Western Reserve College Charter signed.
March 1: Members of the new Board of Trustees gather in Hudson for their first meeting.
October 4: Instruction of first class begins in Tallmadge, Ohio.
First professor hired.
August: First class, numbering four, graduates; Charles Backus Storrs appointed first president.
John C. Fayette, the university's first black student, enrolled at Western Reserve College in 1832, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1836 and completing his theological degree a year later.
Instruction begins in the Medical Department of Western Reserve College, popularly known as Cleveland Medical College (because the department was located in Cleveland).
Nancy Elizabeth Talbot Clark was the first woman to graduate from Western Reserve's nine-year-old medical school.
Viola Smith Buell became the first woman to graduate from Western Reserve College.
Leonard Case, Jr.
Leonard Case, Jr. bequeathes real property in downtown Cleveland to found an engineering school teaching "physics, mathematics, mechanical and civil engineering, economic geology, mining and metallurgy, natural history, drawing and modern languages."
Case School of Applied Science incorporated.
With the support of Amasa Stone, Western Reserve moves to Cleveland to exist "in close proximity and harmony" with Case School of Applied Science. Stone also encourages Rutherford B. Hayes to serve on Western Reserve University's board.
School of Dentistry, now the School of Dental Medicine, is founded.
The School of Library Science (closed in 1986) is founded.
The School of Pharmacy (closed in 1949) is founded.
Albert A. Michelson, professor of Physics at the Case School of Applied Sciences from 1882-1889, becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize in science. As of 2004, 14 Nobel prize winners have been affiliated with Case.
The School of Law, founded in 1891, becomes the first U.S. Law school to require a college degree for admission.
The School of Applied Social Sciences, now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is founded.
The School of Nursing, now the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, is founded.
The School of Architecture (closed in 1953) is founded.
Laura Diehl was the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Case School of Applied Science, a B.S. in Physics.
Case School of Applied Sciences changes its name to Case Institute of Technology, takes on graduate programs and sets a course of greater cooperation with its neighbor, Western Reserve University.
The School of Business, now the Weatherhead School of Management, is founded.
Case president T.K. Glennan is appointed by President Eisenhower as first administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and lays the foundation for John Glenn's 1962 orbital flight.
Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology are joined to form Case Western Reserve University.
The first phase of CaseNET comes online, the fastest, most comprehensive communications network on any American campus.
Case alumnus, David Satcher, is appointed as the surgeon general of the United States, making him the second alumnus of the university to hold this position.
Case Western Reserve University's Nassau Astronomical Station is made available online as the country's first Earth-bound robotic telescope accessible to the public.
Case Board of Trustees approves new master plan (revised in 2005).
As part of President Hundert's Inauguration, he and Cleveland Mayor, Jane Campbell, host "Great Universities and Their Cities, " an innovative colloquium bringing university presidents and government officials together to discuss partnering opportunities benefiting universities and their home towns.
2004 vice presidential debate
Case hosts 2004 vice presidential debate, The Race at Case, featuring candidates John Edwards (D), United States Senator (NC) and Dick Cheney (R), Vice President.
Case adopts groundbreaking seminar program, SAGES, for undergraduate education.
Case hosts Einstein's Legacy-Science, Technology & Culture through the 21st Century, featuring four internationally known figures, including two Nobel Laureates, and two bestselling authors, as part of World Year of Physics 2005.
Case Western Reserve University leaders, joined by officials from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD), officially dedicated the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, or CLiPS, the university's first ever NSF Science and Technology Center, based in the macromolecular science and engineering department at the Case School of Engineering (CSE).
Barbara R. Snyder becomes the first woman president of Case Western Reserve University.