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CBU Chronology


  • 1871. Christian Brothers College (CBC) was founded November 19, 1871 by members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic teaching congregation. The College opened at 612 Adams, Memphis, Tennessee. CBC functioned as a combined elementary school, high school and college until 1915.
  • 1875. First bachelor degrees offered; 1877 first master degrees offered
  • 1915. Due to World War I, collegiate courses were suspended.
  • 1922. CBC operated a high school until 1940; elementary classed dropped in 1922.
  • 1939. Cornerstone laid for Kenrick Hall on new campus.
  • 1940. CBC moved from 612 Adams to 650 East Parkway South.
  • 1940. College division reopened as Junior College.
  • 1940. Battersby Hall constructed.
  • 1942. Began granting Associate of Art Degrees.
  • 1943. Due to World War II, collegiate courses suspended until 1946.
  • 1950. Barry Hall constructed.
  • 1950. De La Salle Gymnasium constructed.
  • 1953. Junior College was expanded into a four-year institution.
  • 1954. St. Joseph Hall constructed.
  • 1955. Began granting bachelor degrees in BA and EE.
  • 1958. Maurelian Hall constructed.
  • 1958. Original Bell Tower constructed (renovated in 1992).
  • 1959. Stritch Hall constructed.
  • 1960. Benilde Hall constructed.
  • 1960. CBU Theatre constructed.
  • 1963. First integrated private school in Memphis.
  • 1965. Rozier Hall constructed.
  • 1965. Christian Brothers High School opens separate campus on Walnut Grove Road.
  • 1967. Science Center constructed.
  • 1969. Plough Library constructed.
  • 1970. Became co-educational.
  • 1971. Thomas Center constructed.
  • 1978. Accelerated Evening Program began.
  • 1983. Rosanne Beringer Center for Computer Studies established.
  • 1986. Nolan Engineering Building constructed.
  • 1986. Buckman Quadrangle constructed.
  • 1989. Began MEM and MBA programs.
  • 1990. Christian Brothers College (CBC) became Christian Brothers University (CBU)
  • 1992. Buckman Hall constructed.
  • 1997. Began M.Ed. program.
  • 1999. CBU Apartments constructed.
  • 2001. Began MAT and MSEL programs.
  • 2002. Lady Buccaneers won NCAA DII National Women's Soccer Championship.
  • 2003. St. Benilde Hall renovated for engineering labs.
  • 2004. De La Salle Gymnasium renovated, renamed De La Salle Hall; new Canale Arena opened.
  • 2006. Began MACS program.
  • 2007. CBU Theatre renovated and renamed University Theater.
  • 2008. Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences construction completed.
  • 2008. Assisi Hall Science Learning Center renovation completed.
  • 2010. Master of Accountancy Program established.
  • 2011. Living Learning Center construction completed.
  • 2011. RN to BSN Nursing Program established.
  • 2011. Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program established.
  • 2014. New College of Adult Professional Studies established.