The Synod of Kansas accepts Sterling's proposal to locate a synodical college in the town on the condition that the first building, Cooper Hall, be completed in time for classes to start November 1, 1887.
Cooper Memorial College opens and Mr. Albert N. Porter becomes the acting president of Sterling College. The departments are Classical, Normal (teaching), English, and Business. During this time there is a Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.
Dr. Francis Marion Spencer becomes SC’s first president.The first library opens on campus.
The first issue of the Cooper Courier, the campus newspaper, is published. Essington H. Lees becomes the first graduate. First football team is formed.
The campus receives running water for the first time.The Alumni Association is founded.First baseball team is formed.
The Men’s Quartette goes on the road for the first time to advertise for the college.
First basketball game is played against Nickerson Normal.
Cooper Memorial plays Fairmount College (Wichita State University) in the first night football game. Final score was 24-0, Fairmount.
Electricity came to the College.
The Women’s Quartette is formed to help the men advertise for the college.
Mr. Talmon Bell becomes the interim president.
Dr. Ross Turner Campbell becomes SC’s second president.
The College purchased 20 acres of land for new buildings.The Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors combines into one entity.
Dr. Turner drops the “Memorial” out of the College name.
The federal government establishes a Students’ Army Training Camp at the school.
The school is renamed Sterling College because Dr. Turner had grown tired of explaining where Cooper College was located.Spencer Hall is completed.
The Cooper Courier becomes Ye Sterling Stir.
Wilson Gymnasium is constructed.
Dr. Hugh Alexander Kelsey becomes SC’s third president.
The seniors purchased a brass bell that they placed on top of Spencer Hall. The class had 3 guidelines of when it should be rung: when members of the class were married, at the beginning and end of vacations, and after all college victories.
Dr. William M. McCreery becomes SC’s fourth president.
A strong storm blew out the east wall on the third floor of Cooper Hall and the library had to be moved to Wilson Hall.
Kelsey Hall library and administration building is completed.
McCreery Hall is built.
The Student Union is completed.
Kilbourn Hall is built.
Evans Hall is built.
Crebbs Museum is added to the union, Thompson Hall is built, and the J.W. Fields tennis courts are completed.
Kilbourn addition is built, doubling the size of the dormitory and Smisor stadium is built.
Cooper Hall is remodeled largely by alumni funding.
Gleason Physical Education center is built. This building included a swimming pool, gym, classrooms, and offices.
Wilson Hall is remodeled as a band facility.
Dr. Robert C. Baptista becomes SC’s fifth president.
Dr. Charles William Schoenherr becomes SC’s sixth president.
The old hospital is purchased from the city for the new Art Center.
Dr. Robert A. Vietch becomes SC’s seventh president.
Cooper Hall is condemned and closed for the next 14 years.
Dr. Roger Parrot becomes SC’s eighth president.
Dr. J. Robert Campbell becomes the interim president.