The school was originally founded in 1937 as the
Sangmyung High School of Art and Design,
which was established with the goal of raising ethnic
leaders in the Japanese colonial period.

Following the liberation, it developed into Sangmyung Women's Normal University (1965) and Sangmyung Women's University (1986). In 1996, Sangmyung University was reborn as a coeducational school in order to to actively cope with the changing times and to expand educational opportunities. It is the 18th year as a coeducational university this year, and it has been evaluated as a successful change from members of the school community, alumni, and students on campus.

After the transition to a coed school, students’ ardor for study has risen, as can be seen in the increase of the library utilization rate. Among other things, the employment rate has increased, and alumni activities centering around male alumni have become more active as well.

In addition, having been selected as as "the best university" and "the best graduate school" in the comprehensive evaluation of the 2nd cycle university administered by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, the prestige of our university is rising in the world.

  • June 16

    Selected as a contributing university for the support project of normalizing high school education(2014. 7. 11 agreement / 920,000,000 KRW)

  • July 01

    Contracted for Seoul Metropolitan University Specialization Five Year Project (CKⅡ) (2,170,000,000 KRW)

  • July 17

    Contracted for Provincial University Specialization Project(CKⅠ) - (1)

  • December 10

    Contracted for Five Year Provincial University Specialization Project (CKⅠ) - (2): Specialized department for excellence (Department of Information and Communication Engineering) (488,000,000 KRW)