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.

  • March

    Contracted for the Employment Opportunity Center project (500,000,000 KRW)

  • March 30

    Admission quota for Seoul Campus for 2017 adjusted
    <5 colleges, 30 admission units [5 undergraduate courses, 25 departments], admission quota 1,302>

  • May 03

    Contracted for a three year project of vitalizing industry-linked education (PRIME) (15,780,000,000 KRW)

  • May 10

    Admission quota for Cheonan Campus for 2017 adjusted
    <5 colleges, 26 admission units [2 undergraduate courses, 21 departments, 3 majors], entrance quota 1,305>

  • May 19

    Selected as a contributing university for the support project of normalizing high school education(2016. 8.12 agreement / 500,000,000 KRW)

  • September 05

    Contracted for Provincial University Specialization Project(CKⅠ) - (3)
    Contracted for the program of nurturing creative talent in the field of Smart Theater Art & Tech (834,000,000 KRW – 3 years)

  • October 11

    Won Prime Minister's Award for Job Creation (Office of Prime Minister, Ministry of Employment and Labor)