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.

  • February 21

    Selected as a pilot university for 2017's career path support program (Ministry of Employment and Labor)

  • March

    Contracted for the Employment Opportunity Center project (600,000,000 KRW)

  • March 01

    Contracted for the support project of self capacity strengthening for universities(ACE+) (About 1,800,000,000 KRW per annum)

  • May 01

    Selected as a contributing university to high school education (2017. 7. 3 agreement / 792,000,000 KRW)

  • May 17

    The 80th anniversary of Sangmyung Schools

  • June 01

    Contracted for the project (about five years) of nurturing leading universities for socially customized industry-academia cooperation (LINC+) (1,050,000,000 KRW)

  • September 27

    Dr. Baek Woong-gi became the twelfth president

  • November 28

    Recognized as an excellent university by the 2017 Youths Dream University Evaluation (Ministry of Employment and Labor, Dong-a Ilbo)