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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Opening the University

Person Hall, completed 1797

The trustees called for the university to open in January 1795. They fixed a tuition rate, set the salary for professors, and recommended what the students should eat and drink. A number of trustees donated books to form the first university library. They also set out a daily schedule for students that began with prayers at sunrise and ended with a curfew at eight every evening. All students were required to attend religious services on Sunday.