History of Ferris

1870 Mary E. Kidder starts teaching at Mrs. Hepburn's facility. This marks the beginning of Ferris Seminary.
1875 School building and boarding facilities at 178 Yamate completes. The school named Ferris Seminary.
1889 School renamed Ferris Waei Jyogakko (Ferris Japanese-English Girl's School).
Van Schaick Hall completes.
1923 Ferris school buildings destroyed and Ms. Kuyper, the headmistress, killed in the Great Kanto Earthquake.
1929 School building named Kuyper Memorial Hall completes on Yamate Campus.
1941 School renamed Yokohama Yamate Girl's School during World War II.
1947 Vocational school (old system) with three-year courses in English Literature, Home Economics, and Music set up.
1950 School renamed Ferris Girl's School. Vocational School becomes Junior College (English Literature and Home Economics). Music Course opens in the following year.
1965 Ferris Women's College established with two departments: the Department of English Literature and the Department of Japanese Literature.
1970 Centennial of the founding of Ferris.
1988 The Department of Asia and European Studies instituted. Ryoken Campus opens.
1989 The College of Music instituted with three departments: the Department of Vocal Music, the Department of Instrumental Music, and the Department of Musicology.
School building named Ferris Hall completed on Yamate Campus.
1991 The Graduate School (Master's Course), the Division of Humanities instituted.
1993 Japanese Literature Department of the Faculty of Letters renamed the Department of Japanese Literature.
1995 The Division of Humanities reorganized into Graduate School (Master's/Doctoral).
1997 The Faculty of Global and Inter-cultural Studies (the Department of Global and Inter-cultural Studies) instituted.
1998 The Graduate School (Master's Course), the Division of Music instituted.
The center of international exchange students opens.
2001 The Graduate School (Master's/Doctoral Courses), the Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies instituted. Ryokuen Campus facility expanded (Building for the Faculty of Letters, Lecture hall named "Kidder Hall Ryokuen", and the Library)
2002 Kuyper Memorial Hall and the junior and senior high school building renovated.
2004 The Department of Communication Studies, the Faculty of Letters instituted. The Department of Musicology in the College of Music renamed the Department of Musical Arts.
2005 The Department of Vocal Music and the Department of Instrumental Music incorporated into the Department of Performing Arts.
2008 The Graduate School (Master's Course) in Communication Studies, the Division of Humanities instituted.
2009 The Division of Music at Graduate School reorganized into Master's Course of Musical Arts and Master's Course of Performing Arts.
2010 140th anniversary of the founding of Ferris. Doctoral Course in Graduate School, Communication Studies, the Division of Humanities instituted.
2012 Yamate Campus facility expanded(Building 8 refurbished).
2014 The Department of English Literature, the Faculty of Letters renamed the Department of English Language and Literature.
The Department of Japanese Literature, the Faculty of Letters renamed Department of Japanese Language and Literature.
2015 50th anniversary of the university founding. 
2017 The Center for the Liberal Arts is established.
2018 The Graduate Program in English Literature in the Graduate School of Humanities was renamed the Graduate Program in English Language and Literature. The Graduate Program in Japanese Literature in the Graduate School of Humanities was renamed the Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Literature.
2019 The Department of Performing Arts in the College of Music ceased accepting new students after it merged into the Department of Musical Arts.
2020 Sesquicentennial of the founding of Ferris.