Jeonju University was founded on January 9, 1964 as Jeonju Youngsaeng College (an evening college). In December 1977 the school foundation established a daytime college, and on October 7, 1978 the college was renamed Jeonju College. In February 1981 it moved to present-day Hyoja-dong Campus. It acquired a university status on September 8, 1983 and renamed Jeonju University. In December 1984 Shindonga Group succeeded the school foundation.