Soongsil University

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Soongsil University
Logo of soongsil university.png
Motto 진리와 봉사
Truth and Service
Type Private
Established October 10, 1897
President Hern-soo Hahn
Academic staff
1,239 (2011)
Students 16,406 (2011)
Undergraduates 13,647 (2011)
Address 369 Sangdo-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, 156-743, Korea, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
37°29′47″N 126°57′27″E / 37.49639°N 126.95750°E / 37.49639; 126.95750Coordinates: 37°29′47″N 126°57′27″E / 37.49639°N 126.95750°E / 37.49639; 126.95750
Campus Urban
Mascot White Horse
Soongsil University
Revised Romanization Sungsil Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Sungsil Taehakkyo
Main entrance of Soongsil University

Soongsil University (SSU) is the first modern university in Korea, dating its history back to 1897. It was founded under the Christian missionary William M. Baird. The campus is located in 369 Sangdo-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea.


Soongsil University was founded on October 10, 1897, in Pyongyang as a private school by William M. Baird, a missionary of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions. In 1900 the school was developed into an official 4-year junior high school. In October 1901 the school was named Soongsil Hakdang (숭실학당, Soongsil Academy). The name Soongsil roughly means "Revering [God] ( soong) with Truth and Integrity ( sil)".

In 1905 the academy established courses for students. In 1906 the academy again was permitted by presbyterian and Methodist missionary bodies to establish a university department. The academy was called Union Christian College (합성숭실대학), which was later authorized as a university by the Korean government in 1907.[1]

In 1925 the school was forcibly reduced to a 4-year technical school of humanities named 숭실전문학교 (崇實專門學校, pronounced Sūjitsu Senmon Gakkō in Japanese).[2] On March 4, 1938 the school closed itself in order to protest against the enforcement of Shinto shrine worship.

In August 1945 Korea was liberated from Japanese colonialism, but the effort to restore the Soongsil College did not succeed until after the end of the Korean War. In April 1954 Soongsil College was reestablished in South Korea and in June 1957 it moved to the present-day Sangdo-dong Campus. In 1971 the College was merged with Daejun College (대전대학, 大田大學, not to be confused with present-day Daejeon University) into Soongjun College (숭전대학, 崇田大學).[3] In December 1971 the College acquired a university status. In December 1982, Daejeon Campus of Soongjun University was separated and renamed Hannam University. In November 1986, Soongjun University was renamed Soongsil University.


Soongsil is a prestigious private Christian University located at the heart of Seoul. It has a low acceptance rate and a high admission barrier. Students must reach within 5~7% in the Korean SAT to be accepted in within the most competitive majors such as business and global commerce. Soongsil's IT, economic, and business majors is considered especially strong; its business school has the 12th biggest number of alumni with CPAs. Its computer science field, which Soongsil was a pioneer in Korea, is currently ranked ranked second after Seoul National University. This give the graduates a much better opportunity in landing a job at the biggest IT giants such as Samsung, Google and LG. According to a ranking made byJoongAng Ilbo, a Korean newspaper, it regularly ranks within the top 20 best universities.

Undergraduate schools[edit]

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Economics & Global Commerce
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Technology
  • Baird University College (College of Core & Specialized Education)
  • School of Finance

Graduate schools[edit]

  • General Graduate School
  • Special Graduate Schools
    • Graduate School of Industry
    • Graduate School of Small Business
    • Graduate School of Information Sciences
    • Graduate School of Labor & Industrial Relations
    • Graduate School of Social Welfare
    • Graduate School of Education
    • Graduate School of Christian Studies
    • Graduate School of Global Business


  • Library and Center for Academic Information
  • The Korean Christian Museum
  • Educational Institutes
    • Continuing Education Institute
    • Soongsil Language Institute
    • Youth Education Institute
  • Research Institutes
    • Institute of Korean Christian Culture
    • Institute of Humanities
    • Institute of Future Technology
    • Institute of Legal Studies
    • Institute of Natural Sciences
    • Institute for Business & Economic Strategies
    • Center for Computer Aided Molecular Design Research
    • Institute of Social Sciences
    • Institute of Information and Media Technology
    • Project Management Center
    • Center for Small & Medium Business Industrial and Academic Cooperation
    • Institute of High-Tech IT Convergence
    • Institute for the Gifted & Talented
    • Business Institute of Information Science
    • Institute of Korea Lifelong Education & HRD
    • Center for Regional Innovation
    • Institute of Management Innovation and Evaluation
    • Institute of Social Welfare
    • Institute of Underwater Acoustic Communication
    • Institute of Korean Traditional Literature and Art
    • Center for Ubiquitous Network Research
    • Center for Electronic Microsystem Packaging
    • Center for University & Industrial Cooperative IT Training and Education
    • Institute of Cultural Content Technology
    • IT Center for Sensory Research
    • Institute of Cultural Missionary Work
    • Institute of Small Business Creation and Management
    • Institute of Artificial Intelligence Robot Development
    • Soongsil Institute of Christian Counsels
    • Institute of Industrial Economics Research

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Abe, Hiroshi (1971), Higher Learning in Korea under Japanese Rule
  2. ^ See the section '02. Beginning of modern higher education under Japanese colonialism: Soongsil hakdang' in the "Overview of Soongsil History". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Chronology of Soongsil History". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 

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