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NACURH History

History of NACURH

1954-The National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. was founded at Iowa State University at the Midwest Dormitory Conference. The first meeting was organized as a result of a feeling, on the part of the Iowa State Residence Halls Government, that such an organization was needed to encourage the exchange of information and ideas. Four schools: Iowa State University, University of Colorado, University of Missouri, and University of Northern Iowa were in attendance at this first conference.

1955- The organization met on the campus of the University of Missouri. At this time, the name was changed to the Association of College and University Residence Halls (ACURH).

1961-At the conference at Oklahoma State University, the Inter-Mountain Residence Hall Association affiliated with ACURH. At this conference, the organization was renamed the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). With this change, two regional organizations were created within NACURH: the Inter-Mountain (IACURH) and Midwest Affiliates (MACURH).

1964- At the National Conference at the University of Denver, three (3) new regions were created: Pacific Coast (PACURH), North Atlantic (NAACURH), and South Atlantic (SAACURH).

1968- The Midwest region was divided to form the Midwest (MACURH) and the Great Lakes Affiliates (GLACURH).

1971- NACURH is incorporated under the doctrines of the State of Oklahoma and officially becomes NACURH, Inc.

1972- Blue and white are designated as the organization’s official colors and the logo was created.

1980- The Midwest region was divided again to form the Southwest (SWACURH) region.

1990- NACURH’s current structure of eight regions occurred when the North Atlantic divided into the Central Atlantic (CAACURH) and the North East Affiliates (NEACURH).

1997- NACURH was reorganized as a tax-exempt corporation, allowing for the organization to look into investment of contingency funds to increase long-term financial stability of the organization.


NACURH is a continually evolving organization committed to serving the needs and wants of member institutions. Countless initiatives have been taken during NACURH’s history towards making life better for students living in the residence halls. Recent trends such as international expansion and utilizing technology to increase accessibility of information prove that NACURH will continue to serve schools well into the 21st century.

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