An original land scrip endowment to the University of North Carolina as part of the Morrill Act (lost during the Reconstruction period) is restored. On paper, this creates a College of Agriculture and a College of Engineering and Mechanic Arts at the University of North Carolina.
The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (A&M) taught two curricula: agriculture and mechanics. The mechanics curriculum included fundamentals of civil and mechanical engineering.
The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts was renamed the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering
Service courses in farm equipment were taught by in the Department of Agronomy, but not by an engineering. True agricultural engineering courses were first taught in the 1920-1921 academic year.
The agricultural engineering instructional program commenced in the 1920-1921 academic year. R. E. Bosque and H. D. Lewis were the earliest instructors, and they were part of the agronomy faculty.
In 1923, NC State hired George Zook of the United States Bureau of Education to survey the college and make recommendations on how it could best be restructured. Zook recommended creation of schools focusing on the following broad disciplines: engineering, agriculture, general science, and social science and business administration. He also reported that the library was inadequate for the needs of the growing institution and suggested that library services be centralized.
The Consolidation Act is passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, with the following provisions: 1. State College becomes one of three campuses of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. The other campuses are UNC-Chapel Hill and the Women's College in Greensboro (which later became UNC-Greensboro). 2. State College's name is changed to the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina 3. The School of Education becomes the Department of Education 4. The School of Science and Business is abolished. No new students will be admitted to this school after 1933. Under consolidation, State College's Board of Trustees is abolished, and a new board of trustees is established at the consolidated level to oversee all three of the campuses. This arrangement continues until the creation of the UNC System in 1972.
The Works Progress Administration commissioned James A. McLean to create four murals depicting agriculture, science, architecture, and engineering. After complaints and ridicule, the murals were removed from display, three were destroyed, and one was rediscovered years later in the Raleigh Little Theater.
The commencement speaker was Francis Pendleton Gaines, president of Washington and Lee University. The invocation was given by Reverend Lee C. Sheppard of Raleigh. Dr. John Rustin, pastor of Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 4th. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees were awarded to Stephen Cole Bruner, alumnus and chief of the Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology at the Estacion Experimental Agronomica de Cuba, and Adrianus Moritz of the American Enka Corporation. Agricultural journalist and alumnus Junius Sidney Cates was awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Benjamin Brown Gossett, director and founder of the Cotton Textile Institute, was awarded a Doctor of Textile Science. Wallace Carl Riddick, professor of Civil Engineering, was awarded a Doctor of Engineering at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
This was the first commencement held under the accelerated program, causing the exercises to be held approximately four weeks earlier than usual. Certificates, instead of diplomas, were awarded to seniors. Speakers included Governor J. Melville Broughton, the Honorable Josephus Daniels, Dr. John M. Cunningham (President of Davidson College), and R.L. McMillan, state head of the American Legion. An honorary doctor of Science was awarded to rural sociologist Carle Clark Zimmerman. An honorary Doctor of Agriculture was awarded to Charles William Burkett, founder of the Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity. Honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering were awarded to alumnus Graham Hudson Anthony, president of Veeder-Root, Inc. and alumnus Thomas Kenneth Mial of Johns-Manville.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to David Clark Labs.
Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.
The commencement speaker was W. Kerr Scott, Governor of North Carolina. He also received an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Rev. Clarence E. Norman, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, gave the invocation. An honorary Doctor of Engineering was awarded to Felix Stanton Hales, authority on rail transportation, and an honorary Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to Albert Gallatin Myers, president of Textiles-Incorporated, of Gastonia, NC.
The speakers were Governor W. Kerr Scott and President of the Greater University Gordon Gray. The invocation was given by Edward J. Agsten, pastor of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ira Obed Schaub, director of the NC Agricultural Research Service, Clarence Poe, editor of The Progressive Farmer, Harry Parker Hammond, Dean of Engineering at Penn State College, Colin George Spencer, lumber industrialist, and Frederick Bonnet, textile scientist.
The principal speakers were North Carolina Governor William B. Umstead and President of the Consolidated University Gordon Gray. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Henry I. Loutit, Episcopal Bishop of Southern Florida. Honorary degrees were awarded to Lynton Yates Ballentine, commissioner of Agriculture for North Carolina, Walter Gropius, architect in the Bauhaus style, John Warren Smith, Assistant State Director of Vocational Education in North Carolina, George William Gilette, Colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Herman Cone, textile manufacturer of Greensboro.
Weaver Laboratories was built for Agricultural Engineering and named for David Stathem Weaver, a former director of the Agricultural Extension Service.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering moves to Weaver Labs.
A tobacco bulk curing unit is developed by the Department of Agricultural Engineering.
NC State received its first NSF grant to create a science development plan in order to strengthen faculties in the biosciences; support materials, mechanics and electrotechnics in engineering; and support the social sciences.
William E. Splinter, on the faculty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, with tobacco harvesting equipment that he helped develop. Throughout the history of North Carolina State University, research and development conducted by its faculty and students have assisted North Carolina farmers.
G. W. Giles wrote A Department Grows to Maturity: The History of Agricultural Engineering at N.C. State University 1914 to 1977. An updated version of this history exists today on the department's website.
Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.