It was founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College in 1918 and renamed the University of Seoul in 1997. UOS is one of top 3 universities without medical school in Korea of 2012 . UOS was reported the best value public university in Korea , with the lowest ratio of student to faculty, the highest financial investment per student, and the highest rate of scholarship recipients. Students’ affinity to the school was ranked in the first place and students’ satisfaction is in the second according to a 2010 survey. UOS is famous for a great number of alumni working as national or municipal government officials. UOS is specialized in College of Urban Science and has top-tier programs of environmental engineering, taxation, and urban administration.
In 2012, a mayor of Seoul PARK Won-Soon implemented his campaign promise “Half-priced tuition” as soon as he started his term. The half-priced tuition was initiated in UOS first so that it would drive other universities to decrease their tuition. In 2013, UOS tuition per semester ranged from $915 to $1,441 (two semesters a year, 1,117.3 won/$ in 2013). Because of high quality of education and low tuition of UOS, admission process has been more competitive . And student’s satisfaction is still very high. In 2012, the registration rate of new students was very high (96%) and the withdrawal rate of students was extremely low (0.97%), comparing with other universities in Seoul .
Because UOS students think that they take a lot of financial and educational benefits from the Seoul government, most of them participate in social works. Number of social work volunteers in 2012 was 3,105 and is expected to increase.