This requirement marked the beginning of the University of North Georgia’s enduring military identity.
Efforts of his such as working to disband the preparatory department, and eliminating the BS and AB degrees in agriculture were seen by much of the faculty and students as too progressive and needlessly ardent.
Eighty-four students, roughly half of the student population, signed a petition expressing their dissatisfaction with Du Bose's performance, however it did nothing to affect his presidency.
In the early stages of this transformation the school was identified as an academy, rather than a university- implying that it was originally intended to serve as a feeder school for the Georgia College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (predecessor of the University of Georgia).
However, in 1876 the Superior Court of Lumpkin County gave the school the ability to grant bachelor's and master's degrees.
The University of North Georgia was first established at the site of its current campus in Dahlonega, Georgia in 1873 as North Georgia Agricultural College (NGAC).
In 2013 North Georgia College & State University was consolidated with Gainesville State College to form the University of North Georgia.
The college began formally enrolling students in January 1873.
In its first year, the school enrolled 98 males and 79 females, making it the first college in the state to offer co-educational enrollment.
When NGC was reorganized into a junior college Jonathan Clark Rogers became president of the school.