A BRIEF HISTORY
Activities regarding student affairs:
- were conducted in the barracks on the premises of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, which were used by METU during the first few years following its establishment in1956,
- were carried out in the building which is currently used as the Archeology Museum in 1963, when the University moved to the present day campus,
- were later on conducted in the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences building,
- are finally conducted in its current building in front of thePresidencyBuilding.
The administrators who served at the ˝Directorate of Student Affairs (Registrar’s Office)”, originally called ˝Directorate of Admission and Registration”, in chronological order are:
Bonnie L. Sion Assistant Registrar 1957-1960
E. H. K. Dibden Registrar 1961-1962
Pervin Adataş Assistant Registrar 1962-1963
Güler Gönlübol Assistant Registrar 1962-1963
Doğan İllez Registrar 1963-1968
Turan Baskan Registrar 1968-1989
Zerrin Koyunsağan Registrar 1990-1997
Nesrin Ünsal Registrar 1998- 2015
Sema Karaca Registrar 2016- up to the present
Middle East Technical University, which began offering higher education in 1956 in one department (Architecture) to 50 students, currently conducts education in 3 campuses (Ankara, İçel-Erdemli and Northern Cyprus), 5 faculties, 5 graduate schools, and 2 schools. The total student number is about 26.500.
Around 50 members of staff presently work in the Registrar’s Office (onAnkaraCampus), which started to offer services in 1956 with only 1 staff member.
With the exception of the Northern Cyprus Campus, student affairs are conducted exclusively by the Registrar’s Office in a centralized manner.
From the pages of history…
- Student grades, which are currently stored in our archives, used to be recorded by hand in hardcover note-books by the course instructors.
- Students were required to present revenue stamps as payment for transcripts, student ID cards, and the like.
- Student transcripts, which were printed in four copies, used to be cut up by the staff with devices similar to a guillotine.
- Students’ Cumulative Grade Point Averages used to be calculated using FACIT calculating machines.
- Mechanical typewriters, which are currently exhibited at the METU Science and Technology Museum, were used.
- Student transcripts were written line by line and then checked. The original copies were stored in a file and their xerox copies were given to students upon request.
- Photos to be used for student ID cards used to be cut and pasted one by one by hand.