As the 1970s progressed, more change came to the University as it abandoned many of the old traditions that had persisted throughout the Woman's College era. The year 1970 saw the closing of the Curry School, an institution which had existed on campus in some form since the days of Charles Duncan McIver. The integration of the University in the previous decade had not come without resistance either, and the 70s more than anything marked the movement of the University into a new phase in its history.
Protesters against the Vietnam War and President Richard Nixon continued to rally, and motorcycle gangs gathered on Tate Street as if to reflect a feeling of general unrest. While a glance at the events of the decade may hint at a troubled student body, the University had begun to make the necessary transformations that it would need to undergo in order to establish itself as a prominent, cosmopolitan University. During this decade, the first male and African-American Student Government Association presidents were elected - in 1970 and 1978 respectively. Students petitioned for a greater voice in the working and governing of their University, and the signs of a more diverse and thoughtful student body were becoming apparent.
- 1979 - William E. Moran was named Chancellor