The first campus of UMS was sited at the site of Sabah Foundation Community College (KKYS) on the grounds of Sabah Foundation itself. The first intake consisted of 205 undergraduates, with its residences located just beside the football field, on the compound of Yayasan Sabah.
Initially, the university management office operated at the Malaysian Ministry of Education in Kuala Lumpur. It only shifted to Kota Kinabalu in 1995 by renting buildings to cater to its needs.
In August the same year, physical development began to take place on a 999-acre (4 km²) land, located to the north of Kota Kinabalu City. The first phase of its construction was only completed in 2000.
UMS opened an International Campus in Labuan in 1999, and an Agriculture Campus at Sandakan in 2011.
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