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Colleges in District of Columbia (DC) that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name: Beacon College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1970's
End Date: 1980's
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Called a Campus-Free College; academic offices in Boston and administrative offices in Washington, DC where it was accredited, Hanover, NH, Providence, RI, and other cities; transcripts available through D.C. Educational Institution Licensure Commission
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College Name: Benjamin Franklin University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1925
End Date: 1987
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Organized to succeed Pace Institute to provide professional education in accountancy, financial administration and general business; merged with The George Washington University
Source: http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/archives/collections/bf.html
 
College Name: Chevy Chase Junior College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10, www.library.miami.edu/archives/papers/baker.html
 
College Name: College of the Potomac
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1968
End Date: 1973
Affiliation:  
Other Information: See also entry for College of the Potomac in Virginia; operated in Arlington until 1972when it consolidated operations in Washington, D.C. where it had offered classes for several years
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Columbia Junior College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.cuc.edu/academic/aboutus/history.html
 
College Name: Columbian College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1821
End Date:  
Affiliation: Baptist
Other Information: Opened in Columbian Heights neighborhood, later moved downtown in 1884; one of predecessors to George Washington University
Source: http://www.innercity.org/columbiaheights/station.html, Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Columbus University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1922
End Date: 1954
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with The Catholic University of America
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Cortez Business College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1971
End Date: 1973
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
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College Name: DeSales School of Theology
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1997
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002
 
College Name: District of Columbia Teachers College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1955
End Date:  
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Formed from merger of Minor Normal School and Washington Normal School; in 1977 consolidated with Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute to form University of District Columbia
Source: http://www.universityofdc.org/detail.php?sid=1&aid=11
 
College Name: Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1935
End Date: 1972
Affiliation: Sisters of the Holy Cross
Other Information:  
Source: www.cscsisters.org/archives/archives_transcripts.htm, Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
 
College Name: Fairmont Junior College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatF.htm
 
College Name: Federal City College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1968
End Date:  
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Land grant status; accredited in 1974; placed under a single president with District of Columbia Teachers College in the same year; in 1977 part of consolidation forming University of District Columbia 
Source: http://www.universityofdc.org/detail.php?sid=1&aid=11, www.rootsweb.com/~dcgenweb/body_education.html
 
College Name: Freedman's Hospital School of Nursing
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatF.htm
 
College Name: Frelinghuysen University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1937
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Offered evening classes for African Americans; located at 201 T Street
Source: http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2003/02/17/focus12.html
 
College Name: Georgetown Visitation College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1967
End Date:  
Affiliation: Visitation Nuns
Other Information:  
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Holy Cross College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date: 1968
Affiliation: Congregation of the Holy Cross
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Immaculata Junior College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1905
End Date: 1978
Affiliation: Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Other Information: 1986 given as closing date in Schier and Russett.
Source: Publicaffairs.cua.edu/cuamag/fa99/acs/jubilee.htm, Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
 
College Name: Kendall College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1880
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Renamed Gallaudent College
Source: www.rootsweb.com/~dcgenweb/body_education.html
 
College Name: Marjorie Webster Junior College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1920
End Date: 1974
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
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College Name: Minor Normal School
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1851
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Started by Howard College; became part of public school system in 1879; in 1929 became four-year teachers college; united with Washington Normal School in 1955 to form District of Columbia Teachers College; 1976 given as merger date on rootsweb site
Source: http://www.universityofdc.org/detail.php?sid=1&aid=11, www.rootsweb.com/~dcgenweb/body_education.html
 
College Name: Mount Vernon College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1875
End Date: 1999
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Women's college; accredited by Middle States Association in 1928; seminary closes in 1969; accredited as a four year college in 1976; graduate programs offered after 1993; plan for affiliation with George Washington University in 1996 with full merger following
Source: March 23, 2001 Chronicle of Higher Education, http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/archives/collections/overview.html, http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/archives/tours/mvctour/
 
College Name: National Deaf Mute College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1856
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Founded as Kendall School, became Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind in 1857, National Deaf Mute College in 1864, after 1954 Gallaudet College
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: National Medical College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: The Medical Department of Columbian College became the National Medical College in 1847 and later became part of George Washington University
Source: http://www.gwumc.edu/smhs/about/history.html
 
College Name: National University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1869
End Date: 1954
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Initially incorporated by an Act of Congress; insturction was given in several professional fields, including a Dept. of Medicine.  Over time, the law school became the dominant branch.  Reorganized in 1896 with new congressional charter allowing the institution to grant university degrees; merged with The George Washington University forming National Law Center
Source: http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/archives/collections/natuni.html, www.rootsweb.com/~dcgenweb/body_education.html
 
College Name: Oblate College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1904
End Date: 1997
Affiliation: Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Other Information: Located next to The Catholic University of America; library resources transferred to Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, the only remaining institution in the U.S.
Source: http://www.omiusa.org/150intx.htm
 
College Name: Oriental University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1904
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Diploma mill??
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatO.htm
 
College Name: Potomac University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1958
End Date: 1960
Affiliation: Seventh-Day Adventist
Other Information: Graduate school and seminary were briefly united as Potomac University before moving to Michigan and merging with Emmanuel Missionary College to form Andrews University
Source: http://www.andrews.edu/SEM/MT/MT/Mt101801/Story.htm
 
College Name: Saint John's College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1887
End Date: 1921
Affiliation: Christian Brothers
Other Information: Now a high school
Source: http://stjohns-chs.org
 
College Name: Saint Joseph's Seminary College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1888
End Date: 1971
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Saint Paul's College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1889
End Date: 1973
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Southeastern University
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1879
End Date: 2009
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Initial courses offered through the YMCA; incorporated by the District of Columbia as Southeastern University of the Young Men's Christian Association of the District of Columbia. In 1937 a federal charter referred to Southeastern University.
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College Name: Washington Christian College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1902
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Washington Dental College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date: 1901
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with Georgetown College, now Georgetown University
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Washington Normal School
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date: 1873
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: In 1929 became four-year teachers college; united with Minor Normal School in 1955 to form District of Columbia Teachers College
Source: http://www.universityofdc.org/detail.php?sid=1&aid=11
 
College Name: Washington Trade Union College
City: Washington
State: D.C.
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt