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Colleges in Arkansas that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name: Arkadelphia Methodist College
City: Arkadelphia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1890
End Date:  
Affiliation: Methodist
Other Information: Became Henderson College in 1904, Henderson-Brown College in 1909, control by state in 1929 becoming Henderson State Teachers College; Burke states that Arkadelphia Synodical College was open before the Civil War and was chartered in 1860
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978. Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Arkansas A & M
City: Monticello
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Fourth District Agricultural School by Act 100 of Arkansas General Assembly.  Name changed to Arkansas A&M in 1925.  Merged with University of Arkansas System and name changed to University of Arkansas at Monticello on July 1, 1971
Source: Songe, Alice H. American Universitie and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
 
College Name: Arkansas Christian College
City: Morrilton
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1919
End Date:  
Affiliation: Churches of Christ
Other Information: Purchased assets of Harper College (KS) in 1924; name changed to Harding College in 1924; moved to Searcy, AR in 1934; name change to Harding University in 1979
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Arkansas College
City: Fayetteville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1852
End Date: 1861
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information: 1st degree granting institution in the state; founded by Robert Graham; carefully emulated the concept of Bethany College (VA); closed during Civil War, was occupied by a confederate regiment and burned in 1862
Source: http://www.uark.edu/libinfo/speccoll/arkcollegeaid.html Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Arkansas College
City: Batesville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1872
End Date:  
Affiliation: Presbyterian
Other Information: Predecessor to Lyon College
Source: www.lyon.edu/webdata/Groups/Collhist/ Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Arkansas Conference College
City: Shiloam Springs
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Arkansas Cumberland College
City: Clarkville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1891
End Date: 1920
Affiliation: Cumberland Presbyterian
Other Information: Successor to Cane Hill College; predecessor to College of the Ozarks; name change to University of the Ozarks in 1987
Source: http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/schools/Arkansas.htm, http://www.ozarks.edu/about/history/history.html
 
College Name: Arkansas Female College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.uark.edu/depts/speccoll/findingaids/arkfemalecollege.html
 
College Name: Arkansas Holiness College
City: Vilonia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1900
End Date: 1931
Affiliation:  
Other Information: College started in 1905; accepted by the church of the Nazarene in 1914; merged with Bethany-Peniel College
Source: http://snu.edu/?p={42F09E01-0937-423D-B1A9-18183A4B3A4A}
 
College Name: Arkansas Industrial University
City: Fayetteville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1871
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name changed to University of Arkansas in 1899
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Arkansas Polytechnic College
City: Russellville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Second District Agricultural School; name changed to Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1925 and to Arkansas Tech University in 1976
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Arkansas State Teachers College
City: Conway
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1907
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Arkansas State Normal School; name changed to Arkansas State Teachers College in 1925; to State College of Arkansas in 1967 and to the University of Central Arkansas in 1975
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Bentonville College
City: Bentonville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1896
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Bethel University
City: North Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1886
End Date:  
Affiliation: African Methodist Episcopal
Other Information: First classes met in Bethel A.M.E. Church; moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1888 and became Shorter University after 1892; later consolidated operations in North Little Rock and was known as Shorter College after 1903; went from four-year status to a two-year institution in 1955; lost North Central accreditation in 1997
Source: Townsend, Barbara. Two-Year Colleges for Women and Minorities.  1999.
 
College Name: Branch Normal College
City: Pine Bluff
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1873
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as a branch of the Normal Department of the Arkansas Industrial University; name changed to Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College in 1929; merged with University of Arkansas in 1972 becoming the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Source: www.uapb.edu/history/milestones.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Buckner College
City: Witcherville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1887
End Date: 1889
Affiliation: Episcopal
Other Information:  
Source: Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
 
College Name: Cane Hill College
City: Boonsboro
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1834
End Date: 1891
Affiliation: Cumberland Presbyterian
Other Information: Closed 1861 and burned in 1864 during the Civil War; rebuilt and reopeded in 1868; destroyed again by fire in 1885 and reopened in 1887; building used for public school after closure until 1950's; currently used as a community building; predecessor to Arkansas Cumberland College and later, College of the Ozarks
Source: http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/schools/Arkansas.htm;, www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/mcdonold/42-49.htm, http://www.ozarks.edu/about/history/history.html
 
College Name: Capital City Junior College of Business
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date: Mar-1994
Affiliation:  
Other Information: First accredited by NCA 1987; student records available through Board of Private Career Education
Source: NCA web site
 
College Name: Central College
City: Conway
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date: 1947-48
Affiliation:  
Other Information: First accredited by NCA 1925; also Central College for Young Ladies & Central College for Women
Source: NCA web site; http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Clinton College
City: Perryville
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: T.L. Cox was president 1882-1886
Source: www.couchgenweb.com/arkansas/conway/bios-c.htm, 1976.
 
College Name: College of Saint Andrew
City: Van Buren
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1850
End Date:  
Affiliation: Catholic
Other Information:  
Source: Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.\
 
College Name: Commonwealth College
City: Mena
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1923
End Date: 1941
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Founded initially at New Llano Cooperative Colony in Louisiana; relocated to Arkansas the following year
Source: www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/701_reg_right.html, www.uark.edu/libinfo/speccoll/commonwealthaid.html, www.uark.edu/depts/speccoll/findingaids/gilbert.html Koch, Raymond & Charlotte. Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College. NY: Schocken Books. 1972.
 
College Name: Conway Baptist College
City: Conway
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1952
End Date:  
Affiliation: Baptist
Other Information: Opened on campus of former Central College; name changed to Central Baptist College in 1962
Source: www.cbc.edu/History.htm
 
College Name: Cossatot Technical College
City: De Queen
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1975
End Date: State Supported
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Name change to Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas in July 2001
Source: http://www.cccua.edu/about.htm
 
College Name: Crescent College
City: Eureka Springs
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1908
End Date: 1924
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Opened in Crescent Hotel as Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. During summers continued to operate as hotel. Closed in 1924 and then reopened as a junior college, 1930-1934.
Source: www.prairieghosts.com/cresc.html
 
College Name: Dunbar Junior College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1930
End Date: 1955
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Classes offered in Dunbar High School for blacks; closed by the School Board, citing inadequate finances; Samuel P. Massie was a distinguished graduate, a scientist, educator, and member of the Manhattan Project team during World War II. He was the first tenured black professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and also served the Maryland State Board of Community Colleges for 21 years, 10 as chairman; Another Dunbar alum, Lloyd C. Elam, completed his MD at the University of Washington and later served as a professor at Meharry Medical College and as interim dean of the school of medicine
Source:  www.queenhyte.com/dobb/dobb_04/dobb_feb04.html,  www.ualr.edu/~lrsd/chap2.html
 
College Name: First District Agricultural & Mechanical College
City: Jonesboro
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as First District Agricultural School; name changed to First District Agricultural & Mechanical College in 1925, to Arkansas State College in 1933 and to Arkansas State University in 1967
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Fort Smith Junior College
City: Fort Smith
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1928
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Became Westark Junior College in 1966; name change to Westark Community College in 1972 and to Westark College in 1998; absorbed by University of Arkansas system and known as University of Arkansas at Fort Smith in 2002
Source: March 23, 2001 Chronicle of Higher Education http://www.uafortsmith.edu
 
College Name: Galloway Women's College
City: Searcy
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date: 1933
Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal
Other Information: First accredited by NCA 1932; merged with Hendrix College in 1933
Source: NCA web site http://www.hendrix.edu/AboutHendrix/history/19311940.htm, www.phumc.com/tower/5.6.01/tower51.htm
 
College Name: Garland County Community College
City: Hot Springs
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1973
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Joined with Quapaw Technical Institute and became National Park Community College in July 2003
Source: http://www.npcc.edu/About/history.htm
 
College Name: Gateway Technical College
City: Batesville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1991
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Merged with University of Arkansas system to become University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in 1998
Source: http://www.uaccb.edu
 
College Name: Henderson-Brown College
City: Arkadelphia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1890
End Date: 1929
Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal
Other Information: Founded as Arkadelphia Methodist College; became Henderson College in 1904 and Henderson-Brown College in 1909; physical plant controlled by state in 1929 to form Henderson State Teachers College; merged with Hendrix College (Conway, AR) to form Hendrix-Henderson College in 1929 and with merger with Galloway Women's College, shortened name to Hendrix College
Source: http://www.hendrix.edu/AboutHendrix/history/19211930.htm Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Henderson State Teachers College
City: Arkadelphia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1929
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Henderson State College in 1967 and to Henderson State University in 1975
Source: http://www.hsu.edu/content.aspx?id=1501
 
College Name: Jonesboro Baptist College
City: Jonesboro
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1936
End Date:  
Affiliation: Baptist
Other Information: Remained open only a couple of years
Source: wbc2.wbcoll.edu/history.htm
 
College Name: Judson University
City: Judsonia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1871
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Little Rock Female College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www-english.tamu.edu/dept/lewis/
 
College Name: Little Rock Junior College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1927
End Date: 1957
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Classes offered in Little Rock High School at Fourteenth and Park, now Central High School; citing inadequate finances, the School Board divested itself of the program to a private board of trustees, later becaming Little Rock University in 1957 and then merging with University of Arkansas to become University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1969.  Founder, John A. Larson, served as president from 1930-1950.
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978. www.ualr.edu/~anniversary/history.html
 
College Name: Mississippi County Community College
City: Blytheville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1975
End Date:  
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Name changed to Arksansas Northeastern College July 2003 following merger with Cotton Boll Technical Institute (founded in 1966 in Burdette)
Source: http://www.ncahlc.org/index.php?option=com_directory&Itemid=192, http://www.anc.edu
 
College Name: Monea College
City: Rector
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1915
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Morrilton Male and Female College
City: Morrilton
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1890
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: East Church Street; Thomas P. Murray and W.B. Trow were joint principals beginning in 1890
Source: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ar/conway/bios/bios-m.txt
 
College Name: Mount Saint Mary's College
City:  
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Mary
Other Information:  
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Mount Vernon Normal College
City: Pea Ridge
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: See entry for Pea Ridge College
Source: www.nwaonline.net/pdfarchive/2000/June/19/6-19-00%20A3.pdf
 
College Name: Mountain Home Baptist College
City: Mountain Home
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1892
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.rootsweb.com/~armarion/marioncohistory/22Yellville.htm
 
College Name: Nazareth University
City: Corinth
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1896
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: North Arkansas Community College
City: Harrison
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1974
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Joined with Twin Lakes Technical College in 1993 and name changed to North Arkansas Community / Technical College; name changed to North Arkansas College in July 1997
Source: http://www.northark.edu/
 
College Name: Oil Belt Technical College
City: El Dorado
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1967
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Oil Belt Vocational-Technical School; name change to Oil Belt Technical College in 1991; joined with Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado Branch in 1992 to form South Arkansas Community College
Source: http://www.southark.edu/campus-info/dynpage.asp?pageID=839
 
College Name: Ouachita Baptist College
City: Arkadelphia
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Now Ouachita Baptist University
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Ouachita College
City: Camden
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1857
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Burke also lists a possible location of Tulip, Arkansas
Source: Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Ozark Bible College
City: Ozark
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1947
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Changed name in 1976 to Citadel Bible College and in 1987 merged with Calvary Bible College in Kansas City
Source: www.calvary.edu/seminary/sem_about/sem_about_body.html
 
College Name: Ozark Christian College
City: St. Joe
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1938
End Date: 1940
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Different institution from the current Ozark Christian College in Joplin that is a successor to Ozark Bible College and Midwest Christian College
Source: www.occ.edu/aboutocc/history.htm
 
College Name: Parrish College
City: Paragould
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Pea Ridge College
City: Pea Ridge
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1874
End Date: 1930
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Also known as Pea Ridge Masonic College and Mount Vernon Normal College; Cummins gives 1889 as date of founding; Burke gives 1853 as date for founding
Source: www.uark.edu/libinfo/speccoll/wmhughesaid.html Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987. Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Petit Jean Technical College
City: Morrilton
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1961
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Petit Jean Vocational-Technical School; became Petit Jean Technical College in 1991; name change to Petit Jean College in 1997; became University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton in 2001 after joining the University of Arkansas system 
Source: http://www.uaccm.edu/About_UACCM/College_History.htm
 
College Name: Pines Technical College
City: Pine Bluff
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1959
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Pines Vocational-Technical School; became Pines Technical College in 1991; name change to Southeast Arkansas Technical College in 1996 and to Southeast Arkansas College in 1998
Source: http://www.seark.edu
 
College Name: Phillips County Community College
City: Helena
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1965
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Joined with Rice Belt Technical Institute in DeWitt and became part of the University of Arkansas system as Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas in 1996
Source: http://www.pccua.edu/about_us.htm
 
College Name: Quitman Male & Female College
City: Quitman
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1871
End Date:  
Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal
Other Information:  
Source: See Lorene Houston, "Oldest College at Quitman," Cleburne County Historical Quarterly (Fall 1974), p. [18]; Walter N. Vernon, Methodism in Arkansas 1816-1976 (Little Rock: Joint Committee for the History of Arkansas Methodism 1977), p. 144.
 
College Name: Red River Technical College
City: Hope
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1965
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Founded as Red River Vocational-Technical School; became Red River Technical College in 1991; joined University of Arkansas system in 1996 as University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
Source: http://www.uacch.edu
 
College Name: Remington College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date: 1998
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002
 
College Name: Saint Andrew's College
City: Fort Smith
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1840's
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982
 
College Name: Saint John's Masonic College
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1850
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.huntsville364.org/history.htm Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Searcy Male and Female College
City: Searcy
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1883
End Date: 1898
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Following 1898 commencement name was changed to Speers-Langford Military Institute that closed following a fire in 1900
Source: http://www.whitecountyar.org/searcycollege.htm
 
College Name: Soulesbury College
City: Batesville
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1850
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://fly.hiwaay.net/~dmglenn/april76.htm Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Southern Baptist College
City: Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1941
End Date:  
Affiliation: Baptist
Other Information: Now Williams Baptist College, name changed in 1991
Source: http://wbc2.wbcoll.edu/newwbc/Admissions/admfcts.htm, http://wbc2.wbcoll.edu/history.htm, Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
 
College Name: Southland College
City: Helena
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1869
End Date: 1925
Affiliation: Friends
Other Information: Started in 1864 as home for African American children; normal course added in 1869; assumed name of Southland College in 1876
Source: http://www.uark.edu/libinfo/speccoll/southland.html
 
College Name: Southwest Technical Institute
City: Camden
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1967
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: State Board of Education operated the school until 1975 when it became part of Southern Arkansas University; name change to Southern Arkansas University Tech in 1978
Source: http://www.sautech.edu/SAUT_history.html
 
College Name: Springfield College
City: Springfield
State: Arkansas
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Thomas P. Murray and W. B. Trow were joint principals from 1888-1890 when they became joint principals of Morrilton Male and Female College
Source: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ar/conway/bios/bios-m.txt
 
College Name: State Agricultural & Mechanical College: Third District
City: Magnolia
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1909
End Date: State Supported
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Name change to Southern State College in 1951 and to Southern Arkansas University in 1976
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Stuttgart College
City: Stuttgart
State: Arkansas
Start Date: b1898
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.uark.edu/depts/speccoll/findingaids/core/series2.html
 
College Name: Subiaco College
City: Subiaco
State: Arkansas
Start Date: b1892
End Date: a1934
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.subi.org/history.htm
 
College Name: University of Little Rock
City: Little Rock
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1957
End Date: 1969
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Successor to Little Rock Junior College; merged with University of Arkansas in 1969 to become University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Source: www.ualr.edu/~anniversary/lru.html
 
College Name: Woodland Baptist College
City: Jonesboro
State: Arkansas
Start Date: 1902
End Date: 1911
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: wbc2.wbcoll.edu/history.htm