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

College Name: Alliant University
City: Fresno,Los Angeles,San Diego,SanFrancisco
State: California
Start Date: 1969
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded in 1969 as California School of Professional Psychology; merged in 2001 with United States International University to form Alliant International University
Source: December 15, 2000 Chronicle of Higher Education
 
College Name: Alma College
City: Los Gatos
State: California
Start Date: 1934
End Date: 1969
Affiliation: Society of Jesus
Other Information: relocated to Berkeley and adopted new name, The Jesuit School of Theology
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Ambassador College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1947
End Date: 1997
Affiliation: Worldwide Church of God
Other Information:  
Source: January 24, 1997 Chronicle of Higher Education; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambassador_College
 
College Name: American College of Applied Arts
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1970
End Date:  
Affiliation: for-profit
Other Information: also operated campuses in Atlanta, London and Dubai; sold to EduTrek Internation in mid-1990's and name changed to American InterContinental University; sold in 2000 to Career Educational Corporation
Source: January 13, 2006, The Chronicle of Higher Education
 
College Name: American College of Neuro-ophthalmology and Ocular Myology
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: adopted name of West Coast University in 1936
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Antioch University
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1989
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Arlington College
City: Riverside
State: California
Start Date: 1954
End Date: 1968
Affiliation: Association of Churches of God in Southern California
Other Information: merged with Azusa Pacific College
Source: www.apu.edu/about/history/
 
College Name: Balboa Law College
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1924
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: later Balboa University, then California Western University, later U.S. International University
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Beulah College
City: Upland
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date:  
Affiliation: Brethren in Christ
Other Information: Christian C. Burkholder (1865-1931) organized a Brethren in Christ congregation at Upland, Calif. He was the architect and its builder. He was the prime mover in the organization of Beulah College and was the only president. later, Upland College
Source: Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) located at http://www.gameo.org/ 
 
College Name: Brawley Junior College
City: Brawley
State: California
Start Date: 1924
End Date: 1947
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.imperial.cc.ca.us/administration/accreditation/contents/descriptiveback.htm
 
College Name: British-American University
City: Santa Ana
State: California
Start Date: 1998
End Date: 2006
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded by Roger Agajanian; operated law school
Source:  
 
College Name: California Baptist State Normal School
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: California Christian College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date:  
Affiliation: Christian Church
Other Information: founded as California School of Christianity at Wilshire Cristian Church; moved to Vermont Ave. location in 1921 and in 1923 became California Christian College; in 1934 became Chapman College that later relocated to Orange, CA after 1954
Source: www1.chapman.edu/library/archives/chrono.pdf Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: California Christian University
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1940's
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: successor to City Temple Institute; California Christian University opened in 1957 and closed in the 1990's; program focus primarily on degrees in
divinity and nursing, one of first to offer BS in Medicine
Source:  
 
College Name: California College of Medicine
City: Irvine
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1967
Affiliation:  
Other Information: merged with University of California-Irvine
Source: http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/com/index.html?top.html&menu.html&com02.htm
 
College Name: California College of Osteopathy
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1898
End Date: 1912
Affiliation:  
Other Information: consolidated with American School of Osteopathy
Source: http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
 
College Name: California Concordia College
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1973
Affiliation:  
Other Information: academic records moved to Concordia University, Irvine; see www.cui.edu for contact information
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: California Literary & Bible College
City: Kings County
State: California
Start Date: 1908
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: California State University-Hayward
City: Hayward
State: California
Start Date: 1957
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: renamed Cal State East Bay in 2005; previously, State College for Alameda County, Alameda County State College, California State College at Hayward; in 1972 became California State University, Hayward, and in January 2005 CSU East Bay
Source: Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2005
 
College Name: California Wesleyan College
City: Stockton
State: California
Start Date: 1851
End Date:  
Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal Church
Other Information: became University of the Pacific in 1852, then the College of the Pacific in 1911 and readopted the University of the Pacific name in 1961
Source: Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
 
College Name: California Western University
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1952
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded with assumption of charter of Balboa University; name changed to U.S. International University in 1966; merged with Mauna Olu College of Maui, Paia, Hawaii in 1972
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Central Junior College
City: El Centro
State: California
Start Date: 1922
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: name change to Imperial Valley College in 1951
Source: www.imperial.cc.ca.us/administration/accreditation/contents/descriptiveback.htm
 
College Name: Christ College
City: Irvine
State: California
Start Date: 1976
End Date:  
Affiliation: Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Other Information: name changed to Concordia University after 1993
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003. http://www.cui.edu/
 
College Name: Christian Brothers College
City: Sacramento
State: California
Start Date: 1876
End Date: 1924
Affiliation: Christian Brothers
Other Information: founded as Saint Patrick Institute at 12th & K Streets; known as Sacramento Institute from 1879-1904 and as Christian Brothers College from 1904-1924; continued as Christian Brothers School until 1964 at 21st & Broadway
Source: http://www.delasalle.org/new/history-of-the-district.shtml
 
College Name: Christian College
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Start Date: 1872
End Date:  
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Christian Heritage College
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1970
End Date:  
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Other Information: name changed to San Diego Christian College in 2005
Source: http://www.sdcc.edu/ 
 
College Name: Coalinga College
City: Coalinga
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now West Hill Community College?
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatC.htm
 
College Name: College of California
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date: 1853
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Contra Costa Academy; merged with Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in 1868 creating the University of California
Source: www.berkeley.edu/about/history; sunsite.berkeley.edu/CalHistory/brief-history.html
 
College Name: College of Medical Evangelists
City: Loma Linda
State: California
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now Loma Linda University Medical Center
Source: www.llu.edu/llu/handbook/hist.htm Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1914
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: see entry for Pacific College of Osteopathy; predecessor of University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
Source: http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/collections/special/bibcom.html
 
College Name: College of Our Lady of Mercy
City: Auburn
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Mercy
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: College of Our Lady of Mercy
City: Burlingame
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Mercy
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: College of our Lady of Refuge of Sinners
City: Solvang
State: California
Start Date: 1844
End Date: 1846
Affiliation: Catholic
Other Information: Santa Ines Mission was the nineteenth mission founded in the state in 1804; named for Saint Agnes who was killed in Rome for her beliefs; served as temporary quarters for the college, the first institution of higher education in California; later moved near Santa Ynez as Guadelupe College, where it stayed open until 1883; initially Franciscan and then led by Christian Brothers
Source: http://www.missionsofcalifornia.org/missions/mission19.html, http://www.archivalcenter.org/Biblioteca/biblio.html, http://www.delasalle.org/new/history-of-the-district.shtml
 
College Name: College of Physicians and Surgeons
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1897
End Date: 1918
Affiliation:  
Other Information: dental department continued to operate and ultimately affiliated with the University of the Pacific in 1967
Source: http://www.dental.uop.edu/aboutuop/buildings.htm
 
College Name: College of Saint Augustine
City: Benicia
State: California
Start Date: 1867
End Date: 1889
Affiliation: Episcopal
Other Information:  
Source:  http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
 
College Name: College of Saint Catherine
City:  
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Saint Joseph
Other Information:  
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: College of the Sacred Heart
City: Menlo Park
State: California
Start Date: 1898
End Date:  
Affiliation: Religious of the Sacred Heart
Other Information: established as Sacred Heart Academy, became College of the Sacred Heart in 1921, San Francisco College for Women in 1930; relocated in San Francisco in 1930, adopted name of Lone Mountain College in 1970
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Cooper Medical College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1882
End Date: 1912
Affiliation:  
Other Information: consolidated with Stanford University
Source: http://elane.stanford.edu/wilson/index.html Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Covenant College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1955
End Date: 1956
Affiliation:  
Other Information: moved to St. Louis and then to Lookout Mountain, TN in 1964
Source: www.covenant.edu/undergrad/legacy/
 
College Name: Cumberland College
City: Sonoma
State: California
Start Date: 1859
End Date:  
Affiliation: Cumberland Presbyterian
Other Information: known as Sonoma College prior to 1860; management assumed by W.N. Cunningham soon after founding; operated for a decade or more with property later used by public schools as a high school
Source: www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/schools/Evans.htm Burke, Collin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Deets Pacific Bible College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1910
Affiliation:  
Other Information: successor to Pacific Bible College; predecessor to Nazarene University
Source: http://www.ptloma.edu/UniversityInformation/HistoricalStmt.htm
 
College Name: D-Q University
City: Davis
State: California
Start Date: 1971
End Date: 2005
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Read, Brock.  "California's only Tribal College Shuts its Doors," 3/4/05 and Pulley, John L.  "D-Q University, a 2-Year Tribal College in California, Loses Accreditation," 1/24/05 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
 
College Name: Eldorado College
City: Oceanside
State: California
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1973
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Wikipedia article indicates that institution operated from 1961 to 1997 with Escandido as initial location.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldorado_College
 
College Name: Glad Tidings Bible Institute
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1919
End Date:  
Affiliation: Assemblies of God
Other Information: founded as the training school for Glad Tidings Temple, pastored by Robert and Mary Craig;  provided leadership preparation for the Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God; moved to site in the Santa Cruz mountains in 1950 and became a four-year degree granting college in 1955, changing its name to Bethany Bible College; accreditation received from the American Association of Bible Colleges in 1959 and regional accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1966;  name change in 1990 to Bethany College and in 2005 to Bethany University of the Assemblies of God; Bethany held the distinction of being the oldest accredited Assemblies of God University in the world prior to closure at the end of the 2010-11 academic year;
Source: Bethany University Catalog 2010-2011
 
College Name: Grant Technical College
City: Sacramento
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Del Paso Heights, CA given as location on U of Chicago site
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Hahnemann Medical College of the Pacific
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1884
End Date: 1936
Affiliation:  
Other Information: merged with University of California Medical School
Source: http://www.homeoint.org/history/king/3-06.htm
 
College Name: Heald Business College
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1999
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Heald College continues in existance with 11 campuses
Source: http://www.heald.edu/corporate/about_heald.asp
 
College Name: Healdsburg College
City: Healdsburg
State: California
Start Date: 1882
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: adopted name of Pacific Union College in 1906, moved to Angwin, CA in 1909
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Hesperian College
City: Woodland
State: California
Start Date: 1861
End Date: 1895
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information: became Berkeley Bible Seminary in 1896, California School of Christianity in 1921 and California Christian College in 1923; in 1934 renamed Chapman College
Source: www.chapman.edu/pubrel/chapman_info.html Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978. Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Highland College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1974
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Holmby College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Holy Family Junior College
City: Fremont
State: California
Start Date: 1952
End Date: 1987
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Homeopathic Medical College of the Pacific
City:  
State: California
Start Date: 1881
End Date: 1939
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/homeopathy_1875_1899.html
 
College Name: Immaculate Heart College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1916
End Date: 1982
Affiliation: Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Other Information: bilingual program, including funding, transferred to Loyola Marymount University
Source: O'Neill and Barnett.  Colleges and Corporate Change.  Conference-University Press, 1980. Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Heart_College
 
College Name: Indian Valley College
City: Novato
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: operating now as campus of College of Marin
Source:  
 
College Name: InterAmerican College
City: National City
State: California
Start Date: 1997
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: name change in 2010 to United States University
Source: www.usuniversity.edu
 
College Name: Junior College of Menlo Park
City:  
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Kelsey-Jenney College
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1888
End Date: 2002
Affiliation:  
Other Information: filed for bankruptcy protection and closed
Source: "Kelsey-Jenney College Shuts Its Doors," Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/5/2002 
 
College Name: Lake College
City: Redding
State: California
Start Date: 2005
End Date: 2009
Affiliation: proprietary
Other Information: closed April 3, 2009; reopened by Brightstar Education Group of Denver, CO as a branch of the Institute of Technology under agreement with federal Dept of Education and the Accrediting commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT);
Source: http://www.redding.com/news/2009/apr/04/denver-firm-takes-over-reddings-troubled-lake/
 
College Name: Lone Mountain College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1898
End Date: 1978
Affiliation:  
Other Information: taken over by University of San Francisco; The Lone Mountain Campus of the University was formerly San Francisco College for Women. Acquired by the University in 1978, this campus houses the College of Professional studies, the Center for the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute, the Pacific Rim Conference Center, classrooms, various offices, and residence hall rooms for 200 students. Other administrative offices at Lone Mountain include the Offices of the President and the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Legal Affairs, and University Advancement.
Source: O'Neill and Barnett.  Colleges and Corporate Change.  Conference-University Press, 1980.
 
College Name: Lordsburg College
City: Lordsburg
State: California
Start Date: 1891
End Date:  
Affiliation: Church of the Brethren
Other Information: in 1917 the town changed it's name to LaVerne and the college did likewise; merged with San Fernando Valley College of Law in 1983
Source: Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996. Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Los Angeles Adult Evening College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Los Angeles Baptist College
City: Newhall
State: California
Start Date: 1927
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary; name change to Los Angeles Baptist College in 1959; now The Master's College after 1985
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatL.htm Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Los Angeles Business College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatL.htm
 
College Name: Los Angeles College of Optometry
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1904
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Medical School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, became Los Angeles School of Optometry in 1922 and Los Angeles College of Optometry in 1950; moved to Fullerton, CA and renamed Southern California College of Optometry
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Los Angeles College of Osteopathy
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: see entry for Pacific College of Osteopathy
Source: http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/collections/special/bibcom.html
 
College Name: Los Angeles Pacific College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1903
End Date: 1965
Affiliation: Free Methodist
Other Information: merged with Azusa College to Azusa Pacific College
Source: www.apu.edu/about/history/
 
College Name: Los Angeles Private Junior College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Los Nietos College Institute
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1868
End Date: 1897
Affiliation: Methodist
Other Information: closed in 1879, reopened in 1894 for three more years
Source: http://thepaperink.com/1993/93tt0813.htm
 
College Name: Lux College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatL.htm, http://www.mirandalux.org/archives.html
 
College Name: Maclay College of Theology
City: San Fernando
State: California
Start Date: 1885
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: became affiliated with University of Southern California in 1922; became Southern California School of Theology in 1956 after becoming independent and moving to Claremont.
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Marymount Junior College
City: Westwood
State: California
Start Date: 1933
End Date: 1973
Affiliation: religious of Sacred Heart of Mary
Other Information: began granting baccalaureate degrees in 1948; new campus on Palos Verdes penninsula in 1960; in 1868 moved to estchester campus of Loyola University; in 1973 merged with Loyola University to form Loyola Marymount
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002. www.lmu.edu/pages/120.asp
 
College Name: McGeorge College of Law
City: Sacramento
State: California
Start Date: 1921
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: in 1966 became part of University of Pacific
Source: www.sacbee.com/static/archive/news/projects/people_of_century/century_special/timeline1.html, www.uop.edu/hr/handbook/WelcomeToPacific.html
 
College Name: Mount Alverno College
City: Redwood City
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Napa Junior College
City: Napa
State: California
Start Date: 1942
End Date:  
Affiliation: state supported
Other Information: renamed Napa College in 1962 and Napa Valley College in 1982
Source: http://www.nvc.cc.ca.us/dsps/catalog/introduction.html
 
College Name: Nazarene University
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1910
End Date: 1917
Affiliation:  
Other Information: successor to Deets Pacific Bible College; predecessor to Pasadena University
Source: http://www.ptloma.edu/UniversityInformation/HistoricalStmt.htm Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
 
College Name: New Catholic University
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 2006
End Date:  
Affiliation: Catholic
Other Information: name changed in 2007 to John Paul the Great Catholic University
Source: http://www.jpcatholic.com/NCUNews/Jun2005.php
 
College Name: New College of California
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1971
End Date: 2008
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by former Gonzaga University President, Father John Leary; the  main campus was housed in several buildings in the Mission District in San Francisco; programs included Humanities BA, Poetics, Writing and Consciousness, Media Studies, Graduate Psychology, Experimental Performance Institute, School of Law, Culture Ecology and Sustainability, a Science Institute held classes at the Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, California;
Source: http://www.newcollege.edu/default.aspx, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_College_of_California
 
College Name: Northern California College of Chiropractic
City: Hayward
State: California
Start Date: 1978
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: moved to Palo Alto and then to Sunnyvale; became Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 1980
Source: http://www.palmer.edu/PFCH/PCCWHistory.htm
 
College Name: Northrop University
City: Inglewood
State: California
Start Date: 1942
End Date: 1993
Affiliation:  
Other Information: private coeducational college offering B.S. degree in engineering and technology
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_University
 
College Name: Oceanside Carlsbad College
City: Oceanside
State: California
Start Date: 1934
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now MiraCosta College
Source: http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us/aboutmcc.htm
 
College Name: Orange County State College
City: Fullerton
State: California
Start Date: 1957
End Date:  
Affiliation: state supported
Other Information: name changed to Orange State College in 1962, to California State College at Fullerton in 1964 and to California State University, Fullerton in 1972
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Pacific Bible College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1902
End Date: 1906
Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
Other Information: name changed to Deets Pacific Bible College
Source: http://www.ptloma.edu/UniversityInformation/HistoricalStmt.htm, Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
 
College Name: Pacific Bible College
City: Huntington Park
State: California
Start Date: 1899
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: operated as Training School for Christian Workers until 1939 when name changed to Pacific Bible College; moved to site in Azusa and name changed to Azusa College
Source: www.apu.edu/about/history/
 
College Name: Pacific Business College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: 320 Post Street?
Source:  
 
College Name: Pacific Christian College
City: Fullerton
State: California
Start Date: 1928
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Pacific Bible Seminary; name changed to Pacific Christian College in 1962 and to Hope International University in 1997
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Pacific Coast University
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1927
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: graduate programs in business and divinity and undergraduate programs closed during Great Depression; PCU Law School continues in Long Beach, CA
Source: www.pculaw.com/history.php
 
College Name: Pacific College
City: Fresno
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now Fresno Pacific University
Source: http://www.fresno.edu/
 
College Name: Pacific College of Osteopathy
City: Anaheim
State: California
Start Date: 1896
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Pacific Sanitarium and School of Osteopathy; relocated in 1902 to Pasadena; in 1903 became Pacific College of Osteopathy and in 1905 offered classes at the Los Angeles College of Osteopathy; in 1914 merged with LACO to become College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; in 1961 name changed to California College of Medicine; in 1967 moved and became University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
Source: http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/collections/special/bibcom.html
 
College Name: Pacific Female College
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
 
College Name: Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
City: Palo Alto
State: California
Start Date: 1975
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: name change to Palo Alto University in 2009; offer eight degree-granting programs, all related to psychology. Many are partnerships with other universities, such as a joint J.D./Ph.D. in Psychology and Law with Golden Gate University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with Stanford. It added a B.S. in Psychology and Social Action in 2006 in conjunction with De Anza College, and this year it will enroll its first students in a B.S. in Business Psychology, offered in cooperation with Foothill College.
Source: www.paloaltou.edu
 
College Name: Pacific Methodist College
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Start Date: 1861
End Date: 1900
Affiliation: Methodist
Other Information:  
Source: Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Pacific Methodist College
City: Vacaville
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.orst.edu/Dept/archives/archive/mss/finley.html, http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/print/FF/ffi21.html, Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
 
College Name: Pasadena College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1924
End Date: 1973
Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
Other Information: successor to Pasadena University; predecessor to Point Loma College, later becoming Point Loma Nazarene University
Source: http://www.ptloma.edu/UniversityInformation/HistoricalStmt.htm, Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996. Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Pasadena Playhouse College of the Theatre Arts
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1926
End Date: 1971
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Pasadena University
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1917
End Date: 1924
Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
Other Information: successor to Nazarene University; predecessor to Pasadena College
Source: http://www.ptloma.edu/UniversityInformation/HistoricalStmt.htm
 
College Name: Phillips Junior College
City: Van Nuys
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1996
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.tgslc.org/tgslc/shoptalk/2002/st180/st180.pdf
 
College Name: Pierce Christian College
City: College City
State: California
Start Date: 1874
End Date:  
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information: charter transferred to Berkeley Bible Seminary in 1894
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987. www.chapan.edu/library/archives/chrono.pdf
 
College Name: Pilarica College
City:  
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Notre Dame
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Pilgrim Bible College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1917
End Date: 1959
Affiliation: Pilgrim Holiness
Other Information: merged with Colorado Springs Bible College and Wesern Pilgrim College to form Central Pilgrim College in Bartlesville, OK
Source: www.bwc.edu/info/history.html
 
College Name: Placer College
City: Auburn
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now Sierra College
Source: www.sierracollege.edu
 
College Name: Polytechnic Business College
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: Polytechnic College of Engineering
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Presentation College
City: Los Gatos
State: California
Start Date: 1958
End Date: 1971
Affiliation: Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students; affiliated with University of San Francisco; site was the former Montezuma Mountain School for Boys; now operates as a retreat center
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002. www.prescenter.org/HISTORY_OF_PRESENTATION_RETREAT_CENTER.htm
 
College Name: Queen of Holy Rosary College
City: Fremont
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation: Sisters of Saint Dominic
Other Information: founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students; listed as closed by Schier and Russent.  However, college website accessed 5/03 at http://www.msjdominicans.org/college.html
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Russell College
City: Burlingame
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1983
Affiliation:  
Other Information: successor to College of Our Lady of Mercy, Berlingame; Songe gives closing date as 1974
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002. Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Sacred Heart College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1874
End Date: 1929
Affiliation: Christian Brothers
Other Information: initially located on Eddy & Larkin Streets and later at Ellis & Franklin Streets; continues today as Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
Source: http://www.delasalle.org/new/history-of-the-district.shtml
 
College Name: Salinas Junior College
City: Salinas
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: name change to Harnell College in 1948
Source: http://www.hartnell.edu/
 
College Name: Saint Albert's College
City: Oakland
State: California
Start Date: 1851
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
Source: www.dspt.edu/AboutUS/AboutUs.html
 
College Name: Saint Ignatius College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1860
End Date:  
Affiliation: Jesuit
Other Information: after 1930 name changed to University of San Francisco 
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10, Leahy, William P.  Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits, and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century.  1991. http://www.usfca.edu/acadserv/catalog/usf_history.html
 
College Name: Saint Joseph's College
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Start Date: 1924
End Date: 1992
Affiliation: Archdiocese of San Francisco
Other Information: Gaffy states closure in 1992; Songe states name changed to Saint Patrick's College in 1968
Source: Gaffey.  Men of Meno.  1992 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Saint Joseph's College
City: Rohnerville
State: California
Start Date: 1871
End Date: 1877
Affiliation: Congregation of the Precious Blood
Other Information: reopened briefly again 1894-1897
Source: www.sunnyfortuna.com/history/rohnerville/college.htm
 
College Name: Saint Joseph's College
City: Orange 
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10 Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
 
College Name: Saint Vincent's College
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1865
End Date: 1911
Affiliation: Vincentian Fathers
Other Information: became Los Angeles College in 1911; control assumed by Society of Jesus; name returned to Saint Vincent's College in 1917, Loyola College of Los Angeles in 1919, Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1930; became affiliated with Marymount College in 1968 and adopted name of Loyola Marymount University in 1973 after merger
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978. www.lmu.edu/pages/120.asp
 
College Name: San Diego College for Women
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1950
End Date: 1972
Affiliation: Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Other Information: merged with University of San Diego
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_College_for_Women
 
College Name: San Fernando Valley College of Law
City:  
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: merged with University of La Verne in 1983
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: San Francisco College for Women
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1930
End Date: 1970
Affiliation:  
Other Information: successor to College of the Sacred Heart and predecesor to Lone Mountain College
Source: Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: San Francisco Labor College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt
 
College Name: San Joaquin Valley College
City: Woodbridge
State: California
Start Date: 1878
End Date:  
Affiliation: United Brethren in Christ
Other Information:  
Source: Larson, Dale.  A History of York College.  Ph.D. Dissertation, 1966.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  http://library.york.edu/archives/yc_history-larsen.htm
 
College Name: San Jose Bible College
City: San Jose
State: California
Start Date: 1939
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: later San Jose Christian College; relocated to Rocklin, CA in 2004 and changed name to William Jessup University
Source: http://www.jessup.edu/about
 
College Name: San Luis Rey College
City: San Luis Rey
State: California
Start Date: 1929
End Date: 1969
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Santa Clara College
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Start Date: 1851
End Date:  
Affiliation: Jesuit
Other Information: name change to University of Santa Clara in 1912
Source: http://www.scu.edu/
 
College Name: Santa Maria Junior College
City: Santa Maria
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date:  
Affiliation: public
Other Information: founded as part of public school district; in 1954 the Santa Maria Junior College, now G. Allan Hancock Community College, purchased 40 acres of the Allan Hancock airport site. Some original buildings from the airport are still in use as part of the college.
Source: http://www.smmof.org/history.htm
 
College Name: Santa Rosa Young Ladies College
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.orst.edu/Dept/archives/archive/mss/finley.html
 
College Name: Sawyer College
City: San Jose
State: California
Start Date: 1999
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.tgslc.org/tgslc/shoptalk/1998/st87/st87.pdf
 
College Name: Simon Greanleaf School of Law
City: Anaheim
State: California
Start Date: 1980
End Date: 1998
Affiliation:  
Other Information: located at 3855 E. la Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA; merged with Trinity International University
Source:  
 
College Name: Snyder Business College
City: Santa Barbara
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: acquired by Bryant & Stratton College in 1980 and later closed
Source: www.bryantstratton.edu
 
College Name: Sonoma College
City: Sonoma
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: see entry for Cumberland College
Source: www.cumberland.org/HFCPC/schools/SonomaCollegeCA.htm
 
College Name: South Bay State College
City: Palos Verdes
State: California
Start Date: 1960
End Date:  
Affiliation: state supported
Other Information: chartered as part of the California State College system; renamed California State College, Palos Verdes; land purchased in Dominguez Hills in 1965 and name changed to California State College, Dominguez Hills in 1966; name change in 1977 to California State University, Dominguez Hills
Source: http://www.insidesocal.com/history/2010/03/early-days-at-california-state-university-dominguez-hills.html
 
College Name: Southern California College
City: Cosa Mesa
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date:  
Affiliation: Assemblies of God
Other Information: founded as a Bible training institute in Los Angeles in 1920; moved to Cosa Mesa in 1950; name changed to Vanguard University of Southern California on July 1, 1999
Source: http://www.vanguard.edu/alumni/index.cfm?doc_id=24, Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Southern California Junior College
City: Riverside
State: California
Start Date: 1922
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as La Sierra Academy; name change to Southern California Junior College in 1928; name change to La Sierra College in 1943;  merge with Loma Linda University from 1967-1990; name change to La Sierra University in 1991
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Southern Pacific College
City: Downey
State: California
Start Date: 1877
End Date:  
Affiliation: Christian College (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information: 200 students and three story building; leveled by fire in 1880 and did not re-open; Cummins gives Downing, CA as location
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987. http://thepaperink.com/1993/93tt0813.htm
 
College Name: State College for Alameda County
City: Hayward
State: California
Start Date: 1957
End Date:  
Affiliation: state supported
Other Information: name change to Alameda County State College in 1961, to California State College at Hayword in 1963 and to California State University, Hayward in 1972
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Stockton Business College, Normal School & Telegraphic Institute
City: Stockton
State: California
Start Date: 1875
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: name changed to Humphreys College in 1947
Source: Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
 
College Name: Tahoe College
City: Tahoe Paradise
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1971
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Throop University
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1891
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Throop Polytechnic Institute in 1891, became Throop College of Technology in 1912 and California Institute of Technology in 1920
Source: http://archives.caltech.edu/whats_old.html, Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
 
College Name: Toland Medical College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1864
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: became a department of the University of California in 1873; University of California, San Francisco after 1970
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Touro University
City: Cypress
State: California
Start Date: 1998
End Date:  
Affiliation: proprietary
Other Information: founded as an extension of Touro College, NY; name change to TUI University; sold to Summit Partners of Boston, MA; name change to Trident University in 2011
Source: http://www.tuiu.edu/
 
College Name: Trinity College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1994
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: www.tgslc.org/tgslc/shoptalk/2002/st172/st172.pdf
 
College Name: United States International University
City: San Diego
State: California
Start Date: 1952
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: merged in 2001 with Alliant University to form Alliant International University
Source:  
 
College Name: Upland College
City: Upland
State: California
Start Date: 1920
End Date: 1965
Affiliation: Brethren in Christ
Other Information: successor to Beulah College, founded in 1920; merged with Messiah College; Ernest L. Boyer served as academic dean for four years
Source: http://www.messiah.edu/siderinstitute/bicchurch.shtml; www.mhsc.ca
 
College Name: University of Judaism
City: Bel Air
State: California
Start Date: 1941
End Date:  
Affiliation: Jewish
Other Information: Familian campus in Bel Air and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley follwoing merger with Brandeis Bardin Institute in 2007; name change to American Jewish University in 2007
Source: http://www.ajula.edu/Content/ContentUnit.asp?CID=141&u=525&t=0
 
College Name: Visalia College
City: Visalia
State: California
Start Date: 1926
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: now the College of the Sequoias
Source: www.cos.edu
 
College Name: Washington College of Science and Industry
City: Irvington
State: California
Start Date: 1872
End Date:  
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Other Information:  
Source: Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
 
College Name: Watterson College
City: Pasadena
State: California
Start Date: 1915
End Date: 1995
Affiliation: proprietary
Other Information:  
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watterson_college
 
College Name: West Coast Christian College
City: Fresno
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1992
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: West Coast University
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Start Date: 1909
End Date: 1997
Affiliation:  
Other Information: institution expanded and acquired WASC accreditation in 1960's; an engineering school attended by many working engineers and technicians in the aerospace industry was added, along with a business school; it was located at 440 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, Cal. 90020; the faculty tended to include working professionals and the curriculum was geared toward practical application for employment in DoD and aerospace firms; the building is now identified with a sign saying "Dunkking Royal University of Oriental Medicine."; closed in 1997 with last commencement in June; not to be confused with the former American Career College that acquired the name and now operates as West Coast University
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002 
 
College Name: Western Baptist Bible College
City: Oakland & El Cerrito
State: California
Start Date: 1935
End Date:  
Affiliation: Baptist
Other Information: founded as Phoenix Bible Institute in Arizona; relocated to California in 1946; relocated to Salem, Oregon in 1969
Source: www.corban.edu
 
College Name: Western Bible College
City: Santa Barbara
State: California
Start Date: 1937
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: established as Bible Missionary Institute, became Western Bible College in 1939 and Westmont College in 1940
Source: Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
 
College Name: Western Career College
City: Sacramento
State: California
Start Date: 1967
End Date:  
Affiliation: proprietary
Other Information: acquired by DeVry and operated by U.S. Education, a wholly owned subsidiary; and after June, 2010, along with the former Apollo College (AZ), will be renamed Carrington College; Western Career College locations included Antioch, Citrus Heights, Emeeryville, Pleasant Hill, San Jose, San Leandro, Stockton, and Pamona
Source: http://www.westerncollege.edu/
 
College Name: Western Pilgrim College
City: El Monte
State: California
Start Date: 1932
End Date: 1959
Affiliation: Pilgrim Holiness
Other Information: merged with Colorado Springs Bible College and Pilgrim Bible College to form Central Pilgrim College in Bartlesville, OK
Source: www.bwc.edu/info/history.html
 
College Name: Western States College of Engineering
City: Inglewood
State: California
Start Date:  
End Date: 1985
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source:  
 
College Name: World College West
City: Marin County
State: California
Start Date: 1973
End Date: 1992
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded by Dr. Richard Gray as an undergraduate college that integrated world-study with a work-study liberal arts program; operated program sites in Mexico, Nepal, China, and Russia;
Source: Cappel, Constance.  Utopian Colleges.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing. 1999. www.worldcollegewest.org, http://www.presidiomba.org/history/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_College_West
 
College Name: Y.M.C.A. Evening College
City: San Francisco
State: California
Start Date: 1881
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: founded as Y.M.C.A. Night School; formed Law School in 1910; became Golden Gate College in 1923
Source: www.ymca.net/about/cont/history.htm