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

College Name: Adams State Teachers College of Southern Colorado
City: Alamosa
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1921
End Date:  
Affiliation: State supported
Other Information: Founded as State Normal School at Alamosa; name changed to Adams State Normal School in 1923, to Adams State Teachers College of Southern Colorado in 1929, and to Adams State College in 1945
Source: http://www.adams.edu/
 
College Name: Agricultural College of Colorado
City: Fort Collins
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1870
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name changed to Colorado State College of Agriculture & Mechanic Arts in 1935; to Colorado Agricultural & Mechanical College in 1944; to Colorado State University in 1957
Source: Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
 
College Name: Beth-El College of Nursing
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1904
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1997
Source: http://web.uccs.edu/bethel/
 
College Name: Blair Business College
City: Pueblo
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1918
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: See entry for Brown's Business College
Source:  
 
College Name: Brown's Business College
City: Pueblo
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1897
End Date: 1918
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Mr. and Mrs. George Blair purchased Brown's Business College in 1918 and renamed it Blair´s Business College. Floyd Doty assumed ownership of the College in 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webster purchased Blair Business College in 1960. In January 1981, Blair Business College changed its name to Blair Junior College. Renamed Everest College in 2006 and is now owned by Titan Schools, a division of Corinthian Colleges. 
Source: www.petersons.com/cci/520.html
 
College Name: College of the Sacred Heart
City: Morrison / Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1884
End Date:  
Affiliation: Jesuit
Other Information: Formerly Las Vegas College; moved by Jesuits to Morrison, CO; relocated to Denver in 1887; name changed to Regis College in 1921 and to Regis University in 1991
Source: www.archden.org/noel/02000.htm, Songe, Alice H. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
 
College Name: Colorado College of Osteopathy
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1897
End Date: 1904
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Founded under the name of Western Institute of Osteopathy; in 1899 the name was changed to Bolles Institute of Osteopathy; in 1901 it became known as the Colorado College of Osteopathy. Absorbed by the American School of Osteopathy (Kirksville, MO)
Source: http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
 
College Name: Colorado Springs Bible College
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1910
End Date: 1959
Affiliation: Pilgrim Holiness
Other Information: Merged with Pilgrim Bible College and Western Pilgrim College to form Central Pilgrim College in Bartlesville, OK
Source: www.bwc.edu/info/history.html
 
College Name: Colorado State Teachers College
City: Greeley
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1889
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Colorado State College of Education in 1935; to Colorado State College in 1957; to University of Northern Colorado in 1970
Source: Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
 
College Name: Colorado Technical College
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1965
End Date:  
Affiliation: For-profit
Other Information: Name change to Colorado Technical University in 1995
Source: http://www.coloradotech.edu/about_ctu/history.aspx
 
College Name: Colorado Women's College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1909
End Date: 1982
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Name changed to Temple Buell College in 1967; name reverted to Colorado Women's College in 1973; merged with University of Denver in 1982
Source: www.penlib.du.edu/, Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
 
College Name: Community College of Denver-Auraria Campus
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1967
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Denver Auraria Community College in 1984 and to Community College of Denver in 1985
Source: http://www.ncahlc.org/?option=com_directory&Itemid=192
 
College Name: Community College of Denver-North Campus
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1968
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Moved to Wesminster in 1977; name change to Front Range Community College in 1983
Source: http://www.frontrange.edu/FRCCTemplates/FRCC1.aspx?id=702
 
College Name: Community College of Denver-Red Rocks
City: Lakewood
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1969
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Red Rocks Community College in 1983
Source: http://www.rrcc.edu/about/history.html
 
College Name: Denver Baptist Bible College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1952
End Date: 1986
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA (see entry for Omaha Baptist Bible College)
Source: www.faith.edu
 
College Name: Denver Bible College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1914
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Founded as Denver Bible Institute; name changed to Denver Bible College in 1945 and to Rockmont College in 1949 with move to Longmont, CO; moved to Lakewood, CO in 1967; merged with Western Bible College in 1985; name changed to Colorado Christian College in 1985; merged with Colorado Baptist University and name changed to Colorado Christian University in 1989
Source: Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
 
College Name: Denver College of Medicine
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1882
End Date: 1902
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with Gross Medical College and operated as Denver and Gross College of Medicine until 1911 merger with CU School of Medicine
Source: http://www.cu.edu/125/light3.html
 
College Name: Denver College of Oratory, Music and Art
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Denver Homeopathic College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1895
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Predecessor of Denver College of Physicians and Surgeons
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10, http://www.rootsweb.com/~copionee/bios/strickler_da.htm
 
College Name: Denver Junior College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
 
College Name: Denver Labor College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1929
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Rev. Charles Webber, dubbed the "Chaplain of Organized Labor," organized the Denver Labor College and served as its president in the 1920s. He later moved to Virginia and became an organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in 1942. To the consternation of many Methodists in Virginia, Webber became the president of the state CIO in 1946. In 1955 he became the director of the Office of Religious Relations for the new AFL-CIO until his retirement in 1963.
Source: Raymond & Charlotte Koch. Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College. P. 8. http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt
 
College Name: El Paso Community College
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1968
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Pikes Peak Community College in 1978
Source: http://www.ppcc.edu/about-ppcc/
 
College Name: Fort Lewis A & M College
City: Hesperus
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1911
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Initially an agricultural high school under the State Board of Agriculture; began offering college classes in 1925 and was designated as a junior college in 1948; moved to Durango in 1956; began offering baccalaureate degrees and name change to Fort Lewis College in 1964
Source: http://www.ncahlc.org/?option=com_directory&Itemid=192, http://www.fortlewis.edu
 
College Name: Grand Junction State Junior College
City: Grand Junction
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1925
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Name change to Mesa College in 1937 and to Mesa State College in 1989; name change to Colorado Mesa University in 2011
Source: Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
 
College Name: Gross Medical College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1887
End Date: 1902
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Merged with the Denver College of Medicine and operated until 1911 as Denver and Gross College of Medicine; merged with the CU School of Medicine.
Source: http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatG.htm, http://www.cu.edu/125/light3.html
 
College Name: Loretto Heights College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1891
End Date: 1990
Affiliation: Sisters of Loretto
Other Information: Founded as Loretto Academy, became Loretto Heights College in 1918; acquired by Japanese investors and reopened as Teikyo Loretto Heights; name change to Colorado Heights University in 2009
Source: Songe, Alice H. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978. http://www.chu.edu/
 
College Name: Metropolitan State College of Denver
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1965
End Date:  
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: Board initially approved name change to Denver State University in 2011, now postponed until at least 2012
Source: http://www.mscd.edu/
 
College Name: Rangely College
City: Rangely
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1962
End Date:  
Affiliation: Public
Other Information: In 1974 became Colorado Northwestern Community College
Source: www.cncc.cc.co.us/welcome/history.htm
 
College Name: Saint John's Missionary College
City: Greeley
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1909
End Date:  
Affiliation: Episcopal
Other Information:  
Source: http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10, http://weldcountypeople.homestead.com/StJohnsCollege.html
 
College Name: Saint Thomas Theological Seminary
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1906
End Date: 1995
Affiliation:  
Other Information:  
Source: http://closedcollege.bizland.com
 
College Name: San Isabel Junior College
City: Pueblo
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1933
End Date:  
Affiliation: State Supported
Other Information: Became Southern Colorado Junior College in 1934, Pueblo Junior College in 1937, Southern Colorado State College in 1963, and the University of Southern Colorado in 1975; Colorado State University - Pueblo after 2003
Source: Songe, Alice H. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978. http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/about/Pages/NameChangeHistory.aspx
 
College Name: Temple Buell College
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date:  
End Date:  
Affiliation:  
Other Information: Founded as Colorado Women's College; name changed to Temple Buell College in 1967; reverted to name of Colorado Women's College in 1973; merged with University of Denver in 1982
Source: www.penlib.du.edu/ Songe, Alice H. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
 
College Name: Westminster University
City: Denver
State: Colorado
Start Date: 1892
End Date: 1917
Affiliation: Presbyterian
Other Information:  
Source: www.archden.org/noel/02000.htm