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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Abraham Lincoln College Indianapolis Indiana

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
American Medical College Indianapolis Indiana 1894 1897
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
American Normal College Logan's Port Indiana 1884

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Angola Bible College Angola Indiana 1908

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Aristotle College
Indiana 1977 1990?
1993?

www.ed-oha.org/cases/1989-35-s.html proprietary institution of higher education with locations also in Ohio
Beach Medical College Indianapolis Indiana 1883 1886
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Bedford College Bedford Indiana

campus now used by Oakland City University as a branch campus http://ocub.oak.edu
Bloomington Female College Bloomington Indiana
Methodist
http://www.connerprairie.org/HistoryOnline/methodists.html
Brookville College Brookville Indiana 1852 1872 Methodist college building purchased by city and served as public school until it was razed in 1912; John Prince Durbin John served as president, beginning in 1869, later served as president of Moore's Hill College and DePauw University (1889-1895) www.franklinchs.com/PPP/places/historicmarkers/brookville_college.htm
www.depauw.edu/univ/president/history.asp
www.depauw.edu/library/archives/inventories/john_prince_durbin_john.htm
Canterbury College Danville Indiana 1947 1951 Episcopal the former Central Normal College was acquired by the Northern Diocese of the Episcopal Church web site of University Archives at Indiana State University
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Central College Huntington Indiana 1897
Church of United Brethren in Christ successor to Hartsville Collge; name changed to Huntingdon College in 1917 www.huntcol.edu/library/harchive.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Central College of Physicians and Surgeons Indianapolis Indiana 1879 1905
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Central Normal College Danville Indiana 1876 1946
initially founded in Ladoga, Indiana by J.W. Darst and W.F. Harper; two years later purchased an academy building owned by Methodist Episcopal Church in Danville; Frank P. Adams became president in 1878 who served until his death in 1882; his wife, Ora A. Adams succeeded him as president; in 1885 Charles A. Hargrove became president; enrollment peaked at 1,308 in 1921-22; later became Canterbury College web site of University Archives at Indiana State University
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
Christian College New Albany Indiana 1833

www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
Coates College for Women Terre Haute Indiana 1885 1897 Presbyterian
www.indstate.edu/aauw-in/terrewomen.html
College of Missions Indianapolis Indiana 1910

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
College of Physicians and Surgeons Indianapolis Indiana 1874 1878
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Danville College Danville Indiana 1858

Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Draughon Business College Evansville Indiana

also, Draughon-Porter Business College http://www.evsc.k12.in.us/schoolzone/schools/northnew/socialstu/
Eastern Indiana Normal University Muncie Indiana 1899 1901
later reopens as Palmer University from 1902 until 1905 when the name is changed to Indiana Normal School & College of Applied Science; in 1912 became Muncie Normal Institute and Muncie National Institute after 1914; Muncie National Institute declares bankruptcy; land and buildings are donated to the state which opens Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division in 1918;  name changed to Ball Teachers College in 1922 and to Ball State University after 1965 www.rootsweb.com/~indelawa/100_years_ballstate.htm
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Eclectic Medical College of Indiana Indianapolis Indiana 1900 1908
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Eleutherian College Lancaster Indiana 1848 1887
founded by Rev. Thomas Craven and was integrated and co-educational; after 1887 operated as a grade school until 1937 www.eleutherian.us/History.html
Fort Wayne College of Medicine Fort Wayne Indiana 1875 1905
http://www.medlib.iupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Fort Wayne Female College Fort Wayne Indiana 1846
Methodist co-ed after 1850 as Fort Wayne College; Taylor University web site states merger in 1890 with Fort Wayne College of Medicine resulted in change of name to Taylor; moved to Upland, IN in 1894 www.taylor.edu/about/
www.tayloru.edu/fw/academics/catalog/heritage.html
www.news-sentinel.com/as/heartland/history/haw5.htm
Frankfort Pilgrim College Frankfort Indiana 1927 1972 Pilgrim Holiness merged with Penn Wesleyan College and Wesleyan College (Kernersville, NC) in 1972 to form United Wesleyan College www.wesleyan.org/doc/history/milestones.htm
Songe, Allice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Ft. Wayne College of Medicine Ft. Wayne Indiana 1879 1905
one of several predecessors to Indiana University School of Medicine www.indiana.edu/~libarch/Inst/126inst.html
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Gary College Gary Indiana
1948
control assumed by Indiana University Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Graceland University New Albany Indiana
1997

Hammond College Hammond Indiana
1994 proprietary
Hartsville College Hartsville Indiana 1850 1897 United Brethren founded as Hartsville Academy, renamed Hartsville University in 1851, then Hartsville College in 1883, predecessor to Central College and later Huntington College www.huntcol.edu/library/harchive.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
Henry C. Long College for Women Hanover Indiana 1947 1978 Presbyterian founded in association with and then merged with Hanover College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.hanover.edu/Library/hchistory.html
Hospital Medical College Evansville Indiana 1882 1886
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Howard College Kokomo Indiana 1879

founded by Milton B. Hopkins Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Immaculate Conception Junior College Indianapolis Indiana 1851
Sisters of Saint Francis of Oldenberg founded as St. Francis Normal School for Women, became Immaculate Conception Junior College in 1924; moved to Indianapolis in 1937 and name changed to Marian College Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Songe, Alice H.
 American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
http://www.marian.edu/About/History/Pages/default.aspx
Indiana Asbury University Greencastle Indiana 1837
Methodist Episcopal name changed to DePauw University in 1870's for Washington C. DePauw, who as head of Board of Trustees offered to makea major financial donation http://www.depauw.edu/visitors/traditions/
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
McGriff, E. Carver. 
Amazing Grace: A History of Indiana Methodism 1801-2001.
Indiana Central College Indianapolis Indiana 1902
United Brethren Church established as Indiana Central University; name changed to Indiana Central College in 1921 and back to Indiana Central University in 1975; name changed in 1986 to University of Indianapolis McGriff, E. Carver.  Amazing Grace: A History of Indiana Methodism 1801-2001.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Indiana Central Medical College Indianapolis Indiana 1849 1852
the medical department of Asbury College www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Indiana College of Medicine and Midwifery Indianapolis Indiana 1878 1888
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Indiana Eclectic Medical College Indianapolis Indiana 1880 1890
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Indiana Normal Institute Muncie Indiana 1912

purchased by Ball brothers in 1917 and reopened in 1918; name changed to Ball Teachers College in 1922 www.rootsweb.com/~indelawa/100_years_ballstate.htm
Indiana State Teachers College Terre Haute Indiana 1865
state supported founded as Indiana State Normal School; name change to Indiana State Teachers College in 1929, to Indiana State College in 1961, and to Indiana State University in 1965 http://www.indstate.edu/whyisu/history_trad.htm
Indiana Vocational Technical College
1963
state supported name changed in 1955 to Ivy Tech State College http://www.ivytech.edu/about/history/
Indianapolis Female College Indianapolis Indiana 1850
Methodist
http://www.connerprairie.org/HistoryOnline/methodists.html
Jasper College Jasper Indiana 1889
Benedictine Fathers
www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/xml/ins.xml
Kokomo Junior College Kokomo Indiana 1932 1945
predecessor to Indiana University-Kokomo
La Porte University School of Medicine
Indiana 1841 1856
became Indiana Medical College in 1846 www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Lockyear Business College Indianapolis
Evansville
Indiana 1897 1991

Lutheran College of Health Professions Ft. Wayne Indiana
1999
merged with University of Saint Francis
Madison University Madison Indiana 1844 1844
Board of Hanover College closed and moved the institution for one term before returning to their original site http://history.hanover.edu/texts/HC/History_of_HC_5.htm
http://history.hanover.edu/texts/HC/History_of_HC_6.htm
Marion College Marion Indiana 1921
Wesleyan Methodist Church name changed to Indiana Wesleyan University in 1988 www.wesleyan.org/doc/history/milestones.htm
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Marian College Indianapolis Indiana 1851
Sisters of Saint Francis of Oldenberg see entry for Immaculate Conception Junior College; name change to Marian University July 2009; http://www.marian.edu/About/History/Pages/default.aspx
Marion Business College Marion Indiana 1902
proprietary expanded to operate multiple sites; known as Indiana Business College by 1913; name recently changed to Harrison College with administrative offices now in Indianapolis http://www.harrison.edu/
Medical College of Evansville Evansville Indiana 1849
1871
1854
1884

www.medlib.iupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Medical College of Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 1876 1883
www.medlib.iupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Medical College of Indiana Indianapolis Indiana 1878 1905
formed by union of Indiana Medical College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons; one of several predecessors to Indiana University School of Medicine www.indiana.edu/~libarch/Inst/126inst.html
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Methodist Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing Indianapolis Indiana

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Metropolitan School of Music Indianapolis Indiana 1895

merged with Indiana College of Music & Fine Arts to become Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music; in 1951 joined Butler University as the Jordan College of Music www.butler.edu/jcfa/about.html
Moores Hill College Moores Hill Indiana 1845
Methodist Episcopal founded as Moores Hill Male and Female Institute; became Moores Hill College in 1887; moved to Evansville as Evansville College in 1919; predecessor to University of Evansville www.dearborncounty.org/government/mhillz.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
North Western Christian University Indianapolis Indiana 1855
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) chartered as a co-educational institution and offered the degrees of Mistress of Science and Mistress of Arts to complement its Bachelors degrees; Allen Benton, one of the founders, became first president and served until 1866 when he left to help found the University of Nebraska; name changed to Butler University in 1877 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Cummins, D. Duane.
The Disciples Colleges: A History. 1987.
Northwood Institute of Indiana West Baden Indiana


Palmer University Muncie Indiana 1902 1907
name changed to Indiana Normal College in 1905; considered as predecessor to Ball State University www.rootsweb.com/~indelawa/100_years_ballstate.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Physio-Medical College of Indiana Indianapolis Indiana 1873 1909
www.medlib.iupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Haller, John. Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America, 1836-1911. 1997.
Ridgeville College Ridgeville Indiana
Free-Will Baptist
http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatR.htm
Rochester Normal University Rochester Indiana 1895 1912
founded by Winfield Scott Shafer, MD; many students pursued a one-year curriculum preparing to teach in one-room schools; enrollment reached a high of 379 in 1905 and 422 diplomas were awarded by the institution; by 1906 "normal" was dropped and the institution was known as Rochester College; the Rochester College Alumni Association met regularly until 1974; the building no longer exists  www.rochsent.com/files/cityscenes.html
 www.rochsent.com/files/sectionedcolumns3.html
Saint Benedict College Ferdinand Indiana 1914 1970 Sisters of Saint Benedict
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Gabriel's College Vincennes Indiana 1836
Eudist Fathers probably didn't survive into the 1850's Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
www.oldcathedral.org/history.htm
Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
Saint Joseph Junior College Tipton Indiana
Sisters of Saint Joseph founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Joseph's College Calumet Center East Chicago Indiana 1951
Society of the Precious Blood became Saint Joseph's Calumet College in 1971 and Calumet College in 1974 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Meinrad College Saint Meinrad Indiana 1957 1998 Benedictine School of Theology continues http://www.saintmeinrad.edu
Salem College Bourbon  Indiana 1871 1874 Church of the Brethren
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
South Bend Commercial College South Bend Indiana 1882
proprietary later changed its name to Michiana College; in 1930, incorporated under the laws of the state of Indiana and was authorized to confer associate’s degrees and certificates in business; relocated to its current location on East Jefferson Boulevard in 1987; five years later added a branch location in Fort Wayne, Indiana; in 2004, became Brown Mackie College — South Bend
 
http://www.brownmackie.edu/southbend/AboutUs/History.aspx
Southern Indiana Normal College and Practical Business Institute Mitchell Indiana 1880

first president was W.F. Harper who also co-founded Central Normal at Danville; in 1882 succeeded by W.E. Lugenbeel who served three years and then E.F. Sutherland became president; 600-700 students in late 18880's Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
State College of Physicians and Surgeons Indianapolis Indiana 1906

one of several predecessors to Indiana University School of Medicine www.indiana.edu/~libarch/Inst/126inst.html
Summit Christian College Fort Wayne Indiana
1992
acquired by Taylor University in 1992; Taylor's Trustees voted in October 2008 to close the undergraduate program in Fort Wayne;  www.taylor.edu/about/
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
http://www.insidehighered.com/2008/10/14/taylor
Territorial University Vincennes Indiana 1810
state supported Samuel Scott opened a private school in Vincennes in 1808 that became the nucleus of Vincennes University; nominally a state supported institution and did not survive after state support withdrawn with founding of state institution at Bloomington Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Woodburn, James Albert. "Higher Education in Indiana," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1891.
Tri-State Normal College Angola Indiana 1884
independent non-profit renamed Tri-State College in 1906 and Tri-State University in 1975; name change to Trine University after August 2008 http://www.trine.edu/
The University of Medicine Indianapolis Indiana 1897 1898
www.medlibiupui.edu/hom/indmed.html
Union Christian College Merom Indiana 1858 1924
Paddick, Kenneth Lynn.  Union Christian College: 1858-1924.  Ph.D. dissertation. 1986.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
University of Southern Indiana Evansville Indiana 1965
state supported founded as a branch campus of Indiana State University as Indiana State University-Evansville; became independent and name changed to University of Southern Indiana in 1969 http://www.usi.edu/
Valparaiso College Valparaiso Indiana 1873

established as Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University; purchased by the Lutheran University Association in 1925 http://www.valpo.edu/about_valpo/history.php
Valparaiso Male & Female College Valparaiso Indiana 1859 1871 Methodist re-opened in 1873 as Northern Indiana Normal School and Business Institute http://www.valpo.edu/about_valpo/history.php
Victory Noll College Huntington Indiana
Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
West Baden College West Baden Indiana 1934
Society of Jesus purchased the former West Baden Springs Hotel for $1 following stock market crash and the failure of the resort.  In the 1960's enrollment declined and maintenance of the aing facility led to move to new facility in Chicago. www.jesuits-chi.org/contactmagazine/75years/depression.htm
www.lssc.k12.in.us/Projects/Wbaden/jesuits.htm
Winona College Winona Lake Indiana

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10




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