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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Albia Junior College Albia Iowa 1926 1943
Quinn, Graham Francis.  The Albia Junior College: A Case Study.  Ph.D. dissertation. University of Iowa. 2001.
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Alexander College Dubuque Iowa 1853 1857 Presbyterian
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Algona College Kossuth County Iowa 1868 1875
abandoned after county experienced grasshopper plagues over several years Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Allen College Waterloo Iowa 1925

initially the Allen Memorial Hospital Nurses Training School, later the Allen College of Nursing; name change to Allen College in 1997 http://www.allencollege.edu/
http://www.ncahlc.org/?option=com_directory&Itemid=192
Amity College College Springs Iowa 1854
Presbyterian initially an academy, college level department may not have started until after 1871 with presidency of A.T. McDill; Amitonian Academy at Greenwood, MO served as a second preparatory department for a time; Ross Turner Campbell, president from 1904-1910, became president of Cooper College (now Sterling College) in 1910  http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/bioc/campbert.html
Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Ashland College Ashland Iowa 1860
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Bayless Business College Dubuque Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Boone Junior College Boone Iowa
public absorbed into Des Moines Area Community College in 1969 www.dmacc.cc.ia.us/history.htm
Britt Junior College Britt Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Bowen Business College Des Moines Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Briar Cliff College Sioux City Iowa 1929
Sisters of St. Francis co-ed after 1966; added graduate programs and name change to Briar Cliff University after 2001 http://www.briarcliff.edu
Brown's Business College Davenport Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Brown's Business College Sioux City Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Buena Vista College Storm Lake Iowa 1891
Presbyterian name changed to Buena Vista University in 1995 Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories, 2003.
Burlington College Burlington Iowa 1853 1901 Baptist Burke lists as Burlington University and also states that in 1864 it was Burlington Collegiate Institute http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Burlington Junior College Burlington Iowa 1929
public merged with Keokuk Junior College in 1966 and moved to West Burlington, IA to form Southeastern Community College www.scciowa.edu
Capital City Commercial College Des Moines Iowa 1884

www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/special_collections/manuscript_listing_ephemera.html
Cedar Rapids Business College Cedar Rapids Iowa 1879

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute Cedar Rapids Iowa 1851
United Presbyterian Church in U.S. became Parsons Seminary in 1866; Coe Collegiate Institute in 1875, name change to Coe College in 1881; absorbed Leander Clark College in 1919 Songe, Allice. American Universities and Colleges, 1978.
Cedar Valley Junior College Osage Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Central Holiness University University Park Iowa 1906

www.vennard.edu/about/history.html
http://79.1911encyclopedia.org/O/OS/OSKALOOSA.htm
Central Iowa Business College Marshalltown Iowa 1890

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Central University of Iowa Pella Iowa 1853
Reformed Church in America name changed to Central College in 1954 Brenner, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories, 2003.
Chariton Commercial College Chariton Iowa 1904

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Charles City College Charles City Iowa 1891 1914 Methodist Episcopal merged with Morningside College www.sos.state.ia.us/publications/archive/register/r9/r9mornsd.htm
Charles City College Charles City Iowa 1966 1968
operated briefly as satellite college of Parsons College Koerner, James D.  The Parsons College Bubble.  1970.
Cherokee Junior College
Iowa
1938 Sisters, Servants of Mary
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Clinton Business College Clinton Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
College of Physicians and Surgeons Keokuk Iowa 1851 1885
http://www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Upper Mississippi Davenport Iowa

from 1850 to 1857 was under control of board of trustees of University of Iowa Blackmar, Frank W. "The History of Federal and State Aid to Higher Education in the United States," in Herbert B. Adams, ed.  Contributions to American Educational History. 1890.
Cresco Normal College Cresco Iowa

Patterson includes name and indicates the institution was closed Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Davenport Female University Davenport Iowa 1855 1856
may never have opened Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Decorah College for Women Decorah Iowa
1936
merged with Luther College in 1936 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Denison Normal and Business College Denison Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Des Moines College Des Moines Iowa 1840's

Burke states that institution did not claim collegiate work until mid-1850's; he also notes a confused history with sponsorship by Presbyterians, then Lutherans and for a time may've been located at West Point; he also notes that the Lutherans started a college at Des Moines in 1855 which failed in 1862, to be revived by Baptists Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Des Moines College of Pharmacy Des Moines Iowa

after 1939, part of Drake University http://www.drake.edu/newsevents/pubs/pharmakon/2001summer/inbrief.html
Des Moines Musical College Des Moines Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Des Moines University Des Moines Iowa 1864 1929 Baptist changed name to university in 1920 after merger of Des Moines College, Central College, and Highland Park College; after closure records acquired by Sioux Falls University http://www.thecoo.edu/admin/hr/policies/history.html;
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Deutsche Collegium Mt. Pleasant Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Dexter Normal College Dexter Iowa 1880

in 1888 reported 11 instructors, 300 students preparing for teaching and 45 in the commercial department Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Dominican College of Saint Rose of Lima Dubuque Iowa 1950
Dominican Fathers succesor to College of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Forest River, IL); moved to Dubuque in 1951; reorganized as Aquinas Institute of Philosophy and Theology in 1961 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Dowling College Des Moines Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Dubuque College Dubuque Iowa 1839

initially founded as St. Raphael Seminary; name change to Mt. St. Bernard in 1850; to St. Joseph College in 1873; to Dubuque College in 1914; to Columbia College in 1920; and to Loras College in 1939 http://depts.loras.edu/marketing/college/history.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Dubuque German College & Seminary Dubuque Iowa 1852

founded as German Theological School of the Northwest; name changed to German Presbyterian Theological Sschool of the Northwest in 1891; to Dubuque German College & Seminary in 1911 and to the University of Dubuque in 1920 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Eagle Grove Junior College Eagle Grove Iowa 1928
public became part of Iowa Central Community College; Eagle Grove Center closed in 2004;
Elk Horn Lutheran High School and College Elk Horn Iowa 1878 1897 Danish Lutheran with creation of United Danish Church a decision was made to combine efforts with Trinity Seminary of Blair, NE that ultimately resulted in formation of Dana College http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Elkader Junior College Elkader Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Elliott Business College Burlington Iowa 1879
proprietary
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Ellsworth College Iowa Falls Iowa 1890

founded by Thomas Tobin who previously founded Tilford Academy at Vinton, IA in 1870 and Waterloo College in 1885; in 1892 he founded Tobin College in Fort Dodge; Ellsworth College is considered as predecesor for Ellsworth Community College that is now part of Iowa Valley Community College www.iowafalls.org/history.htm
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905.
http://www.iavalley.cc.ia.us/district/History.html
Emmetsburg Junior College Emmetsburg Iowa 1930 1970 public merged with Iowa Lakes Community College www.ilcc.cc.ia.us/about/general.htm
Estherville Junior College Estherville Iowa 1924 1968 public predecessor to Iowa Lakes Community College www.ilcc.cc.ia.us/about/general.htm
Evangelical Lutheran College Atkins Iowa
Evangelical Lutheran
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Evangelical Lutheran College Luzerne Iowa
Evangelical Lutheran
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Evangelical Lutheran College Newhall Iowa
Evangelical Lutheran
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Fort Dodge Junior College Fort Dodge Iowa 1921
state supported became part of Iowa Central Community College
German Lutheran College Van Horn Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
German Presbyterian College Dubuque Iowa 1852
Presbyterian established as German Theological School of the Northwest, became German Presbyterian Theological School of the Northwest in 1891, Dubuque German College and Seminary in 1911, and University of Dubuque in 1920 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Graceland College Lamoni Iowa 1895

name change to Graceland University in 2000 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories, 2003.
Grand View College Des Moines Iowa 1896
Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Opened an academy or high school department in 1912; instruction at the junior college level began in 1924 and was accredited by the Iowa State Department of Public Instruction in 1938; accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1959; theological seminary was relocated to Maywood, Illinois in 1960; supported by Lutheran Church in America and its Iowa Synod, after 1988 operated as one of twenty-eight colleges supported by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; name change to Grand View University in November 2008 http://www.grandview.edu/
Griswold College Davenport Iowa 1859 1897 Episcopal purchased property of Iowa College; a preparatory department was initially opened with collegiate work starting by 1885 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Grundy College Grundy Center Iowa
1934 Christian Reformed Church
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Hamilton College Mason City Iowa 1900

expanded to Cedar Rapids and Des Moines in 1980's; aquired by Quest Education Corporation in 1998;  two years later, Quest was aquired by Kaplan University; expanded to Cedar Falls in 1998 and Council Bluffs in 2000; in 2007 assumed name of Kaplan University
Highland Park College Des Moines Iowa 1890 1929 initially private, Presbyterian after 1911; purchased by Baptists in 1918 1,262 students in 1892-93; consolidated with Des Moines College and Central College to become Des Moines University Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Holmes Optical College Des Moines Iowa 1895

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Humbolt College Humbolt Iowa 1872

founded by Unitarians, but was non-denominational; S.H. Taft served as president; opened with three faculty and 111 students; Parker lists closure in 1880; Patterson includes in 1905 directory Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905.
Immaculate Conception College Dubuque Iowa

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~tdlarson/dubuque/postcards/colleges/
Iowa Agricultural College Ames Iowa 1858
state supported name change to Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts in 1896, to Iowa State University of Science & Technology in 1959, and to Iowa State University in 1975 http://www.iastate.edu/
Iowa Business College Des Moines Iowa 1865

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Iowa Christian College Oskaloosa Iowa 1903

founded by Charles J. Burton; also included departments that operated under name of Oskaloosa Normal & Business College; Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
www.beforetime.net/iowagenealogy/mahaska/pastandpresentbook/ppburtoncharlesj.html
Iowa City College Iowa City Iowa 1840's
Methodist
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Iowa City Commercial College Iowa City Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Iowa College Davenport Iowa 1846
Congregational moved to Grinnell, IA in 1859 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Iowa College for the Blind Vinton Iowa 1852

now Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Iowa College of Physicians and Surgeons Des Moines Iowa
1903
later affiliated with Drake University http://www.drake.edu/newsevents/pubs/pharmakon/2001summer/inbrief.html
Iowa Lutheran College Albion Iowa

Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Iowa Normal and Business College Mason City Iowa


Iowa State Teachers College Cedar Falls Iowa 1876
state supported founded as Iowa State Normal School, became Iowa State Teachers College in 1909, name change to State College of Iowa in 1961; to University of Northern Iowa in 1967 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Iowa Union College Oskaloosa Iowa 1863
Iowa State Friends Association Penn College in 1873, name changed to William Penn College in 1933, and to William Penn University in 2000 www.mahaskacounty.org/about/about.html
Jewell Lutheran College Jewell Iowa 1890 1924
http://www.stolaf.edu/library/archives/
http://archives.luther.edu/records_groups/rg10.html
John Fletcher College Oskaloosa Iowa

http://www.nazarene.org/ansr/articles/ingersol_98.html
Johnson's Business College Ft. Madison Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Keokuk College of Pharmacy Keokuk Iowa 1900

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Keokuk Dental College Keokuk Iowa 1897

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Keokuk Junior College Keokuk Iowa

merged with Burlington Junior College in 1966 to form Southeastern Community College www.scciowa.edu
Keokuk Medical College Keokuk Iowa 1849 a1905
www.iowahistory.org/archives/research_collections/      special_collections/manuscript_listing_ephemera.html
www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905.
Kletzing College University Park Iowa

www.vennard.edu/pages/about.html
Larchwood Normal College Larchwood Iowa

Patterson includes name and indicates the institution was closed Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Leander Clark College Toledo Iowa 1857 1918 United Brethren   merges with Coe College after devastating fire http://www.coe.edu/Events/150Years/timeline.htm
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Lenox College Hopkinton Iowa 1859 1944 Presbyterian initially Bowen Collegiate Institute; in 1884 became Lenox College; from 1922 to 1944 operated as a junior college http://users.mwci.net/~delhi/text/lenox.htm
Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Lyons Female College Clinton Iowa 1858

http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
Mason City Junior College Mason City Iowa 1918
public part of North Iowa Area Community College after 1968 http://www.niacc.edu/general/history.html
Marshalltown Junior College Marshalltown Iowa 1927
public founded as part of the Marshalltown Community School District; now known as Marshalltown Community College; in 1966,  moved under the jurisdiction of Iowa Valley Community College District  
www.iavalley.edu/mcc
Marycrest International University Davenport Iowa 1939 2002 Congregation of the Humility of Mary founded as women's division of neighboring St. Ambrose University; buildings sold to Teikyo University in 1990 12/19/01 Chronicle of Higher Education;
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Metropolitan Business College Sioux City Iowa

http://www.downtownsiouxcity.com/PDF%20Files/Historictour.pdf
Midwest Christian Junior College Sioux Center Iowa 1953
Christian Reformed Church name changed to Dordt College in 1956 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Midwestern College Denison Iowa 1965 1970
founded as satellite college of Parsons College, IA Koerner, James D. The Parsons College Bubble. 1970.
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Mount Ida Female College Davenport Iowa 1855

founded as Ladies College; the campus was located on the bluff on Third Street between College and Bridge avenues; Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Mount Mercy Junior College Cedar Rapids Iowa 1928
Sisters of Mercy transiton to 4-yr undergraduate program in 1960 and changed name to Mount Mercy College; name change to Mount Mercy University in August, 2010 http://www.mtmercy.edu/index.php?id=391&newsitem=250
Mount Pleasant German College Mt. Pleasant Iowa 1873 1909
http://library.truman.edu/manuscripts/centralwesleyan.htm
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Mount Pleasant Literary Institute Mt. Pleasant Iowa 1842
Methodist name changed to Mount Pleasant Collegiate Institute in 1843, to Iowa Wesleyan University in 1855, and to Iowa Wesleyan College in 1912 Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Bremmer, Morgan G. The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories, 2003.
Mount Saint Clare College Clinton Iowa 1893
Sisters of Saint Francis became The Fransiscan University in December 2002; in 2004, the name was changed to The Franciscan University of the Prairies; in March 2005, the University was purchased by Bridgepoint Education, Inc.; the name was changed to Ashford University and the affiliation with the Catholic Church was ended, becoming a for-profit institution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_University
Mount Saint Josephs College Dubuque Iowa 1843
Sisters of Charity, BVM established as Saint Marys Academy, became Saint Joseph Academy 1846, Mount Saint Joseph College in 1901, Clarke College in 1928, and Clarke University in 2010  Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.clarke.edu
Muscatine Business College Muscatine Iowa 1882

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
National Memorial University Mason City Iowa 1900 1910
building later served as Roosevelt Elementary School and then as initial site of Mason City Junior College, now North Iowa Area Commuity College; building torn down in 1979 http://www.mcpl.org/index.htm
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Newton Normal College Newton Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar Iowa 1966
public initially Northeast Iowa Area One Vocational-Technical School; name change to Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in 1979 and to Northeast Iowa Community College in 1989 http://www.nicc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=93
Northwest Iowa Technical College Sheldon Iowa 1966
public name change to Northwest Iowa Community College in 1993
Oskaloosa College Oskaloosa Iowa 1861 1880 Church of Christ considered as predecessor to Drake University www.drakeneighborhood.org/history.html
www.bible.acu.edu/stone-campbell/Biogs/carpgt.htm
www.scripophily.net/jewtypcom.html
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Oskaloosa Business College Oskaloosa Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Ottumwa Commercial College Ottumwa Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Ottumwa Heights College Ottumwa Iowa
1980 Sisters of the Humility of Mary The boards of Indian Hills Community College and Ottumwa Heights
College  merged operations on July 1, 1979. Ottumwa Heights was
a private college operated by the Sisters of Humility of Mary. Its
roots can be traced back to the 1860s, when the Visitation Academy
was established in Ottumwa. The St. Joseph Academy was founded
 in 1925, and its name was changed to Ottumwa Heights College
five years later.  The Ottumwa Heights College campus was situated
on 126 acres and was purchased by the IHCC Board of trustees in 1981.
The original building is used for administrative offices, the library, an art
gallery, an auditorium, dormitory space, and arts and sciences and
some technical education classes. The library and art gallery were
completed in the former chapel in 1984. The Hellyer Student Life Center
and Efner Academic Hall opened in October of 1985, the first of the
new buildings added to the former Ottumwa Heights facilities. 
http://closedcollege.bizland.com
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
http://www.ihcc.cc.ia.us/ihcc/catalog/overview/history.htm
Palmer College Le Grand Iowa 1889 1912 Christian Church founded as LeGrand Christian College; a successor to LeGrand Christian Institute that operated from 1866-1885; renamed Palmer College in 1897 after a gift from H.A. Palmer; moved to Albany, MO in 1912 Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905.
http://www.legrand.lib.ia.us/community/schools/schoolshistory/
Palmer Junior College Davenport Iowa
1979
now part of Scott Community College www.eicc.edu/district/history.html
Parsons College Fairfield Iowa 1875 1973 Presbyterian accredited by NCA 1913-48; 1950-67; 1970-73 http://home.roadrunner.com/~gsteve/parsons.htm;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsons_College
Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Perry Junior College Perry Iowa

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Perry Normal College Perry Iowa 1892

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Saint Ambrose Seminary Davenport Iowa 1882
Catholic name change to St. Ambrose College in 1908 and to St. Ambrose University in 1987 http://www.sau.edu/about/history.html
Saint Joseph College Dubuque Iowa 1873
Sisters of Charity, BVM successor of St. Raphael Seminary and Mt. St. Bernard;  later Dubuque College, Columbia College, and finally Loras College http://depts.loras.edu/marketing/college/history.html
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
St. Luke's College Sioux City Iowa 1902

Lutheran School of Nursing and Methodist School of Nursing (founded in 1920) merged in 1967 for form St. Luke's School of Nursing; with expanding programs, the name was changed in 1993 to St. Luke's School of Nursing and Allied Health and to St. Luke's College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 1995; the name was changed to St. Luke's College in 2001 http://www.stlukescollege.edu/body.cfm?id=85
Saint Mar's College Emmetsburg Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Sioux City College of Medicine Sioux City Iowa 1889

http://www.downtownsiouxcity.com/PDF%20Files/Historictour.pdf
http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatS.htm
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Sioux Empire College Hawarden Iowa
1985
property later operated for a time as LSS Group Home http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Spencer College Spencer Iowa

name changed from Spencer School of Business to Spencer College in 1993; programs purchased by Buena Vista University in 1996 and BVU operates a center in Spencer www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/directory/
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Still College of Osteopathy Des Moines Iowa 1898

became Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in 1911 and College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1958; in 1981 the college became part of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and the Health Sciences; in 1999, the name was changed to Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Tabor College Freemont County Iowa 1853 1927 Congregational initially founded as Tabor Litererary Institute; an academy opened by 1855 and college level courses by 1866; four-year programs were offered in classical, scientific, and literary departments; there was a brief unsuccessful effort in the 1930's to reopen; during WWII property was used to house German POW's http://community.heartland.net/tabor-library/college.htm
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Tobin College Fort Dodge Iowa 1892

fourth institution founded by Thomas Tobin [previously founded Tilford Academy in Vinton, IA, Waterloo College, and Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls]; acquired the former St. Charles hotel and a quarter of the block at the corner of First Ave. North and Seventh street for the institution http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/webster/hw1913/hw1913-t.htm
Toland's Business College Spencer Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Toland's Business University Mason City Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Trinity College Sioux City Iowa 1913 1947 Franciscans Society of Mary staffed the school from 1930 until 1949; for a brief time Benedictine Sisters used facilities as a Motherhouse; from 1958-1967 Salvatorians operated Minor Seminary High School; leased by Western Iowa Tech until 1973 as administrative offices; www.rc.net/siouxcity/trinity/tchs.htm
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
University Business College Iowa City Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
University of Northwest Sioux City Iowa 1889
Methodist later became Morningside College in 1894; absorbed Charles City College in 1914 www.uiowa.edu/~osa/regions/wcent/woodbury.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Parker, Leonard F.
Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Vennard College University Park Iowa 1910 2008
In 1910, Dr. Iva Durham Vennard founded Chicago Evangelistic Institute (CEI) in Illinois, for the purpose of providing "effective training for Christian service." Her stated goals were to send Spirit-filled people into the ministry and to promote Scriptural Holiness.  In 1951, the school moved to University Park, Iowa, where it was renamed Vennard College in 1959. The move brought Vennard into a familial relationship with the graduates of the three other Christian colleges which formerly occupied the campus: Central Holiness University, John Fletcher College, and Kletzing College. Dr. Vennard's presidency was followed by: Dr. Harry E. Jessop, Dr. H. M. Couchenour, Dr. J. Sutherland Logan, Dr. Merne A. Harris, Dr. Warthen T. Israel, Dr. Burnis Bushong (interim president), Dr. Blake J. Neff, Dr. W. Edward Rickman, and Dr. Bruce E. Moyer. The institution recently announced that it will be closing at the end of the F'08 semester.
Walford Lutheran College Forest City Iowa
Lutheran
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Wartburg Normal School Waverly Iowa 1852
American Lutheran Church name change to Wartburg Normal College in 1920 and to Wartburg College in 1935 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Washington Junior College Washington Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Waterloo Business College Waterloo Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Waukon Business College and Normal School Waukon Iowa

Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Waukon Junior College Waukon Iowa

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Webster City Junior College Webster City Iowa 1926 1966 public became part of Iowa Central Community College http://showcase.netins.net/web/marjned/jcollege.html
Western College Toledo Iowa 1881
United Brethren in Christ founded in 1856 in Shueyville, Iowa, later moved to Toledo; closed for a time, reopened in 1906 as Leander Clark College; later merged with Coe College www.tamatoledonews.com/ToledoArchive/October2000/101900TC/ 101900TC.html
Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Western Iowa Business College Council Bluffs Iowa


Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Western Normal College Shenandoah Iowa

purchased by William M. Croan in 1884 when 65 students were enrolled; reported 3,000 attending during 1889-90 http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905
Western Union College Lemars Iowa 1887 1997
founded as Northwestern Normal School & Business College; in 1900 opened as Western Union College supported by United Evangelical Church; name changed in 1948 to Westmar College sponsored by Evangelical United Brethren; merged with York College of Nebraska in 1954; became United Methodist after 1968 merger with EUB's; 1990 Teikyo Westmar University; name change back to Westmar University in 1995; www.lemarsiowa.org/campus/history/history.html
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Westmar University LeMars Iowa 1890's 1997 United Methodist Church until 1989 first accredited by NCA in 1953; operated as Teikyo Westmar University 1990-95; Westmar University 1995-1997 http://closedcollege.bizland.com;
NCA web site; also, May 18, 1994, June 15, 1994, March 3, 1995, June 9, 1995, October 27, 1995, April 19, 1996, July 26, 1996, October 24, 1997, and January 30, 1998 Chronicle of Higher Education
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/archives/faq/faqcolleges.htm
Whittier College Salem Iowa 1867
Religious Society of Friends destroyed by fire in 1885, revived in 1887 Parker, Leonard F. Higher Education in Iowa. 1893.
Patterson's College and School Directory, 1905.
Wilton German English College Wilton Junction Iowa
German Congregational a seminary founded in Crete, NE moved to Wilton in 1894; the college later merged with Redfield College in SD in 1904 http://www.ucc.org/aboutus/histories/chap5.htm
Yellow Springs College Kossuth Iowa 1850's

hosted speakers such as William Jennings Bryan and Billy Sunday; currently Chautauqua Park, managed by Des Moines County Conservation




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