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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
American Socialist College Wichita Kansas 1903

Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Arkansas City Junior College Arkansas City Kansas 1922

now Cowley College http://www.cowley.cc.ks.us/
Arkansas Valley Business College Hutchinson Kansas

name changed to Western Business College and Normal School in 1886; this may've resulted from merger with Hutchinson Normal College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Arkansas Valley Collegiate Institute
Kansas 1874

Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Atchison Institute Atchison Kansas 1870 1884
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Baptist College Pratt Kansas 1891 1893
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Bethel College Topeka Kansas 1900 1901 Pentecostal founded by Charles Parham and considered by some as one of the early events in the birth of Pentecostalism Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Bluemont Central College Manhattan Kansas 1858 1863 Methodist Episcopal campus offered to the state and accepted in 1863 as basis for Kansas State University Margaret Whittemore.  Historic Kansas.  1954.
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Bresee College Hutchinson Kansas 1905 1940
started as Kansas Holiness Bible College; merged with Bethany-Peniel College; archives maintained with Church of the Nazarene Archives in Kansas City, MO http://snu.edu/?p={42F09E01-0937-423D-B1A9-18183A4B3A4A}
www.nazarene.org
Campbell College Holton Kansas 1914 1919
opened after Campbell University merged with Kansas City University; after two years was offered to City of Holton where it became Kansas' first junior college; after closing in 1919, no further attempts were made to start a college in Holton Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Campbell Normal University Holton Kansas 1882 1903
citizens approached A.C. Campbell, a wealthy Utah mine owner and former Jackson County resident, was approached for money to start a college.  Campbell offered to match up to $20,000 and $10,000 was raised locally.  Eleven acres of land was purchased and a stone building was erected in 1880.  John S. Cornett.  Fifty Years of Kansas Wesleyan University.
www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/kgq/1933/33_3_kspress.htm
www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/cutler/jackson/jackson-co-p4.html
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/c/campbell_college.html
Campbell University Holton Kansas 1902 1913 United Brethren the United Brethren purchased Campbell University and moved Lane University to Holton, and operating the school under the name of Campbell College; with merger talks between the United Brethren and Methodist Protestants, trustees of Campbell agreed to merge with Kansas City University in Kansas City, KS; 1882 given as date in John Cornett.  Fifty Years of Kansas Wesleyan University 1886-1936. Margaret Whittemore.  Historic Kansas. 1954.
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Capital City Commercial College Topeka Kansas

Central College Enterprise Kansas 1891 1896 United Brethren opened as Harrison Normal College.  Property transferred in 1891 and name changed to Central College; offered to West German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1896, merged with Lane University;property was then operated as Enterprise Normal Academy at least until 1918 Don W. Holter.  Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archisves/1918ks/v2/1062.html
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/c/central_college.html
Central Commercial College Winfield Kansas
1918
name changed to Winfield Scott College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Central Normal College Great Bend Kansas 1887 1902 Congregational building purchased by Dominican Sisters in 1902 becoming St. Mary Convent and Academy; names of known students of Central Normal published in 2/9/33 Hoisington Dispatch; history of the college published in Great Bend Tribune 6/10/33 John S. Cornett.  Fifty Years of Kansas Wesleyan University.
www.ksdom.org/history
www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/kgq/1933/33_3_kspress.htm
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/c/central_normal_college.html
Christian Workers University Manhattan Kansas 1927

in 1930 become Manhattan Bible College http://www.mccks.edu/aboutmcc/history.html
Coffeyville Business College Coffeyville Kansas 1907

Oliver Morton Williams and R. F. Riley bought the college with Riley serving as president and Williams as manager.  The college was located at 711 1/2 Walnut Street.  Besides the principals, two assistant teacheers were employed with accommodations for approx. 100 students.  G.G. Henderson was president for a while. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/biow/williaom.html
College of Emporia Emporia Kansas 1882 1974 Presbyterian first accredited by NCA in 1913; dropped from accredited list 1942; reaccredited in 1951 www.globalads.com/malla/c-of-e/index.html
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/e/emporia_college.html
College of Paola Paola Kansas

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
College of Physicians and Surgeons Kansas City Kansas 1894 1905
absorbed by University of Kansas Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of North Topeka Topeka Kansas 1872

Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
College of the Sisters of Bethany Topeka Kansas 1861 1928 Protestant Episcopal organized under a charter granted by the territorial legislature as "The Episcopal Seminary of Topeka" to offer education for women; named changed to College of the Sisters of Bethany in 1872; name referred to the Biblical sisters, Mary and Martha; reorganized in 1870; first bachelor's degrees awarded in 1897; in 1924 name change to Vail College; most buildings were razed to provide a site for Topeka High School Sachs & Ehrlich, Guide to Kansas Architecture, 1996;
www.livgenmi.com/1886Kansaseyes~bethanycollege.htm
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/c/college_of_sisters_bethany.html
Hunt and Carper, eds. 
Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
College of the Sisters of Charity Topeka Kansas 1875

Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Colvin Chiropractic College Wichita Kansas 1914

initially located in Brosius Building at Douglas and Lawrence; then moved to 609 N. Lawrence; then occupied in 1924 the top two floors of building at northwest corner of Main and English Wichita Eagle, August 28, 1921
Wichita Eagle, Jully 11, 1924
Concordia Normal School Concordia Kansas 1874 1876 state supported
www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/cutler/eraop/era-of-peace-pl.html
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Conway Normal College Conway Springs Kansas 1890 1894
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Cooper College Sterling Kansas 1887
United Presbyterian name changed to Sterling College http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1044.html#105304
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Eclectic Medical College Kansas City Kansas 1896 1905
probably also known as Kansas Medical College that was absorbed by University of Kansas Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Enoch Marvin College Oskaloosa Kansas 1878 1880 Methodist Episcopal Church South the school structure was torn down around 1904 and a high school building was erected on the site Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/e/enoch_marvin_college.html
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
Entre Nous College McCracken Kansas 1906 1912
founded by Howard Robert Barnard, nephew of Henry Barnard, first U.S. Commissioner of Education, and of Frederick Barnard, founder of Barnard College (now part of Columbia University) Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Fairmount College Wichita Kansas 1895 1926 Congregational Church  planned as Wichita Ladies College; renamed Fairmount College after 1887; in 1926 became Wichita University, later Wichita State University www.twsu.edu/library/specialcollections/87-38-a.html;
John Rydjord.  A History of Fairmount College.  1977.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/f/fairmount_college.html
Freedman's University Quindaro Kansas 1867 1881 Presbyterian in 1872, the KS legislature established the Colored Normal School as part of Freeman's University; later acquired by African Methodist Episcopal Church and renamed Western University; 1857 given as first date in Zornow's, Kansas.  Zornow also gives 1877 as date for transfer to A.M.E. Church   http://www.kckplanning.org/quindaro.htm
Kansas.  William Zornow, 1957.
Friends Bible College Haviland Kansas
Friends   started as Haviland Academy in 1892, became Kansas Central Bible Training School in 1917, Friends Bible College and now operates as Barclay College http://www.barclaycollege.edu/
Garfield Normal College & Business Institute Enterprise Kansas 1888

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Garfield University Wichita Kansas 1887 1893 initially affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) closed in 1890 and reopened two years later.  In 1898 taken over by Friends Church http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1054.html
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/g/garfield_university.html
Cummins, D. Duane. 
The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Garnett College Garnett Kansas
1874 United Presbyterian classes were first held in the U.P. church and later on the second floor of a building at Fourth and Oak; started with two teachers and thirty students; $25,000 was pledged by the Synod for support in 1872, but there is no record of action Buchanan, Tom and Christine.  Sterling College: Co-worker with God. 1987.
Gould College Harlan Kansas 1881 1888 United Brethren named for Jay Gould, who owned part of the Union Pacific;  A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans.  William E. Connelley.  Revised edition, 1919.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1919ks/l/lerewwg.html
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
Conard, Erik Paul.
 A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Harper College Harper Kansas 1914 1924 Churches of Christ assets purchased by Arkansas Christian College, predecessor to Harding College (Searcy, AR) Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Hunt and Carper, eds. 
Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Cummins, D. Duane. 
The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Harper Normal College Harper Kansas 1886 1896
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Hartford College Hartford Kansas


Highland University Highland Kansas 1857
Presbyterian chartered as university February 1858; first chartered college in KS; name later changed to Highland College; awarded bachelors degrees until 1920 when it became a two year institution; later became known as Highland Community College; Irvin Hall built in 1858 is still standing Sachs & Ehrlich, Guide to Kansas Architecture, 1996.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/h/highland_university.html
http://www.highlandcc.edu/Academics/catalog.htm
Hobson Normal Institute Parsons Kansas 1882 1895 Friends Yearly Meeting of Iowa
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Immaculate Conception College
Kansas
Sisters of Saint Dominic founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Kansas Bible College Harper Kansas 1899

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Kansas Bible College Lawrence Kansas 1901

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Kansas Bible College Manhattan Kansas 1927

opened in cooperation with International Bible Mission and Eugene Buble University under the title "Christian Workers University"; in 1928 adopted name of Kansas Bible College which was often confused with similarly titled Bible Chair/college in Lawrence; in 1929, unified with Missouri Christian College and Colorado Bible College under International Bible Mission and incorporated as Midwest region of Christian Workers University; in 1930 the property in Manhatten was transferred from CWU and chartered as Manhattan Bible College; name changed to Manhattan Christian College in 1969 www.mccks.edu/mccstory.html
Kansas Christian College Harper Kansas 1899 1901 Christian Church used property of Harper Normal College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Kansas Christian College Lincoln Kansas 1885 1912 Christian Church merged with Palmer College, a Christian institution located in Albany, MO Charles M. Correll.  A Century of Congregationalism in Kansas:  1854-1954.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/k/kansas_christian_college.html
Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery Kansas City Kansas 1897 1905
absorbed by University of Kansas medical school http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/
Kansas City Medical College Kansas City Kansas 1897 1905
absorbed by University of Kansas medical school http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/
Kansas City University Kansas City Kansas 1896 1933 Methodist Protestant founded by D. Samuel Fielding Mather, a descendant of Cotton Mather; comprised of Mather College, College of Theology, College of Music, Kansas City Academy, School of Oratory and Elocution, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the College of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery.  The Colleges of Music and Oratory were located in Kansas City, MO; in 1913 merged with Campbell College moved from Holton, KS; one-half of KCU trustees were then drawn from Church of the United Brethren in Christ; failed due to financial difficulties; St. Augustine Hall purchased by Recollect Augustinian Fathers in 1935 who preserved as Monastery of St. Augustine; complex was purchased by Seventh Day Adventists in 1987 for use as administrative offices and a conference center Sachs & Ehrlich, Guide to Kansas Architecture, 1996.
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
http://www.kckplanning.org/MATHERHALL.htm
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1062.html#107002
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/k/kansas_city_university.html
Conard, ed.
Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, vol. III. 1901. pp. 506-07
Kansas College of Technology Salina Kansas
1991
merged with Kansas State University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Kansas Medical College Topeka Kansas 1890 1902
became a department of Washburn University; several unsuccessful initiatives to found institutions using the name of KMC are noted by Conard Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Kansas Normal College Fort Scott Kansas 1878 1899
http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/cutler/bourbon/bourbon-co-p6.html
http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/eraop/era-of-peace-p23.html
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Kansas Normal College Paola Kansas 1878

http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/eraop/era-of-peace-p23.html
Kansas State College of Pittsburg Pittsburg Kansas 1903
state supported started as the Auxiliary Manual Training Normal School as part of the State Normal School of Emporia; became a four-year college in 1913; known as Kansas State College of Pittsburg after 1959; granted university status in 1977 and renamed Pittsburg State University http://www2.pittstate.edu/catalog_live/HistoryofPittsburgStateUniversity.html
Kansas State Teachers College Emporia Kansas 1863
state supported founded as Kansas State Normal School; name change to Kansas State Teachers College in 1923; to Emporia Kansas State College in 1974; and to Emporia State University in 1977 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Lane University Lecompton Kansas 1865 1903 United Brethren merged with Campbell University in 1903; building is now a museum; the parents of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower met at Lane as students; Margaret Whittemore.  Historic Kansas.  1954.
Sachs & Ehrlich,
Guide to Kansas Architecture, 1996.
Don W. Holter. 
Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/l/lane_university.html
Lawrence University Lawrence Kansas 1859 1863
initially chartered by Presbyterians and two years later by Protestant Episcopal Church; predecesor to University of Kansas; Cummins lists as a Disciples of Christ college Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Cummins, D. Duane. 
The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Leavenworth Normal School Leavenworth Kansas 1870 1876 state supported
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Lincoln College Topeka Kansas 1865
Congregational Church later moved to a new site and renamed Washburn University in 1868 Russell K. Hickman.  "Lincoln College, Forerunner of Washburn Municipal University  Pt. I and Pt. II" Kansas Historical Quarterly.
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Marymount College Salina Kansas 1922 1989 Sisters of Saint Joseph granted first degrees in 1926; became coeducational in 1968; first accredited by NCA in 1932; records moved to Saint Mary of the Plains and then to Ft. Hays State University Sister M. Evangeline Thomas.  Footprints on the Froniter.  1948.
Schier and Russett. 
Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Midland College   Atchison Kansas 1887 1919 General Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church later Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska (1919-1962) http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1044.html#105304
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/m/midland_college.html
Solberg. 
Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Miltonvale Wesleyan College Miltonvale Kansas 1909 1972 Wesleyan Methodist Church merged with Bartlesville Wesleyan College  (OK)  Zornow, William. Kansas. 1957.
http://www.bwc.edu/info/history.html
Modern Normal College Marysville Kansas 1892 1904
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Morrill Normal College Morrill Kansas 1882 1888
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Mount Carmel College Scipio Kansas 1876 1884 Catholic
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Mount Saint Scholastica College Atchison Kansas 1924 1971 Benedictine Sisters merged with St. Benedict's College to form Benedictine College http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1044.html#105304;
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
National G.A.R. Memorial College Oberlin Kansas 1890 1893
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Nickerson College Nickerson Kansas 1903 1918 public operated from 1903 until after 1918 by Reno County High School as Nickerson College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Nickerson Normal College Nickerson Kansas 1898 1903
taken over by Reno County High School http://skyways.lib.ks.us/kansas/history/mp/p128-133.html
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Northeastern Kansas Normal College Pardee Kansas 1877

Atchison County Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Olathe Normal University Olathe Kansas 1888


Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Oswego College    Oswego Kansas 1871 1873
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/labette/1901/195-201.shtml
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Oswego College for Young Ladies Oswego Kansas 1886 1910 Presbyterian
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/labette/1901/195-201.shtml
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/o/oswego_college.html
Ottumwa College Ottumwa Kansas 1862 1873 Christian Church cornerstone laid by Methodist Episcopal Church, however a successful revival in the area led many members to change to the Christian Church and the college was taken over also; closed after a couple of years, reoranized again in 1872, then closed the following year after a fire Don W. Holter.  Fire on the Prairie:  Methodism in the History of Kansas.  1969.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/o/ottumwa_college.html
People's College Fort Scott Kansas 1914

Socialist institution; advertised widely and appears to have been essentially a mail-order institution http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
President's College School of Law Wichita Kansas 1994 2003
some resources acquired by Friends University http://www.friends.edu/default2.asp
Roger Williams University Atchison Kansas 1860

chartered in one county, never opened; sometimes noted as predecessor of Ottawa University Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Sacred Heart College Wichita Kansas 1902
Sisters Adorers of the Most Precious Blood started as St. John's Academy, a school for girls in 1902; later a boy's school was added; became a junior college in 1923 and a 4-year institution in 1933.  Name changed to Sacred Heart College in 1952; renamed Kansas Newman College in 1973 and Newman University in 2000 Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Benedict's College Atchison Kansas 1858 1971
merged with Mount St. Scholastica College to form Benedictine College http://www.benedictine.edu/
Saint Francis College of Nursing Topeka Kansas

affiliated with St. Francis Hospital
Saint John's College Winfield Kansas 1893 1986 Missouri Synod Lutheran first accredited by NCA in 1961 http://www.sckans.edu/sjc/home.html
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/s/st_johns_college.html
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America. 1985.
Saint Mary of the Plains College Dodge City Kansas 1913 1992 Sisters of Saint Joseph acquired former Soule College property; initially operated as an academy; became a college in 1952; first accredited by NCA in 1963 http://trails.net/smp/
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Mary's College Saint Mary's Kansas 1848 1931 Society of Jesus first accredited by NCA in 1922; property acquired by Society of St. Piux X in 1979; authorized by KS to offer 2-year degrees in 1999; not to be confused with St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1054.html
www.smac.edu/history/history.html
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archive/1912/s/st_marys_college.html
Saint Mary College Leavenworth Kansas 1859
Sisters of Charity founded as St. Mary's Academy for women; in 1923 became St. Mary's College, a junior college for women; became co-ed in 1988; after 2003 became the University of St. Mary http://www.stmary.edu/
Salina Normal University Salina Kansas 1884 1904
located at the west end of Iron Avenue; destroyed by fire and was not rebuilt John S. Cornett.  Fifty Years of Kansas Wesleyan University.
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Cummins, D. Duane. 
The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Salt City Business College Hutchinson Kansas


Soule College Dodge City Kansas 1893 1903 Methodist Episcopal Church founded as Western Kansas College; money for founding from Asa T. Soule; sold to Methodist church that operated for a time as Soule College; acquired by Sisters of St. Joseph in 1912 http://trails.net/smp/
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Southwest Kansas College Wichita Kansas 1884 1884
believed to have opened briefly Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Stockton Normal School Stockton Kansas 1887 1901
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Topeka Business and Normal College Topeka Kansas 1884 1890
Normal program may've been dropped after 1885.  Sold and name changed to Strickler's Topeka Business College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Topeka Dental College Topeka Kansas 1909

Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Ursuline College Paola Kansas
1957 Ursuline Sisters operated as an academy until 1971; convent continues to operate Kansas.  William Zornow, 1957.
Sachs & Ehrlich.  Guide to Kansas Architecture, 1996.
Utopia College Eureka Kansas 1946 1970
name changed in 1955 to Midwest Institute of Business Administration; founded by Roger Babson who also founded Babson College and Webber College www2.babson.edu/babson/babsonhpp.nsf/public/aboutbabsonhistory/
Walden College McPherson Kansas 1905 1914 Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant first classes held in McPherson opera house; Science Hall completed in 1906; buildings sold to Orleans Seminary to become Central Academy and College Dwayne A. Smith, ed.  Central College:  The First 100 Years.
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Western Branch State Normal School Hays Kansas 1902
state supported initially founded as a branch of the State Normal School in Emporia; separated and renamed Fort Hays Kansas State Normal School in 1914; renamed Kansas State Teachers College of Hays in 1923 and Fort Hays State College in 1931; became Fort Hays State University in 1977 http://www.fhsu.edu/
www.legendsofkansas.com/haysuniversity.html
Western Business College and Normal School Hutchinson Kansas 1885 1889
originally known as Arkansas Valley Business College and believed to have merged with Hutchinson Normal College Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Western Christian University Ottumwa Kansas 1862 1874
initially Methodist, after one year taken over by Christian Convention of Kansas; destroyed by fire in 1874 and did not reopen Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Western Kansas College Dodge City Kansas 1887 1889 Presbyterian
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Western School of Elocution and Oratory Wichita Kansas 1891 1902
Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Western Theological Seminary Atchison Kansas 1893

later located in Fremont, Nebraska (1919-1949) http://www.mlc.edu/library/?p=archives
Western University Quindaro Kansas 1881 1943 African Methodist Episcopal successor to Freedman's University http://www.kckplanning.org/quindaro.htm; www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/kscoll/lochist/quindaro/TOUR6.HTM; see also Smith, Thaddeus T. Western University: A Ghost College in Kansas.  Unpublished Master of Arts thesis, Pittsburg State College. Pittsburg, KS: 1966.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/1035.html#104001
Conard, Erik Paul. 
A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/w/western_university.html
Wichita College of Music Wichita Kansas

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Wichita Commercial College Wichita Kansas 1893

in 1920 changed name to American Business College Wichita Eagle, October 10, 1920
Wichita Ladies College Wichita Kansas
Congregational Church renamed Fairmount College after 1887 http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/collections/university_archives/hist.html
Wichita Medical College Wichita Kansas

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Wichita University Wichita Kansas 1886 1893 German Reformed Church faculty of fifteen in 1892; later used by Sisters of St. Joseph as a convent and orphanage until building burned in 1913 http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/w/wichita_university.html
Winfield Business College and Normal Institute Winfield Kansas 1895

while college did operate there is no evidence the normal institute had any graduates Conard, Erik Paul.  A History of Kansas' Closed Colleges.  Ph.D. dissertation, 1970.
Winfield College of Music Winfield Kansas
1926
merged with Southwestern College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.







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