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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Arcadia Male and Female College Arcadia Louisiana

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Baton Rouge College Baton Rouge Louisiana 1849 1856 Catholic Burke states that may've been St. Peter's and St. Paul's College; New Advent site refers to College of St. Paul Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
www.newadvent.org/cathen/11005b.htm
Baton Rouge College Baton Rouge Louisiana
proprietary www.ed-oha.org/cases/1995-147sp.html
Bell City College Bell City Louisiana
1919
www.snu.edu
Brescia College
Louisiana
1953 Ursuline Nuns previously Ursuline College Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Coleman College Gibsland Louisiana 1888
Baptist
http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/hicks/hicks.html
College of Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 1820

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hindorff/college_president.htm
College of Louisiana Jackson  Louisiana 1826 1844 Methodist vacant campus occupied by Centenary College; Burke states that Methodists had taken over Mississippi College and brought it to the campus of the former College of Louisiana; Centenary remainded at Jackson until 1908 when it moved to Shreveport www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/centen/centenary.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hindorff/college_president.htm
College of Orleans New Orleans Louisiana 1811 1825 state supported established on Ursuline St.; Louisiana's first college; failed after withdrawal of state support; Burke gives date of founding as 1807 Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
College of Rapides Rapides Parrish Louisiana 1819

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hindorff/college_president.htm
College of the Immaculate Conception New Orleans Louisiana 1852 1911 Jesuits Burke provides starting date of 1840's; Brenner provides 1849; merged with Loyola College www.loyno.edu/thomashall/Last150.html
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
College of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau Louisiana 1939 1956 Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus previously Grand Coteau College; Academy of the Sacred Heart established in 1821; college courses added after 1939; enrollment peaked at 100 female students in 1950 and dropped to 42 in 1956; academy continued operation after college program discontinued http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
Bradshaw, Jim.  "Students tried to save Sacred Heart College," in The Sunday Advertiser, February 4, 2007, www.theadvertiser.com.
Commonwealth College New Llano Louisiana 1923

moved to Mena, AR in 1924 see entry for Commonwealth College, AR
DeLisle College
Louisiana
Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Family founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Delta Junior College Houma Louisiana 1989 1995
Louisiana Board of Regents Office of Proprietary Schools Program
Dodd College Shreveport Louisiana 1927 1942 Baptist junior college for women www.enlou.com/time/year1927.htm
Franklin College Opelousa Louisiana 1840's 1850's
Burke states that probably never operated as a college Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Grand Coteau College Grand Coteau Louisiana

later, College of the Sacred Heart Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Gulf Coast Christian College Plaquemine Louisiana


Hammond Junior College Hammond Louisiana 1925
state supported became Southeastern Louisiana College in 1928 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Homer College Clairborne Parrish Louisiana 1850
Methodist
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Jefferson College Convent Louisiana 1838

Burke states that institution was initially nondenominational with state aid and was located at St. James before moving to Baringiers and then closing in mid-1840's due to a fire; after fire, operated as a Catholic academy and college; now operated as Manresa Retreat Center www.stjamesparish.com/local/history/stjameshistory/stjameshistory.htm
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Jefferson Davis College Minden Louisiana

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Keatchie Female College Keatchie Louisiana 1857 1912 Baptist Keatchie College was founded in 1857 as the Baptist Union Female College or Keatchie Female College by the Grand Cane Association of Baptist Churches. Eventually it became the coeducational Keatchie Male and Female Colllege. In 1899 the Louisiana Southern Baptist Convention assumed management of the college, and the name was changed to Louisiana Female College; closed sometime after 1917.  On Louisiana College web site Keatchie College is listed as predecessor institution. http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/desoto/misc/schools/messeng.txt
www.rootsweb.com/~ladesoto/kfc.htm
ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/desoto/misc/schools/college.txt
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Hunt and Carper, eds. 
Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Lake Charles College Lake Charles Louisiana 1890

http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/calcasieu/schools/earlysch.txt
Lake Charles Junior College Lake Charles Louisiana 1939
state supported founded as a division of Louisiana State University; became John McNeese Junior College in 1940, McNeese State College in 1950, and McNeese State University in 1970 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Lampton College Alexandria Louisiana 1912
African Methodist Episcopal outgrowth of a school started at Delhi, La., in 1890, by Bishop Grant, Revs. J. Joins, J. W. Rankin, P. W. Williams and J. H. Martin, Handy Walton and L. H. Harris. The first teacher at Delhi was Prof. William Jennifer. There was one building and 20 acres of land. In 1907 this building was destroyed by fire and the school was practically abandoned. With the coming of Bishop Lampton the school was revived at Alexandria and called Lampton College. Prof. P. W. Rogers was made president. Bishop Conner, from 1912 to 1916, did much to develop it, erecting two frame buildings. The presidents have been Revs. P. W. Rogers, J. G. Monroe, M. M. Ponton, S. L. Green and J. R. Campbell, the present president. There were 210 students and 7 teachers. The departments are primary, intermediate, industrial and collegiate. Rev. A. H. Mitchell is one of the most distinguished graduates. The property, including eight acres, is valued at $11,000. (Wright) http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/wright/wright.html
Leland University New Orleans Louisiana 1870
Baptist founded by Holbrook Chamberlain in the basement of Tulane Avenue Baptist Church; then located on St. Charles Avenue on about ten acres of land; moved to Baker, LA after 1915 hurricane; on Baker web page dates given as 1923-1960 http://nutrias.org/~nopl/exhibits/bhm2000/notin.htm
http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/hicks/ill30.html
http://www.cityofbakerla.org/commu.htm
http://www.bakerchamber.com/about.htm
Louisiana College Jackson  Louisiana 1830 1840's Catholic
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Louisiana Holiness College Hudson Louisiana 1906 1912

Louisiana State Normal College Natchitoches Louisiana 1884
state supported name change to Northwestern State College of Louisiana in 1944; to Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1970 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Louisiana Tech University Ruston Louisiana 1894
state supported founded as the Industrial Institue and College of Louisiana; name change in 1898 to Louisiana Industrial Institute; name change to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1921 and to Louisiana Tech University in 1971 http://www.latech.edu/
Mansfield Female College Mansfield Louisiana 1852 1930 Methodist
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ladesoto/college.htm
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Medical College of University of Louisiana New Orleans Louisiana 1834
state supported merged with University of Louisiana in 1847; adopted name of Tulane University of Louisiana in 1884 after reverting to private control; merged with H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College for Women in 1988 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Most Holy Sacrament College
Louisiana
Congregation of Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Mount Carmel Junior College
Louisiana
Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Mount Lebanon University Mount Lebanon Louisiana 1860 1906 Baptist possibly moved to Pineville, LA; listed as predecessor institution on Louisiana College web site. Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Mount Zion Male & Female College Wheeling Louisiana
Methodist Protestant
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/winn/schools/college.txt
New Orleans College of Pharmacy New Orleans Louisiana
1919
merged with Loyola University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
New Orleans University New Orleans Louisiana 1869
Methodist Episcopal Church founded as Union Normal School; in 1889 opened a medical department, including a schools of pharmacy and nursing; medical department was named Flint Medical College and the affiliated hospital was Sarah Goodridge Hospital and Nurse Training School; the medical college was discontinued in 1911 with the hospital and nursing school continuing under the name of Flint-Goodridge Hospital; merged in 1920 with Straight College to form Dillard University http://www.dillard.edu/about_d/history.htm
Ouachita Parish Junior College Monroe Louisiana 1931
state supported established as part of the Ouachita Parish School System; became Northeast Center of Louisiana State University in 1934, Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University in 1939, Northeast Louisiana State College in 1950 and Northeast Louisiana University in 1970; became The University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 1998 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Our Lady of the Holy Cross College New Orleans Louisiana 1916
Marianites of Holy Cross initially known as Holy Cross Normal to train teachers for the Academy of Holy Angels and other schools operated by the Sisters; granted authority to offer bachelors degrees in 1938 and name changed to The Colllege Department of the Academy of Holy Angles; moved to a new location in 1960 name changed to Our Lady of Holy Cross College http://www.olhcc.edu/x516.xml
Poydras College Point Coupee Louisiana 1829 1861 Catholic re-opened in 1873 as a Catholic girl's school Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/louisiana/poy.htm
Saint Charles College Grand Coteau Louisiana 1838
Jesuits college no long accepts lay students after 1922; juniorate program transferred to Spring Hill College in 1967 and later to Loyola University in New Orleans; continues to operate as retreat center http://members.aol.com/jespirtcen/history.htm
Saint Joseph Junior College St. Benedict Louisiana
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 Mary's Dominican College New Orleans Louisiana 1860 1984 Dominican Sisters, Congregation of Saint Mary founded as Saint Mary's Dominican Academy, became Saint Mary's Dominican College in 1910 www.stmarysdominican.org/about/timeline.asp
dominican-sisters.net/stmarys/people/doskey-b.htm
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Silliman College Clinton Louisiana 1852
Presbyterian
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Soule College New Orleans Louisiana 1856

founded by Col. George Soule; Buckner House (Soule College) at 1410 Jackson Avenue; http://nutrias.org/~nopl/mss/mssrecs4.htm
Southern University
Louisiana 1880
state supported founded for education of blacks 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.
Straight University New Orleans Louisiana 1869
Congregational operated a law department from 1874 to 1886; merged with New Orleans University in 1930 to form Dillard University article on 25th anniversary as part of Cornell University's "Making of
American" site http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/
moa-cgi?notisid=ABK5794-0050-127; also, http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/haley/menu.html and http://www.dillard.edu/about_d/history.htm
University of Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette Louisiana 1900
state supported founded at Southwestern Industrial Institute; name changed to University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1960 and to University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1999 http://www.louisiana.edu/AboutUs/History/General.shtml
World Evangelism Bible College & Seminary Baton Rouge Louisiana 1984









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