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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Aroostook State College Presque Isle Maine 1903
state supported founded as Aroostook State Normal School; now operates as University of Maine at Presque Isle Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Bliss College Lewiston Maine 1897 1972
records located with Maine Department of Education, Augusta, ME Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
Casco Bay College
Maine

records located with Andover College, Portland, ME http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
College of Our Lady of Mercy North Windham Maine 1915
Sisters of Mercy founded as Saint Joseph College, became College of Our Lady of Mercy in 1948, renamed Saint Joseph College in 1956 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Gorham State College Gorham Maine 1878
state supported became University of Maine at Portland-Gorham after merger in 1970 with Portland campus of University of Maine at Orono; later changed to University of Southern Maine at Orono Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://www.usm.maine.edu/aboutusm.html
Immaculate Heart of Mary Institute
Maine
Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Kents Hill Junior College Kents Hill Maine


http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College Kents Hill Maine 1825

A split in the New England Conference occurred in 1824 when the General Conference created the Maine Annual Conference to cover the newly formed State of Maine.  In September 1825, through the generosity of a Kent's Hill farmer named Luther Sampson, the Maine Wesleyan Seminary opened, being a merger with a small, private boarding school established in 1820 by Elihu and Emma Robinson in Augusta.  In 1828, following the example of Wesleyan Academy, the seminary opened a department for young women, called the Maine Wesleyan Seminary and Female College, becoming known as Kent's Hill School in the early 1900s.  The Methodist affiliation was dropped in the 1950s, but the school survives www.bu.edu/sth/archives/cah/trails.htm
Mercy Institute
Maine
Sisters of Mercy founded for education of Sisters, probably never admitted lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Mid-State College Augusta
Auburn
Maine 1867 2003 proprietary founded as Dirigo Business College; two-year institution The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 27, 2003
http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
Morgan Business College Waterville Maine 1894

became Thomas Business College in 1911 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Nasson College Springvale Maine 1912 1983

www.Nasson.org; www.NewDivision.org
http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
Northern Conservatory of Music Bangor Maine
1972

Oblate College & Seminary Bar Harbor Maine 1941 1969

Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Our Lady of Mercy Portland Maine 1912
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas From 1912 to 1956, the college was located on the grounds of the Motherhouse in the Deering district of Portland. In 1949, the name of the College was changed from Saint Joseph’s to The College of Our Lady of Mercy; but with the change of site to Standish in 1956, the original name of Saint Joseph’s was resumed. In 1970, Saint Joseph’s became a coeducational institution. http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
http://www.sjcme.edu/facstaff/fac_history.html
Plus-Gray Business College


records located with Andover College, Portland, ME http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
Portland University Portland Maine
1961
merged with University of Maine Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Ricker College Houlton Maine 1848 1978
network of adult education centers purchased by Unity College (ME) www.ricker.net;
O'Neill & Barnett.  Colleges and Corporate Change.  Conference-University Press, 1980.
http://maine.gov/education/highered/Transcripts/Transcripts.htm
Saint Francis College Biddeford Maine 1953

founded as College Seraphique; name change to Saint Francis Junior College in 1948; to Saint Francis College in 1953; later became part of University of New England with mergers of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978; merged with Westbrook College in 1996  Eleanor Haney.  "A History of Saint Francis College," an excerpt from Shaping the Future: the Founding of the University of New England, 1989.
http://www.une.edu/alumni/history.html
Shaw Business College Bangor Maine 1898

renamed Husson College in 1947; absorbed Eastern Maine Medical School of Nursing in 1980's; renamed Husson University in October, 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husson_College
Waterville College Waterville Maine 1813

founded as Maine Literary and Theological Institution, Waterville College in 1820, to Colby University in 1867, and to Colby College in 1899 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Westbrook College Portland Maine 1831
Universalists located in Westbrook, ME (1831-1870), Deering, ME (1871-1898), and Portland, ME (1899-  ); merged with University of New England in 1996 under the Westbrook charter http://www.une.edu/alumni/wcc.html







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