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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Andover Junior College
Massachusetts
b1979
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Aquinas College Milton Massachusetts 1956 1999 Sisters of Saint Joseph
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Aquinas College Newton Massachusetts 1961 1999 Sisters of Saint Joseph
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Augustinian College of the Merrimack Valley North Andover Massachusetts 1947
Order of St. Augustine name changed to Merrimack College in 1969 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Bay Path Junior College Longmeadow Massachusetts 1897

founded in Springfield, MA as co-educational Bay Path Institute; moved to Longmeadow in 1945 and name changed to Bay Path Secretarial School [one of thre institutions to switch from co-ed to single gender]; name change in 1949 to Bay Path Junior College; offered baccalaureate programs after 1988 and changed name to Bay Path College http://www.baypath.edu/AboutUs.aspx
Benjamin Franklin Institute Boston Massachusetts 1908
proprietary In 1789, in the codicil to his will, Benjamin Franklin bequeathed a gift of 1,000 pounds sterling to the "inhabitants of the Town of Boston" to be loaned at interest to young and needy apprentices. The interest was to augment the principal continually, and at the end of one hundred years, part of the fund was to be expended for "public works", and the balance was to be compounded for the second hundred years. When the first part of the fund matured just before the turn of the 20th century, the Board of Managers of the Franklin Fund decided that a technical college would constitute the most appropriate means of accomplishing Franklin's purposes.  The land, at the corner of Berkeley, and Appleton Streets, was provided by the City of Boston in 1906. The college opened its doors on September 21, 1908. Founded as Franklin Union, it initially, it offered only evening courses in science and technology and the necessary preparatory subjects.  After World War I the need for returning veterans for engineering education at this level justified the addition of day courses to the program of the college.  These were to provide training in science
and engineering.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2003.
www.bfit.edu/pages/aboutfib/short_hist.html
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2003
Bentley College Waltham Massachusetts 1917

founded as Bentley School of Accounting and Finance; name change to Bentley College of Accounting and Finance in 1961 and to Bentley College in 1971; name changed again in October 2008 to Bentley University Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.bentley.edu
Berkshire Christian College Lennox Massachusetts 1897 1986
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Berkshire Medical College Pittsfield Massachusetts 1823


Boston Female Medical School Boston Massachusetts 1848 1874
1st medical school exclusively for women; merged with Boston University School of Medicine as 1st coed medical school in the world www.kumc.edu/international/gnn/volume3/gnn9811.htm;
www.walpole.ma.us/lnewsletterFa98
Boston State College Boston Massachusetts 1872 1982
Begin as a Girls High School. In 1872, the Boston Normal School separated from Girls High School and became an independent institution. The Normal School was renamed the Teachers College of the City of Boston in 1924. In 1952 it became a state college, the State Teachers College at Boston. The college was renamed the State College at Boston, a.k.a. Boston State College, in 1960. Boston State College merged with UMass/Boston in 1982. http://www.lib.umb.edu/archives/bos-coll.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bouve College Boston Massachusetts
1964
merged with Northeastern University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Bradford College Haverhill Massachusetts 1803 2000
began as Bradford Academy, a coeducational boarding school.  In 1836, became a women's school.  In 1932, became Bradford Junior College.  In 1971, again started admitting men, offered first bachelor's degrees, and changed name to Bradford College. May 12, 2000 Chronicle of Higher Education
Bradford Durfee College of Technology City of Fall River Massachusetts 1904

founded as New Bedford Textile School in 1895; name change to New Bedford Technical Institute in 1950; to New Bedford Institute of Textiles & Technology in 1955; to New Bedford Institute of Technology in 1957; merged with Bradford Durfee Technical Institute in 1964; name change to Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute in 1964 with move to North Dartmouth, MA; to Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1969; to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1991 www.lib.umassd.edu/ARCHIVES/Bradford.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bridgewater State College Bridgewater Massachusetts 1840
state supported founded as Bridgewater Normal School; name change to Bridgewater State Teachers College in 1932, to State College at Bridgewater in 1960, Bridgewater State College in 1968, and to Bridgewater State University in 2010 http://www.bridgew.edu/
Bryant & Stratton Business Institute Boston Massachusetts

Bryant & Stratton College continues to operate sites in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia http://www.bryantstratton.edu/
Bryant McIntosh College
Massachusetts
b1972
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Bryant McIntosh Junior College Lawrence Massachusetts

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

formerly Burdett School of Business www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Calvin Coolidge College of Liberal Arts Boston Massachusetts
1970
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Cambridge Junior College Cambridge Massachusetts 1934 1974
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Cardinal Cushing College Brookline Massachusetts 1952 1972 Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame
www.cscsisters.org/archives/archives_transcripts.htm
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Central New England College Worcester Massachusetts 1905 1989
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Chamberlayne Junior College
Massachusetts
b1979
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
College of Physicians and Surgeons Boston Massachusetts 1882 1906
www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
College of Saint Joseph Boston Massachusetts
Sisters of Saint Joseph founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
College of the Sacred Heart Newton Massachusetts
b1989 Religious of the Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts Brenner gives 1974 as date for merger with Boston College www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Comers Commercial College Boston Massachusetts

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Divine Providence Institute
Massachusetts
Sisters of Divine Providence founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Fitchburg State College Fitchburg Massachusetts 1894
state supported founded as State Normal School; name change to State Teachers College in 1933, to State College at Fitchburg in 1962, to Fitchburg State College in 1967, and to Fitchburg State University in 2010 http://www.fsc.edu/
Framingham State College Framingham Massachusetts 1839
state supported founded as State Normal School, Lexington; moved to West Newton in 1843 and to Framingham in 1853, becoming the State Normal School at Framingham; name change to Framingham State Teachers College in 1932, to State College at Framingham in 1960, to Framingham State College in 1968, and to Framingham State University in 2010 http://www.framingham.edu/index.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
French American University Springfield Massachusetts

see entry for French Protestant College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
French Protestant College Lowell Massachusetts 1894

founded in Lowell, MA; became French-American College in 1894 after moving to Springfield; name changed to American International College in 1905 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Garland Junior College Boston Massachusetts 1947 1976
absorbed into Simmons College www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
www.simmons.edu/libraries/archives/timeline.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Grahm Junior College Boston Massachusetts 1950 1979 proprietary founded as Cambridge School of Business; name changed to Grahm Junior College in 1967 to honor it's president, Milton Grahm.  In addition to business school, offered program in hotel/restaurant management, secretarial science, and broadcast communications www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
http://membersaol.com/_ht_a/mhasson/GrahmHome.html?mtbrand=AOL_US
Holliston Junior College Holliston Massachusetts 1919 1986
founded as South Middlesex Secretarial School in Framingham.  The institution was moved and renamed in 1961.  It declared bankruptcy in 1978 and was acquired by Newbury College and continued operating at another location until 1986. www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Hillaard, John. "Long closed school could owe $63,000 to feds," in MetroWest Daily News, January 19,2006.
Hyannis State Teachers College
Massachusetts 1897 1944
building used by Massachusetts Maritime Academy from 1942-44 and by Cape Cod Community College from 1948-60; now a Town Hall http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/info/barnstable/around.html
http://www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Jackson College Medford Massachusetts 1910 1963
co-ordinate institution for women with Tufts College, now Tufts University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
LaFosse Teacher Training College
Massachusetts
Religious of Christian Education founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Lancaster Junior College South Lancaster Massachusetts 1883
Seventh-day Adventist founded as New England School; became South Lancaster Academy in 1883, Lancaster Junior College in 1918; now, Atlantic Union College after 1922 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Lay College Revere Massachusetts

The Revere Lay College later changed its name to the Boston Evangelical Institute before merging with another school to form Gordon College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary http://www.izaak.unh.edu/specoll/mancoll/rdsawyer.htm
Leicester Junior College Leicester Massachusetts
1978
became part of Becker College www.beckercollege.edu
Marist College and Seminary Framingham Massachusetts 1939
Sons of Mary (Marist Fathers)
www.tiac.edu/users/stb/history.htm
Massachusetts College of Osteopathy Boston Massachusetts 1898 1944
Founded as Boston Institute of Osteopathy; name changed to Massachusetts College of Osteopathy in 1903 http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Middlesex University Waltham Massachusetts 1927 1946
predecessor to Brandeis University www.brandeis.edu/news/review/50threview/founding.pdf
Monroe College of Oratory Boston Massachusetts 1880

founded as Boston Conservatory of Oratory, became Monroe College of Oratory in 1881, and then Emerson College of Oratory in 1890 http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Mount Alvernia College Newton Massachusetts 1959 1973 Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception medical and veterinary school; Schier and Russett list as an institution founded for education of Sisters and may not have enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
New England Female Medical College Boston Massachusetts 1854 1873
established as Boston Female Medical College; in 1874 became part of Boston University www.hms.harvard.edu/jcsw/matriculation/matriculation1.htm
Newton College of the Sacred Heart Newton Massachusetts 1946 1975 Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus merged with Boston College O'Neill & Barnett.  Colleges and Corporate Change.  Conference-University Press, 1980.
Schier and Russett. 
Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Newton Junior College Newtonville Massachusetts 1946 1976
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Northampton Junior College Northampton Massachusetts 1963 1973
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Oblate College & Seminary Natwick Massachusetts
1974
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Massachusetts
Poor Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Perry Normal School Boston Massachusetts 1898 1974

Regina Coeli College
Massachusetts
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Sacred Heart College for Teachers
Massachusetts
Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Gabriel's Institute
Massachusetts
Sisters of Mercy founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Hyacinth College & Seminary Granby Massachusetts
2003
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002
Saint Joseph Normal College Pittsfield Massachusetts 1897
Sisters of Saint Joseph founded as Academy of Our Lady of the Elms; became Saint Joseph Normal College and moved to Chicopee, MA in 1899, adopted name of College of Our Lady of the Elms in 1926 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Joseph Teacher Training Institute
Massachusetts
Sisters of Saint Joseph du Puy founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Paul's House of Studies
Massachusetts
Daughters of Saint Paul founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Salem State College Salem Massachusetts 1854
state supported founded as Salem Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at Salem in 1932, to State College at Salem in 1960, to Salem State College in 1963 and to Salem State University in 2010 http://www.salemstate.edu/
Stanley College
Massachusetts
1959
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
State Teachers College at North Adams North Adams Massachusetts 1894
state supported founded as North Adams Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at North Adams in 1932; to North Adams State College in 1960; to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 1997 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Stevens College
Massachusetts
1971
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Western New England College Springfield Massachusetts 1919

founded as the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern; obtainded independent charter and renamed Western New England College in 1951; change to Western New England University in 2011 http://www1.wne.edu/aboutus/index.cfm?selection=doc.160
Westfield State College Westfield Massachusetts 1838
state supported founded as Barre Normal School; became Westfield Normal School in 1844, State Teachers College at Westfield in 1932, State College at Westfield in 1960, Westfield State College in 1968, and Westfield State University in 2010 http://www.wsc.ma.edu/
Winter Hill Business College Boston Massachusetts 1903

founded by Myron C. Fisher and Edmund H. Fisher; now know as Fisher College; approved as a two-year degree granting institution in 1952; offered B.S. degrees after 1999 http://www.fisher.edu/Web/About/centennial.html
Worcester Junior College Worcester Massachusetts 1905 1989
www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Worcester Medical Institute Worcester Massachusetts 1846 1859
the institution was initially denied a charter by the state legislature and operated under the charter of the Botanico-Medical College of Forsyth, Georgia as the New England Botanico-Medical College; in 1847 the institution arranged to operate as a branch campus of the Scientific and Eclectic Medical Institute of Petersburg, Virginia; the following year and arrangement was concluded with the Botanico-Medical College of Cincinnati, OH; the institution was charted by the Massachusetts legislature in 1849;  Haller, John. Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America, 1836-1911. 1997.
Worcester State College Worcester Massachusetts 1874
state supported founded as Worcester Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at Worcester in 1932, to State College at Worcester in 1960, to Worcester State College in 1968, and Worcester State University in 2010 http://www.worcester.edu/default.aspx
Y.M.C.A. College Springfield Massachusetts 1885

established as School for Christian Workers, became Y.M.C.A. College in 1912 and then Springfield College in 1953 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.







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