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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Agricultural College of State of Michigan East Lansing Michigan 1855
state supported name change to State Agricultural College in 1861; to Michigan Agricultural College in 1909; to Michigan State College of Agricultural and Applied Science in 1925; to Michigan State University of Agricultural and Applied Science in 1955; to Michigan State University in 1964 Songe, Alice H. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Albion Commercial College Albion Michigan 1861 1868
founded by Ira Mayhew who served two terms as state Superintendent of Public Instruction & later principal of Albion Seminary, later Albion College; the separate commercial college suffered a fire in 1868; moved to Detroit in 1869; sold and became Spencerian Business College http://www.albionmich.com/history/histor_notebook/MM994.shtml
American Medical Missionary College Battle Creek Michigan 1895 1910 Seventh-day Adventist outgrowth of classes started at Battle Creek Sanitarium in 1878; AMMC was chartered in Illinois in 1895 and students received their education in both Battle Creek and in Chicago; merged with Illinois State University http://www.llu.edu/info/legacy/index.html
Ave Maria College Ypsilanti Michigan
2006 Catholic founded by Thomas S. Monaghan who later turned his attention to founding Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida  http://www.macrao.org/Archives/ClosedColleges.asp
http://www.avemaria.edu/aboutus/
Battle Creek College Battle Creek Michigan 1874
Seventh-day Adventist in 1901 the institution was moved to Berrien Springs and given the name Emmanuel Missionary College; in 1960 the college, a seminary, and a School of Graduate Studies were united under the name of Andrews University www.andrews.edu/HR/hborganization.html;
www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0250.htm
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Bay City Junior College Bay City Michigan 1920

predecessor to Delta College which opened in 1961 www.svsu.edu
Benton Harbor College Benton Harbor Michigan

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Benzonia College Benzonia Michigan 1891 1900
outgrowth of Grand Traverse College; continued as an academy until 1918 http://www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0245.htm
Catholic Junior College Grand Rapids Michigan 1886
Dominican Sisters founded as Novitiate Normal School in 1886; merged with a college for lay women founded in 1922, initially known as Sacred Heart College and later as Marywood College; moved to dwontown Grand Rapids, became first Catholic college to introduce coeducation and changed name to Catholic Junior College in 1931; later became four year institution and adopted name of Aquinas College after 1941 http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
Songe, Alice H.
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.aquinas.edu
De Lima Junior College Oxford Michigan 1958 1971 Dominican Sisters
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Dearborn Junior College Dearborn Michigan

formerly Fordson Junior College; name changed to Dearborn Junior College in 1946 and to Henry Ford Community College in 1952 www.henryford.cc.mi.us
Detroit Bible College Detroit Michigan 1945

founded as Detroit Bible Institute; moved to Farmington Hills in 1976; name changed to Detroit Bible College in 1960 and then to William Tyndale College in 1981 www.williamtyndale.net
Detroit Business Institute Detroit Michigan 1887
proprietary founded by merger of Spencerian Business College and Goldsmith Business College; initially known as Detroit Business University and by 1960's was known as Detroit Business Institute; a collegiate institute was founded in Dearborn, MI that became the Detroit College of Business after 1964 and later became part of Davenport University  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Business_Institute
Detroit College of Law Detroit Michigan 1891

The college became affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995; relocated to East Lansing, Michigan in 1997; remains one of only two private law schools to be affiliated with a research university.
In April 2004, the school changed its name to the MSU College of Law
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_University_College_of_Law
http://detroit1701.org/Detroit%20College%20of%20Law.html
Detroit College of Medicine Detroit Michigan 1868

became Colleges of the City of Detroit in 1933 with merger of Detroit Teachers College and College of the City of Detroit; Wayne University in 1934; and Wayne State University in 1956 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Detroit Homeopathic College Detroit Michigan 1872 1918
www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/homeopathy_1850_1874.html
Detroit Institute of Technology Detroit Michigan 1891 1982

Duns Scotus College Southfield Michigan 1930 1979
http://www.franciscan-alumni.org/schools/duns.html
Emmanuel Missionary College Berrien Springs Michigan 1901 1960 Seventh-day Adventist successor to Battle Creek College; predecessor to Andrews University www.andrews.edu/visitors/about_au/history.php3
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Fordson Junior College Dearborn Michigan 1938

name changed to Dearborn Junior College in 1946 www.henryford.cc.mi.us
General Motors Institute Flint Michigan 1919

founded as The School of Automobile Trades; name change in 1923 to Flint Institute of Technology; General Motors assumed financial role in 1926 and name changed to General Motors Institute; independent of GM after 1982 and name change to GMI Engineering & Management Institute; name change to Kettering University in 1988  www.kettering.edu
Goldsmith Business University Detroit Michigan 1850 1887 proprietary merged with Spencerian Business College to form Detroit Business University, later known as Detroit Business Institute http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Business_Institute
Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College & Seminary Grand Rapids Michigan 1941
Baptist founded as Baptist Bible Institute; name changed to Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary & Bible Institute in 1948; to Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College & Seminary in 1963; to Grand Rapids Baptist College & Seminary in 1972; merged with Grand Rapids School of the Bible & Music that had closed in 1993; name changed to Cornerstone College & Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1994; name changed to Cornerstone University in 1999 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Grand Rapids Medical College Grand Rapids Michigan

http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatG.htm
Grand Traverse College Benzonia Michigan 1863 1891 Congregational founded as part of Benzonia colony, an "educational Christian colony"; coeducational http://www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0245.htm
Highland Park Community College Highland Park Michigan 1918 1996

www.detnews.com/menu/stories/27279.htm
John Wesley College Owosso Michigan 1909 1981
established as Owosso College
Jordan College     Flint Michigan 1967 1995
location of Menominee, MI on U of Chicago site http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Jordan College & Seminary Cedar Springs Michigan
1996

Jordan College (Tower Center) Detroit Michigan 1967 1995

Mackinac College Mackinac Island Michigan 1966 1973
constructed initially as a World Conference Center by Moral Re-Armament in the 1950's.  MRA later relocated to Switzerland and deeded the property to Mackinac College in 1966.  Sold to Rex Humbard in 1970.  Sold again in 1977 and now operated as the Mackinac Hotel. Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Ringenberg, William C. 
The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America. 1984.
www.mackinacfilms.com/mra.html
Maryglade College Mephis Michigan 1960 1974

Mayhew Business College Detroit Michigan

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Mercy College Detroit Michigan 1941
Religious Sisters of Mercy merged with University of Detroit in 1990 to form University of Detroit Mercy www.udmercy.edu
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Michigan Central College Spring Arbor Michigan 1844 1853 Freewill Baptist first college in Michigan to grant degrees to women; moved to Hillsdale in 1853; chartered by state legislatures as Hillsdale College in 1855. http://www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0230.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Michigan College of Mines Houghton Michigan 1885
state supported founded as Michigan Mining School; name change to Michigan College of Mines in 1897, to Michigan College of Mining & Technology in 1927, and to Michigan Technological University in 1964 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Michigan College of Mining & Technology, Sault Saint Marie Branch Sault Saint Marie Michigan 1946
state supported name change to Lake Superior College in 1970 and to Lake Superior University in 1987 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine Pontiac Michigan 1964

University affiliation and name changed to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1970 with move to East Lansing http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Michigan State Normal College Ypsilanti Michigan 1849
state supported founded as Michigan State Normal School; name changed to Michigan State Normal College in 1899; to Eastern Michigan College in 1956 and to Eastern Michigan University in 1959 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Michigan Union College Leoni Michigan
1859 Wesleyan Methodist initially a theological institute; strongly anti-slavery; moved to Adrian as Adrian College in 1859 http://www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0227.htm
Muskegon College Muskegon Michigan 1888

founded by Woodbridge N. Ferris as Ferris Business College; acquired by Robert Jewell who later also purchased Baker Business University in 1965; is now known as Baker College-Muskegon www.baker.edu/bakerinfo/history.html
Nazareth College Kalamazoo Michigan 1889 1992 Sisters of Saint Joseph Nazareth Academy opened in 1897; chartered in 1924 as Nazareth College; men admitted after 1971; by mid 1980s, 23 undergraduate and 2 graduate programs were offered; the institution supported off-campus programs at three other locations; after closing, Connors, Dooley and Albers Halls were leased to Kalamazoo County Human Services Department, Borgess Medical Center purchased the athletic center and converted it into Borgess Health and Fitness Center, the administration building and library were razed between 1995-96; Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazareth_College_(Michigan)
North Central Christian College Rochester Hills Michigan 1959

name change to Michigan Christian Junior College in 1961; to Michigan Christian College in 1978; to Rochester College in 1997 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Northern State Teachers College Marquette Michigan 1899
state supported name change to Northern Michigan College of Education in 1942; to Northern Michigan College in 1955; to Northern Michigan University in 1963 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Owosso College Owosso Michigan 1909 1981 Pilgrim Holiness Church property operated as sanitarium at turn of the 20th century; sold to Bible Holiness Seminary; in 1949 became Owosso Bible College; initiated a liberal arts curriculum after 1958; bible college discontinued in 1962; merged in 1967 with Eastern Pilgrim College; ties broken with church in 1970; college acquired by Dr. Kenneth Armstrong in 1972 and name changed to John Wesley College; entered bankruptcy before closing in 1981; property later acquired by Baker College of Flint, MI Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://www.shiawasseehistory.com/gute.html
Port Huron Junior College Port Huron Michigan 1923

A state law was changed lowering the minimum population required for a community to start a junior college.  The college opened in an annex to the high school.  In 1967, the college separated from the school district and became St. Clair County Community College. http://www.michmarkers.com/Pages/L1609.htm
Presentation Junior College   Livonia Michigan 1937
Felician Sisters now Madonna College after 1947 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Sacred Heart College Grand Rapids Michigan 1886
Dominican Sisters founded as Novitiate Normal School; became Sacred Heart College in 1923, Catholic Junior College in 1931, and Aquinas College in 1940 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Joseph's College Adrian Michigan 1919
Dominican Sisters renamed Siena Heights College in 1939; became coeducational in 1960's www.michmarkers.com/Pages/L1697.htm
www.sienahts.edu/quickfac.html
Saint Mark's College Grand Rapids Michigan 1850 1851 Episcopal Burke states charter received in 1839 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Saint Mary's College Monroe Michigan 1905
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary founded as Saint Mary Academy in 1845; name change to Saint Mary College in 1905 and is considered as year of establishment; later, Marygrove College after move to Detroit in 1927 Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Saint Philip's College Detroit Michigan

Shaw College at Detroit Detroit Michigan 1936 1983
Goodlow, Kirk.  Perceptions of Faculty, Administration, Students, and Alumni Regarding the Closure of a Liberal Arts College: A Case Study of Shaw College at Detroit.  Ph.D. dissertation. 1996.
Spencerian Business College Detroit Michigan 1883 1885 proprietary successor of Mayhew Business College that operated in Albion, MI beginning in 1860; owned by P.R.Spencer for two years from 1883-85, acquired by Goldsmith Business University and the two schools merged in 1887 to form Detroit Business University http://www.albionmich.com/history/histor_notebook/MM994.shtml
http://enwikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Business_Institute
Suomi College Hancock Michigan 1896
Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church name changed to Finlandia College in 2000 www.michmarkers.com/Pages/S0211.htm
www.wfn.org/2000/08/msg00092.html
Wesleyan Seminary and Female College Albion Michigan 1835
United Methodist Church established as Spring Arbor Seminary in 1835; became Wesleyan Seminary in 1839; added Albion Female Collegiate Institute in 1850; changed name to Albion College in 1861 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
William Tyndale College Farmington Hills Michigan 1945 2004
founded as Detroit Bible Institute; moved to Farmington Hills in 1976; name changed to Detroit Bible College in 1960 and then to William Tyndale College in 1981; formed partnership in 2003 with Regent University, VA; closure announced for December 2004 "Tyndale College Faces Possible Closure," in Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/2/03
"Pat Robertson's Regent U. Saves William Tyndale College From Closure," in
Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/30/03
"William Tyndale College closing Dec. 31st,"
Associated Press, 11/22/04.







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