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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Albert Lea College Albert Lea Minnesota 1885 1973 Presbyterian initially dedicated to training women for Christian work, especially missions; may've operated briefly in last few years as satellite college of Parsons College, IA http://clio.fivecolleges.edu/mhc/stow/ch21.htm
Koerner, James D.  The Parsons College Bubble. 1970.
Alexandria Technical College Alexandria Minnesota 1961
state supported founded as Alexandria Area Technical Institute; name change to Alexandria Technical Institute in 1988 and to Alexandria Technical College in 1989 http://www.alextech.edu/en/AboutATC/History.aspx
Ansgar College Hutchinson Minnesota 1875 1884
http://www.augustana.edu/administration/swenson/Archives/orga_c.htm
Baldwin University St. Paul Minnesota 1853
Presbyterian founded as Baldwin School; became Baldwin University in 1864, Jesus College in 1872, and Macalester College in 1874 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brainerd Junior College Brainerd Minnesota 1938
public became Brainerd Technical College in 1963 when joining MN State Junior College System; in 1991 merged with Staples Technical Institute; in 1995 became Central Lakes Colleges www.clc.mnscu.edu/general/history.html
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Minnesota

was a department of Hamline for a time before being absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
College of Saint Teresa Winona Minnesota 1907 1989 Sisters of Saint Francis of the Congregation of Lourdes
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Corbett College Crookston Minnesota
1971 Sisters of Saint Benedict
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Crosier Seminary Onamia Minnesota 1922 1987

Duluth Junior College Duluth Minnesota
1950

Ely Junior College Ely Minnesota
public now Vermilion Community College http://www.vcc.edu/
Eveleth Junior College Eveleth Minnesota 1918

now Mesabi Range Community & Technical College www.mr.mnscu.edu/docs2/mr/docs/handbook/welcome.html
Golden Valley Lutheran College Minneapolis Minnesota 1919 1989
founded as Lutheran Bible Institute; later, Luther College of the Bible and Liberal Arts http://www.mheso.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1190
Herzing College - Minneapolis Minneapolis Minnesota 2000

formed following acquisition of Minneapolis Drafting School (est. 1961); later acquired Lakeland Medical Dental Academy in May 2002, now Lakeland School of Healthcare; name change to Herzig University in March 2009 http://www.herzing.edu/about_herzing/
Lakewood Community College White Bear Lake Minnesota

merged with Northeast Metro Technical College in 1996 to become Century Community and Technical College
Lutheran Normal School Madison Minnesota
1918
merged with Augustana College that had operated in Canton, South Dakota from 1884 until 1918 when it relocated in Sioux Falls http://www.augie.edu/info/profile.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Minneapolis Workers College Minneapolis Minnesota

http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt
Minnesota Bible College Minneapolis Minnesota 1913
Christian Church/ Church of Christ Founded by Scandinavian Christian Unity Missionary Society.  Opened as International Christian Missionary Bible in College. In 1924 it became Minneapolis Bible College, in 1932 Minnesota Bible University, in 1942 Minnesota Bible College, and in 2002 Crossroads College.  In 1971 the college moved from Minneapolis to its present location in Rochester, MN to begin its 59th year on a new 38 acre campus. Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Grice, Earl E. A History of Minnesota Bible College. 2001.
http://www.crossroadscollege.edu/About_CC/history.htm  
Minnesota Central University Hastings Minnesota 1854 1868 Baptist first college west of the Mississippi for training missionaries to reach the native Amercan tribes; during the Civil War the institution closed as the entire student body enlisted in the Union army; attempts to revive school in the 1870's failed until George Pillsbury donated land and money for buildings in Owatonna, MN.; see entry for Pillsbury Bible College www.pillsbury.edu/history.htm
Minnesota College Minneapolis Minnesota 1881

www.npcr.org/reports/npcr1058/npcr1058.html
Minnesota College of Homeopathic Medicine
Minnesota

absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Minnesota Hospital College of Medicine
Minnesota

absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Moorhead Normal School Moorhead Minnesota 1887
state supported name change to Moorhead State Teachers College in 1932, to Moorhead State College in 1957, to Moorhead State University in 1975, and to Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2000 http://www.mnstate.edu/publications/history.html
MusicTech College St. Paul Minnesota

NASM accredited; name changed to McNally Smith College of Music January 1, 2005 http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/
North Star College Warren Minnesota 1908 1936 Augustana Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church absorbed the Warren Business College which operated previously; opened with enrollment of 8 students and peaked in 1921 with 253 students; presidents included O.E. Abrahamson (1908-1915), C.E. Sjostrand (1915-1923), and Albin A. Larson (1923-1936) Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Northern College of Osteopathy Minneapolis Minnesota 1896 1902
founded as Northern Institute of Osteopathy; name was changed to Northern College of Osteopathy; merged with Dr S.S. Still College of Osteopathy http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Northfield College Northfield Minnesota 1866
Congregational Church now Carleton College after 1872 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Northwest Free Baptist College Winnebago Minnesota 1888 1891 Baptist name change to Parker College in 1891; records acquired by Sioux Falls University http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
www.thecoo.edu
Northwestern Christian College Excelsior Minnesota 1891 1896 Disciples of Christ started in building that had previously operated beginning in 1857 as Excelsior Institute and after 1872, as Excelsior Academy.  Frank Marshall teacher and vice-president, later served as Dean of the Bible College at Phillips University in Oklahoma; Dan Morehouse who was a student and instructor later served as president of Drake University in Iowa; closed after a fire Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Northwestern College Fergus Falls Minnesota 1900 1932 Augustana Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church principals of the institution included Anton Youngdahl (1901-1910), James Moody (1910-1911), E. Goranson (1911-1913), F.A. Linder (1913-1914), James Moody (1914-1915), Carl Solomonson (1915-1918), N.P. Langsjoen (1918-1932) Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Park Region Luther College Fergus Falls Minnesota 1899 1917 Norwegian Synod, Lutheran academy established in 1882, developed a collegiate program and awarded first bachelor's degrees in 1912; merged with Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; collegiate program moved to Concordia and Concordia's normal, parochial and special English courses moved to Park River www.lbs.edu/seminary/historical_survey.htm
www.in-forum.com/specials/century/jan3/week49.html
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Parker College Winnebago Minnesota 1891 1924
successor of Northwestern Free Baptist College; name change to Parker College after 1891; supported by Methodist Church after 1911; Cummins gives date of founding as 1911 and lists as a Disciples college http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Parsons Business College Wells Minnesota 1901

affiliated with Parsons Business College of Kalamazoo, MI http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College Owatonna Minnesota 1877 2008 Minnesota Baptist State Convention Opened as the Minnesota Academy; name changed to Pillsbury Academy in 1886 in honor of donor, George A. Pillsbury, member of the First Baptist Church, Minneapolis, and onetime mayor.  Eight buildings were erected between 1886-1914. The school flourished as a coeducational academy until it was made a boys' military school in 1920.

In the 1950's ownership by the Minnesota Baptist Convention was challenged and on December 23, 1955, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared the Minnesota Baptist Convention the sole member of the Corporation of Pillsbury Academy, with the Minnesota Baptist Convention holding exclusive rights to the Academy.

Under the leadership of Dr. Richard V. Clearwaters pastor of the Fourth Baptist Church of Minneapolis, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and chairman of the Academy Board of Trustees the school became Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 1957. Dr. Clearwaters was elected the first president. Dr. Monroe Parker was chosen as the first resident president of the new school and began his presidency in February 1958. Succeeding presidents have included: Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm, Dr. Joseph Rammel, Dr. Alan Potter, Dr. Gerald Carlson, and President Robert Crane, who assumed Pillsbury's presidency in May 1996.

The institution's Board of Trustees decided to close academic programs in December, 2008.

http://www.pillsbury.edu/

academic records are maintained at Marantha Baptist Bible College
http://www.mbbc.edu/
Red Wing Seminary Red Wing Minnesota 1879 1917 Hauge Synod, Norwegian American Lutheran merged with Luther Seminary and United Church Seminary, both in St. Paul, MN http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/lsm&CISOPTR=7&CISOBOX=1&REC=14
http://www.luthersem.edu/why_luther/history.asp
Saint Clare College
Minnesota
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
St. Cloud Business College St. Cloud Minnesota 1902 1974 proprietary previously Grove Lake Academy; purchased by Rasmussen College www.rasmussen.edu/info/history.html
St. Cloud Technical College St. Cloud Minnesota 1948
state supported name change to St. Cloud Technical and Community College in 2010 http://new.sctc.edu/
Saint Joseph Junior College St. Paul Minnesota
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Bourg founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Mary's Junior College Minneapolis Minnesota 1887 1986 Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet The Minneapolis campus of the College of St. Catherine was founded as St. Mary's School of Nursing, later named St. Mary's Junior College.  Merged with St. Catherine in 1986. http://www.stkate.edu/
Saint Paul Bible College St. Paul Minnesota 1916

founded as St. Paul Bible Institute; name changed to St. Paul Bible College in 1958; moved to St. Bonifacius, MN in 1970 with purchase of former Jesuit Novitiate; name changed to Crown College in 1991 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Saint Paul College of Law St. Paul Minnesota 1900

merged with Minneapolis-Minnesota College of Law in 1956 and adopted name of William Mitchell College of Law Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Paul-Luther College St. Paul Minnesota
1935
later merged with Wartburg College www.wartburg.edu/admissions/fastfacts.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
St. Paul Commercial College St. Paul Minnesota 1874


Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
St. Paul Medical College St. Paul Minnesota

absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Stanley College Minneapolis Minnesota

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant College and Seminary Minneapolis Minnesota 1891 1894 Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant David Nyvall, first president; moved to Chicago as predecesor of North Park University and Seminary www.northpark.edu/sem/about/
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
University of Minnesota at Waseca Waseca Minnesota 1971 1992

Warren Business College Warren Minnesota

absorbed by North Star College Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Work People's College Duluth Minnesota 1904 1941
initially a seminary for Finnish minister;later associated with IWW www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/701_reg_right.html
www.iww.org/obum-ip/1921/oct/wpc.html
Raymond & Charlotte Koch.  Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College.  P. 8




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