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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Bellevue College Bellevue Nebraska 1883 1918 Presbyterian in 1892, the name was changed to the University of Omaha with Bellevue College continuing as the department of arts & letters; Omaha Medical College affiliated for a few years after 1890; this University of Omaha was not the same as th Municipal University of Omaha founded in 1909; Bellevue Vocational School opened on the site in 1934; records acquired by Hastings College www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bellevue College Bellevue Nebraska 1966

name change to Bellevue University in 1994 http://www.bellevue.edu/about/history.aspx
Blair College of Nebraska Omaha Nebraska 1967
proprietary in 1976 name changed to Omaha College of Health Careers www.omahacollege.com/history.html
Boyles College Omaha Nebraska

listed as predecessor institution by Nebraska College of Business http://www.ncbedu.com/
Brownville College Nemaha County Nebraska 1858 1860
organized in December, 1858, with Rev. T. W. Tipton, President; the Medical Department of the college was organized at the same time, and a course of lectures delivered to a class of twenty five. www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
http://www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/andreas/nemaha/nemaha-p6.html
Central Theological Seminary Fremont Nebraska 1949 1967


Cotner University Bethany Heights suburb of Lincoln Nebraska 1889 1933 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) founded as Christian University; name changed Cotner in honor of Samuel Cotner who donated a tract of land; a medical college was established in 1890 and later moved to Omaha and in 1913 was separated; in 1899 the Lincoln Dental College was established and later separated www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Custer College Broken Bow Nebraska 1909



Dana College     Blair Nebraska 1884 2010 Danish United Synod Lutheran Initially a preparatory institution; Dana School began awarding associates degrees by the 1910s; in the 1930s gained accreditation and began awarding bachelors degrees; Dana, Trinity Seminary, and the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church [renamed the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1944] shared the same campus until 1956; Trinity later moved to the campus of Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  In early 2010, faced with reduced funding resources and an annual deficit, Dana College, under President Janet Phillips, looked to sell to a for-profit entity;  In May 2010 the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association denied accreditation to the potential new owners, causing their funding to be withdrawn; the Dana board of trustees then decided to close the school immediately;  nearby Midland University, also associated with the ELC, absorbed many of the Dana students, faculty and coaches.   2009 Dana College Catalog, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/12/dana
Omaha World Herald and Fremont Tribune 
A Place Called Dana, by Peter L. Petersen (1984)
A Season in the GPAC, by B Lynn Fouts (2006)
Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart Omaha Nebraska 1881 1968 Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus accredited by NCA as a junior college in 1937; accredited as a senior college in 1939
www.panesu.org/subject/markers/Duchesne-Academy
http://closedcollege.bizland.com
NCA web site
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Fairbury College Fairbury Nebraska


Fairfield College Fairfield Nebraska 1884 1898 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) several attempts were made to unite with Cotner University www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Fontenelle College
Nebraska

Doane College, established in 1872, is successor institution Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Fremont College & Business Institute Fremont Nebraska 1900 1919
merged with Midland College, now Midland Lutheran College Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Fremont Normal School & Business College Fremont Nebraska 1884 1889
in 1919 the physical plant was purchased by Midland College, Atchinson, KS and Midland was relocated www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Gates College Neligh Nebraska 1882 1898 Congegational
http://www.thecoo.edu/admin/hr/policies/history.html
www.rootsweb.com/~nerewour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwwhistd.html#colleges
Grand Island College Grand Island Nebraska 1892 1931 Baptist merged with Sioux Falls College http://www.thecoo.edu/admin/hr/policies/history.html
www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Grand Island College
Nebraska
2000
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002
Hebron College Hebron Nebraska 1911

later merged with Wartburg College www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/co/Thayer.htm
www.wartburg.edu/admissions/fastfacts.html
Hiram Scott College Scottsbluff Nebraska
1971
operated briefly as satellite college of Parsons College, IA http://closedcollege.bizland.com;
NCA web site; www.hiramscott.com
Koerner, James D.  The Parsons College Bubble.  1970.
Immaculate Conception College Hastings Nebraska

www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/Blue_Book/1920/pages/bb200488.htm
John F. Kennedy College Wahoo Nebraska 1965 1975
appraisal, title report, map, photos at
www.crosswinds.net/~twidlar/jfk/index.htm
www.kennedycollege.com
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
John J. Pershing College Beatrice Nebraska
1971
founded as satellite colelge of Parsons College, IA Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Koerner, James D.  The Parsons College Bubble. 1970.
Lincoln Business College Lincoln Nebraska


Lincoln School of Commerce Lincoln Nebraska

operated as part of Quest Education, renamed Hamilton College - Lincoln in 1998; Quest acquired by Kaplan in 2000 and became part of Kaplan University in 2007
Luther Junior College Wahoo Nebraska 1909 1961 Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod Luther Academy (1883-1909); Luther Junior College joined Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska following formation of the Lutheran Church in America  Midland Lutheran College Archive at Luther Library web site;
www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Mallalieu University Bartley Nebraska 1886 1888 Methodist merged with Nebraska Central College and York College (not the current York College) to form Nebraska Wesleyan University www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Merici College
Nebraska
1930's Ursuline Nuns
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Midland College Fremont Nebraska 1919 1962
established at Atchison, Kansas, by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on September 15, 1887; moved to Fremont, Nebraska in 1919 to property of the former Fremont Normal School and Business College; merged in 1962 with Luther Junior College from Wahoo, Nebraska becoming Midland Lutheran College; name change to Midland University in October 2010 Midland Lutheran College Archive at Luther Library web site
Mount Vernon College Peru Nebraska 1866 1867
also known as Peru Seminary & College; offered to Methodists, but not accepted; then offered to state and opened as normal school; predecessor to Peru State College www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.state.ne.us/NEpostsecondaryed/PSCHistory.htm
www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/SCHofNE/pages/schn0147.htm#School,%20Perue
Nebraska Central College Central City Nebraska 1886 1890 Methodist successor to private academy first opened in Osceola and later Fullerton; operated by Northern Nebraska Central Conference until closed; merged with Malalieu University and York College (not the current York College) to form Nebraska Wesleyan University www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Nebraska Central College Central City Nebraska 1898
Friends purchased campus of former Methodist institution www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Nebraska College Nebraska City Nebraska 1861 1885 Episcopal acquired property of Otoe College in 1872 http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/andreas_ne/otoe/otoe-p5.html
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Nebraska College of Business Omaha Nebraska

ownership by Quest Education Corporation; renamed Hamilton College - Omaha in 1998; Quest was acquired by Kaplin in 2000; operating as part of Kaplan University after 2007
Nebraska State Normal School and Teachers College Wayne Nebraska 1891
state supported founded as Nebraska Normal College;Wayne State College after 1963 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Nebraska University Fontanelle Nebraska 1858 1874 Congregational opened for one term in 1858 then closed for six years, reopening in 1864; renamed Fontanelle College during last few years; considered by some to be a predecessor of Doane College www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Nettleton Business College Omaha Nebraska

listed as predecessor institution by Nebraska College of Business http://www.ncbedu.com/
Norfolk College Norfolk Nebraska
1898
www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Omaha Baptist Bible College Omaha Nebraska 1921
Association of Regular Baptist Churches founded as Omaha Bible Institute, became Omaha Baptist Bible College in 1960; adopted name of Faith Baptist Bible College (now Ankeny, IA) in 1967 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Omaha Business College Omaha Nebraska


Omaha College of Pharmacy Omaha Nebraska
1905
merged with Creighton University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Omaha Medical College Omaha Nebraska 1880
proprietary initially begun as Nebraska School of Medicine, Preparatory in October, 1880  offering a twenty week course of study; incorporated as Omaha Medical College in 1881 with original building located on southwest corner of Mason and Eleventh Streets adjoining St. Joseph Hospital; from 1884-1887 affiliated with Methodist Episcopal College of Nebraska at York and served as medical department of the college; affiliated in 1890 with University of Omaha; agreement reached in July 1902 with University of Nebraska to become the College of Medicine;  Hetzner, Bernice M.  "The Development of the Omaha Medical College, 1869-1902."
Otoe University Nebraska City Nebraska 1859 1871 Presbyterian property sold to Nebraska College www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/otoe/otoe-p5.html
Platte College Platte Nebraska 1969
public now Central Community College http://www.ci.columbus.ne.us/century.htm
Saint John Vianney Seminary Elkhorn Nebraska
1969

Saint Ursula's Junior College York Nebraska

www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/Blue_Book/1920/pages/bb200488.htm
Servite College Omaha Nebraska
Servants of Mary founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Spalding College Spalding Nebraska 1908 1918 3rd Order Regular of Saint Francis
http://userweb.esu10.k12.ne.us/~spldacad/hbook98.html#anchor1553145
http://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/theorder/stf_sacredheart.htm
University of Omaha Omaha Nebraska 1908

became Municipal University of Omaha in 1931 and then University of Nebraska Omaha after joining the state system in 1968 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Western Theological Seminary Fremont Nebraska 1919 1949
founded in Atchinson, Kansas in 1893 Midland Lutheran College Archive at Luther Library site
York Business College York Nebraska 1901 1916 proprietary purchased by York College ; moved to campus in 1925 www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/Hist_York/hycp051.htm
http://library.york.edu/archives/PDF YCHistory/brief history of YC.pdf
York College York Nebraska 1880 1888 Methodist medical college located in Omaha; library and museum transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan; buildings and grounds purchased by Ursuline Order for use as an academy; not to be confused with the current York College that is still operating and affiliated with the Churches of Christ www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/who1940/hist/wwnhistd.html#colleges
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
York College York Nebraska 1890 1954 United Brethren In 1946, a merger with the Evangelical Church resulted in control passing to the newly-formed Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church. In 1954, that body decided to transfer its support to another EUB institution, Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa, at the end of the summer term, July 1, 1954. Control was transferred to members of the churches of Christ in 1956.  The new administration reopened York College in the fall of 1956. http://www.york.edu/campus_info/Index.htm
http://library.york.edu/archives/PDF%20YCHistory/CHAPTER3.PDF







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