Home:: Colleges in Pennsylvania that have closed, merged, or changed their names

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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1953 1986 Church of United Brethren consolidation of nursing schools of Jewish Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections.htm
Allentown Business School Allentown Pennsylvania 1869

name changed to Lehigh Valley College http://www.lehighvalley.edu/
Allentown Female College Allentown Pennsylvania 1867

became Allentown College for Women in 1893 and Cedar Crest College in 1912; affiliated with United Church of Christ Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales Center Valley Pennsylvania 1965

name changed to DeSales University in 2001 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Alliance College Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania 1912 1987 Polish National Alliance founded to provide opportunities for students of Polish descent to learn about the mother country, its culture, history, and language; sold to State of Pennsylvania after closure and the site now serves as a minimum-security women's prison http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/ac/ac.html
http://www.alliancecollege.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_College
Alvernia College Reading Pennsylvania 1958
Bernadine Franciscan Sisters initially founded for education of members of the order; lay students admitted after 1961; name change to Alvernia University in 2008 http://www.alvernia.edu/
Ambler Junior College
Pennsylvania

previously Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women; changed name to Ambler Junior College in 1958 and merged with Temple University the same year Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Andalusia College Bucks County Pennsylvania 1865 1871 Episcopal in 1871 had four professors, twelve teachers and 85 students; never granted any degrees; Burke states that it was chartered in 1860, but did not open until 1870 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Antioch University at Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1989
 
Beaver College Beaver Pennsylvania 1853

founded as Beaver Female Seminary; name changed to Beaver College & Musical Institute in 1872; in 1925 moved to Jenkintown, PA and in 1928 to Glenside, PA; name changed to Arcadia University in 2001 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Blairsville College for Women Blairsville Pennsylvania

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nancyelder/RobertYElder.htm
Blessed Sacrament Junior College Bensalem Pennsylvania
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Brethren Normal College Huntingdon Pennsylvania 1876
Church of the Brethren became Juniata College in 1894 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Bristol College Bristol Pennsylvania 1833 1837 Episcopal successor of a manual labor college for prospective ministers founded near Wilmington, Delaware that was founded in 1825 http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Bucknell University Junior College Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania 1933

name changed to Wilkes College in 1947 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Cathedral College Erie Pennsylvania 1933
Diocese of Erie became Gannon College after 1941 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Central Pennsylvania College Reading Pennsylvania 1856
United Methodist Church established as Union Seminary in 1856; became Central Pennsylvania College in 1887; merged with Albright College of Pennsylvania Conferences of United Evangelical Church and name changed to Albright College in 1902; Albright College, founded as Albright Collegiate Institute in 1895 in Myerstown and was located on the campus of the defunct Palantinate College; Albright College later merged with Schuykill College in 1928 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Chautauqua School of Nursing
Pennsylvania

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections.htm
Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1908 1987
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections.htm
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1895 1945
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections/chop.htm
College Misericordia Dallas Pennsylvania 1924
Religious Sisters of Mercy now, Misericordia University after August 24, 2007 http://misericordia.edu/misericordia_pg.cfm?subcat_id=140&page_id=411
Dickinson Junior College Williamsport Pennsylvania 1812

founded as Williamsport Academy in 1812, became Williamsport Dickinson Seminary in 1848, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and Junior College in 1929 and Lycoming College in 1948 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1907 1986 Jewish named after benefactor, Moses Aaron Dropsie to promote instruction in Hebrew language and literature; granted more than 200 Ph.D.'s; known as Annenberg Research Institute after closing and then merged with the University of Pennsylvania as the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Penn Library Center for Judaic Studies Library
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Advanced_Judaic_Studies
Eastern Baptist College
Pennsylvania 1952
Baptist Palmer Theological Seminary was founded on March 19, 1925 as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; in 1940, relocated from Philadelphie to Wynnewood, PA; Eastern Baptist College was founded in 1952, changed its name to Eastern College in 1972, and became Eastern University in 2001.  http://www.palmerseminary.edu/about/history.html
Eastern Pilgrim College Allentown Pennsylvania 1921
Pilgrim Holiness founded as Beulah Park Bible School in 1921; became Allentown Bible Institute in 1934; then, Eastern Pilgrim College in 1954 and Penn Wesleyan College in 1970; merged with Wesleyan College (Frankfort, IN) and Wesleyan College (Kernersville, NC) in 1972 under new nameof United Wesleyan College; merged with Houghton College in 1989 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Female Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1850

later becomes Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1867 and Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1970 www.mcphu.edu/learn/milestones.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Franklin College Lancaster Pennsylvania 1787 1850 Lutheran First Lutheran College in U.S.; maintained corporate existence until 1850 and merger with Marshall College; Lutheran trustees joined board of Gettysburg College Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Franklin Medical College Philadelphia Pennsylvania

http://jeffline.tju.edu/aisr/aahsl/aamc.html
www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
Haddington College
Pennsylvania 1836 1840 Baptist successor to manual labor school; possibly didn't serve college level students Burke, Colin B.  American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Hershey Junior College Hershey Pennsylvania 1938 1965
 
Holy Ghost College Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1878
Catholic became University of the Holy Ghost in 1911; name changed to Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in 1911 and to Duquesne University in 1935 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Homeopathic College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1848

later beecomes Hahnemann Medical College in 1884 www.mcphu.edu/learn/milestones.html
Irving College Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania 1858 1929 Lutheran first Lutheran College to award bachelor's degrees to women www.mechanicsburgmuseum.org/sites.html
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Jefferson College Canonsburg Pennsylvania 1794

in 1865 merged with Washington College to form Washington-Jefferson College www.washjeff.edu/about_us_our_history.html
Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1824

founded as Jefferson Medical College of Jefferson College of Canonsburg, PA; became Jefferson Medical College in 1838 and then Tomas Jefferson University in 1969 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Lambeth College Kittanning Pennsylvania 1868 1876 Episcopal never awarded any degrees Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1899 1992
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections/lankenau.htm
Log College Neshaminy Pennsylvania


Madison College Uniontown Pennsylvania
1849
merged with Greence Academy to form Waynesburg College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Maimonides College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1867
Jewish short-lived institution for preparation of rabbis Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Marshall College Mercersburg Pennsylvania 1836 1853
moved to Lancaster, PA to form Franklin & Marshall College http://library.fandm.edu/archives/FandMbib.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Mary Immaculate Seminary & College Northampton Pennsylvania 1818 1990
 
Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania

now McP Hahnemann University School of Medicine www.mcphu.edu/learn/milestones.html
Medico Chirurgical College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1892 1913
now part of the University of Pennsylvania http://www.archives.upenn.edu/faids/upc/upc50_3enter.html
Mercy-Douglass Hospital School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1895 1960
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections/mercdoug.htm
Mount Airy College Germantown Pennsylvania

a military school built on the former estate of Justice Allen. The Allens' property was confiscated during the Revolution because the Allens were Loyalists. The property eventually came to be owned by James Gowen and after his death became the Lutheran Theological Seminary http://www.brynmawr.edu/Acads/Cities/city360/proj/bcproj/history.htm
Mount Mercy College Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1929
Sisters of Mercy name changed to Carlow College in 1969 www.carlow.edu/aboutcarlow/aboutcarlow.html
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Mount Pleasant College Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania 1848 1864 United Brethren in Christ at some point around 1864 was referred to as Westmoreland College; according to Hunt and Carper, assets transferred to Otterbein University in Ohio; the buildings were under Baptist control after 1871 operating as Western Pennsylvania Classical andScientific Institute Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
www.mtpleasantpa.com/institut.html
Mount Saint Joseph College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1858
Sisters of Saint Joseph founded as Mount Saint Joseph Academy; 1924 first four-year class admitted; name change to Chestnut Hill College in 1972 Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
National Agricultural College Doylestown Pennsylvania 1896

previously the National Farm School; became National Farm School and Junior College in 1946, the National Agricultural College in 1948 and then Delaware Valley College in 1960 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Northeast Bible College Green Lane Pennsylvania 1938
Assemblies of God became Valley Forge Christian College in 1977 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Northeastern Christian Junior College Villanova Pennsylvania 1957 1993
founded as the Northeastern Institute for Christian Education; consolidated with Ohio Valley College after 1992 www.ovu.edu
Ogontz Junior College Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1850 1950
after closure buildings acquired by Penn State http://www.libraries.psu.edu/speccolls/psua/psgeneralhistory/bezillapshistory/083s08.htm
Our Lady of Angels   Aston Pennsylvania 1965

name changed to Newmann College in 1980 www.newmann.edu/about/history_mission.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Palantinate College Myerstown Pennsylvania 1868

campus later operated by Albright Collegiate Institute, now Albright College; Albright moved to Reading, PA in 1929 www.lebanononline.org/timeline.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Palm's Business College Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Penn Hall Junior College Chambersburg Pennsylvania 1906 1973
 
Penn Wesleyan College Allentown Pennsylvania
Wesleyan Church Previously Eastern Pilgrim College; merged with Wesleyan College (Frankfort, IN) and Wesleyan College (Kernersville, NC) in 1972 to become United Wesleyan College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Pennsylvania College for Women Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1869

founded as Pennsylvania Female College; in 1890 name changed to Pennsylvania College for Women; in 1955 became Chatham College www.chatham.edu/admweb/htm/admissections/ccc/history.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Pennsylvania College of Gettysburg Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1832

name changed to Gettysburg College in 1921 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Pennsylvania Military College Chester Pennsylvania 1821

founded as Bullock School became Hyatt School in 1853, Delaware Military Academy in 1859, Pennsylvania Military Academy in 1862, Pennsylvania Military College in 1892, PMC Colleges (Pennsylvania Military College and Penn Morton College) in 1966, now Widener University since 1972 www.widener.edu
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Philadelphia College of Art Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1876

known initially as Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art; became Philadelphia Museum School of Art in 1948; separated from the museum in 1964 to become Philadelphia College of Art; merged with Philadelphia College of Performing Arts in 1985 to become Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts and the University of the Arts in 1987 http://www.uarts.edu/about/history.html
Philadelphia College of Medicine Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1847 1858
http://jeffline.tju.edu/aisr/aahsl/aamc.html
www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
Philadelphia College of Performing Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1870

founded as Philadelphia Musical Academy; name change to Philadelphia College of Performing Arts in 1976; merged with Philadelphia College of Art in 1985 http://www.uarts.edu/about/history.html
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1884

founded as Philadelphia Textile School; name changed to Philadelphia Textile Institute in 1941 and to Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1970's, then to Philadelphia University in 1999 http://www.philau.edu/about/aboutBriefHistory.html
Philadelphia Dental College Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1907
merged with Temple University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Pinebrook Junior College Coopersburg Pennsylvania
1992
 
Pittsburgh College of the Holy Ghost Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1878

now Duquene University Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Pittsburgh Female College Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
1896
merged with Beaver College Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Polish National Alliance College Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania

purchased by state of Pennsylvania and is now used as a minimum security prison http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatP.htm
Precious Blood Teacher Training College
Pennsylvania
Sisters Adorers of the Most Precious Blood founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Presbyterian School of Nursing Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1889 1987
http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/collections/pson.htm
Rittenhouse College Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Roberts Junior College Corapolis Pennsylvania 1866
Free Methodist founed as Chili Seminary, became Chesborough Seminary in 1885, Roberts Junior College in 1945,and Roberts Wesleyan College in 1949 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Sacred Heart Junior College
Pennsylvania
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Fidelis College Herman Pennsylvania 1877 1979
 
Saint John Kanty College Erie Pennsylvania

www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/xml/ins.xml
Saint Theresa's Institute
Pennsylvania
Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Thomas College Scranton Pennsylvania 1888

after 1938, the University of Scranton Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Schuykill College Reading Pennsylvania 1881
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of Evangelical Church founded as Schuykill Seminary in Reading; moved to Fredericksburg in 1896 and back to Reading in 1902; name changed to Schuykill College in 1923; merged with Albright College in 1928 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Spring Garden College Chestnut Hill / Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1851

oldest private technology school in U.S. when it closed; became junior college in 1957 and offered bachelors degrees after 1969 www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Campus/7315/history.html
Susquehanna Female College Susquehanna Pennsylvania
1872
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
United Wesleyan College Allentown Pennsylvania 1972
Wesleyan Church result of mergers of Penn Wesleyan College with Wesleyan College (Frankfort, IN) and Wesleyan College (Kernersville, NC) Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
University of Lewisburg Lewisburg Pennsylvania 1846
Baptist after 1886, Bucknell University Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
University of Northern Pennsylvania Bethany Pennsylvania

http://chronicles.dickinson.edu/studentwork/himes/register/miscellaneous.htm
Villa Maria College Immaculata Pennsylvania 1914
Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary founded as Villa Maria Academy for Girls, became Villa Maria College in 1920 and then Immaculata College in 1928 and Immaculata University in 2002 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Villa Marie College Erie Pennsylvania 1925 1989 Sisters of Saint Joseph merged with Gannon University Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Villa Sacred Heart
Pennsylvania
Sisters of Saint Cyril and Methodius founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Volant College Volant Pennsylvania 1889 1911
http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatV.htm
Western Pennsylvania Medical College Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1886

joined University of Pittsburgh in 1892 http://www.neurosurgery.pitt.edu/overview/history.html
Western University of Pennsylvania Allegheny Pennsylvania 1787

founded as Pittsburgh Academy; became Western University in 1819 and in 1908 became University of Pittsburgh http://www.ir.pitt.edu/fbweb99/general/glance99.htm
Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and Junior College Williamsport Pennsylvania 1812
Methodist founded as Williamsport Academy in 1812, became Williamsport Dickinson Seminary in 1848, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and Junior College in 1929 and Lycoming College in 1948 www.lycoming.edu/library/archives/LC.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Williamsport Area Community College Williamsport Pennsylvania 1941

founded as Williamsport Technical Institute; name change to Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1989 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Wilson Female College Franklin Pennsylvania 1834

Several Franklin residents served on its board, including I. N. Hays, William M'Lellan, J. A. Crawford, J. W. Wightman, T. B. Kennedy, W. G. Reed, W. S. Fletcher, Thomas Creigh, W. A. West, W. D. M'Kinstry, J. C. M'lannahan, and W. S. Amberson. The college, a Presbyterian school, was first located in the former home of Col. Alexander McClure, and was named for Miss Sarah Wilson, whose generous donation of $30,000 allowed the school to open. http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/outlines/education.html
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1850

see entry for Female Medical College of Pennsylvania www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm




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