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Colleges in Rhode Island that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Barrington College Barrington Rhode Island 1900 1985
founded in Spencer, MA in 1900; moved to Dudley, MA after WW I; relocated to Providence, RI in 1929; renamed Providence Bible Institute; in 1950 opened Barrington campus, sold Providence campus in 1960 and changed name to Barrington College; merged with Gordon College in 1985; Barrington site sold and now operates as Zion Bible Institute www.gordon.edu/about_gordon/
Brenner, Morgon G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bryant College Smithfield Rhode Island 1863

founded as Bryant and Stratton National Business College; in 1916, Harry Loeb Jacobs buys the college and merges it with the Rhode Island Commercial School, granting bachelor of commercial science and bachelor of accounting degrees; in 1949, becomes non-profit institution; in 1971, moves from Providence, RI to Smithfield, RI; in 2004, name change to Bryant University;  http://www.bryant.edu/
Mount Saint Joseph College Wakefield Rhode Island
1975 Sisters of the Holy Cross and Passion founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Pembroke College Providence Rhode Island 1928 1954
Merged with Brown University and no longer had separate degrees or faculty after 1954. Harwarth, Maline, and DeBra.  Women's Colleges in the United States. 
http://www.edu.gov/offices/OERI/PLLI/webreprt.html
Rhode Island College Providence Rhode Island 1764

became Brown University in 1804 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Rhode Island Junior College


opened its doors in temporary quarters in Providence on September 24, 1964; Knight campus in Warwick opened September 1972; name change to Community College of Rhode Island in June 1980;
http://www.ccri.edu/About/History.shtml
Seminary of Our Lady of Providence Warwick Rhode Island 1939 1975








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