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Colleges in South Carolina that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Adger College Walhalla South Carolina 1877 1887

American Management College Spartanburg South Carolina
previously associated with Limestone College; records were at Bristol University, TN, since also closed www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Anderson College for Women Anderson South Carolina 1910
Baptist The South Carolina Baptist Convention nominated a group of trustees, and Anderson College was granted a charter in 1911 by the South Carolina General Assembly; in 1912, the College opened its doors and operated as a four-year college for women;  in 1929, the South Carolina Baptist Convention approved the institution's transition to a junior college, the first in the state; became a coeducational institution in 1930; in December, 1989, the Board of Trustees voted to return the College to its status as a four-year institution, beginning with the fall semester of 1991; name change to Anderson University in 2006; see also entry for Johnson Female University
Baptist College Charleston South Carolina 1964
Baptist name changed to Charleston Southern University in 1990 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Barhamville School Columbia South Carolina 1817 1861
collegiate program after 1832 Blandin. History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Beaufort College Beaufort South Carolina 1796 1861
The school opened at Bay and Church Sts. but closed in 1817 after a yellow fever epidemic, then reopened in 1820 at Newcastle and Craven Sts. The college closed its doors in 1861 when Beaufort was occupied by Federal troops. For the rest of the Civil War it was a school for former slaves and part of a hospital complex serving both freedmen and Federal soldiers. It also served as headquarters for the Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction, then became a public elementary school in 1909. In 1959 the University of S.C. acquired this building for its new Beaufort campus. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=8705
Beaufort Technical College Beaufort South Carolina 1967
state supported founded as the Beaufort Area Trade School; in 1969, the South Carolina General Assembly transfers the administration from the Department of Education to the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE); in 1972 becomes part of the State Technical College System; name change in 1988 to Technical College of the Lowcountry; see also entry for Mather Junior College http://www.tcl.edu/About_Us/mission.asp
Bettis Junior College Trenton South Carolina
Blanton's College Spartanburg South Carolina
CareerCom Junior College from 1986-1988; then Mansfield Business College in 1988; Blanton's College after 1989 www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Brainerd Junior College Chester South Carolina
Brewer Junior College Greenwood South Carolina
Central Wesleyan College Central South Carolina 1906

founded as Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute; name change to Wesleyan Methodist College in 1909; to Central Wesleyan College in 1959; to Southern Wesleyan College in 1994 and to Southern Wesleyan University in 1995 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical College Cheraw South Carolina 1968
state supported founded as Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical Education Center in 1968; became Chesterfield-Marlboro Technical College in 1974; name was changed to Northeastern Technical College in 2000; www.netc.edu
Chicora College for Women Columbia; Greenville South Carolina 1890 1930
consolidated with Queens College, Charlotte, NC Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Clinton College Clinton South Carolina 1880
Presbyterian became Presbyterian College of South Carolina in 1890 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978
Cokesbury (Masonic) Female College Cokesbury South Carolina 1854 1876
Cokesbury College was started in 1854 by Bascomb Lodge No. 80, Ancient Free Masons and was chartered as the Masonic Female Institute of South Carolina. The institution closed in 1874.  The Cokesbury Presbyterian Church ultimately acquired the property and the Conference School moved to the College Building. Cokesbury Elementary School operating until June 1954 in the building. 
Columbia Bible College Columbia South Carolina

name changed to Columbia International University in 1994 www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Columbia Female College Columbia South Carolina 1857 a1888

Confederate College Charleston South Carolina

Coulter Memorial Academy Junior College Cheraw South Carolina
Draughton's Practical Business College Greenville South Carolina b1915

Due West Female College Due West South Carolina 1859 1928
merged with Erskine College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Friendship College Rock Hill South Carolina 1891 1982 Baptist Friendship Junior College was founded as Friendship Institute; the first class, with an enrollment of eleven pupils, was held October 11, 1891. Rev. Mansel P. Hall was the teacher; when the Office of the President was later was established, he was elected to fill it. He served in
this position until his death in 1922. Although the purpose for founding Friendship Institute was to train preachers and teachers, the Institute was by necessity an elementary school. Since there were no public schools for Negro's in Rock Hill until 1920, friendship served as an elementary school for the city as well as for the county. High school grades were gradually added as the needs demanded, and in 1906, Friendship Institute was chartered as Friendship Normal and Industrial College. After a curriculum for ministerial training was organized, the Institute gave emphasis to the purpose for which it was founded- training preachers and teachers. A movement to reorganized Friendship as a junior college was begun 1933. A gradual elimination of the elementary grades was begun then and competed in 1938. An elimination of the high school department was begun in 1945 and completed in 1949, with the exception of the twelfth grade, which continued until 1951. A new program in Management Training with night as well as day classes was inaugurated in November 1974. In 1978, Friendship College was approved by the South Carolina Department of Education to offer Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Economics. The College closed its doors in 1981 after an investigation revealed financial mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.  
Greenville (Baptist) Female College Greenville South Carolina 1854 1937
consolidated with Furman University www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Harbison Agricultural College Abbeville / Irmo South Carolina 1882 1956 Presbyterian moved to Irmo in 1911 http://www.sc.edu/library/socar/uscs/1997/pict97.html
Johnson Female University Anderson South Carolina 1848 1911 Baptist predecesor to Anderson University; founded as Johnson Female Seminary Reverend William B. Johnson, a Baptist who was the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention; closed during Civil War and then operated from 1856-1863 as Johnson Female University; in 1866, the Collegiate Institute was founded and continued for twenty years; the Patrick Military Institute followed from 1887 until the turn of the century; the site finally became the site of the University Hospital in the 1920s Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
King Memorial College Columbia South Carolina 1976 1978

Laurensville Female College Laurensville South Carolina b1858

Leesville College Leesville South Carolina 1890 1930s

Limestone College Gaffney South Carolina 1845
Baptist established as Limestone Spring School; Cooper-Limestone Institute after 1881; name changed to Limestone College in 1899; control by South Carolina Baptist Convention in 1921; transfer to private control after 1942 http://www.limestone.edu/history.htm
Mac-Feat Bowne Business College Columbia South Carolina b1917

Mansfield Business College Charleston / Columbia South Carolina
Masonic Female College Cokesbury South Carolina 1853 1874

Mather Junior College Beaufort South Carolina 1868 1968 Baptist Home Missionary Society founded as Penn School to educated former slaves; in 1868, became Mather School for daughters of former slaves; property deeded to New England Baptist Missionary Society in 1881; high school program approved in 1932 and junior college program in 1954; The Board of Trustees of the Mather School, in 1967, trustees of the college and the American Baptist Home Mission Societies vote to offer the campus and buildings to the South Carolina State Board of Education for use as a State Area Trade School  www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Mount Zion College Winnsboro South Carolina 1777 a1942

Norrell College Seneca South Carolina b1914

North Greenville Baptist Academy & Junior College Tigerville South Carolina 1915 a1941

Orangeburg Female College Orangeburg South Carolina 1869

Our Lady of Mercy Junior College Charleston South Carolina
1963 Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Palmer College Charleston South Carolina 1954

merged with Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Technical Education Center
Perry Business College Greenville South Carolina b1914

Phillips College Columbia /
N. Charleston / Spartanburg / Greenville
South Carolina
formerly Rutledge College; name changed to Phillips after 1989 www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Presbyterian Seminary Anderson South Carolina 1835 1860's Presbyterian charter amended in 1840 to allow collegiate program; closed during Civil War Blandin.  The History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Reidville Female College Reidville South Carolina 1857

Rose Hill College Aiken South Carolina
Rutledge College Columbia /
N. Charleston / Spartanburg / Greenville
South Carolina b1953 1989
later Phillips College www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Saint John's College Spartanburg South Carolina 1852 1868 Episcopal property sold to Converse College in 1889 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Saint Mary's College Columbia South Carolina 1857 1865 Catholic destroyed in the burning of Columbia Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Seneca Junior College Seneca South Carolina 1899 1939 Seneca River Baptist Association founded as Seneca Institute; name changed to Seneca Junior College May 1926; Dr. John J. Starks served as first principal from 1899-1912 before serving as president of Morris College and Benedict College http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=27333
Solomons Crossroad College Hampton South Carolina 1899 1928

South Carolina College Columbia South Carolina 1801

name change to University of South Carolina in 1866; to South Carolina College of Agriculture & Mechanical Art in 1880; to South Carolina College; closed from 1877-1880; reopened and known as University of South Carolina since 1906 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Spartanburg Female College Spartanburg South Carolina 1855 1871

State College of Agriculture & Mechanics Orangeburg South Carolina 1872
state supported established as a college of Claflin University; separated in 1896 becoming eventually South Carolina State University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Sterling Industrial College Greenville South Carolina b1899

Stratford College Greenville South Carolina
Summerland College for Women Batesburg South Carolina 1912 1930 South Carolina Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church consolidated with Newberry College; Solberg gives dates as 1913-1926 and indicates awarded 143 bachelor's degrees www.che400.state.sc.us/web/Academic/SCHOOLS%20NO%20LONGER%20OPERATING%20IN%20SC.htm
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Voorhees College Denmark South Carolina 1897
Episcopal founded as Denmark Industrial School; changed name to Voorhees Industrial School in 1902; offered first post-secondary instruction in 1929 and changed name to Voorhees Normal and Industrial School; name change to Voorhees School and Junior College in 1947 and to Voorhees College in 1862; awarded first baccalaureate degree in 1969 www.voorhees.edu
Wade Hampton College Florence South Carolina

Walhalla Female College Walhalla South Carolina 1872 1885

Watterson College Charleston South Carolina
Williamston Female College Williamston South Carolina 1871 1904
name change to Lander College with move to Greenwood, SC in 1904 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Woman's College of Due West Due West South Carolina

Yorkville Female College York South Carolina 1854 a1880

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