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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Arlington Hall Junior College Arlington Virginia 1927 1942
became headquarters of the Army Signal Corps intelligence branch durign WWII; currently Foreign Service Institute and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatA.htm
Atlantic Baptist Bible College Chester Virginia 1961 2008 Baptist originally chartered as Virginia Bible College; name change to Atlantic Baptist Bible College in 1972; merged with Mid-Atlantic Baptist Bible Institute in 1978; Board announced merger with Piedmont Baptist College (Winston-Salem, NC) at the end of the fall term, 2008 with intent to sell ABBC campus in Virginia http://www.pbc.edu/ps/ps_Default.aspx
Bishop Payne Divinity School Petersburg Virginia 1878 1949 Episcopal established to prepare black men for ministry; merged with Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Blackstone College Blackstone Virginia 1894 1950 Methodist Episcopal Church, South initially operated as Blackstone Female Institute; closed for a five year period during WW II; classes resumed in 1945 until it closed again in 1950; property now serves as Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone_College_for_Girls
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
CBN University Virginia Beach Virginia 1977

name changed to Regent University in 1990 http://www.regent.edu/about_us/overview/history.cfm
Chesapeake College Great Bridge Virginia 1966 1972
founded as private coeducational junior college; later a part of Virginia Community College System, now part of Tidewater Community College http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/about/tcchist/index.htm
Clinch Valley College Wise Virginia 1954
state supported initially a two-year institution; first B.A. granted in 1970; name changed to The University of Virginia's College at Wise in 1999 http://www.wise.virginia.edu/academics/catalog.html
College of Physicians of the Valley of Virginia Winchester Virginia 1826

Boscawen and Stewart streets http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/Millennium%20Edition/Millennium%20Legacy/driving_WMC.asp
College of the Potomac Arlington Virginia 1968 1971
see also entry for College of the Potomac in Washington, D.C.; in 1972 moved to Washington, D.C. where it had offered classes for several years.  Described as "…a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college…" http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Daleville College Daleville Virginia
1923
consolidated with Bridgewater College www.bridgewater.edu/catalog/Catalog2000/bchistory.html
Danville Female College Danville Virginia

from 1864-1917 known as Roanoke College or Roanoke Institute; name changed in April 1917 to Danville Female College, then one month later to Averett College, now Averett University http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Dominion College Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton Virginia
2002
institution voluntarily closed; Staunton in 1987, Harrisonburg in 2000, and the Roanoke site in 2002 http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Eastern College Manassas Virginia 1917? 1924?
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx;
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Eclectic Medical Institute Petersburg Virginia 1847 1851
Haller, John. Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America 1836-1911.  1997
Elizabeth College Salem Virginia 1896 1922 Lutheran founded in Charlotte, NC and later moved to VA; college for women; destroyed by fire in 1921; Roanoke College acquired student records and hosted alumni reunions through 1990 http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Farmville Female College Farmville Virginia 1839

name change to State Female Normal School in 1884; to State Normal School for Women in 1914; to State Teachers College at Farmville in 1924; to Longwood College in 1949 http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Father Judge Mission Seminary Monroe Virginia 1924?
1932
1970 Catholic two year men's college founded in 1932 at Holy Trinity, Alabama; functioned as the lower division of a four-year liberal arts institution whose upper division is located at Silver Springs, Maryland.  As a seminary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, it moved to Monroe, Virginia in 1960.  It was approved to offer Associate of Arts degrees in 1967.  It closed in 1970. http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Frederick College Portsmouth Virginia 1958 1968
closed and donated to Virginia Community College System; now part of Tidewater Community College http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.frederickmilitaryacademy.org/fma_history.html
http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/about/tcchist/index.htm
Fredericksburg College Fredericksburg Virginia 1893 1934 Presbyterian name changed from Collegiate Institute, February 14, 1896 http://56.1911encyclopedia.org/V/VI/VIRGINIA.htm
http://departments.umw.edu/hipr/www/Fredericksburg/shibley.htm
Gordonville Female College Gordonville Virginia 1883

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Hartshorn Memorial College Richmond Virginia 1883
Baptist founded for education of African-American women; merged with Virginia Union University in 1932 www.vuu.edu/aboutvuu/history.htm
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Hollins College Roanoke Virginia 1842

founded as Valley Union Seminary and was initially co-ed; became a women's institution in 1852 and adopted name of Hollins Institue in 1855; name changed to Hollins College in 1910 and to Hollins University in 1998 http://www.hollins.edu/about/history_mission.shtml
Hopewell University Hopewell Virginia 1959 1964
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Katharine Gibbs School McLean Virginia 1985 1988
two year proprietary institution; Kathryn Gibbs School still operating in Manhatten, NYC; www.gibbsny.com http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Life Bible College East Christianburg Virginia 1988 2004
LIFE Bible College East began in 1923 with the founding of the first LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles. In 1988 the college moved to Christiansburg, Virginia; the name was changed to LIFE Bible College East. On April 30, 2004, LIFE Bible College East relocated to a larger campus in San Dimas, California. http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Luther Rice College Alexandria Virginia 1966 1977
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Lynchburg Baptist College Lynchburg Virginia 1971

name changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1975 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Marion College Marion Virginia 1873 1967 Lutheran two year coeducational junior college; successor to female seminary that operated 1859-1870; Solberg gives starting date of 1871 for Marion College http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Martha Washington College Abingdon Virginia 1860 1931 Methodist administration merged with Emory & Henry in 1918; http://ehcweb.ehc.edu/faculty/sewillia/catalog/hist-col.htm
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South. 1909.
Medical College of Virginia Richmond Virginia 1839

merged with Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Commonwealth University Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Monroe College Middletown Virginia
1972
before moving to Middletown, was located in Winchester, Virginia http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
New Sullens College Bristol Virginia

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Norfolk Polytechnic College Norfolk Virginia 1935

founded as Virginia Union University: Norfolk Unit; name change to Norfolk Polytechnic College in 1942; to Virginia State College: Norfolk Division in 1944; to Norfolk State College in 1969; to Norfolk State University in 1979 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Old Point Comfort College Fort Monroe Virginia 1898 1923 Xaverian Brothers In 1923-1924 Old Point Comfort College, a grammar, business, and preparatory school and college for young men age 12 and above, became Sacred Heart Novitiate, which educated only prospective Xaverian brothers. By 1959, the property was transferred to the Redemptorist Fathers of Virginia, a non-teaching Catholic order. Much of the property was sold, but the Redemptorists operate the Holy Family Retreat House, 1414 N. Mallory, Hampton, VA, a retreat and meditation center for Catholics over age 16, on part of the property. www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/index/CFX001.htm
Potomac Community College Paris Virginia 1971 1974
successor to the College of the Potomac http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Rawlings Institute Charlottesville Virginia 1857
Baptist operated collegiate department and offered degrees Blandin.  The History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Roanoke Female College Danville Virginia

see entry for Union Female College Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Shenandoah Bible College Roanoke Virginia
1979
name changed to Colonial Baptist Bible College in 1979; moved to Chesapeake, Virginia in 1981. http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Smithdeal-Massey Business College Richmond Virginia
1982
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Smithsonia-Fredericksburg College Fredericksburg Virginia

http://departments.umw.edu/hipr/www/Fredericksburg/shibley.htm
Southern Female College Petersburg Virginia 1863

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/VAGuide/petersburg.html
Southern Seminary and Junior College Buena Vista Virginia 1867

founded as Bowling Green Female Seminary, changed name to Southern Seminary in 1920; new ownership in 1996 and was known as Southern Virginia College before becoming Southern Virginia University after 2000 http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.southernvirginia.edu/
State Teachers College, Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Virginia 1908

founded as State Normal & Industrial School for Women, changed name to State Normal School for Women in 1914, to State Teachers College, Fredericksburg in 1924, to Mary Washington College in 1938, to Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in 1944; became coed in 1970 and was independent after 1972 as Mary Washington College; now, the University of Mary Washington
Staunton Female Seminary
Virginia
Lutheran offered one or two years of collegiate work Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Steed Business College Martinsville Virginia 195? 1965?
formerly the Perry Business College; closed following fire http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Stonewall Jackson College Abingdon Virginia b1917 1931 Presbyterian
http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatS.htm
Stratford College Danville Virginia 1852 1974
founded as private women's two-year college; 4-year college in 1969 http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Sullins College Bristol Virginia 1870 1976
private coeducational two-year college http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Union College
Virginia

www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/mcdonold/42-49.htm
Union Female College Danville Virginia 1854
Baptist successor to Danville Female Institute, name changed to Baptist Female Seminary and then to Union Female College, also in 1859; to Roanoke Female College in 1893 (Brenner gives 1864 as date); and in 1917 to Averett College; name changed to Averett University in 2001 Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
University College of Medicine Richmond Virginia 1893 1913
merges with Medical College of Virginia www.library.vcu.edu/tml/speccoll/mcvarch.html
Woodruff, Bryon Lee.  The University College of Medicine
in Richmond, Virginia, 1893-1913: A Study of Institutional
Decline
.  Ed.D. dissertation, 1986.
Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College Blacksburg Virginia 1872

name change in 1970 to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Virginia Christian College Lynchburg Virginia 1903
Christian Church, Disciples of Christ later became Lynchburg College in 1919 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Cummins, D. Duane. 
The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Virginia Bible College
Virginia 1961
Baptist name change to Atlantic Baptist Bible College in 1972; see entry for ABBC
Virginia College Lynchburg Virginia
1980
sometimes part of Virginia Seminary and College; closed by Federal postal authorities in 1981; the seminary portion of institution continued to operate; another institution of the same name began in Roanoke in 1983 http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Virginia College for Girls and Young Women Roanoke Virginia 1893

founded by Dr. William Anderson Harris, who for twenty-seven years was President of the Wesleyan
Female Institute in Staunton, Virginia;
Jack, George S. and E. B. Jacobs.  The History of Roanoke County, 1912.
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Virginia Computer College Reston Virginia 1968 1981
private business school; began operations in Winchester, later moved to Falls Church, operating in Reston when it closed http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Virginia Normal College Bridgewater Virginia 1880

founded as Spring Creek Normal & Collegiate Institute; name changed to Virginia Normal College in 1882 and to Bridgewater College in 1889 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Virginia Southern College Roanoke Virginia
1969
private business college; purchased in 1969 by National Business College; another institution used the same name in 1983 before changing to Virginia College http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Winchester Medical College Winchester Virginia 1847 1862
burned during Civil War http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/Millennium%20Edition/Millennium%20Legacy/driving_WMC.asp




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