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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Adelphia College Seattle Washington 1905 1919 Swedish Baptist campus acquired by Seattle College; in 1930 the buildings were redicated at Seattle Preparatory School www.historylink.org/output.CFM?file_ID=3266
www.augustana.edu/administration/SWENSON/Archives/orga_c.htm
Bellevue Community College Bellevue Washington 1966
state supported name change to Bellevue College on April 13, 2009 www.bellevuecollege.edu
Bethania College Everett Washington 1907 1917 Lutheran Free Church
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
College of Sister Formation Issaquah Washington 1961 1969 Sisters of Charity of Providence founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students; now with Seattle University Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Columbia College Everett Washington 1909 1920 United Norwegian Lutheran Church with unification of churches it was decided to support one higher education institution, the Pacific Lutheran Academy, later Pacific Lutheran College and establish a hospital on the Columbia College site in Everett Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Crown College Tacoma Washington
2007 proprietary originally founded as Crown School of Hair Design in Everett, Washington; purchased in 1990 and changed name to Crown Academy that was accredited by the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS) and licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.  within six months closed the beauty school and began a correctional officers training program; moved to Tacoma in 1991;  name change to Crown College in 1994; lost accreditation in 2007 and closed; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_College_(Tacoma)
Forest Ridge Junior College Seattle Washington
1937 Religious of the Sacred Heart
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
Fort Wright College of the Holy Name Spokane Washington 1907
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary successor to Holy Names College; name changed to Heritage College in 1982 with move to Toppenish, WA www.heritage.edu/about/history.htm
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Brenner, Morgan G. 
The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Griffin College Seattle Washington
1993
successor of Griffin-Murphey Business College; sites in Bellevue, Tacoma
Henry Cogswell Collge Kirkland & Everett Washington 1979 2006 proprietary founded in Kirkland as Cogswell College North as an affiliate of Cogswell College of Sunnyvale, CA; moved to Everett in 1996;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cogswell_College
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogswell_College
Holy Names College Spokane Washington 1907
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary predecessor to Fort Wright College www.heritage.edu/about/history.htm
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Moran Junior College Brainbridge Island Washington 1914 1933
property later purchased and re-opened as Puget Sound Naval Academy www.interisland.net/cwlindenberg/psna.htm
Pacific Bible College Spokane Washington 1937

moved to Portland, OR in 1940; name changed to Warner Pacific College in 19959 Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Puget Sound College of the Bible
Washington 1950 2007
Offered first classes in the autumn of 1950;  expanded and purchased a twenty-two room mansion on Sunset Avenue in West Seattle; property owned by Simpson Bible Institute in North Seattle near the Woodland Park Zoo was purchased in 1956; moved to downtown Edmonds, WA in 1977, and relocated to Mountlake Terrace, WA in 2001; In 1979 granted accreditation by the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now the Association for Biblical Higher Education); June, 1984 the Trustees changed the name of the college to Puget Sound Christian College; 
Saint Martin's College Lacey Washington 1895
Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict name changed to Saint Martin's University in 2005 http://www.stmartin.edu/about/history.htm
Seattle Labor College Seattle Washington

Koch, Raymond & Charlotte.  Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College. P. 8
http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt
Spokane Christian College Spokane Washington
1933 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) merged with Eugene Bible College becoming Northwest Christian College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Spokane College Spokane Washington 1905 1929 Lutheran in addition to a four-year academy, offered a ull liberal arts curriculum and operated a law school; dissension among Lutherans led to erosion of support and retrenchment to junior college and later to academy status be it merged with Pacific Lutheran College in 1929 www.plu.edu/about/geninfo.shtml
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Spokane University Spokane Washington 1912

Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Tacoma Catholic College Tacoma Washington
1966 Dominican Sisters closed to lay students in 1962; closed as a sisters' college in 1966 http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
Tacoma College of Dental Surgery Tacoma Washington
1899
moves to Portland and merges with Oregon College of Dentistry to form North Pacific Dental College, later renamed North Pacific College of Oregon www.ohsu.edu/about/history.html







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