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

College Name City State Start Date End Date Affiliation Other Information Source
Ashland County Teachers College Ashland Wisconsin 1914 1971

Badger Business College Green Bay Wisconsin

operated in 1930s-1950s http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Barron County Teachers College Rice Lake Wisconsin 1907


Bellin College of Nursing Green Bay Wisconsin 1909

founded as Deaconess Sanitarium Training School for Nurses; renamed renamed Bellin Memorial Training School in 1928; name changed to Bellin Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1942; closed briefly from 1953-1955; renamed Bellin Hospital School of Nursing in 1962; renamed Bellin College of Nursing in 1988; name changed to Bellin College in 2009 www.bcon.edu
Brockway College Ripon Wisconsin 1850

founded as Lyceum of Ripon, became Brockway College in 1851, the Ripon College in 1864 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Burke, Colin B.
American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Buffalo County Teachers College Alma Wisconsin 1902


Campion College of the Sacred Heart Prairie du Chien Wisconsin 1880s 1920's Jesuit may've operated as school for young men until 1970's; acquired by Wisconsin Synod Lutherans and operated as Martin Luther Preparatory from 1975-1990; currently Prairie du Chien Correctional Facility uses the site http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Leahy, William P.  Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits, and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century. 1991.
Carroll College Waukesha Wisconsin 1846
Presbyterian name change to Carroll University August 2008 http://www.cc.edu/
Central Wisconsin College Scandinavia Wisconsin 1893 1932 Lutheran founded as Scandinavia Academy; Minutes, 1893-1920, 1926-1932, of the Board of Directors are available on microfilm at the State Historical Society of WI, Archives Division, 816 State St, Madison, WI  "The rise and demise of Scandinavia Academy & Central Wisconsin College, 1893-1932" / part I, Art Lee; part II, Alumni Board SA/CWC Alumni Assoc.  Publisher: Scandinavia, WI: Scandinavia Academy/ CWC Alumni Association, c1992
College of Racine Racine Wisconsin 1935 1974 Sisters of St. Dominic founded as St. Catherine's Female Academy; later known as St. Albertus Junior College (1935-1946), Dominican College (1946-1957), Dominican College of Racine (1957-1972) and College of Racine (1972-1974)
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.uwm.edu/Library/arch/lcomm/student.htm
Columbia County Teachers College Columbus Wisconsin 1908 1971

Divine Savior College Milwaukee Wisconsin
Sisters of the Divine Savior founded for the education of Sisters, probably did not enroll lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Dodge County Teachers College Mayville Wisconsin 1925 1972

Dominican College Racine Wisconsin 1947 1974 Sisters of Saint Dominic see entry for College of Racine http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America. 2002.
Door-Kewaunee County Teachers College Algoma Wisconsin 1909


Downer College Fox Lake Wisconsin 1855

founded as Wisconsin Female College; later merged with Milwaukee Female College; became Milwaukee-Downer College; later merged with Lawrence University in 1964 www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/history.shtml
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Dunn County Teachers College Menomonie Wisconsin 1899


Gale College Galesville Wisconsin 1854 1949
Burke lists as a Methodist institution; Wisconsin Educational Approval Board site states Methodist Synod of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church; founded as Galesville University; after closure became Marynook House of Lord and used for education of priests by St. Louis Province of Society of Mary, moved to St. Louis in 1973 http://archives.luther.edu/rg10.html
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
German-American Normal College Milwaukee Wisconsin 1878

Steiger, Ernst.  Steiger's Educational Directory of 1878
Green Bay Business College Green Bay Wisconsin


Green County Teachers College Monroe Wisconsin 1910 1967

Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Holy Cross Community College
Wisconsin
1968 Sisters of the Holy Cross
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Holy Family College Manitowoc Wisconsin 1869
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity founded as Holy Family Normal School, became Holy Family College in 1935 and then Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1972, now Silver Lake College Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Holy Redeemer College Waterford Wisconsin 1968 1985 Redemptorists now a retreat center www.redemptorists-denver.org/archives/transcripts.html
Juneau County Teachers College New Lisbon Wisconsin 1916 1971

Langlade County Teachers College Antigo Wisconsin 1905 1971

Layton School of Art & Design Milwaukee Wisconsin 1920 1974


Lincoln County Teachers College Merrill Wisconsin 1907 1967

Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Madison College Madison Wisconsin 1858 1998
formerly Madison Junior College and Madison Business College www.channel3000.com/news/stories/news-980928-124000.html;

http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Manitowoc County Teachers College Manitowoc Wisconsin 1901 1971

Marinette County Teachers College Marinette Wisconsin 1905


Mater Dolorosa College Milwaukee Wisconsin
Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother founded for the education of Sisters, probably did not enroll lay students Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Metropolitan College of Business and Technology
Wisconsin
1970s
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Milton College Milton Wisconsin 1844 1983
established as Du Lac Academy; became Milton Academy in 1856 and Milton College in 1867; the web site at www.miltoncollege.org includes information on history, preservation of Main Hall, photos, items for sale, and contact information for transcripts www.miltoncollege.org
www.edcc.edu/milton/Default.htm
Smith, Gregory Lee.  Milton College: An Evaluative Case Study in Decline.  Ph.D. dissertation. 1985.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Milwaukee College Milwaukee Wisconsin 1851 1894
founded as Milwaukee Female College; merged with Downer College to form Milwaukee Downer College www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/timetrad/mdttmenu.html
http://www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/history.shtml
Milwaukee College of Business Milwaukee Wisconsin 1945 1993
name changed to Davenport/Detroit College in 1988, then to Milwaukee College of Business, and later to Patricia Stevens Career College in 1991 http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Milwaukee College of Osteopathy Milwaukee Wisconsin 1898

under the name of the Milwaukee Institute of Osteopathy. Name changed to the Milwaukee College of Osteopathy in 1900. Purchased by the American School of Osteopathy in 1901 http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Milwaukee Downer College Milwaukee Wisconsin 1895 1964
consolidated with Lawrence College www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/timetrad/mdttmenu.html
http://www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/history.shtml
Milwaukee Medical College Milwaukee Wisconsin

merged with Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1913 to form School of Medicine of Marquette University; became independent in 1967 and adopted name of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://www.mcw.edu/display/router.asp?docid=241
Mission House College Plymouth Wisconsin 1862

name changed in 1956 to Lakeland College; seminary moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul as United Theological Seminary http://www.lakeland.edu/aboutus/history.asp
Mount Saint Paul College Waukesha Wisconsin 1962 1970 Salvatorian Fathers initially founded for seminarians and later accepted other students; merged with Dominican College in Racine and became The College of Racine; this institution closed a few years later
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Mount Senario College Ladysmith Wisconsin 1962 2002 Catholic
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2001; May 17, 2002; June 14, 2002
Northwestern University Watertown Wisconsin 1865 1995 Lutheran combined with Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15661b.htm
http://84.1911encyclopedia.org/W/WI/WISCONSIN.htm
Outagamie County Teachers College Kaukauna Wisconsin 1912 1972

Pio Nono College St. Francis Wisconsin 1870 1923
the Catholic Normal School of the Holy Family was also located in St. Francis; founded by Joseph Salzmann; named for Pope Pius IX; curricular focus on musicwith commercial program added in the 1890's; by 1923 the normal school/college was dissolved and Pio Nono operated as a boarding and day high school for boys; the archdiocese continued to operate St. Francis Minor Seminary, later renamed de Sales Preparatory Seminary (with a move to Lake Drive in 1963)as a high school and two-year college until 1970, when the college department was changed to a four-year program and relocated; Pio Nono reopened in 1965 in the building previously operated by the seminary http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/xml/ins.xml
www.tmore.org/stfms.htm and www.tmore.org/pionono.htm
Polk County Teachers College Frederic Wisconsin 1905 1971

Racine College Racine Wisconsin 1852 1935 Episcopal acquired by Community of St. Mary to operate as a home for children from Chicago; transferred to Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee in 1985 and now operated as DeKoven Center http://justus.anglican.org/resources/pc/bios/dekoven/dekoven4.html;
http://www.thrill.org/dekoven/index.htm
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Racine-Kenosha County Teachers College Union Grove Wisconsin 1913 1971
www.uwm.edu/Library/arch/lcomm/student.htm
Richland County Teachers College Richland Center Wisconsin 1903 1967

Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Sacred Heart College Watertown Wisconsin 1871 1955 Congregation of Holy Cross college closed 1886-1888 while continuting to operated as a preparatory school for young men; from 1955-1968 operated as Sacred Heart Military Academy; now operating as Maranatha Baptist Bible College www.watertownhistory.org/Articles/SacredHeart.htm
Saint Albert's College Racine Wisconsin 1935 1946 Sisters of Saint Dominic predecessor to Dominican College; see entry for College of Racine Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Clara's College Sinsinawa Wisconsin 1848 1922 Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa established as Sinsinawa Academy, became St. Clara College in 1901; moved to River Forest, IL in 1922 and renamed Rosary College http://www.dom.edu/about/about.html
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Songe, Alice H. 
American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Clare College Saint Francis / Milwaukee Wisconsin 1937
Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi now Cardinal Stritch University after 1946 www.lakeofs.org/History.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Saint Francis College Burlington Wisconsin 1846

http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
Saint Francis Minor Seminary (junior college) St. Francis Wisconsin 1941 1963 Catholic operated on site of former Pio Nono College http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Saint Francis de Sales College Milwaukee Wisconsin
1982 Catholic accredited by North Central in 1970; continues as a seminary
Saint Joseph College Edgerton Wisconsin

www.redemptorists-denver.org/archives/transcripts.html
Saint Mary's College Prairie du Chien Wisconsin 1913
School Sisters of Notre Dame moved to Milwaukee and adopted name of Mount Mary College in 1929 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Rose Junior College La Crosse Wisconsin 1890
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration founded as Saint Rose Normal School; name changed to Viterbo College in 1937 Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Thomas Aquinas College Sinsinawa Wisconsin 1846 1865 Dominican opened by Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P. www.domlife.org/body_thomascollege04.html
Salvatorian College St. Nazianz Wisconsin 1909 1960's Salvatorian Fathers operated as JFK Academy in the 1970's and was abandoned by the 1980's www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/xml/ins.xml
http://village.saint-nazianz.wi.us/villagehistory.htm
Sauk County Teachers College Reedsburg Wisconsin 1906


Sawyer College of Business Milwaukee Wisconsin 1916 1979
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Sheboygan County Teachers College Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin 1909 1972

Sinsinawa Mound College Brant County Wisconsin 1846 1864 Catholic Burke also lists a "Sensinew Mound College" probably a mis-spelling; Dominican Sisters occupied after 1867, moving their mother house from Benton, WI Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
http://www.archives.nd.edu/aidan/aidan517.htm
Spencerman Business College Milwaukee Wisconsin 1863 1974
taken over by Concordia University Wisconsin
http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/closedschools.asp
Taylor County Teachers College Medford Wisconsin 1912


Vernon County Teachers College Viroqua Wisconsin 1909 1971

Waushara County Teachers College Wautoma Wisconsin 1911 1971

Wayland University Beaver Dam Wisconsin 1855
Baptist
www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Burke, Colin B. American Collegiate Populations. 1982.
www.wayland.org
Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons Milwaukee Wisconsin 1894

see entry for Milwaukee Medical College Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Wisconsin Female College Fox Lake Wisconsin 1855

predecessor to Downer College that later merged with Milwaukee Female College in 1895 and still later, with Lawrence College http://www.lawrence.edu/library/archives/history.shtml
Wood County Teachers College Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin 1903










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