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Article - Colleges in Florida that have closed, merged, or changed their names

College Name    City    State    Start Date    End Date    Affiliation    Other Information    Source
Atlantic Southeastern University    Jacksonville    Florida    1974    1985    
    
Bethune-Cookman College    Daytona Beach    Florida    1904    
    United Methodist    Mary McLeod Bethune, opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls; in 1923, it became a co-ed high school as a result of a merger with Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida; in 1924 the school became affiliated with the United Methodist Church and evolved into a junior college by 1931; name change to Bethune-Cookman University in 2007    http://www.cookman.edu/about_BCU/history/index.html
Biscayne College    Miami    Florida    1961    
    Roman Catholic    renamed St. Thomas University in 1984    www.collegeprofiles.com/tom.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Booker T. Washington Junior College    Pensacola    Florida    1949    1966    
    merged with Pensacola Junior College    http://www.pjc.cc.fl.us/pjc/visitor/history.asp
Brevard Engineering College    Melbourne    Florida    1958    
    
    initial classes held in wooden barracks at what was the Melbourne Naval Air Station; later acquired building and property of University of Melbourne when it closed; later renamed Florida Institute of Technology in 1966    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.fit.edu
Brevard Junior College    Cocoa    Florida    1960    
    state supported    merged with Carver Junior College in 1963; now, Brevard Community College    www.brevard.cc.fl.us
Briarcliff College    Miami    Florida    
    1993    
    
Broward College    
    Florida    1960    
    public    Originally named the Junior College of Broward County with President Joe B. Rushing; initially classes were held on the former Naval Air Station on the western edge of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport; in 1968, Dr. A. Hugh Adams was appointed president and served until 1986; the name was changed to Broward Junior College, later to Broward Community College, and now, Broward College; South and North campuses were created, as was the Downtown Center and the Tigertail Lake Center; Dr. Will Holcombe, then became president, followed by Dr. Larry Calderon in 2004; when Dr. Calderon left the college in 2006, Dr. Holcombe returned to serve as interim president through the appointment of J. David Armstrong, Jr., in July 2007.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broward_Community_College
Brown University    Jacksonville    Florida    1866    
    
    founded as Brown Theological Institute; name changed to Brown University in 1874 and to Edward Waters College in 1891    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Carver Junior College    Cocoa    Florida    1960    
    state supported    merged with Brevard Junior College in 1963; now, Brevard Community College    www.brevard.cc.fl.us
Casements Junior College    
    Florida    1920's    
    private    
    http://www.facc.org/history.pdf
Central Florida Junior College    Ocala    Florida    1957    
    state supported    merged with Hampton Junior College in 1966; name change to Central Florida Community College in 1971 and to College of Central Florida in 2010    www.cfcc.cc.fl.us
Chipola Junior College    Marianna    Florida    1947    
    
    began offering 4-year progames and name changed to Chipola College in 2003    http://www.chipola.edu/cjchist.htm
College of Boca Raton    Boca Raton    Florida    
    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary    successor to Marymount College; name changed to Lynn University in 1991; sisters' affiliation ended in 1971    www.lynn.edu/catalog/overview.htm;
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
College of Orlando    Orlando    Florida    
    1973    
    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Collier-Blocker Junior College    Palatka    Florida    
    1960    
    merged with St. Johns River Community College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Columbia College    Lake City    Florida    1907    1918    Baptist    G.A. Nunnally (1907-08), H.W. Tribble (1908-1912), and A.P. Montague (1912-18) served as presidents    www.floridabaptistwitness.com
Daytona Beach Junior College    Daytona Beach    Florida    1957    
    state supported    merged with Volusia County Community College in 1965; name changed to Daytona Beach Community College in 1971 and to Daytona State College in 2008    www.dbc.edu
DeLand College    DeLand    Florida    1885    
    Baptist    founded as DeLand Academy; later Stetson University after 1889    http://volusia.com/deland/
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Edison Junior College    
    Florida    1920's    
    
    http://www.facc.org/history.pdf
Edison Junior College    Fort Myers    Florida    1961    
    public    name changed to Edison Community College and now to Edison State College    http://www.edison.edu/about/
Florida Baptist Theological College    Lakeland    Florida    1943    
    Baptist    founded as Florida Baptist Institute; name changed to Baptist Bible Institute in 1949; moved to Graceville; in 1957 control assumed by Florida Baptist State Convention; became Florida Baptist Theological College in 1988 and The Baptist College of Florida in 2000    www.floridabaptistwitness.com
Florida Bible College    Kissimmee    Florida    1962    1996    
    some pictures at www.oddculture.com/ue/fbc.html
Florida Conference College    Leesburg    Florida    1886    
    
    successor to Southern College; later moved to Sutherland (now Palm Harbor) and became Florida Seminary in 1902; renamed Southern College in 1906; moved to Lakeland the next year as Florida Southern College    www.phmainstreet.com/history.htm
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Florida Episcopal College    Deland    Florida    1970    1973    Episcopal    a proposed ecumenical venture with Stetson University    Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Florida Female College    Tallahassee    Florida    1851    
    
    founded as Seminary West of the Suwannee River; name changed to Florida State College in 1901; 1904 legislation changed co-ed Florida State College to Florida Female College; returned to co-ed status in 1947 as Florida State University    www.fsu.edu/~fsu150/history/history_02_1851e.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Florida Junior College at Jacksonville    Jacksonville    Florida    1965    
    state supported    in 1968 control of community colleges shifted from local school boards to district boards of trustees appointed by the governor; changes name to Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) in 1986; announces its new name as Florida State College at Jacksonville in March 2009    http://www.fccj.org/friends/history.html
Florida Military College    DeLand    Florida    1961    1965    proprietary    Florida Military School, in existence from 1956-1971, briefly offered a two-year program    http://www.fms-assn.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Military_School
Florida Naval Academy Junior College    St. Augustine/
Miami    Florida    
    
    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Florida Normal and Industrial College    Jacksonville    Florida    1829    
    Baptist    founded as Florida Baptist Academy, moved to Saint Augustine in 1918 and became a junior college, in 1963 became Florida Memorial College, in 1968 moved to Miami    Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States. 1996.
Florida Presbyterian College    St. Petersburg    Florida    1960    
    United Presbyterian    name changed to Eckerd College in 1972    www.eckerd.edu/geninfo/history.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Florida State Normal College    Defuniak Springs    Florida    1887    1905    
    established by legislature; closed with passage of Buckman Act mandating reorganization of state-supported higher education    Clifford, Sharon.  With the Highest Ideal: The Florida State Normal College at Defuniak Springs, 1887-1905.  Ed.D. dissertation. 1996.
Florida Technological University    Orlando    Florida    1963    
    state supported    name changed to University of Central Florida in 1978    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Ft. Lauderdale College    Ft. Lauderdale    Florida    1940    
    proprietary    founded as Fort Lauderdale College of Business and Finance; name change to Fort Lauderdale College in 1976; later became Florida Metropolitan University, now a part of the Everest University system    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everest_University
Gibbs Junior College    Saint Petersburg    Florida    1957    1966    
    merged with St. Petersburg Junior College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Goshen College    Sarasota    Florida    1998    2005    Mennonite Church, USA    Goshen College (IN) operated a campus that was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.  Academic records can be obtained through the web url.    http://www.goshenflorida.com/
Gulf Coast Community College    Panama City    Florida    1957    
    public    name changed to Gulf Coast Junior College in 1958; changed name back to Gulf Coast Community College in 1970    http://www.gulfcoast.edu/new_name/
Halton Business College    Tampa    Florida    
    
    possible predecessor for Tampa Business College    
Hampton Junior College    Ocala    Florida    1958    
    state supported    merged with Central Florida Community College in 1966    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Hollywood College    Hollywood    Florida    
    1973    
    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
International College    Naples    Florida    1990    
    private    name change to Hodges University in 2007    www.hodges.edu
Jackson Junior College    Marianna    Florida    
    1961    
    merged with Chipola Junior College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Jacksonville Junior College    Jacksonville    Florida    1920's    
    private    
    http://www.facc.org/history.pdf
Jacksonville Junior College    Jacksonville    Florida    1934    
    
    established as William J. Porter University; name soon changed to Jacksonville Junior College; name changed to Jacksonville University in 1956    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Johnson Junior College    Leesburg    Florida    
    1962    
    merged with Lake Sumter Community College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Lake City Junior College    Lake City    Florida    1947    
    state supported    began as the Forest Ranger School, utilizing structures from a World War II era air base; in 1961, became Lake City Junior College, Lake City Community College after 1970, and Florida Gateway College in July, 2010    http://www.lakecitycc.edu/about-us/college-history.aspx
Liberty Christian College    Pensacola    Florida    
    1992    
    
Lincoln Junior Colege    Fort Pierce    Florida    
    1960    
    merged with Indian River Community College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Luther Rice Bible College    Jacksonville    Florida    1962    
    
    moved to Lithonia, Georgia in 1991    http://tarver.mercer.edu/special_collections/Holdings/ educational_institutions.htm
Manatee Junior College    Venice    Florida    1958    
    state supported    Dr. Samuel R. Neel, Jr. first president; name changed to Manatee Community College in 1985; name change to State College of Florida after July 1, 2009    http://www.mccfl.edu/pages/3376.asp
Marymount College    Boca Raton    Florida    1962    
    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary    two year women's college; became co-ed in 1971 and name changed to College of Boca Raton; name changed again to Lynn University in 1991; sisters' affiliation ended in 1971    www.lynn.edu/catalog/overview.htm;
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Miami Christian College    Miami    Florida    1949    
    
    established as a Bible Institute, becoming Miami Christian College in 1962; in 1989, an affiliation between Miami Christian College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was established that lasted until January, 1993; then through an acquisition-merger Miami Christian College became Trinity College at Miami, a branch campus of Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois    http://www.tiu.edu:8002/sfc/welcome/abouttiu.php
New College    Sarasota    Florida    1960    
    
    founded as an "experimental" college emphasizing close faculty-student relationships which translated into a very low faculty:student ratio, and high expenses. It graduated its first class in 1967, and quickly acquired a very strong academic reputation, though it never succeeded in registering more than 400 students or so per year and struggled financially. In 1974 it merged with the state university system, becoming both a Sarasota campus for evening and extension classes of the University of South Florida (in Tampa), as well a distinct high-level academic unit within USF. A few years ago it became an autonomous honors college within the state system, now independent of USF.  In addition to state funding, the institution benefits from a private foundation formed by the old private college's board of governors.    http://www.ncf.edu/
Okaloosa-Walton Junior College    Valparaiso    Florida    1964    
    public    moved to campus in Niceville in 1968; name changed to Okaloosa-Walton Community College in 1988; changed to Okaloosa-Walton College in 2004 and to Northwest Florida State College in 2008    http://www.owcc.cc.fl.us/col_info/
Orange College    Starke    Florida    1877    
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)    established by G.P. Young    Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Orlando Junior College    Orlando    Florida    1920's    
    private    
    http://www.facc.org/history.pdf
Palm Beach Community College    West Palm Beach    Florida    1933    
    state supported    initially started in building next to high school; moved to Morrison Field, a retired Air Force base in 1948; moved to Lake Park Town Hall in 1951; later moved to new home in Lake Worth; merged with Roosevelt Junior College in 1965; name change to Palm Beach State College in 2010    http://www.pbcc.edu/
Palmer College    Defuniak Springs    Florida    1905    1936    Presbyterian    
    www.crestviewfl.com/DFS-Circle.htm
Pensacola Junior College    Pensacola    Florida    1948    
    state supported    Booker T. Washington Junior College merges with Pensacola Junior College in 1966; name change to Pensacola State College in August, 2010    http://www.pensacolastate.edu/visitors/dateline/index.php
Roosevelt Junior College    West Palm Beach    Florida    
    1958    
    merged with Palm Beach Community College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Rosenwald Junior College    Panama City    Florida    
    1958    
    merged with Gulf Coast Community College    http://www.dcc.firn.edu/dccrepts%5Cfactbook%5Cfb1997%5Cfccs.htm
Ruskin College    Ruskin    Florida    1912    1919    Christian Socialist Guild    founded by George Miller and closed after his death    Raymond & Charlotte Koch.  Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College.  P. 8.
http://dhr.dos.state.fl.us/bhp/markers/markers.cfm?ID=hillsborough
www.ruskinchamber.org/about_us.htm
Saint Joseph College of Florida    Jensen Beach    Florida    
    1972    Sisters of Saint Joseph    probably founded for education of Sisters; served as Jensen Beach Campus of Florida Institute of Technology from 1972-1986; now part of the property is operated as Indian Riverside Park by Martin County    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
http://parks.martin.fl.us/irp_pics/nuns_on_sidewalk.jpg
http://parks.martin.fl.us/irp_pics/library.jpg
Santa Fe Community College    Gainsville    Florida    1965    
    state supported    name change to Santa Fe College in 2009    http://www.sfcollege.edu/
Seminole Community College    Sanford    Florida    1965    
    state supported    name change to Seminole State College of Florida in August 2009    http://www.scc-fl.edu/
Shelton College    Cape Canaveral    Florida    1963    1988    
    The address appears to be 8810 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL.  Founded by evangelist Carl McIntire who previously acquire Shelton College in Cape May, NJ.  Financial problems led to closure.    www.trivia-library.com/a/biography-of-famous-evangelical-carl-mcintire-part-1.htm
Southeastern Bible College    Lakeland    Florida    1935    
    Assemblies of God    founded as South-Eastern Bible Institute; name changed to South-Eastern Bible College in 1956; name changed to Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in 1977 and to Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God in 2005    http://www.seuniversity.edu/
Southeastern University of Health Sciences    
    Florida    
    
    merged with Nova University to become Nova Southeastern University in 1964    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Southern College    Orlando    Florida    1883    
    Methodist Episcopal Church South    originally known as Wesleyan Institute; later moved to Leesburg in 1885 where it became Florida Conference College; moved to Sutherland (now Palm Harbor) in 1901 and changed name to Southern College; temporarily moved to Clearwater Beach after a fire in the 1920's and then to Lakeland in 1922; renamed in 1935 to Florida Southern College    www.phmainstreet.com/history.htm
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
http://www.flsouthern.edu/pubrel/history.htm
Southern College of Business    Orlando    Florida    1968    2001    
    founded on June 5, 1968 and chartered as Southern College of Business; initially offered courses in Computer Programming, Medical Transcription, and Secretarial Science;  in 1970 added Business Management and Dental Assisting programs; on November 15, 1971, the name was changed to Southern College; in 1972, Interior Design, and Marketing and Sales programs were added and in 1974, Dental Laboratory Technology was added;  In 1976, approved by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities to grant Associate Degrees; in 1979, the charter was purchased by the D. L. Peoples Group, an educationally oriented holding company; moved in January 1981 to location on Underhill Road     http://www.geocities.com/helpscstudents/
Spurgeon Baptist Bible College    Lakeland    Florida    
    2004    Baptist    merged with Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina    http://www.pbc.edu/ps/ps_a_history.aspx
St. Johns River Junior College    Palatka    Florida    1958    
    state supported    absorbed Collier-Blocker Junior College in 1958 when it closed; name change in 1977 to St. Johns River Community College; name change in 2011 to St. Johns River State College    http://www.sjrcc.edu/
St. Petersburg Junior College    St. Petersburg    Florida    1927    
    
    merged with Gibbs Junior College in 1965; name change to St. Petersburg College in 2001    http://www.spjc.cc.fl.us/
State Normal College for Colored Students    Tallahassee    Florida    1887    
    state supported    became Florida A&M in 1909    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Suwannee River Junior College    Madison    Florida    
    1959    
    merged with North Florida Community College    
Tampa Business College    Tampa    Florida    
    
    now part of Florida Metropolitan University    http://cdm.lib.usf.edu/
Tampa Junior College    Tampa    Florida    1930    
    
    became University of Tampa in 1933    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
University of Melbourne    Melbourne    Florida    1954    1958    
    started by Ralph Borsodi who previously operated a School of Living in Melbourne Village from 1948-1952; the university was intended to stress a world view and draw on U.N. staff and foreign embassies for visiting faculty; Borsodi resigned as chancellor in 1957; land and buildings transferred to Brevard Engineering College (later Florida Institute of Technology)    www.fit.edu/walkingtour/raywork.html
Valencia Junior College    Orlando    Florida    1967    
    state supported    name change to Valencia Community College in 1971; name change to Valencia College effective July 2011    http://valenciacc.edu/aboutus/whoweare/history.cfm
Volusia County Community
     College    Daytona Beach    Florida    
    1958    
    merged with Daytona Beach Community College    www.dbc.edu
Warner Southern College    Lake Wales    Florida    1968    
    Southeastern Association of the Church of God of Anderson, Indiana    name changed to Warner University in October 2008    http://www.warner.edu/
Webster College    Ocala and Pasco County    Florida    1922    
    
    acquired by Rasmussen College in 2004; name change to Rasmussen College on October 15, 2007    http://www.rasmussen.edu/about-rasmussen-college/rasmussen-history/

    
    
    
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