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

College Name    City    State    Start Date    End Date    Affiliation    Other Information    Source
Andover Junior College    
    Massachusetts    
    b1979    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Aquinas College    Milton    Massachusetts    1956    1999    Sisters of Saint Joseph    
    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Aquinas College    Newton    Massachusetts    1961    1999    Sisters of Saint Joseph    
    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Augustinian College of the Merrimack Valley    North Andover    Massachusetts    1947    
    Order of St. Augustine    name changed to Merrimack College in 1969    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Bay Path Junior College    Longmeadow    Massachusetts    1897    
    
    founded in Springfield, MA as co-educational Bay Path Institute; moved to Longmeadow in 1945 and name changed to Bay Path Secretarial School [one of thre institutions to switch from co-ed to single gender]; name change in 1949 to Bay Path Junior College; offered baccalaureate programs after 1988 and changed name to Bay Path College    http://www.baypath.edu/AboutUs.aspx
Benjamin Franklin Institute    Boston    Massachusetts    1908    
    proprietary    In 1789, in the codicil to his will, Benjamin Franklin bequeathed a gift of 1,000 pounds sterling to the "inhabitants of the Town of Boston" to be loaned at interest to young and needy apprentices. The interest was to augment the principal continually, and at the end of one hundred years, part of the fund was to be expended for "public works", and the balance was to be compounded for the second hundred years. When the first part of the fund matured just before the turn of the 20th century, the Board of Managers of the Franklin Fund decided that a technical college would constitute the most appropriate means of accomplishing Franklin's purposes.  The land, at the corner of Berkeley, and Appleton Streets, was provided by the City of Boston in 1906. The college opened its doors on September 21, 1908. Founded as Franklin Union, it initially, it offered only evening courses in science and technology and the necessary preparatory subjects.  After World War I the need for returning veterans for engineering education at this level justified the addition of day courses to the program of the college.  These were to provide training in science
and engineering.    The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2003.
www.bfit.edu/pages/aboutfib/short_hist.html
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2003
Bentley College    Waltham    Massachusetts    1917    
    
    founded as Bentley School of Accounting and Finance; name change to Bentley College of Accounting and Finance in 1961 and to Bentley College in 1971; name changed again in October 2008 to Bentley University    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
www.bentley.edu
Berkshire Christian College    Lennox    Massachusetts    1897    1986    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Berkshire Medical College    Pittsfield    Massachusetts    1823    
    
    
Boston Female Medical School    Boston    Massachusetts    1848    1874    
    1st medical school exclusively for women; merged with Boston University School of Medicine as 1st coed medical school in the world    www.kumc.edu/international/gnn/volume3/gnn9811.htm;
www.walpole.ma.us/lnewsletterFa98
Boston State College    Boston    Massachusetts    1872    1982    
    Begin as a Girls High School. In 1872, the Boston Normal School separated from Girls High School and became an independent institution. The Normal School was renamed the Teachers College of the City of Boston in 1924. In 1952 it became a state college, the State Teachers College at Boston. The college was renamed the State College at Boston, a.k.a. Boston State College, in 1960. Boston State College merged with UMass/Boston in 1982.    http://www.lib.umb.edu/archives/bos-coll.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bouve College    Boston    Massachusetts    
    1964    
    merged with Northeastern University    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Bradford College    Haverhill    Massachusetts    1803    2000    
    began as Bradford Academy, a coeducational boarding school.  In 1836, became a women's school.  In 1932, became Bradford Junior College.  In 1971, again started admitting men, offered first bachelor's degrees, and changed name to Bradford College.    May 12, 2000 Chronicle of Higher Education
Bradford Durfee College of Technology    City of Fall River    Massachusetts    1904    
    
    founded as New Bedford Textile School in 1895; name change to New Bedford Technical Institute in 1950; to New Bedford Institute of Textiles & Technology in 1955; to New Bedford Institute of Technology in 1957; merged with Bradford Durfee Technical Institute in 1964; name change to Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute in 1964 with move to North Dartmouth, MA; to Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1969; to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1991    www.lib.umassd.edu/ARCHIVES/Bradford.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Bridgewater State College    Bridgewater    Massachusetts    1840    
    state supported    founded as Bridgewater Normal School; name change to Bridgewater State Teachers College in 1932, to State College at Bridgewater in 1960, Bridgewater State College in 1968, and to Bridgewater State University in 2010    http://www.bridgew.edu/
Bryant & Stratton Business Institute    Boston    Massachusetts    
    
    Bryant & Stratton College continues to operate sites in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia    http://www.bryantstratton.edu/
Bryant McIntosh College    
    Massachusetts    
    b1972    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Bryant McIntosh Junior College    Lawrence    Massachusetts    
    
    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Burdett College    Worcester    Massachusetts    
    
    formerly Burdett School of Business    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Calvin Coolidge College of Liberal Arts    Boston    Massachusetts    
    1970    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Cambridge Junior College    Cambridge    Massachusetts    1934    1974    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Cardinal Cushing College    Brookline    Massachusetts    1952    1972    Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame    
    www.cscsisters.org/archives/archives_transcripts.htm
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Central New England College    Worcester    Massachusetts    1905    1989    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Chamberlayne Junior College    
    Massachusetts    
    b1979    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
College of Physicians and Surgeons    Boston    Massachusetts    1882    1906    
    www.collphyphil.org/FIND_AID/hist/histlmh1.htm
College of Saint Joseph    Boston    Massachusetts    
    Sisters of Saint Joseph    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
College of the Sacred Heart    Newton    Massachusetts    
    b1989    Religious of the Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts    Brenner gives 1974 as date for merger with Boston College    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Comers Commercial College    Boston    Massachusetts    
    
    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Divine Providence Institute    
    Massachusetts    
    Sisters of Divine Providence    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Fitchburg State College    Fitchburg    Massachusetts    1894    
    state supported    founded as State Normal School; name change to State Teachers College in 1933, to State College at Fitchburg in 1962, to Fitchburg State College in 1967, and to Fitchburg State University in 2010    http://www.fsc.edu/
Framingham State College    Framingham    Massachusetts    1839    
    state supported    founded as State Normal School, Lexington; moved to West Newton in 1843 and to Framingham in 1853, becoming the State Normal School at Framingham; name change to Framingham State Teachers College in 1932, to State College at Framingham in 1960, to Framingham State College in 1968, and to Framingham State University in 2010    http://www.framingham.edu/index.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
French American University    Springfield    Massachusetts    
    
    see entry for French Protestant College    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
French Protestant College    Lowell    Massachusetts    1894    
    
    founded in Lowell, MA; became French-American College in 1894 after moving to Springfield; name changed to American International College in 1905    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Garland Junior College    Boston    Massachusetts    1947    1976    
    absorbed into Simmons College    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
www.simmons.edu/libraries/archives/timeline.html
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Grahm Junior College    Boston    Massachusetts    1950    1979    proprietary    founded as Cambridge School of Business; name changed to Grahm Junior College in 1967 to honor it's president, Milton Grahm.  In addition to business school, offered program in hotel/restaurant management, secretarial science, and broadcast communications    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
http://membersaol.com/_ht_a/mhasson/GrahmHome.html?mtbrand=AOL_US
Holliston Junior College    Holliston    Massachusetts    1919    1986    
    founded as South Middlesex Secretarial School in Framingham.  The institution was moved and renamed in 1961.  It declared bankruptcy in 1978 and was acquired by Newbury College and continued operating at another location until 1986.    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Hillaard, John. "Long closed school could owe $63,000 to feds," in MetroWest Daily News, January 19,2006.
Hyannis State Teachers College    
    Massachusetts    1897    1944    
    building used by Massachusetts Maritime Academy from 1942-44 and by Cape Cod Community College from 1948-60; now a Town Hall    http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/info/barnstable/around.html
http://www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Jackson College    Medford    Massachusetts    1910    1963    
    co-ordinate institution for women with Tufts College, now Tufts University    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
LaFosse Teacher Training College    
    Massachusetts    
    Religious of Christian Education    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Lancaster Junior College    South Lancaster    Massachusetts    1883    
    Seventh-day Adventist    founded as New England School; became South Lancaster Academy in 1883, Lancaster Junior College in 1918; now, Atlantic Union College after 1922    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Lay College    Revere    Massachusetts    
    
    The Revere Lay College later changed its name to the Boston Evangelical Institute before merging with another school to form Gordon College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary    http://www.izaak.unh.edu/specoll/mancoll/rdsawyer.htm
Leicester Junior College    Leicester    Massachusetts    
    1978    
    became part of Becker College    www.beckercollege.edu
Marist College and Seminary    Framingham    Massachusetts    1939    
    Sons of Mary (Marist Fathers)    
    www.tiac.edu/users/stb/history.htm
Massachusetts College of Osteopathy    Boston    Massachusetts    1898    1944    
    Founded as Boston Institute of Osteopathy; name changed to Massachusetts College of Osteopathy in 1903    http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Middlesex University    Waltham    Massachusetts    1927    1946    
    predecessor to Brandeis University    www.brandeis.edu/news/review/50threview/founding.pdf
Monroe College of Oratory    Boston    Massachusetts    1880    
    
    founded as Boston Conservatory of Oratory, became Monroe College of Oratory in 1881, and then Emerson College of Oratory in 1890    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Mount Alvernia College    Newton    Massachusetts    1959    1973    Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception    medical and veterinary school; Schier and Russett list as an institution founded for education of Sisters and may not have enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
New England Female Medical College    Boston    Massachusetts    1854    1873    
    established as Boston Female Medical College; in 1874 became part of Boston University    www.hms.harvard.edu/jcsw/matriculation/matriculation1.htm
Newton College of the Sacred Heart    Newton    Massachusetts    1946    1975    Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus    merged with Boston College    O'Neill & Barnett.  Colleges and Corporate Change.  Conference-University Press, 1980.
Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Newton Junior College    Newtonville    Massachusetts    1946    1976    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Northampton Junior College    Northampton    Massachusetts    1963    1973    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Oblate College & Seminary    Natwick    Massachusetts    
    1974    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Our Lady of Sorrows    
    Massachusetts    
    Poor Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Perry Normal School    Boston    Massachusetts    1898    1974    
    
Regina Coeli College    
    Massachusetts    
    Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Sacred Heart College for Teachers    
    Massachusetts    
    Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Gabriel's Institute    
    Massachusetts    
    Sisters of Mercy    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Hyacinth College & Seminary    Granby    Massachusetts    
    2003    
    The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2002
Saint Joseph Normal College    Pittsfield    Massachusetts    1897    
    Sisters of Saint Joseph    founded as Academy of Our Lady of the Elms; became Saint Joseph Normal College and moved to Chicopee, MA in 1899, adopted name of College of Our Lady of the Elms in 1926    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Joseph Teacher Training Institute    
    Massachusetts    
    Sisters of Saint Joseph du Puy    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Paul's House of Studies    
    Massachusetts    
    Daughters of Saint Paul    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Salem State College    Salem    Massachusetts    1854    
    state supported    founded as Salem Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at Salem in 1932, to State College at Salem in 1960, to Salem State College in 1963 and to Salem State University in 2010    http://www.salemstate.edu/
Stanley College    
    Massachusetts    
    1959    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
State Teachers College at North Adams    North Adams    Massachusetts    1894    
    state supported    founded as North Adams Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at North Adams in 1932; to North Adams State College in 1960; to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 1997    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Stevens College    
    Massachusetts    
    1971    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Western New England College    Springfield    Massachusetts    1919    
    
    founded as the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern; obtainded independent charter and renamed Western New England College in 1951; change to Western New England University in 2011    http://www1.wne.edu/aboutus/index.cfm?selection=doc.160
Westfield State College    Westfield    Massachusetts    1838    
    state supported    founded as Barre Normal School; became Westfield Normal School in 1844, State Teachers College at Westfield in 1932, State College at Westfield in 1960, Westfield State College in 1968, and Westfield State University in 2010    http://www.wsc.ma.edu/
Winter Hill Business College    Boston    Massachusetts    1903    
    
    founded by Myron C. Fisher and Edmund H. Fisher; now know as Fisher College; approved as a two-year degree granting institution in 1952; offered B.S. degrees after 1999    http://www.fisher.edu/Web/About/centennial.html
Worcester Junior College    Worcester    Massachusetts    1905    1989    
    www.mass.edu/p_p/home.asp?id=1&iid=1.9
Worcester Medical Institute    Worcester    Massachusetts    1846    1859    
    the institution was initially denied a charter by the state legislature and operated under the charter of the Botanico-Medical College of Forsyth, Georgia as the New England Botanico-Medical College; in 1847 the institution arranged to operate as a branch campus of the Scientific and Eclectic Medical Institute of Petersburg, Virginia; the following year and arrangement was concluded with the Botanico-Medical College of Cincinnati, OH; the institution was charted by the Massachusetts legislature in 1849;     Haller, John. Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America, 1836-1911. 1997.
Worcester State College    Worcester    Massachusetts    1874    
    state supported    founded as Worcester Normal School; name change to State Teachers College at Worcester in 1932, to State College at Worcester in 1960, to Worcester State College in 1968, and Worcester State University in 2010    http://www.worcester.edu/default.aspx
Y.M.C.A. College    Springfield    Massachusetts    1885    
    
    established as School for Christian Workers, became Y.M.C.A. College in 1912 and then Springfield College in 1953    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.

    
    
    

    

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