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

College Name    City    State    Start Date    End Date    Affiliation    Other Information    Source
Albert Lea College    Albert Lea    Minnesota    1885    1973    Presbyterian    initially dedicated to training women for Christian work, especially missions; may've operated briefly in last few years as satellite college of Parsons College, IA    http://clio.fivecolleges.edu/mhc/stow/ch21.htm
Koerner, James D.  The Parsons College Bubble. 1970.
Alexandria Technical College    Alexandria    Minnesota    1961    
    state supported    founded as Alexandria Area Technical Institute; name change to Alexandria Technical Institute in 1988 and to Alexandria Technical College in 1989    http://www.alextech.edu/en/AboutATC/History.aspx
Ansgar College    Hutchinson    Minnesota    1875    1884    
    http://www.augustana.edu/administration/swenson/Archives/orga_c.htm
Baldwin University    St. Paul    Minnesota    1853    
    Presbyterian    founded as Baldwin School; became Baldwin University in 1864, Jesus College in 1872, and Macalester College in 1874    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brainerd Junior College    Brainerd    Minnesota    1938    
    public    became Brainerd Technical College in 1963 when joining MN State Junior College System; in 1991 merged with Staples Technical Institute; in 1995 became Central Lakes Colleges    www.clc.mnscu.edu/general/history.html
College of Physicians and Surgeons    
    Minnesota    
    
    was a department of Hamline for a time before being absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine    http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
College of Saint Teresa    Winona    Minnesota    1907    1989    Sisters of Saint Francis of the Congregation of Lourdes    
    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Corbett College    Crookston    Minnesota    
    1971    Sisters of Saint Benedict    
    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Crosier Seminary    Onamia    Minnesota    1922    1987    
    
Duluth Junior College    Duluth    Minnesota    
    1950    
    
Ely Junior College    Ely    Minnesota    
    public    now Vermilion Community College    http://www.vcc.edu/
Eveleth Junior College    Eveleth    Minnesota    1918    
    
    now Mesabi Range Community & Technical College    www.mr.mnscu.edu/docs2/mr/docs/handbook/welcome.html
Golden Valley Lutheran College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1919    1989    
    founded as Lutheran Bible Institute; later, Luther College of the Bible and Liberal Arts    http://www.mheso.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1190
Herzing College - Minneapolis    Minneapolis    Minnesota    2000    
    
    formed following acquisition of Minneapolis Drafting School (est. 1961); later acquired Lakeland Medical Dental Academy in May 2002, now Lakeland School of Healthcare; name change to Herzig University in March 2009    http://www.herzing.edu/about_herzing/
Lakewood Community College    White Bear Lake    Minnesota    
    
    merged with Northeast Metro Technical College in 1996 to become Century Community and Technical College    
Lutheran Normal School    Madison    Minnesota    
    1918    
    merged with Augustana College that had operated in Canton, South Dakota from 1884 until 1918 when it relocated in Sioux Falls    http://www.augie.edu/info/profile.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Minneapolis Workers College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    
    
    http://djvued.libs.uga.edu/text/co22txt.txt
Minnesota Bible College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1913    
    Christian Church/ Church of Christ    Founded by Scandinavian Christian Unity Missionary Society.  Opened as International Christian Missionary Bible in College. In 1924 it became Minneapolis Bible College, in 1932 Minnesota Bible University, in 1942 Minnesota Bible College, and in 2002 Crossroads College.  In 1971 the college moved from Minneapolis to its present location in Rochester, MN to begin its 59th year on a new 38 acre campus.    Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Grice, Earl E. A History of Minnesota Bible College. 2001.
http://www.crossroadscollege.edu/About_CC/history.htm  
Minnesota Central University    Hastings    Minnesota    1854    1868    Baptist    first college west of the Mississippi for training missionaries to reach the native Amercan tribes; during the Civil War the institution closed as the entire student body enlisted in the Union army; attempts to revive school in the 1870's failed until George Pillsbury donated land and money for buildings in Owatonna, MN.; see entry for Pillsbury Bible College    www.pillsbury.edu/history.htm
Minnesota College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1881    
    
    www.npcr.org/reports/npcr1058/npcr1058.html
Minnesota College of Homeopathic Medicine    
    Minnesota    
    
    absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine    http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Minnesota Hospital College of Medicine    
    Minnesota    
    
    absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine    http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Moorhead Normal School    Moorhead    Minnesota    1887    
    state supported    name change to Moorhead State Teachers College in 1932, to Moorhead State College in 1957, to Moorhead State University in 1975, and to Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2000    http://www.mnstate.edu/publications/history.html
MusicTech College    St. Paul    Minnesota    
    
    NASM accredited; name changed to McNally Smith College of Music January 1, 2005    http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/
North Star College    Warren    Minnesota    1908    1936    Augustana Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church    absorbed the Warren Business College which operated previously; opened with enrollment of 8 students and peaked in 1921 with 253 students; presidents included O.E. Abrahamson (1908-1915), C.E. Sjostrand (1915-1923), and Albin A. Larson (1923-1936)    Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Northern College of Osteopathy    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1896    1902    
    founded as Northern Institute of Osteopathy; name was changed to Northern College of Osteopathy; merged with Dr S.S. Still College of Osteopathy    http://history.aoa-net.org/Education/collegehist.htm
Northfield College    Northfield    Minnesota    1866    
    Congregational Church    now Carleton College after 1872    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Northwest Free Baptist College    Winnebago    Minnesota    1888    1891    Baptist    name change to Parker College in 1891; records acquired by Sioux Falls University    http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
www.thecoo.edu
Northwestern Christian College    Excelsior    Minnesota    1891    1896    Disciples of Christ    started in building that had previously operated beginning in 1857 as Excelsior Institute and after 1872, as Excelsior Academy.  Frank Marshall teacher and vice-president, later served as Dean of the Bible College at Phillips University in Oklahoma; Dan Morehouse who was a student and instructor later served as president of Drake University in Iowa; closed after a fire    Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Northwestern College    Fergus Falls    Minnesota    1900    1932    Augustana Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church    principals of the institution included Anton Youngdahl (1901-1910), James Moody (1910-1911), E. Goranson (1911-1913), F.A. Linder (1913-1914), James Moody (1914-1915), Carl Solomonson (1915-1918), N.P. Langsjoen (1918-1932)    Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Park Region Luther College    Fergus Falls    Minnesota    1899    1917    Norwegian Synod, Lutheran    academy established in 1882, developed a collegiate program and awarded first bachelor's degrees in 1912; merged with Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; collegiate program moved to Concordia and Concordia's normal, parochial and special English courses moved to Park River    www.lbs.edu/seminary/historical_survey.htm
www.in-forum.com/specials/century/jan3/week49.html
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Parker College    Winnebago    Minnesota    1891    1924    
    successor of Northwestern Free Baptist College; name change to Parker College after 1891; supported by Methodist Church after 1911; Cummins gives date of founding as 1911 and lists as a Disciples college    http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Parsons Business College    Wells    Minnesota    1901    
    
    affiliated with Parsons Business College of Kalamazoo, MI    http://209.18.167.5/district/hist-school.html
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College    Owatonna    Minnesota    1877    2008    Minnesota Baptist State Convention    Opened as the Minnesota Academy; name changed to Pillsbury Academy in 1886 in honor of donor, George A. Pillsbury, member of the First Baptist Church, Minneapolis, and onetime mayor.  Eight buildings were erected between 1886-1914. The school flourished as a coeducational academy until it was made a boys' military school in 1920.

In the 1950's ownership by the Minnesota Baptist Convention was challenged and on December 23, 1955, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared the Minnesota Baptist Convention the sole member of the Corporation of Pillsbury Academy, with the Minnesota Baptist Convention holding exclusive rights to the Academy.

Under the leadership of Dr. Richard V. Clearwaters pastor of the Fourth Baptist Church of Minneapolis, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and chairman of the Academy Board of Trustees the school became Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 1957. Dr. Clearwaters was elected the first president. Dr. Monroe Parker was chosen as the first resident president of the new school and began his presidency in February 1958. Succeeding presidents have included: Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm, Dr. Joseph Rammel, Dr. Alan Potter, Dr. Gerald Carlson, and President Robert Crane, who assumed Pillsbury's presidency in May 1996.

The institution's Board of Trustees decided to close academic programs in December, 2008.

    http://www.pillsbury.edu/

academic records are maintained at Marantha Baptist Bible College
http://www.mbbc.edu/
Red Wing Seminary    Red Wing    Minnesota    1879    1917    Hauge Synod, Norwegian American Lutheran    merged with Luther Seminary and United Church Seminary, both in St. Paul, MN    http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/lsm&CISOPTR=7&CISOBOX=1&REC=14
http://www.luthersem.edu/why_luther/history.asp
Saint Clare College    
    Minnesota    
    Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
St. Cloud Business College    St. Cloud    Minnesota    1902    1974    proprietary    previously Grove Lake Academy; purchased by Rasmussen College    www.rasmussen.edu/info/history.html
St. Cloud Technical College    St. Cloud    Minnesota    1948    
    state supported    name change to St. Cloud Technical and Community College in 2010    http://new.sctc.edu/
Saint Joseph Junior College    St. Paul    Minnesota    
    Sisters of Saint Joseph of Bourg    founded for the education of Sisters, probably never enrolled lay students    Schier and Russett.  Catholic Women's Colleges in America.  2002.
Saint Mary's Junior College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1887    1986    Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet    The Minneapolis campus of the College of St. Catherine was founded as St. Mary's School of Nursing, later named St. Mary's Junior College.  Merged with St. Catherine in 1986.    http://www.stkate.edu/
Saint Paul Bible College    St. Paul    Minnesota    1916    
    
    founded as St. Paul Bible Institute; name changed to St. Paul Bible College in 1958; moved to St. Bonifacius, MN in 1970 with purchase of former Jesuit Novitiate; name changed to Crown College in 1991    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Saint Paul College of Law    St. Paul    Minnesota    1900    
    
    merged with Minneapolis-Minnesota College of Law in 1956 and adopted name of William Mitchell College of Law    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Saint Paul-Luther College    St. Paul    Minnesota    
    1935    
    later merged with Wartburg College    www.wartburg.edu/admissions/fastfacts.html
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
St. Paul Commercial College    St. Paul    Minnesota    1874    
    
    
    Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
St. Paul Medical College    St. Paul    Minnesota    
    
    absorbed by University of Minnesota College of Medicine    http://www1.umn.edu/sesqui/history/features/northrop/feature02.html
Stanley College    Minneapolis    Minnesota    
    
    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant College and Seminary    Minneapolis    Minnesota    1891    1894    Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant    David Nyvall, first president; moved to Chicago as predecesor of North Park University and Seminary    www.northpark.edu/sem/about/
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
University of Minnesota at Waseca    Waseca    Minnesota    1971    1992    
    
Warren Business College    Warren    Minnesota    
    
    absorbed by North Star College    Larson, J. Edor.  History of the Red River Valley Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church.  1953.
Work People's College    Duluth    Minnesota    1904    1941    
    initially a seminary for Finnish minister;later associated with IWW    www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/701_reg_right.html
www.iww.org/obum-ip/1921/oct/wpc.html
Raymond & Charlotte Koch.  Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College.  P. 8

    
    
    
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