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

College Name    City    State    Start Date    End Date    Affiliation    Other Information    Source
Arlington Hall Junior College    Arlington    Virginia    1927    1942    
    became headquarters of the Army Signal Corps intelligence branch durign WWII; currently Foreign Service Institute and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center    http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatA.htm
Atlantic Baptist Bible College    Chester    Virginia    1961    2008    Baptist    originally chartered as Virginia Bible College; name change to Atlantic Baptist Bible College in 1972; merged with Mid-Atlantic Baptist Bible Institute in 1978; Board announced merger with Piedmont Baptist College (Winston-Salem, NC) at the end of the fall term, 2008 with intent to sell ABBC campus in Virginia    http://www.pbc.edu/ps/ps_Default.aspx
Bishop Payne Divinity School    Petersburg    Virginia    1878    1949    Episcopal    established to prepare black men for ministry; merged with Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Blackstone College    Blackstone    Virginia    1894    1950    Methodist Episcopal Church, South    initially operated as Blackstone Female Institute; closed for a five year period during WW II; classes resumed in 1945 until it closed again in 1950; property now serves as Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone_College_for_Girls
http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
CBN University    Virginia Beach    Virginia    1977    
    
    name changed to Regent University in 1990    http://www.regent.edu/about_us/overview/history.cfm
Chesapeake College    Great Bridge    Virginia    1966    1972    
    founded as private coeducational junior college; later a part of Virginia Community College System, now part of Tidewater Community College    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/about/tcchist/index.htm
Clinch Valley College    Wise    Virginia    1954    
    state supported    initially a two-year institution; first B.A. granted in 1970; name changed to The University of Virginia's College at Wise in 1999    http://www.wise.virginia.edu/academics/catalog.html
College of Physicians of the Valley of Virginia    Winchester    Virginia    1826    
    
    Boscawen and Stewart streets    http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/Millennium%20Edition/Millennium%20Legacy/driving_WMC.asp
College of the Potomac    Arlington    Virginia    1968    1971    
    see also entry for College of the Potomac in Washington, D.C.; in 1972 moved to Washington, D.C. where it had offered classes for several years.  Described as "…a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college…"    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Daleville College    Daleville    Virginia    
    1923    
    consolidated with Bridgewater College    www.bridgewater.edu/catalog/Catalog2000/bchistory.html
Danville Female College    Danville    Virginia    
    
    from 1864-1917 known as Roanoke College or Roanoke Institute; name changed in April 1917 to Danville Female College, then one month later to Averett College, now Averett University    http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Dominion College    Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton    Virginia    
    2002    
    institution voluntarily closed; Staunton in 1987, Harrisonburg in 2000, and the Roanoke site in 2002    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Eastern College    Manassas    Virginia    1917?    1924?    
    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx;
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Eclectic Medical Institute    Petersburg    Virginia    1847    1851    
    Haller, John. Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America 1836-1911.  1997
Elizabeth College    Salem    Virginia    1896    1922    Lutheran    founded in Charlotte, NC and later moved to VA; college for women; destroyed by fire in 1921; Roanoke College acquired student records and hosted alumni reunions through 1990    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Farmville Female College    Farmville    Virginia    1839    
    
    name change to State Female Normal School in 1884; to State Normal School for Women in 1914; to State Teachers College at Farmville in 1924; to Longwood College in 1949    http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=1534
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges:  A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Father Judge Mission Seminary    Monroe    Virginia    1924?
1932    1970    Catholic    two year men's college founded in 1932 at Holy Trinity, Alabama; functioned as the lower division of a four-year liberal arts institution whose upper division is located at Silver Springs, Maryland.  As a seminary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, it moved to Monroe, Virginia in 1960.  It was approved to offer Associate of Arts degrees in 1967.  It closed in 1970.    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Frederick College    Portsmouth    Virginia    1958    1968    
    closed and donated to Virginia Community College System; now part of Tidewater Community College    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.frederickmilitaryacademy.org/fma_history.html
http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/about/tcchist/index.htm
Fredericksburg College    Fredericksburg    Virginia    1893    1934    Presbyterian    name changed from Collegiate Institute, February 14, 1896    http://56.1911encyclopedia.org/V/VI/VIRGINIA.htm
http://departments.umw.edu/hipr/www/Fredericksburg/shibley.htm
Gordonville Female College    Gordonville    Virginia    1883    
    
    Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Hartshorn Memorial College    Richmond    Virginia    1883    
    Baptist    founded for education of African-American women; merged with Virginia Union University in 1932    www.vuu.edu/aboutvuu/history.htm
Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Hollins College    Roanoke    Virginia    1842    
    
    founded as Valley Union Seminary and was initially co-ed; became a women's institution in 1852 and adopted name of Hollins Institue in 1855; name changed to Hollins College in 1910 and to Hollins University in 1998    http://www.hollins.edu/about/history_mission.shtml
Hopewell University    Hopewell    Virginia    1959    1964    
    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Katharine Gibbs School    McLean    Virginia    1985    1988    
    two year proprietary institution; Kathryn Gibbs School still operating in Manhatten, NYC; www.gibbsny.com    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Life Bible College East    Christianburg    Virginia    1988    2004    
    LIFE Bible College East began in 1923 with the founding of the first LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles. In 1988 the college moved to Christiansburg, Virginia; the name was changed to LIFE Bible College East. On April 30, 2004, LIFE Bible College East relocated to a larger campus in San Dimas, California.    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Luther Rice College    Alexandria    Virginia    1966    1977    
    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Lynchburg Baptist College    Lynchburg    Virginia    1971    
    
    name changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1975    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Marion College    Marion    Virginia    1873    1967    Lutheran    two year coeducational junior college; successor to female seminary that operated 1859-1870; Solberg gives starting date of 1871 for Marion College    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Martha Washington College    Abingdon    Virginia    1860    1931    Methodist    administration merged with Emory & Henry in 1918;    http://ehcweb.ehc.edu/faculty/sewillia/catalog/hist-col.htm
Blandin.  History of Higher Education of Women in the South. 1909.
Medical College of Virginia    Richmond    Virginia    1839    
    
    merged with Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Commonwealth University    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. 1978.
Monroe College    Middletown    Virginia    
    1972    
    before moving to Middletown, was located in Winchester, Virginia    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
New Sullens College    Bristol    Virginia    
    
    http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Norfolk Polytechnic College    Norfolk    Virginia    1935    
    
    founded as Virginia Union University: Norfolk Unit; name change to Norfolk Polytechnic College in 1942; to Virginia State College: Norfolk Division in 1944; to Norfolk State College in 1969; to Norfolk State University in 1979    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories. 2003.
Old Point Comfort College    Fort Monroe    Virginia    1898    1923    Xaverian Brothers    In 1923-1924 Old Point Comfort College, a grammar, business, and preparatory school and college for young men age 12 and above, became Sacred Heart Novitiate, which educated only prospective Xaverian brothers. By 1959, the property was transferred to the Redemptorist Fathers of Virginia, a non-teaching Catholic order. Much of the property was sold, but the Redemptorists operate the Holy Family Retreat House, 1414 N. Mallory, Hampton, VA, a retreat and meditation center for Catholics over age 16, on part of the property.    www.archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/index/CFX001.htm
Potomac Community College    Paris    Virginia    1971    1974    
    successor to the College of the Potomac    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Rawlings Institute    Charlottesville    Virginia    1857    
    Baptist    operated collegiate department and offered degrees    Blandin.  The History of Higher Education of Women in the South.  1909.
Roanoke Female College    Danville    Virginia    
    
    see entry for Union Female College    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Shenandoah Bible College    Roanoke    Virginia    
    1979    
    name changed to Colonial Baptist Bible College in 1979; moved to Chesapeake, Virginia in 1981.    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Smithdeal-Massey Business College    Richmond    Virginia    
    1982    
    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Smithsonia-Fredericksburg College    Fredericksburg    Virginia    
    
    http://departments.umw.edu/hipr/www/Fredericksburg/shibley.htm
Southern Female College    Petersburg    Virginia    1863    
    
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/VAGuide/petersburg.html
Southern Seminary and Junior College    Buena Vista    Virginia    1867    
    
    founded as Bowling Green Female Seminary, changed name to Southern Seminary in 1920; new ownership in 1996 and was known as Southern Virginia College before becoming Southern Virginia University after 2000    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
http://www.southernvirginia.edu/
State Teachers College, Fredericksburg    Fredericksburg    Virginia    1908    
    
    founded as State Normal & Industrial School for Women, changed name to State Normal School for Women in 1914, to State Teachers College, Fredericksburg in 1924, to Mary Washington College in 1938, to Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in 1944; became coed in 1970 and was independent after 1972 as Mary Washington College; now, the University of Mary Washington    
Staunton Female Seminary    
    Virginia    
    Lutheran    offered one or two years of collegiate work    Solberg.  Lutheran Higher Education in North America.  1985.
Steed Business College    Martinsville    Virginia    195?    1965?    
    formerly the Perry Business College; closed following fire    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Stonewall Jackson College    Abingdon    Virginia    b1917    1931    Presbyterian    
    http://www.crl.edu/collcat/collcatS.htm
Stratford College    Danville    Virginia    1852    1974    
    founded as private women's two-year college; 4-year college in 1969    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Sullins College    Bristol    Virginia    1870    1976    
    private coeducational two-year college    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Union College    
    Virginia    
    
    www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/mcdonold/42-49.htm
Union Female College    Danville    Virginia    1854    
    Baptist    successor to Danville Female Institute, name changed to Baptist Female Seminary and then to Union Female College, also in 1859; to Roanoke Female College in 1893 (Brenner gives 1864 as date); and in 1917 to Averett College; name changed to Averett University in 2001    Hunt and Carper, eds.  Religious Higher Education in the United States.  1996.
Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
University College of Medicine    Richmond    Virginia    1893    1913    
    merges with Medical College of Virginia    www.library.vcu.edu/tml/speccoll/mcvarch.html
Woodruff, Bryon Lee.  The University College of Medicine
in Richmond, Virginia, 1893-1913: A Study of Institutional
Decline.  Ed.D. dissertation, 1986.
Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College    Blacksburg    Virginia    1872    
    
    name change in 1970 to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Virginia Christian College    Lynchburg    Virginia    1903    
    Christian Church, Disciples of Christ    later became Lynchburg College in 1919    Songe, Alice H.  American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes.  1978.
Cummins, D. Duane.  The Disciples Colleges: A History.  1987.
Virginia Bible College    
    Virginia    1961    
    Baptist    name change to Atlantic Baptist Bible College in 1972; see entry for ABBC    
Virginia College    Lynchburg    Virginia    
    1980    
    sometimes part of Virginia Seminary and College; closed by Federal postal authorities in 1981; the seminary portion of institution continued to operate; another institution of the same name began in Roanoke in 1983    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Virginia College for Girls and Young Women    Roanoke    Virginia    1893    
    
    founded by Dr. William Anderson Harris, who for twenty-seven years was President of the Wesleyan
Female Institute in Staunton, Virginia;    Jack, George S. and E. B. Jacobs.  The History of Roanoke County, 1912.
http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=10
Virginia Computer College    Reston    Virginia    1968    1981    
    private business school; began operations in Winchester, later moved to Falls Church, operating in Reston when it closed    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Virginia Normal College    Bridgewater    Virginia    1880    
    
    founded as Spring Creek Normal & Collegiate Institute; name changed to Virginia Normal College in 1882 and to Bridgewater College in 1889    Brenner, Morgan G.  The Encyclopedia of College & University Name Histories.  2003.
Virginia Southern College    Roanoke    Virginia    
    1969    
    private business college; purchased in 1969 by National Business College; another institution used the same name in 1983 before changing to Virginia College    http://www.schev.edu/ClosedInstitutions.aspx
Winchester Medical College    Winchester    Virginia    1847    1862    
    burned during Civil War    http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/Millennium%20Edition/Millennium%20Legacy/driving_WMC.asp

    
    
    
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