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Update on College Naming and Closings

Update on College Naming and Closings

As colleges and universities change their names, we want to keep you apprised of these updates so that you can properly advise your students as they search for and apply to these schools.

Students, counselors, parents, and guardians searching for a college using the former name will continue to be directed to the correct college in Scoir. Here are the latest updates:

Upcoming Closures (2024)


  • Florida
    • Hodges University (FL) — Closing Summer 2024
  • Illinois
    • Lincoln Christian University (IL) — Closing May 2024
  • New Hampshire
    • Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts (NH) — Closing Spring 2024

  • New York
    • The College of Saint Rose (NY) — Closing Spring 2024
    • St. John's University-Staten Island Campus (NY) — Closing Spring 2024
  • Pennsylvania
    • Cabrini University (PA) — Closing June 2024
    • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA) is closing Early 2024 but will be merging with Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Recent Closures (2023)

  • California
    • Holy Names University (CA) — Closed May 2023

    • Hussian College (CA and PA) — Closed August 2023
  • Illinois
    • St. Augustine College (IL) closed December 2023 but was acquired by Lewis University (IL)
  • Iowa
    • Iowa Wesleyan University (IA) — Closed May 2023

  • Michigan
    • Compass College of Film & Media (MI) closed July 2023 but was acquired by Calvin University (MI)
    • Finlandia University (MI) — Closed Summer 2023

  • New York
    • Alliance University (NY) (Formerly Nyack College) — Closed August 2023
    • Cazenovia College (NY) — Closed Spring 2023
    • Medaille University (NY) — Closed August 2023
  • Pennsylvania
    • Hussian College (PA and CA) — Closed August 2023

  • South Dakota
    • Presentation College (SD) — Closed August 2023

  • Wisconsin
    • Cardinal Stritch University (WI) — Closed May 2023

  • West Virginia
    • Alderson Broaddus University (WV) — Closed August 2023

Rebrands and Mergers

  • California
    • Columbia College Hollywood (CA) is now California College of ASU. It has become an affiliate with Arizona State University (ASU)

    • William Jessup University (CA) is now Jessup University
  • Indiana
    • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN) is now two institutions: Indiana University, Indianapolis and Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Maine
    • Unity College (ME) is now Unity Environmental University

  • Massachusetts
    • Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology (MA) is now Franklin Cummings Tech
  • Michigan
    • Olivet College (MI) is now The University of Olivet
  • Minnesota
    • Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MN) is now Minneapolis College

  • New Hampshire
    • Granite State College (NH) is now UNH College of Professional Studies
  • New Jersey
    • Bloomfield College (NJ) is now Bloomfield College of Montclair State University. It has been acquired by Montclair State University

  • New York
    • Canisius College (NY) is now Canisius University
    • Mercy College (NY) is now Mercy University
    • Nazareth College (NY) is now Nazareth University

    • Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) is now Roberts Wesleyan University

    • SUNY Buffalo State College (NY) is now SUNY Buffalo State University
  • Texas
    • Houston Baptist University (TX) is now Houston Christian University

  • Utah
    • Westminster College (UT) is now Westminster University

  • Virginia
    • Bluefield College (VA) is now Bluefield University

  • Germany
    • Jacobs University (Germany) is now Constructor University
  • United Kingdom (UK)
    • New College of the Humanities (UK) is now Northeastern University London


Remember: Students, counselors, and parents/guardians searching for a college using the former name will continue to be directed to the correct college in Scoir.

This article was originally published on August 23, 2022. It was updated on January 9, 2024 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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