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UPDATED: Dec. 7, 2018

How many colleges and universities have closed since 2016?

By Education Dive Staff

We're keeping track of major college and university closings, mergers, acquisitions and other consolidation from 2016 to the present. Did we miss something? Let us know by using this form. Read our ongoing analysis of the list.

Institution Region Year Type Status Deal Dive Insight
Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College South 2017 Public Nonprofit Merged (Bainbridge State College)  
Alabama Southern Community College South 2016 Public Nonprofit Merged (Faulkner State CC and Jefferson Davis CC)  
Allied American University National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Altierus Career Colleges* National 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
American Health Institute South 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
American Jewish University (undergraduate program) South 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
American School of Technology Midwest 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Argosy University* National 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Armstrong State University South 2017 Public Nonprofit Merged (Georgia Southern University)  
Ashford University National 2018 Private For-profit Merged (University of the Rockies)  
Atlantic Union College Northeast 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Atonelli Medical and Professional Institute Northeast 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Bainbridge State College South 2017 Public Nonprofit Merged (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College)  
Berklee College of Music Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (The Boston Conservatory)  
Boston University* Northeast 2018 Private Nonprofit Merged (Wheelock University)  
Bramson ORT College Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Briarcliffe College Northeast 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Consolidated (Bridgeport University)  
Brooks Institute West 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Brown Mackie College* National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Burlington College Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Cambria-Rowe Business College Northeast 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Cameron College South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Capella Education Company National 2018 Private For-profit Merged (Strayer Education) Read more
Career Point College South 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Carousel Beauty College & The Spa Institute Midwest 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Charlotte School of Law South 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Chicago ORT Technical Institute Midwest 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Clarkson University Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Union Graduate College)  
Coleman University West 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Colorado Heights University West 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Comanche Nation College South 2017 N/A - Closed  
Concordia College Alabama (HBCU) South 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Crossroads College Midwest 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Cumberland County College Northeast TBD Public Nonprofit Merged (Rowan College)  
Daniel Webster College (ITT-owned) Northeast 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Digital Media Arts College South 2017 Private For-profit Acquired (Lynn University)  
Dowling College Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
DuBois Business College Northeast 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Duluth Business University Midwest 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Episcopal Divinity School Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed, then affiliated (Union Theological Seminary)  
Faulkner State Community College South 2017 Public Nonprofit Merged (Alabama Southern CC and Jefferson Davis Cc)  
Ferrara's Beauty School Northeast 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Fremont College* (Los Angeles campus) West 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Gallipolis Career College Midwest 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Georgia Perimeter College South 2016 Public Nonprofit Merged (Georgia State University)  
Georgia Southern University South 2017 Public Nonprofit Merged (Armstrong State University)  
Georgia State University South 2016 Public Nonprofit Merged (Georgia Perimeter College)  
Globe Institute of Technology Northeast 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Midwest 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Golden State College of Court Reporting and Captioning West 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Grace University Midwest 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Graham Webb International Academy of Hair South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Harrison College Midwest, South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Heritage College National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Hickey College Midwest 2018 Private For-profit Closed Read more
Hope International University West 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Nebraska Christian College)  
Indiana Tech Law School* Midwest 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
International Career Development Center (ICDC) College West 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
ITT Technical College National 2016 Private For-profit Closed Read more
Jefferson Davis Community College South 2016 Public Nonprofit Merged (Faulkner State CC and Alabama Southern CC)  
John Marshall Law School* Savannah Law School South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
John Wesley College South 2018 Private Nonprofit Merged (Piedmont International University)  
Johnson State College Northeast 2018 Public Nonprofit Merged (Lyndon State College)  
Jones College South 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Kaplan University National 2018 Private For-profit Acquired (Purdue University) Read more
Kendall College Midwest 2018 Private For-profit Acquired (National Louis University, nonprofit)  
Keystone Technical Institute Northeast 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Killian Community College Midwest 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
King's College South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Le Cordon Bleu Colleges of Culinary Art National 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Lydonville State College Northeast 2018 Public Nonprofit Merged (Johnson State College)  
Maine College of Art Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Salt Institute of Documentary Studies)  
Marinello Schools of Beauty National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Marygrove College (undergraduate program)* Midwest 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Marylhurst University West 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Mattia College South 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
McCann School of Business & Technology* Northeast, South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
McNally Smith College of Music Midwest 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Medtech Colleges/Institutes* South 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Memphis College of Art South TBD Private Nonprofit Closed  
Mercy College of Ohio Midwest TBD Private Nonprofit Acquired (Bowling Green State University)  
Miller-Motte Technical College* South 2017, 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Missouri College Midwest 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Morthland College Midwest 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Mr. Bella's School of Cosmetology Midwest 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Mt. Ida College Northeast 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed (University of Massachusetts Amherst acquired the physical assets)  
Nebraska Christian College Midwest 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Hope International University)  
New England College Northeast TBD Private Nonprofit Merged (New Hampshire Institute of Art)  
New England Institute of Art Northeast 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
New Hampshire Institute of Art Northeast TBD Private Nonprofit Merged (New England College)  
Northcentral University National TBD Private For-profit Acquired (National University System)  
O'More College of Design South TBD Private Nonprofit Acquired (Belmont University)  
Oregon College of Art and Craft West TBD Private Nonprofit Merged (Pacific Northwest College of Art)  
Pacific Northwest College of Art West TBD Private Nonprofit Merged (Oregon College of Art and Craft)  
Parker West Barber School South 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Philadelphia University Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Merged (Thomas Jefferson University)  
Piedmont International University South 2017 Private Nonprofit Merged (Southeastern Bible College)  
Piedmont International University South 2018 Private Nonprofit Merged (John Wesley University)  
Radians College* Midwest 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Regency Beauty Institute National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute Northeast 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Rowan College at Gloucester County Northeast TBD Public Nonprofit Merged (Cumberland County College)  
Sage College West 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Saint Joseph's College Midwest 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Salt Institute of Documentary Studies Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Maine College of Art)  
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Acquired (Tufts University)  
Shepherd University West 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Shimer College Midwest 2017 Private Nonprofit Acquired (North Central College)  
South University* Midwest, South 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Southeastern Bible College South 2017 Private Nonprofit Merged (Piedmont International University)  
St. Catharine College South 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
St. Gregory's University South 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
St. Vincent's College Northeast 2018 Private Nonprofit Acquired (Sacred Heart University)  
Star Career Academy Northeast 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Strayer Education National 2018 Private For-profit Merged (Capella Education Company) Read more
The Art Institutes* National 2018 Private Nonprofit Closed  
The Boston Conservatory Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Berklee College of Music)  
The Robert B. Miller College Midwest 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Thomas Jefferson University Northeast 2017 Private Nonprofit Merged (Philadelphia University)  
Trinity Lutheran College West 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
Trumbull Business College Midwest 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Tuscon College West 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Union Graduate College Northeast 2016 Private Nonprofit Merged (Clarkson University)  
University of the Rockies West 2018 Private For-profit Merged (Ashford University)  
University of Wisconsin Baraboo/Sauk County Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Platteville)  
University of Wisconsin-Barron County Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Eau Claire)  
University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)  
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)  
University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Steves Point)  
University of Wisconsin-Marshfield Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Steves Point)  
University of Wisconsin-Richland Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Platteville)  
University of Wisconsin-Rock County Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Whitewater)  
University of Wisconsin-Washington County Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)  
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Midwest TBD Public Nonprofit Consolidated (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)  
Utica School of Commerce Northeast 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Vantage College South 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Vatterott College* Midwest, South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Wentworth Military Academy Midwest 2017 Private Nonprofit Closed  
West Virginia Business College South 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Westech College West 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Westwood College National 2016 Private For-profit Closed  
Wheelock College Northeast 2018 Private Nonprofit Merged (Boston University, Boston University School of Education)  
Whittier College* Law School West TBD Private Nonprofit Closed  
Wichita Area Technical College Midwest 2018 Public Nonprofit Affiliated (Wichita State University)  
Wood Tobe-Coburn School Northeast 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Wright Career College Midwest, South 2016 Private Nonprofit Closed  
WyoTech National 2017 Private For-profit Closed  
Fountainhead College of Technology South 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Valparaiso University* Law School Midwest

In-progress

Private Nonprofit Closed  
Trinity Lutheran Seminary Midwest 2018 Private Nonprofit Merged (w/ Capital University)  
American College of Commerce and Technology South 2017 Private For-profit

Closed

 
YTI Career Institute* Northeast 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Bradford School Northeast In-progress Private For-profit Closed  
Santa Fe University of Art and Design West 2018 Private For-profit Closed  
Asnuntuck Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Capital Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Gateway Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Housatonic Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Manchester Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Middlesex Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Naugatuck Valley Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Northwestern CT Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Norwalk Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Quinebaug Valley Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Three Rivers Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Tunxis Community College Northeast 2023 - expected Public Nonprofit Consolidated (single location) Dive Insight
Virginia College South 2018 Private For-profit Closed Dive Insight
Brightwood College National 2018 Private For-profit Closed Dive Insight
Brightwood Career Institute National 2018 Private For-profit Closed Dive Insight
Golf Academy of America South, West 2018 Private For-profit Closed Dive Insight
Ecotech Institute West 2018 Private For-profit Closed Dive Insight

*Campus(es) or college program.

Institutions included on this list had one or more campus close during the period. We did not consider satellite campuses.

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