In reporting on the challenges facing MCPHS University, the health sciences school based in the Fenway, the Globe has noted that the school was previously known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Turns out, scads of colleges and universities have changed their names over the years.
Sometimes the new name represents a broader or changed mission. Sometimes single-gender schools have gone co-ed and changed their names to reflect it. Sometimes the new names are simply more snappy or easily understood.
How many renamed schools have you heard of? Here’s a quick list of regional colleges that have renamed themselves over the years — sometimes multiple times. See if you know what they used to be called.
1. Babson College
2. Chester College of New England
3. Fitchburg State University
4. Framingham State University
5. Franklin Pierce University
6. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
7. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
8. University of Massachusetts Lowell
9. University of New England
10. Salem State University
11. Southern New Hampshire University
12. Western New England University
13. Great Bay Community College
14. NHTI — Concord’s Community College
1. Babson Institute (changed in 1969).
2. White Pines College (changed in 2002; college shut down in 2012).
3. Fitchburg State College (1965-2010). The school was previously called State College at Fitchburg, State Teachers College at Fitchburg, and State Normal School in Fitchburg.
4. Framingham State College (1968-2010). The school was previously called State College at Framingham, State Teachers College at Framingham, State Normal School and Normal School.
5. Franklin Pierce College (changed in 2007).
6. North Adams State College (changed in 1997).
7. Southeastern Massachusetts University (changed in 1991).
8. University of Lowell (changed in 1991).
9. St. Francis College (changed in 1978).
10. Salem State College (changed in 2010). The school was previously known as State College at Salem, State Teachers College at Salem, and Salem Normal School.
11. New Hampshire College (changed in 2010). The school was previously known as New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce and New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science.
12. Western New England College (changed in 2011).
13. New Hampshire Technical College — Stratham (changed in 2008).
14. New Hampshire Technical Institute.Felice Belman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.