Sisters' college

Sisters' college

A sisters' college is a college that primarily serves as a place for the education of future and current nuns. They are not to be confused with Catholic women's colleges, which are designed for general education programs and do not consider the education of nuns to be their focus.

Also known as "sister formation colleges," sisters' colleges are operated by congregations of religious women, such as the Sisters of Christian Charity or the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Historically, they have made at least some of their courses open to lay women, and also men in some cases. Most feature a convent on their premises.

Although previously prevalent across the United States, there is only one currently in operation there, that being the Assumption College for Sisters in Mendham, New Jersey. Catholic women's colleges now serve as the primary providers of education to nuns in the United States, while many of the former sisters' colleges provide campuses for convents and other religious institutions, or have been transitioned into K-12 schools.

List of sisters' colleges

The following is a list of current and historical sisters' colleges. Ones listed in bold are either still in operation as a sisters' college (Assumption), or still in operation as colleges but no longer focused on the education of nuns.


* Mount Alverno College, Redwood City (closed, date unknown)
* College of Our Lady of Mercy, Auburn and Burlingame (closed, date unknown)
* Pilarica College, Thousand Oaks (closed c. 1969)
* Presentation College, Los Gatos (closed in 1971)
* Queen of Holy Rosary College, Fremont, California (closed, date unknown)


* Diocesan Sisters College, Bloomfield (closed in 1969)
* College of Notre Dame, Wilton (closed in 1972)
* Mount Sacred Heart College, Hamden (closed in 1997)
* Seat of Wisdom College, Litchfield (became interfaith retreat center in 1967)


* Saint Joseph College of Florida, Jensen Beach (began admitting lay students in 1967; closed in 1972)


* College of Saint Gertrude, Cottonwood (closed c. 1997)


* Immaculate Conception College (Illinois), Oconomowoc (closed, date unknown)


* Saint Joseph Junior College, Tipton (closed, date unknown)
* Victory Noll College, Huntington (closed, date unknown)


* Mount Carmel Junior College, New Orleans (closed, date unknown)
* Saint Joseph Junior College, St. Benedict (closed, date unknown)


* College of Saint Joseph, Boston (closed, date unknown)
* Regina Coeli College (Massachusetts), Fitchburg (closed in 1971)


* Saint Joseph Junior College, St. Paul (closed, date unknown)


* Marillac College, St. Louis (closed in 1974)


* Servite College, Omaha (closed c. 1990s)

New Jersey

* Assumption College for Sisters, Mendham (still sisters' college)
* Englewood Cliffs College, Englewood Cliffs (closed in 1974)
* Our Lady of Princeton College, Princeton (closed c. 1980s)

New York

* Brentwood College, Brentwood (closed in 1971)
* Catherine McAuley College, Rochester (closed in 1971)
* College of Holy Names, Albany (closed in 1969)
* Mother Celine House of Studies, Castleton (closed in 1973)
* Saint Albert College, Middletown (closed, date unknown)
* Trocaire College, Buffalo (began admitting lay women in 1965)

North Dakota

* Sacred Heart Junior College, Fargo (closed, date unknown)


* Blessed Sacrament Junior College, Bensalem (closed, date unknown)

Rhode Island

* Mount Saint Joseph College, Wakefield (closed, date unknown)

outh Dakota

* College of Saint Martin, Huron (closed, date unknown)


* Mary Immaculate College, Corpus Christi (closed in 1965)
* Our Lady of Perpetual Help Junior College, Houston (closed, date unknown)


* College of Saint Mary-of-the-Wasatch, Salt Lake City (closed in 1969)


* Divine Savior College, Milwaukee (closed, date unknown)
* Mater Dolorosa College, Milwaukee (closed, date unknown)
* Silver Lake College, Manitowoc (began admitting lay women in 1957)
* Viterbo University, La Crosse (began admitting lay women in 1934)

ee also

* List of current and historical women's universities and colleges
* Monastery
* Women's colleges in the United States

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