Creation of Higher Education in the United States



Y/M/D Description Place
1636/00/00 New College is established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Old Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
1693/02/08 College of William and Mary granted a royal charter to establish a certain Place of Universal Study, a perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages and other good arts and be supported and maintained, in all time coming. Wren Building, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
1701/10/09 In New Haven, the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut passes "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School" with a mission to instruct youth in the arts and sciences and fit them "for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State." Yale University, New Haven, CT
1746/00/00 Aaron Burr, Thomas Clap, Jonathan Dickinson and Jonathan Edwards establish the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Princeton University, Princeton
1746/00/00 Jonathan Edwards and three other men establish the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Princeton University, Princeton
1783/09/09 Dickinson College is chartered by the Pennsylvania legislature. Old West, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
1784/00/00 The state of Maryland charters St John's College, merging it with King William's School. St John's College, Annapolis, Annapolis, MD
1785/00/00 University of Georgia is the first university chartered by a US State government. University of Georgia,
1797/09/00 Muskingum Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory opens providing classical instruction. The first instructor is Yale graduate, David Putnam. Erwin Hall, Marietta College, Marietta
1837/00/00 Mount Holyoke College is established by Mary Lyon as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. At a low tuition, Holyoke offers an education without religious denomination or wealthy sponsors, but requires rigorous entrance examinations to be excepted. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, South Hadley, MA
1855/00/00 The University of Iowa admits men and women on an equal basis. Pentacrest, Iowa City
1890/00/00 The Salem Female Academy begins providing college diplomas. Salem College, Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC

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