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Thu Aug 14, 2014, 12:22 AM

Oldest Colleges in Each State



[font color=gold]+++[/font]I'm proud to note that my alma mater is the oldest in Texas. Go Pirates![font color=gold]+++[/font]

Texas – Southwestern University

Location – Georgetown, TX
Date Founded – 1840


eCollegeFinder is back with another map series, this time looking at the Oldest Colleges in Each State. Our goal was to give some of the lesser known older colleges in the nation their moment in the spotlight! We all know of historically old Ivy League schools, founded even before America was independent. But what about the states that weren’t even a blip on the map at that point? We couldn’t resist a good opportunity to do some research, so we’ve rounded up the oldest, continually operating colleges in the nation.

We couldn’t base this list purely off College Prowler’s rankings of oldest colleges, but rather used that list as a starting point and performed further research. As with many historical searches, exact dates and specifics get a little cloudy through time. eCollegeFinder did its best to sort through all of our available data to find exactly which school is oldest. In states like Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, the answer was obvious. However, in states like Arizona and North Dakota, we had to dig deeper to find the true “oldest college”.

Without further ado, here is eCollegeFinder’s map of the Oldest Colleges in Each State! Did your college make the list?

More at http://www.businessinsider.com/map-oldest-college-every-state-2014-8 .

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TexasTowelie Aug 2014 OP
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2014 #1
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #3
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2014 #5
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #7
Go Vols Aug 2014 #2
DonCoquixote Aug 2014 #4
NCTraveler Aug 2014 #6
DonCoquixote Aug 2014 #8
hifiguy Aug 2014 #9
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #10

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 12:40 AM

1. I didn't realize the Methodists started invading Texas that early!!

Texas was a republic then. Wow!!

They even beat the Catholics in establishing schools in San Antonio, it looks like!!

I graduated from one of the two Presby colleges in Texas.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 01:11 AM

3. Southwestern's charter dates back to Rutersville College which was in a town of the same name

in Fayette County and its a few miles north of LaGrange. I've visited the marker and tree on one of my many rolling adventures through Texas. There were four Methodist colleges in Rutersville, Chappell Hill, Clarksville and San Augustine that were consolidated into Southwestern at Georgetown in 1870. The school in Clarksville was also had a slave plantation.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:33 PM

5. Interesting history.

Trinity was made up of three colleges consolidated in Tehuacana in 1869. Then they moved to Waxahachie. In 1950 they moved to the old quarry in San Antonio.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:53 PM

7. I've become more interested in Texas history over the last few years, particularly the tie-ins with

the higher education system in the state. The predecessor colleges that consolidated into Southwestern had issues such as slavery, yellow fever epidemics , religious battles and wars that affected their legacy over time. I've been to Trinity a couple of times for basketball games and I also applied for job there when I graduated from college so I know that I should take some time and get more familiar with the history.

However, now that both universities are in the same athletic conference you are going to be a foe instead of a friend the week that our football teams meet up with each other. We might have to make a side wager, like putting something in our signature lines, when that occurs. I think the game against Trinity is supposed to be the homecoming game for SU so maybe I'll get a chance to attend in person.


Did you ever see this play which went into the records on television?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 12:48 AM

2. I guess Tusculum beat UT by weeks/months

as both were founded in 1794.

Go Vols

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 01:34 AM

4. Oh God, expect the gators to go nuts

especially as FSU is somehow desicrtied in their eyes because it was the "woman;s school", don't worry, once they started admittign him, it now is known as the 1 party school.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:38 PM

6. Gator here. No need to go nuts. FSU even smells old.

 

Well, part of that smell might be the rot coming from Rick Scott.

How to get to FSU from Gainesville. 275 North till you smell it, then west till you step in it. Interesting that those are the exact same directions to Rick Scotts office.

Just playing DC.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 04:06 PM

8. OK, I love

the added job to Rick Scott.

He blongs in tallhassee, although we need to get him OUT OF THERE!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 04:17 PM

9. I graduated from the oldest colleges/universities in TWO states

 

U of MN for undergrad
Harvard for law school.

Bless my pointed little head.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 14, 2014, 04:20 PM

10. Show off!

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