The oldest college in every US state

Facebook/Carroll UniversitySome colleges in the United States are older than the country itself.
  • The oldest college in each US state includes some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and several flagship state universities.
  • The oldest college in the US is Harvard University, founded in 1636.
  • Meanwhile, the most recent state to get a college is Alaska.

The United States is home to some pretty old colleges and universities.

In fact, there are more than a dozen that are older than America itself – none older than Harvard University, which was founded in 1636.

Meanwhile, other states took longer to open their first colleges. The most recent state to get its first college is Alaska, whose University of Alaska Fairbanks just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Across the US, the list of oldest colleges in each state features some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country as well as flagship state universities and a handful of lesser-known schools.

Read on to find out the oldest college in every US state and Washington, DC.


Alabama — University of North Alabama

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Location – Florence, AL

Date founded – 1830


Alaska — University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Location – Fairbanks, AK

Date founded – 1917


Arizona — University of Arizona

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Location – Tucson, AZ

Date founded – 1885


Arkansas — University of the Ozarks

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Location – Clarksville, AR

Date founded – 1834


California — Santa Clara University

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Location – Santa Clara, CA

Date founded – 1851


Colorado — University of Denver

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Location – Denver, CO

Date founded – 1864


Connecticut — Yale University

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Location – New Haven, CT

Date founded – 1701


Delaware — University of Delaware

Location – Newark, DE

Date founded – 1743


District of Columbia — Georgetown University

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Location – Washington, DC

Date founded – 1789


Florida — Florida State University

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Location – Tallahassee, FL

Date founded – 1851


Georgia — University of Georgia

Location – Athens, GA

Date founded – 1785


Hawaii — University of Hawaii at Manoa

Location – Honolulu, HI

Date founded – 1907


Idaho — Brigham Young University – Idaho

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Location – Rexburg, ID

Date founded – 1888


Illinois — McKendree University

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Location – Lebanon, IL

Date founded – 1828


Indiana — Vincennes University

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Location – Vincennes, IN

Date founded – 1801


Iowa — Loras College

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Location – Dubuque, IA

Date founded – 1839


Kansas — Baker University

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Location – Baldwin City, KS

Date founded – 1858


Kentucky — Transylvania University

  • Location – Lexington, KY
  • Date founded – 1780

Louisiana — Centenary College of Louisiana

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Location – Shreveport, LA

Date founded – 1825


Maine — Bowdoin College

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Location – Brunswick, ME

Date founded – 1794


Maryland — St. John’s College

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Location – Annapolis, MD

Date founded – 1696


Massachusetts — Harvard University

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Location – Cambridge, MA

Date founded – 1636


Michigan — University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Location – Ann Arbor, MI

Date founded – 1817


Minnesota — University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

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Location – Minneapolis, MN

Date founded – 1851


Mississippi — Mississippi College

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Location – Clinton, MS

Date founded – 1826


Missouri — Saint Louis University

Location – St. Louis, MO

Date founded – 1818


Montana — Rocky Mountain College

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Location – Billings, MT

Date founded – 1878


Nebraska — Peru State College

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Location – Peru, NE

Date founded – 1867


Nevada — University of Nevada – Reno

Location – Reno, NV

Date founded – 1874


New Hampshire — Dartmouth College

Location – Hanover, NH

Date founded – 1769


New Jersey — Princeton University

Location – Princeton, NJ

Date Founded – 1746


New Mexico — New Mexico State University

NMSU

Location – Las Cruces, NM

Date founded – 1888


New York — Columbia University

Location – New York, NY

Date founded – 1754


North Carolina — Salem College

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Location – Winston Salem, NC

Date founded – 1772


North Dakota — University of North Dakota

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Location – Grand Forks, ND

Date founded – 1883


Ohio — Ohio University

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Location – Athens, OH

Date founded – 1804


Oklahoma — University of Central Oklahoma

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Location – Edmond, OK

Date founded – 1890


Oregon — Willamette University

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Location – Salem, OR

Date founded – 1842


Pennsylvania — University of Pennsylvania

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Location – Philadelphia, PA

Date founded – 1740


Rhode Island — Brown University

Location – Providence, RI

Date founded – 1764


South Carolina — College of Charleston

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Location – Charleston, SC

Date founded – 1770


South Dakota — Augustana University

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Location – Sioux Falls, SD

Date founded – 1860


Tennessee — Tusculum College

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Location – Tusculum, TN

Date founded – 1794


Texas — Southwestern University

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Location – Georgetown, TX

Date founded – 1840


Utah — University of Utah

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Location – Salt Lake City, UT

Date founded – 1850


Vermont — Castleton University

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Location – Castleton, VT

Date founded – 1787


Virginia — College of William & Mary

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Location – Williamsburg, VA

Date founded – 1693


Washington — University of Washington

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Location – Seattle, WA

Date founded – 1861


West Virginia — Bethany College

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Location – Bethany, WV

Date founded – 1840


Wisconsin — Carroll University

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Location – Waukesha, WI

Date founded – 1846


Wyoming — University of Wyoming

Location – Laramie, WY

Date founded – 1886

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