Ricker College

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Ricker College was a small college located in Houlton, Maine. It opened in 1848 and closed in 1978.

It began as Houlton Academy in 1848, before being subsequently renamed Ricker Classical Institute in 1887. It became Ricker Junior College in 1934 and operated as a four year liberal arts college between that point and its closing in 1978.

The name Ricker was taken from Doctor Joseph Ricker, who was at the time the State Secretary of the Maine Baptist Convention.

As with many other small, private colleges in the United States, Ricker College faced financial difficulties in the 1970s and was forced to close its Houlton campus in May 1978. Other off-campus programs in continuing education remained operational after the main campus's closing, but not at the collegiate level.

A branch of the University of Maine system, the University of Maine at Presque Isle Outreach at Houlton, holds classes in a newly renovated building on Military Street.

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