Heritage University

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Heritage University
Type Private 4-year
Established 1907
President Dr. John Bassett
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 862[1]
Postgraduates 476[1]
Location Toppenish, Washington, United States
Campus Rural: 23 acres
Website www.heritage.edu

Heritage University (formerly named Holy Names College and Fort Wright College) is a higher education institution located in Toppenish, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in a number of academic disciplines, including:


Founded in 1907 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as Holy Names College in Spokane, Washington, the institution subsequently changed its name to Fort Wright College. In 1982, Fort Wright College moved its administration to Toppenish and was renamed Heritage College, which operated there and in Omak, while maintaining the Spokane campus. Five years later, the Spokane campus was closed.

A fire which started on July 8, 2012 destroyed the university's oldest building, Petrie Hall.[2]

Cooperative agreements[edit]

Heritage University offers upper-division classes at three Washington community college campuses to allow students to work toward a four-year degree from Heritage. This cooperative program began in 1993 to allow holders of associate degrees from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake to apply their credits toward a Heritage bachelor's degree. Similar cooperative arrangements were established with Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco and Highline Community College in Seattle in 2003 and 2006, respectively.[3]


  1. ^ a b "University Facts". Heritage University. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  2. ^ Courtney, Ross (July 9, 2012). "Heritage University fire damage estimate at $2.8 million". Yakima Herald-Republic. Retrieved July 10, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Heritage Story". Heritage University. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 


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Coordinates: 46°22′26″N 120°23′42″W / 46.37389°N 120.39500°W / 46.37389; -120.39500