Mary Manse College

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Mary Manse College was a Catholic institution of higher education located in Toledo, Ohio from 1922 until 1975. The college was founded in 1922 at the request of the Bishop of Toledo, Samuel Stritch.[1] Operated by the Ursuline Order of nuns, Mary Manse opened in September 1922 with thirty students.[1] The Ohio State Board of Education recognized the school as degree-granting institution in 1926, and received accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1933.[1][2] Mary Manse offered degrees in arts and sciences, music, medical technology, and nursing education. The school operated as a women's college until 1971, at which time it became coeducational.[1]

The college was hard hit by the 1970s recession, and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1975.[1] The Higher Learning Commission lists Mary Manse College as having accreditation status of "inactive."[2]

Collingwood Arts Center and Saint Angela Hall are remaining buildings of Mary Manse.[3]

Bowling Green State University's office of Registration and Records offers transcript services for graduates of Mary Manse College.[4]

The Mary Manse College Collection[edit]

In May 1976, Bowling Green State University's Center for Archival Collections received "administrative records, correspondence, subject files, literary productions, legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, printed material, and audio-visual materials" from Mary Manse College.[1] For the first twenty-five years, the collection was only open to researchers with written permission from the Superior general of the Ursuline Sisters of Toledo, however, on 1 July 2001 the collection was opened to the public.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Irwin, Susan (1992). "The Mary Manse College Collection". Center for Archival Collections. Bowling Green State University. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Manse College". Currently or Previously Affiliated Institutions. The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  3. ^ "Catholic Architecture and History of Toledo, Ohio: Mary Manse College". 20 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Ordering Official Transcripts". Office of Registration and Records. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved 2007-09-05.

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Coordinates: 41°40′07.5″N 83°33′22.4″W / 41.668750°N 83.556222°W / 41.668750; -83.556222