What happens to the academic records of an Iowa institution of higher learning when it closes?

The University of Iowa is the official repository for the academic records of closed Iowa institutions of higher learning. Iowa Code Chapter 264 states that when a post-secondary institution closes its doors for financial or other reasons, the academic records are transferred to the University of Iowa Office of the Registrar.

I graduated from an Iowa college that closed several years ago. I’d like to apply to graduate school. How do I obtain a copy of a transcript of my records?

Requests may be submitted in writing (online, fax, in person, or by postal mail) to the University of Iowa Office of the Registrar. Instructions on how to do so are at the Registrar’s website. Requests by phone or email are not accepted. Because many of the records have not yet been digitized, it may require up to four weeks for staff to fulfill your request.

Which institutions’ academic records are maintained by the Office of the Registrar?

Academic records of students who attended the following colleges or schools, now closed, are maintained by the Registrar’s Office:

  • AIB (Des Moines) (also known as AIB College of Business)
  • Amity College (College Springs, Page County)
  • Broadlawns School of Nursing (Des Moines)
  • Capital City Commercial College (Des Moines)
  • Cherokee Junior College (Cherokee)
  • Covenant Radiological School
  • Des Moines University (Des Moines, 1865–1929; not affiliated with the current Des Moines University operation)
  • Grundy College (Grundy Center)
  • Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing (Des Moines)
  • Iowa Methodist School of Nursing (Des Moines)
  • Iowa Wesleyan University (Mount Pleasant)
  • Jennie Edmundson Hospital School of Nursing (Council Bluffs)
  • Keokuk College (Keokuk)
  • Marshalltown Community School of Nursing (Marshalltown)
  • Marycrest University (Davenport)
  • Memorial University (Mason City)
  • Midwestern College (Denison)
  • Open Bible College (Des Moines)
  • Ottumwa Heights College (Ottumwa)
  • Parsons College (Fairfield)
  • Perry Junior College (Perry)
  • Sioux Empire College (Hawarden)
  • Spencer College (Spencer)
  • Tabor College (Tabor)
  • Tabor Junior College (Tabor)
  • Trinity College (Sioux City)
  • Vennard College (University Park / Oskaloosa)
  • Washington Junior College (Washington)
  • Westmar College (LeMars)

Where can I learn more about institutions of higher learning (college, universities, etc.) in Iowa that have closed?

A Web site maintained by Ray Brown, Ph.D., of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, includes information about over 80 closed Iowa institutions. The site is at



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