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  • 1882 On Feb 5th, organized as a preparatory school under the leadership of Stephen Nelson Haskell (1833-1922)
  • 1882 On April 19th, first day of class for "that New England school"
  • 1883 On Dec 12th, incorporated and formally named South Lancaster Academy
  • 1918 Renamed Lancaster Junior College
  • 1922 Renamed Atlantic Union College after offering a four-year theological course and being authorized degree-granting powers conferred by the Massachusetts legislature. The Academy and College became separate institutions with the Academy having its own board of trustees and faculty. Granted the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and the Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.) degrees.
  • 1926 In October the name of the school paper The Student Idea was changed to Lancastrian
  • 1927 On April 19th the Atlantic Union Alumni Association was formed
  • 1933 On Feb 9th the Governor of Massachusetts Joseph Ely granted AUC the right to confer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree
  • 1933 On Dec 3rd the E. E. Miles Science Memorial Building was dedicated
  • 1942 Purchased William Kilbourn's farm, along with 100 acres along George Hill Road
  • 1943 Dedication of Rachel Preston Hall for a women's dormitory
  • 1943 Purchased the 42 room Thayer Mansion, originally built in the mid 1800's by Nathaniel E. Thayer, son of Rev. Nathaniel Thayer
  • 1945 Accepted into membership with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • 1952 Dedication of Haskell Hall as an administration building
  • 1954 Authorized to grant the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
  • 1954 First class graduates in Machlan Auditorium, Haskell Hall
  • 1990 Authorized to grant the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree
  • 2011 The college lost NEASC accreditation due to "failure to meet [its] Standard on Financial Resources."
  • 2013 The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education accorded conditional authority to award the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Health Science/Biology and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion.
  • 2015 The college started offering the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Health Science/Biology and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion.
  • 2016 The college is in the process of pursuing re-accreditation.  Please check the Accreditation page for the most up-to-date information.
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