Upsala College was a private college in East Orange, New Jersey, USA, founded in 1893. Construction of the campus started in 1900. The college closed in 1995, after several years of financial problems.
The school maintained high academic standards for many years, gaining a fine reputation as an excellent small college, with a vibrant campus life.
Unfortunately as the surrounding community became more urban, and the crime rate increased, the student enrolment at the college declined throughout the late 1970s and into the 1980s. However, the college remained committed to the city of East Orange, and chose not to move to land donated to the school in rural Sussex County.
Once the decision was made to stay in their current location, Upsala worked hard to boost sagging enrolment, but it was to no avail, and the school closed its doors at the end of the 1995 academic year.
After the school was closed, the campus was sold to the East Orange Board of Education, who built a high school on the site's eastern half and sold the western portion to the City of East Orange.
The East campus became East Orange Campus High School, a public secondary school operated by the East Orange School District. Former East campus buildings Beck Hall, Puder Hall, Viking Memorial Hall (gymnasium) and College Center survived to be incorporated into the new high school.
World famous freeform radio station and modern hub of independent pop-culture WFMU began as the Upsala campus radio station in 1958. The volunteer staff bought the broadcasting license from the bankrupt school in 1995 and continues to operate independently.
The 2001 movie, Riding in Cars with Boys, was filmed on the campus.
New Jersey. (Upsala College to close due to finances, Essex County Improvement Authority loan)(Around the Nation)
Mar 07, 1995; The trustees of Upsala College in East Orange voted Thursday to close the college in the wake of financial difficulties that have...