A bold venture in higher education

Brief History of Raymond College


Established in 1962 during the Presidency of Robert E. Burns, Raymond College was the first of three residential Oxford-type cluster colleges created by UOP during the 1960’s. Raymond offered an innovative interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum leading to a BA degree in three years. All classes took the form of seminars, including prescribed courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and a series of independent studies in an area of specialization.

Raymond College was phased out beginning in 1977. Elements of the Raymond Program, however, were absorbed by other UOP units and have continued to enrich the overall University academic environment. Historically, the cluster college experiment at UOP represents one of America’s boldest ventures in higher education.