Cleary College - 1883

  • In 1883 Patrick Roger Cleary founded Cleary's School of Penmanship in Ypsilanti. Starting with only two students, he soon attracted more by offering other business related classes.

  • In 1889 the school's name was changed to Cleary Business College, and the facility moved to its third location on the corner of Michigan and Adams. The building was destroyed by a cyclone in 1898.

  • Cleary College was the first college in Michigan to train commercial teachers.