11 Facts About Barat College


Barat College of the Sacred Heart was a small Catholic college located in Lake Forest, Illinois, 30 miles north of Chicago.

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Barat College was purchased by DePaul University in 2001, but closed in 2005; the faculty and student body were absorbed by DePaul, and the campus and educational inventory were sold.

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Barat College began as an academy for young women in Chicago in 1858 and moved to its Lake Forest location in 1904.

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In February 2001, because of fiscal concerns, Barat College was purchased by DePaul University, becoming one of DePaul's seven colleges.

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On December 12,2012, the birthday of St Madeleine Sophie Barat College, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800, the property transfer was completed.

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Barat College housed the academic records of Duchesne College in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Individuals who attended Duchesne Barat College can ask for their transcripts through the Society of the Sacred Heart Archives, US Province in St Louis Missouri.

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Barat College's faculty were absorbed mostly by DePaul University and many of them still teach there today.

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Barat College's cemetery is still preserved, at the back of the property behind the dormitories.

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In March 2008, the Barat College campus was one of several locations used for filming of a horror movie entitled The Unborn.

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In 2012, Loyola Press published a book on the history of Barat College entitled, Barat College: A Legacy, a Spirit, and a Name, which was written by Martha Curry, RSCJ.

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