History of Three RiversHistory
Three Rivers College was founded April 5, 1966, when citizens of the Southeast Missouri counties of Butler, Carter, Ripley, and Wayne, voted into existence the College District. The college opened in storefront facilities in downtown Poplar Bluff, Missouri, with 138 students in the summer of 1967. Today, Three Rivers enrolls thousands of students at locations throughout Southeast Missouri, including an 80-acre campus in Poplar Bluff; full-service locations in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Kennett, Malden, and Sikeston; as well as dozens of other locations, including Doniphan, Caruthersville, Piedmont, Portageville, New Madrid, and Van Buren. Programs include college transfer, career-technical, transitional, and continuing education.