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Louisiana College Rebrands as Louisiana Christian University

The Louisiana College board of trustees has voted to change the name of the institution to Louisiana Christian University.

The name has been filed and reserved with the Louisiana Secretary of State, and the official announcement will be made to the Louisiana Baptist Convention on Nov. 16, school officials said.  

“This is in keeping with our mission of being Christ-centered,” said Rick Brewer, president of the Pineville, Louisiana, institution. “It’s a logical move. We are not throwing away our past. We are recognizing this school has always been Christian.”

Rebranding from a college to a university also will communicate to prospective students that the school offers more than undergraduate studies, Brewer said. 

Students today often associate the word “college” with community or technical colleges, he said, while the school better fits the definition of a university, an institution with several colleges and graduate programs. 

Louisiana Christian is an accredited Master’s Level III institution that currently offers four graduate programs in teaching, education, nursing and social work, as well as dozens of undergraduate programs. 

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A proposal for a Master of Business Administration degree offered in the Ray and Dorothy Young School of Business was announced last week, with a projected start date of fall 2022.

The university’s strategic plan also includes launching its first doctoral program, a Doctorate in Education by 2025.

“LCU is a Louisiana school, which is unapologetically Christian, whose expanded academic offerings raise it to a university level,” said Steve Horn, executive director of Louisiana Baptists.

The school’s current enrollment is about 1,250. 

Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.