By Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Our Lady of Holy Cross College is changing its name.

The school’s Board of Regents voted to rename the school to the University of Holy Cross to adopt a status that reflects its growth in advanced degree programs.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports ( ) the action comes as the institution begins celebrating its centennial. The school opened in 1916 to prepare teachers for schools the Marianites opened in south Louisiana.

The Catholic college currently has more than 250 students in graduate programs, with some 65 pursuing doctorate degrees. A news release says undergraduate programs have grown by 10 percent and graduate programs by 35 percent in the past year.

While the name change is effective immediately, officials say the transition to the new name on campus will happen over several months.


Information from: New Orleans CityBusiness,

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