MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis-based Augsburg College is changing its name.

Starting Sept. 1, the nearly 150-year-old school will be known as Augsburg
University.

School officials say the name change reflects the fact that Augsburg already
offers nine graduate degree programs in addition to more than 50 undergraduate
degree programs.

Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow says becoming Augsburg University does not
change the four-year school's liberal arts mission or its commitment ``to being
small to our students and big for the world.''

The decision to change the school's name was made after market research and
sessions with students, alumni, faculty, staff and regents.

Augsburg has nearly 3,600 students at its main campus in Minneapolis and at a
Rochester satellite.