Mars Hill adopting university designation

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MARS HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mars Hill College will become Mars Hill University.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1c383PO ) the school is making the change in August, after 157 years as a college.

Administrators hope the change will attract more students to the school in Madison County north of Asheville.

School President Dan Lunsford says Mars Hill's core values will not change. School spokeswoman Teresa Buckner says the board had been considering the change for about 10 years.

The school began offering a master's degree in education in 2011. The university hopes to add a master of public administration degree by 2015.

The school was founded in 1856.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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