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St. Kate's to modify its name

The College of St. Catherine will be undergoing a name change, the Pioneer Press reported. As of June, 2009, the institution will official go by St. Catherine University.

The new moniker was chosen unanimously on Aug. 28, beating out four other options because "its simple, it's elegant, and it put St. Catherine — which is our brand — first," Sister Andrea Lee, the college's president, said.

A Star Tribune report on the name change focused more on the reasoning behind the name change and what will become of well-known landmarks bearing the old moniker.

Lee said that St. Kate's budget and endowment have doubled over the past decade. The school has also had 10 consecutive years of enrollment growth.

As the nation's largest women's college, the school has just under 3,000 women working on four-year undergraduate degrees.