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Official: St. Paul's College in Va. to close

Sunday - 6/2/2013, 11:20am  ET

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) -- St. Paul's College has informed an accreditation association the historically black college is closing.

President Belle S. Wheeler of the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges said the college alerted the commission of its plans.

St. Paul's officials could not be reached over the weekend and the school's website did not indicate it was closing.

Founded in 1888, the school had been struggling financially and it was denied accreditation by Wheeler's group.

The school had considered merging with another school but that effort failed. It had also dropped its athletic programs, citing finances.

St. Paul's is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. It has approximately 600 students.

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