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Small Mesa college to close its doors

PHOENIX -- A small nonprofit college in Mesa, Ariz. announced Tuesday that it would close its doors in a few weeks.

Westminster College opened in Mesa in 2012 but is having trouble competing with other larger colleges opening in the city.

"Three years ago, Westminster saw both the need in Mesa and the opportunity for a great partnership with the city," President Dr. George B. Forsythe said. "Since that time, a number of wonderful colleges and universities have entered Mesa and the Valley of the Sun, and Westminster -- as a small, private, non-profit institution -- could only be so competitive and still fiscally responsible in this ever-developing, active market."

The school said the decision was made after fall enrollment numbers did not project a large enough gain to stay open. The school will close at the end of the current semester.

Westminster is working on a plan to help students continue their education.

The Mesa campus was the first expansion in the Missouri-based school's 163 year history.

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