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Trinity Lutheran College, a small Christian institution in Washington State, announced Tuesday that it will shut down in May. "After prayer, discernment and a careful and thorough study of all the resources and options available to us, the Board of Directors of Trinity Lutheran College has come to the conclusion that any efforts to increase enrollment at Trinity will no longer sustain the college," said a letter released by Reverend Kevin Bates, board chair. "I want all of you to know that this decision was not made lightly. To the contrary, it was made with deep deliberation and much prayer. As the final vote was cast, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room -- board members, members of the foundation and administrators alike carry the weight of this closure heavily on our hearts. It was a very sad decision for us to make."

The college enrolls 192 undergraduates.