Local small colleges use athletics to entice students, up enrollment

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Like many small colleges across the country, Louisiana College and Louisiana State University at Alexandria are trying to be creative in attracting more students to their campus.

A growing trend across the country shows those colleges using athletics as a way to entice students — both athletes and non-athletes who are attracted to a college with a thriving athletics department.

Louisiana College’s athletics department has existed for more than a century, and President Joe Aguillard credits the college’s decision to revive its dormant football program in 2000 — after not having a team for 32 years — as playing a key role in the college’s enrollment shift over the past decade.

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