Gwynedd-Mercy College announced this morning that its application to become a university has been approved.

The Catholic school based in Gwynedd has officially changed its name to Gwynedd Mercy University, following approval from the state.

"This historic moment prompts time for reflection upon the legacy provided for us by our founding sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy," university President Kathleen Owens said in a statement. "As entrepreneurs and leaders, they have envisioned and actualized the transition from junior college to four-year college, to master's degree institution, and finally to university status."

University status allows the school to offer doctoral programs. Among its first offerings will be a Doctor of Nursing Practice, the school said.