Lenoir-Rhyne University

625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601

School Details

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a four-year, private, liberal arts academy that is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1891 by four Lutheran pastors.  Lenoir-Rhyne University is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The school offers more than 60 different majors in a wide variety of career fields.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has 1,860 students (1,595 undergraduates) and 183 faculty members, giving the university a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 97 teach full-time and 86 teach part-time. About 92% of undergraduate students study full-time and 8% study part-time. Most graduate students (61%) study full-time and 39% study part-time. 

The student body contains 62% female students and 38% male students. About 74% of all students are white with the remaining students being black (12%), Asian (2%), and Hispanic (4%). Of the remaining students, about 1% of students are two or more races and 5% of  students have not classified their race. About 91% of students are ages 24 and under with 9% of students being ages 25 and above. About 76% of students are from North Carolina and 24% are from out-of-state. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 65% and the overall graduation rate is 47%.

Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army, Air force), teacher certification, distance learning, and study abroad trips. Additionally, students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, and employment services.

More than 50 student clubs and organizations are available at L-R , including fraternities and sororities, professional and honorary societies, music and performance groups, athletic and religious clubs, and more.

The “Bears” have about 20 athletic teams and compete in the NCAA division II and the South Atlantic Conference. Varsity teams include: MEN'S football, baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, track and field, golf and soccer and WOMEN'S basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, softball, golf, soccer, swimming, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 99% of those attending Lenoir-Rhyne University receive financial aid.

Lenoir-Rhyne University receives about 4,800 applications per year and accepts approximately 67% of those students. Statistically, 68% of men and 67% of women who apply will be accepted. 

L-R utilizes a rolling admissions deadline but the earlier a student applies, the better choice he or she will have for financial aid options, housing choices and other new student items. 

To apply, students must submit a completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a non-refundable $35 application fee, a high school diploma or equivalent, official high school transcript(s), an official SAT/ACT score report, satisfactory completion of required coursework, and official college transcript(s) (if any college work has been attempted, even if course(s) 
are listed on high school transcript). Minimum course requirements include: four units of English, two units of a language other than English, three units of Mathematics (including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), one unit of a laboratory science,
one unit of American History, and one unit of Chemistry.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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