Virginia University of Lynchburg is a historically black, private university located on a suburban campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition to VUL’s main campus in Lynchburg, teaching sites are located in Danville, Burgess, Petersburg and Suffolk, VA. VUL is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
VUL was founded in 1886, and is the oldest school of higher learning in Lynchburg. The school was incorporated as the Lynchburg Baptist Seminary in 188 by the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Throughout its history, VUL has been known as the Virginia Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary and College and Virginia Seminary and college, and received its current name in 1996. VUL was established to meet the communities growing demands for better-educated public school teachers, trained ministers and missionaries.
The mission of VUL is to recognize the potential in every person, and to maximize the gifts of the individual within a nurturing Christian environment, that provides students with opportunities to develop into scholars and leaders. VUL strives to provide a solid Liberal Arts and Christian Education program for its students and the university embraces its African American heritage, and appreciates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. VUL equips students with training and skills to share the word of God with the saved and unsaved, engage in fields of study with a solid liberal arts foundation, actualize their academic, vocational and spiritual potentials, help fulfill the needs of others to better humanity, become informed, effective and mature Christian leaders in a complex, diverse society and to develop and implement Christian ministries.
Approximately 257 students are enrolled at VUL, and the school offers on-campus and online programs and degrees which include certificate programs, and associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The programs are housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, and School of Religion. The School of Arts and Sciences prepares students for careers in education, law, journalism, the ministry, and other areas and offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, and two certificate programs. The School of Management prepares students to be successful in a global society that is highly competitive, and technologically advanced, and offers bachelor and master degrees. The School of Religion educates and trains teachers, ministers and missionaries for careers in the church, mission field and other ministries, and the schools programs emphasize spiritual and moral growth, religious research and scholarship, and cultural and global awareness. Programs of study include a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. VUL’s Distance Learning Program is an alternative for students that are unable to attend class on the main campus or at one of VUL’s teaching locations the chance to advance their education. The Distance Learning Program areas of study are a certificate of ministry, associate in liberal arts and sciences, Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, Bachelor of Arts in business administration, Bachelor of Arts in organizational management, Master of Arts in organizational management and Master of Divinity.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:307
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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