Lock Haven University

401 North Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745-2390

School Details

Lock Haven University is a four-year public school located in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. LHU was established in 1870 as the Central State Normal School. Lock Haven University is one of the fourteen members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. LHU aims to provide large university benefits with a friendly small college atmosphere.

LHU is located along the Susquehanna River about 30 miles from the large towns of Williamsport and State College. The school’s main campus covers about 200 acres and the branch campus, located in Clearview, covers about 13 acres.

Lock Haven University offers more than 60 associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Lock Haven University has two academic colleges, a graduate studies program, and continuing and distance education offerings.

Lock Haven University has 5,366 students (5,029 undergraduates) and 238 faculty members, giving the university a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The average class size is 28 students. Of all faculty members, 221 teach full-time and 17 teach part-time. About 93% of undergraduate students study full-time and 7% study part-time. Most graduate students (53%) study part-time and 26% study full-time.

The student body contains 57% female students and 43% male students. About 88% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 91% of students are ages 24 and under with 9% of students being ages 25 and above. About 91% of students are from Pennsylvania and 9% are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 69% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 43%. The overall graduation rate is 46%.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, legal advice, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. At the Student Recreation Center, students can climb a rock wall, run an indoor track that's 1/8 of a mile long, and play basketball, racquetball, and other intramural sports.

Campus life includes Student Government, clubs and organization, musical groups, and student-run media. Over 140 clubs and organizations are offered at LHU, Marching band, concert band, percussion ensemble, choral ensembles and jazz ensembles make up LHU musical groups. Student-run media includes a television station, WLHU radio, and a campus newspaper.

The Lock Haven “Eagles” are affiliated with the NCAA Division I and II and compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. In 1961,1963,1966, and 1967, Lock Haven won the NAIA national wrestling championships and in 2006 and 2009 Lock Haven won the NCAA Division II Women's Softball National Championship. In 2007, the Eagles won the National Collegiate Boxing Association national championship. LHU teams offers eight women's Division II teams as well as seven men's Division II programs.

There are seven residence halls on the LHU Campus: High Hall, McEntire hall, North Hall, Smith Hall, Woolridge Hall, Fairview Suites, and Campus Village. All of these halls feature traditional dorm rooms, except Fairview Suites, which offers suites, and Campus Village, which is an apartment building. On-campus living is estimated to cost $8,182 per year with $2,976 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,182 per year with $3,716 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $8,564 per year for in-state students and $16,390 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,298 per year. The average in-state tuition for graduate students costs $7,722 per year with $2,561 in annual fees. The average out-of-state tuition for graduate students costs $11,592 per year with $2,561 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 90% of those attending Lock Haven University receive financial aid. March 1 is the priority application deadline for FAFSA forms.

Lock Haven University receives over 5,000 applications per year and accepts about 61% of those students. Statistically, 60% of men and 63% of women who apply will be accepted. LHU requires applicants to submit an official transcript, a personal essay, $25 application fee payment, a letter of recommendation, and admission scores in addition to a completed application. The Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admissions basis. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for admission in the fall of their senior year.

Lock Haven University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Not applicable
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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