Longwood University

201 High St, Farmville, VA 23909

School Details

Longwood University is a four-year public liberal arts school located in Farmville, Virginia. The school was founded in 1839 as Farmville Female Seminary Association, making the institution one of the oldest public institutions of higher education for women in the nation. Longwood became a university in 2002.

Longwood University offers bachelors degrees and masters degrees in over 100 majors and three minors. Colleges within the university include: the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education and Human Services. Graduate programs include business, education, English, sociology and communication sciences and disorders. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Longwood requires an internship or research project for every student in every major.

The Longwood campus lies on over 150 acres nearby downtown Farmville. Facilities on campus include an 80,000 square foot Health and Fitness Center that features an indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts, a climbing wall, work-out rooms, juice bar, and the state-of-the-art weight, training, and exercise equipment. The school also has a new Communications and Theater building with a 75 seat flexible black box theater, 100 seat studio theater, multi-function classrooms, costume lab, rehearsal studio, traditional drafting lab, and a computer design lab.

Longwood has a satellite campus, Lancer Park, which sits north of the main campus and has several athletic fields, athletic facilities and residential apartments.

When students leave campus, they can enjoy historic tours, trails, festivals, theater, fun restaurants, the great outdoors, and numerous stores and quaint shops.

Longwood University has 4,860 students (4,237 undergraduates) and 300 faculty members, giving the university a 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 222 teach full-time and 78 teach part-time. About 95% of undergraduate students study full-time and 5% study part-time. Most graduate students (79%) study part-time and 21% study full-time.

The student body contains 66% female students and 34% male students. About 82% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 97% of students are ages 24 and under with 3% of students being ages 25 and above. About 96% of students are from Virginia and 4% are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 79% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 39%. The overall graduation rate is 60% and the overall transfer-out rate is 32%.

LU has 10 residence halls and 3 apartment communities for students to live in. Meal plans are mandatory for all residencial students.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.  Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Students have access to almost 200 clubs and organizations, intramural sports, and athletics. Student clubs include academic groups, special interest groups, political clubs, diversity clubs, and Greek Life. Intramural club sports are offered in sports such as rugby, baseball, football, men's lacrosse, roller hockey, and golf. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's sports offered include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and tennis.

Students are able to travel from two to four weeks with a Longwood professor studying any topic. Students who are interested in longer study abroad trips can study abroad for a summer, semester, or a year at any of the following schools: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland; University of Derby, England; University of Plymouth, England; Institute of Spanish Studies, Valencia, Spain; Anhui University of Technology, Ma'anshan, China; Audencia School of Business, Nantes, France; Nantes University, France; Hogeschool von Arnhem en Nijmegen, Netherlands; Oldenburg University, Germany; Chungnam University, South Korea; and others.

Tuition payment plans and tuition guarantee plans are offered.

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 76% of those attending Longwood University receive financial aid.

Longwood University receives over 4,000 applications per year and accepts about 78% of those students. Statistically, 74% of men and 80% of women who apply will be accepted. Students applying should have a GPA between 3.06 and 3.62, SAT scores between 960 and 1,100, and ACT scores of 19 to 24. Students must also submit a $50 application fee, a copy of their high school transcript or any official transcripts if previous college has been attended, and admissions test scores.

Longwood University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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