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The University of Lynchburg is a student-centered university and a community with life-changing opportunities....

University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

The University of Lynchburg has been the first choice for talented scholars, leaders, and student-athletes from across Virginia and around the world. Small classes, talented and caring faculty, and liberal arts and professional programs of study all are hallmarks of the University of Lynchburg experience.


With about 50 majors and more than 60 minors, Lynchburg gives students boundless opportunities to learn what they need to know for a life of engagement in their careers and in the community. And nearly 20 graduate programs, including those that grant master’s and doctoral degrees, allow students to continue their education or advance in a career. At all levels, Lynchburg combines a broad, liberal arts foundation with experiences that open doors to the real world, like internships, research, service learning, and study abroad.


Students participate in clubs, athletics, service-focused Greek life, and recreational activities. But regardless of what one studies or how they spend their spare time, they are part of a community that cares about each other. Scientists, artists, historians, healthcare workers, performers, and athletes all feel at home at University of Lynchburg.


Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,999 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
31% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
180 full-time faculty
108 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
88% of first year students live on campus
75% of all students live on campus

School Location

Lynchburg, Virginia, is a thriving city with something for everyone. Having been named one of America’s most charming college-town Main Streets, its downtown district is lined with restaurants that dish out cuisine from countries and cultures around the world. At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city also offers plenty of challenges for outdoor enthusiasts. There’s even a miles-long trail system that runs right through the Lynchburg College campus. Lynchburg is home to dozens of historic sites, and it’s easy to take a day trip to Washington, D.C., or the beach.

High-Impact Practices

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81% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


56% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 12%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


The University of Lynchburg athletes give their heart to the game. They thrive in Lynchburg’s Division III program, which allows team members to be students, leaders, and athletes. The Hornets regularly bring home championship trophies and academic honors. As a member of the competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference, Lynchburg competes on 21 intercollegiate varsity teams, including baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.


The University of Lynchburg has been coeducational from day one in 1903, making it one of the first coed colleges in Virginia. The University is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that welcomes respectful dialogue with people of all faith traditions.

The university’s Claytor Nature Study Center provides many educational opportunities. The nature preserve includes an education center, an observatory, an herbarium, eco-lodge, trails, and more.

Academic Programs

The University of Lynchburg provides a solid foundation of liberal arts education and specialized study in 40 undergraduate majors, 57 minors, 13 pre-professional programs, and 18 graduate degrees. Lynchburg students graduate prepared for personal and professional life.

The School of Business and Economics offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Human Resource Management, Management, and Marketing. It offers minors in those areas, as well as Fraud investigation and Leadership Studies. It also offers a highly ranked Master of Business Administration degree.

The School of Communication and the Arts offers majors in Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre, with additional minors in Popular Culture and Museum Studies.

The School of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling offers programs in Elementary Education and Special Education through its Interdisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education major and minors in Secondary Education and Special Education. It also offers nine master’s degree programs — Counselor Education (with Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling tracks), Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Studies, Criminal Justice Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership, Reading, Science Education, Special Education — and a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies.

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance offers programs in Exercise Physiology, Health and Physical Education, Health Promotion, Nursing, and Sport Management. It also offers master’s degrees in Athletic Training and Nursing.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers majors in Criminology, English, French, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish. It offers minors in each of these areas as well as Creative Writing, Criminal Forensics, Gender Studies, German, Human Services, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law and Society, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Professional Writing, and Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.

The School of Sciences offers programs in Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science and Statistics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. It offers a dual-degree engineering program and pre-professional programs for students interested in dentistry, medical school, optometry, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Graduate programs offered at Lynchburg College include doctoral programs in Leadership Studies, Physical Therapy, and Medical Science and master’s degree programs in Music, Athletic Training, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership Studies, Nursing, PA Medicine, Public Health, and seven programs in Education. Lynchburg also offers a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity.

More Distinctions

  • The University of Lynchburg is one of only 40 schools featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope, former education editor for the New York Times.


Students work on teams throughout the academic program. By working together, they develop skills that are critical to any career: leadership, negotiation, communication, holding teammates accountable, effective communication, and sharing responsibility.

Student engagement comes first at the University of Lynchburg. From the moment students step foot on campus, they take an active role in learning and leading.

New students take a class together to learn about the University of Lynchburg campus community while also exploring topics that are important in the world. Guest speakers bolster their lectures and give students a lot to think about. Four years later, they take Senior Symposium and study contemporary issues through the lens of the liberal arts. All seniors gather for weekly lectures in which they can question thought leaders and learn what it takes to solve real-world problems.

Research +

Lynchburg encourages students to ask new questions and seek answers through original research. Some scholarship funds support student research, and many professors love to guide students to successful projects. Every spring, the daylong Student Scholar Showcase celebrates student research, art, literature, and other engaging academic work.

Go Global

Students travel the globe through study abroad programs during the winter, spring, and summer breaks. While in other countries, they practice foreign languages, meet people with different cultural backgrounds, and see sights in person that most people only see in pictures. The University of Lynchburg provides a variety of affordable, accessible study abroad options.


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Dedicated Professors

Lynchburg professors put students first both in and outside the classroom. With one faculty member for every 10 students, Lynchburg makes it easy for students to approach their teachers to ask questions, propose ideas, and learn more.

At the University of Lynchburg, professors teach students how to think, not what to think. They want students to think critically, ask probing questions, challenge ideas, and interpret information on their own. Classes, then, are conversational discussions in addition to lectures. Because they know students well, professors recognize students’ potentials and provide feedback and advice. They offer opportunities for research and other experiences that help students get engaged in their education.

As a result, just about any time a professor is mentioned on Lynchburg’s social media, students and alumni gush with praise for the way the professor taught and inspired them.

Westover Honors Program

Academically distinguished students are invited into Westover Honors for a deeper, more challenging learning experience. Honors faculty stretch students’ minds with unique courses on topics like Frankenstein and synthetic life, the world of Harry Potter, or everyday soldiers of the American Civil War. First-year students kick off the program with a retreat that helps them build a new community among them. As seniors, they complete interdisciplinary projects that demonstrate all they have learned.

WE Write for Success

Because the pen—or the keyboard, or smartphone—is mightier than the sword, the University of Lynchburg offers a wide variety of Writing Enriched courses. Students in these courses use research, writing, and revising to bring their communication skills to the next level. They become strong thinkers, communicators, and persuaders as they build their talent with the written word. In this way, students emerge as effective communicators, whether they are writing academic papers, opinion articles, or even tweets.

Active Learning

Student engagement is the top priority in the University of Lynchburg classroom—as well as outside. Professors are continually learning (and teaching each other) techniques that help students get up and involved. Service learning courses provide students opportunities to be engaged in the world around them. Here are just a few examples of ways that students get engaged:

  • Many classes use the Claytor Nature Study Center for engaging educational experiences. Environmental science students examine plants and wildlife in the nature preserve and practice water-quality research in the Big Otter River. Education students also lead K-12 field trip activities at Claytor, and the Belk Observatory is a great spot for both astronomical research and casual observations of the night sky in a star party.
  • Nursing students use iPads in a unique program that helps them develop their clinical problem-solving skills. They also frequent a simulation center at which volunteer actors and high-tech mannikins create lifelike scenarios, allowing students to practice everything from responding to a tornado to helping a patient who needs a translator.
  • In Music Bridge, Lynchburg students teach music theory and piano lessons to elementary-aged students in the city. The program includes an annual musical performance. In addition to the great feeling of community service, University of Lynchburg students get practical experience teaching and preparing children for a musical performance.


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Philosophy X
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Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 125 251 205 16 9 7 0 613

Life at Lynchburg is fun. Every week, students can choose from a lot of different activities that help them enjoy their time on campus, make friends, and learn outside the classroom.

First-Year Experience

University of Lynchburg freshmen take advantage of a program built just for them. The First-Year Experience program helps them meet friends, embrace college life, and have a successful first year at Lynchburg. Connection Leaders teach them how to navigate the college experience and excel in academics even while exploring fun extra curricular programs. Meanwhile, the residence life staff provides award-winning activities that help students have fun with their neighbors.


The Hornets compete on more than 20 varsity teams, giving lots of opportunities to compete or cheer for friends.

Students love to play sports more for fun and fitness rather than competition. Lynchburg’s intramural sports program gives them the chance to participate in temporary teams for games of laser tag, bubble ball, disc golf, and more. Club sports provide something for students who want to lead their own teams and compete against other schools.


Sit in class with a well-known poet. Meet an environmental activist and ask her about how one person can make a difference. Listen to a renowned Civil War scholar give a lecture, or get performance tips from professional musicians. These are just a few things students get to do at the University of Lynchburg. Almost every week of the school year, lecturers and performers bring their global experiences to share at Lynchburg.

Outdoor Leadership Program

It’s natural for Lynchburg to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors that surround the campus and city. The Outdoor Leadership Program helps students enjoy the great outdoors while developing their confidence and leadership abilities.

Students can take advantage of a ropes course and climbing wall on campus. They can also have a blast on Tree Tuesdays, which give them the opportunity to hoist themselves up into one of the famous trees on campus.

The OLP also provides excursions to lakes, caves, hiking trails, and other attractions nearby.

Community Service

The University of Lynchburg students, faculty, and staff believe in serving the people around them. Every year, they complete more than 70,000 hours in service to the community and raise thousands of dollars for charities. Students play a big role in Relay for Life, St. Baldrick’s Day, and other big events.


Lynchburg offers many activities for performers and audience members alike.

The Lynchburg theatre program puts on four big shows each year—including one musical—in addition to student-directed productions, cabaret performances, and dance shows.

Music concerts include performances by a wind symphony and orchestra, a jazz ensemble, choral groups, and recitals.

The Daura Gallery, home to many works by the famous Catalan artist Pierre Daura, hosts exhibitions that showcase many different styles of art. Recent exhibitions have centered around such themes as superheroes, mental health, and behind-the-scenes Broadway. Occasionally, the Daura also hosts student-curated exhibitions and performances by musical theatre students.


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Lynchburg graduates know how to navigate the world, get jobs, and give back to their communities. The educational program and extracurricular experiences prepare students for life.

Critical Thinking

Lynchburg seniors excel in information literacy—something that comes in handy in a world of “fake news,” complex questions, and divisive politics. Lynchburg challenges students to think for themselves and solve problems thoughtfully, making them invaluable to employers.

Career Development

More than 50 percent of Lynchburg students complete internships for credit while in college, and many more get hands-on work experience through clinical rotations and teaching practicums. On top of this, the Career Development office sponsors Professionalism Plus (Pro +), a program that helps students pursue jobs with practice interviews, resume workshops, and networking meetings with alumni and employers. Lynchburg graduates are ready to find their first jobs, start a career, or attend graduate school.


Community service has always played a part at the University of Lynchburg. Fraternities and Sororities make helping others a core part of their activities. Students can also apply to Lynchburg’s Bonner Leader program (one of only about 60 Bonner programs in the nation), which teaches dedicated students about engaged citizenship, leadership, and social justice as they complete hundreds of hours of community service. Community service is part of some academic courses, too. All together, the University of Lynchburg community completes more than 70,000 hours of community service every year and raises nearly $40,000 for charities.


Most Lynchburg seniors complete a capstone course or project that ties together everything they have learned during the college experience. This challenges students to think from a broad perspective and discover just how much they have learned and how well they can apply it.


Admissions Fall 2016

5,223 Total Applicants
 3,331 Total Admissions
 521 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.78% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Jun 30
Priority date: Jan 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Class rank

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 560
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $36,720
Fees $970
Total $37,690
Room and Board (on campus) $9,880
Estimated Total On Campus $47,570


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 ESTIMATED

$28,414 First-year students
$33,800 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017

76.39% on average, the percentage of need that was met
21% of financial need students that had need fully met

$23,781 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,578 Average need-based loan


With the goal of making private education affordable, the University of Lynchburg awards significant financial aid. Awards include scholarships that range from $10,000-$22,000, need-based grants, loans, and work-study. Virginia residents also qualify for the non-need-based Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. 100% of students receive some form of financial aid, with the average comprehensive financial aid award amounting to around $37,000. Thanks to custom financial aid packages, the costs after financial aid are often less than other private institutions and are competitive with public universities.

Admitted students may apply for additional scholarships provided through scholarship competitions that recognize students in the area of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Scholarship competitions are held during November, February, and March. These awards range from $2,000 – $5,000. Talent-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $3,000 are available to students through competitions in the areas of music, theatre, and art. Students do not have to major in these areas to receive talent-based scholarships.