Longwood University

Longwood University

Longwood University, LU, is a four-year, liberal arts, co-educational, public university in Farmville, Virginia. It was founded as the Farmville Female Seminary Association, in 1839. The institution was granted university status in 2002. The university, which sits on a 69 acre campus, offers graduate and undergraduate level programs in business, arts, sciences, and education as well as others. The colleges of the university are as follows:

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Cook-Cole College of Art and Sciences
  • Cormier Honors College of Citizen Scholars

LU, which is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, sponsors teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, and softball. The nickname for the athletics teams of LU is the Lancers. LU has a vibrant student life with more than one hundred and fifty student's organizations including the Longwood Chemistry Club, the Longwood Young Democrats, the Therapeutic Recreation Organization, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Longwood University
201 High St
Farmville , VA 23909
General Phone: (434) 395-2000

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Longwood Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts319foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management142business management
Education and Teaching124education
Art Studies57visual and performing arts
Therapy and Counseling51psychology, community health services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy51health and physical education, recreational therapy
Science46biology, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement34criminal justice and safety
Media21communication studies
Family and Social Work18social work
Medical Support and Technology11audiology and speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Longwood in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree74623
Master's degree1444

Longwood Student Body

In 2007-2008, Longwood had a total enrollment of 4,727 students (4,209 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 33%
Women 67%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 37%
20-21 33%
22-24 14%
25-29 5%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey1%
(International Students)1%
New York1%

Longwood Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 100 %

Longwood Room and Board (2007)

Longwood offers campus housing for 3,019 of its 4,209 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Farmville, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Longwood Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500580
SAT Math500570
ACT Composite2128

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT76%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT11%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Longwood Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,499
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,112
Room and board $ 6,856
Room charge $ 4,300
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,556
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,673

Financial Aid:
Longwood participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 371900)

Longwood Faculty

Longwood has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3933
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1425

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$73,98717$78,656
Associate professoracademic year33$63,64830$62,494
Assistant professoracademic year41$53,55831$54,926
Instructoracademic year1*2*
Lectureracademic year7$40,74923$41,456
All faculty totalacademic year108$60,709103$58,071

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Longwood Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division I Independents
Baseball Division I Independents
Track Division I Independents

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3287119

Longwood Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Longwood Apart:

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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Female % of student body
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Top 16%Longwood Female % of student body
% of degrees in liberal arts
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