Longwood University

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201 High Street

Farmville, VA 23909

Phone: (434) 395-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#31 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Longwood University is a public institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,355, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Longwood University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 31. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,340 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,520 (2013-14).

The Longwood University campus is located in Farmville, Va., about 150 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Undergraduates at Longwood University can choose from more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations, and graduate students can pursue master’s degrees in business, education, English, sociology, and communication sciences and disorders.

On campus, Longwood University students can participate in annual events such as the Snowball winter formal dance and have the opportunity to join more than 125 student organizations. Longwood is home to more than 20 Greek chapters, and it’s the university where the Alpha Sigma Alpha, Kappa Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha sororities were founded. Student athletes can get play intramural, club, and varsity sports. The Longwood University Lancers varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division I Independent Conference. Off campus, Longwood University students can explore the many restaurants, festivals, and historic tours of Farmville. Students can also venture to Hampden-Sydney College, which is less than 10 miles away, and to the state capital of Richmond, which is about 65 miles west of the Longwood University campus.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Longwood University is a coeducational, comprehensive public university dedicated to the development of citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Building upon its strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, the University provides an environment in which exceptional teaching fosters student learning, scholarship, and achievement. The institution's longstanding belief in small class size cultivates student and faculty interaction. Longwood is one of only a few public institutions in the nation to require internships or research projects for every student in every major.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1839
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $49,890,340


When applying to Longwood University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. The application fee at Longwood University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 54.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Longwood University is 18:1, and the school has 48.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Longwood University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Social Sciences, General; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Social Sciences, General 8%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 7%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 7%

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Student Life

Longwood University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,355, with a gender distribution of 33.5 percent male students and 66.5 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus. Longwood University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,834
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Longwood University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Longwood University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Longwood University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Longwood University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Longwood University, 52.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,311.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $23,520 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,876 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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