Longwood University, recently named “Best Southeastern College” by U.S. News and World Report, has much to be proud of in terms of the unique opportunities it provides to its students. Namely, Longwood is the one of a few colleges that requires students to perform research projects and internships across the board. Academically challenging, but accessible to many, Longwood stands out in the South for the breadth and depth of programs and opportunities the college offers its student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduates. Longwood University, located in Farmville, VA, has a long rich history and continues its dedication to the community overall in present times. Founded in 1839, this large public institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.
Academically, Longwood offers much to any student. With 100 majors including those in high demand sectors such as nursing (newly created in 2009), business administration and education, Longwood can be considered quite comprehensive in reach. It offers majors in an array of disciplines from communication disorders to therapeutic recreation. According to US News and World Report, Longwood’s most popular majors include history, social sciences, visual and performing arts, liberal arts, and business administration and management.
Longwood University is composed of five colleges, including: the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Human Services, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars. The specifics of each college are discussed below.
Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences
This college is the largest Longwood University has to offer. It envisions a college environment where learning occurs outside the walls of the classroom, where diversity is encouraged, community connection is evident, and a contribution is made to society in general. The majors within this college include art, music, psychology, nursing, sociology, liberal studies, history, chemistry and physics, and biology to name a few. Minors are also offered in concentrations such as women and gender studies and homeland security.
College of Business and Economics
With the hopes of becoming a nationally renowned business school that produces top business leaders, Longwood’s College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. An honorably feat, of which only less than 25% of schools in the nation are a member. Distinguished by its required internship that provides students with invaluable hands on experience and an Executive-in-Residence program that bring today’s top business leaders to campus to share their insights, the College of Business is certainly making headway towards making its visions a reality. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Minors are also offered in business administration and economics. In terms of the graduate level, there is also an MBA program.
The College of Business and Economics also boasts a SNVC Leadership Institute. It is a training center, the first of its kind in Virginia in fact, to offer leadership strategies in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The training is offered to teachers, government officials, Longwood students, staff and faculty, as well as business executives and managers.
College of Education and Human Services
Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), this college offers an impressive number of bachelor’s degree, master’s and licensure programs for interested candidates. The College strives towards a vision of “engaged learning, responsible stewardship, superior performance, and distinctive impact.”
The college itself is composed of five distinct programs and departments. There is the Department of Education and Special Education which offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and licensure in concentrations such as middle school, curriculum and instruction, and school library media.
The Department of Social Work and Communication Sciences and Disorders offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well. Additionally, speech-language pathology is a major that can be completed online through distance learning.
The Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology offers Bachelor of Science degrees in athletic training, kinesiology and therapeutic recreation. Minors are also offered in coaching, health education, outdoor education, and pre-professional clinical studies.
The College of Education and Human Services does not just offer degree program options, but is also the home of various centers and services. Located in this college is the Longwood Center for Communication Literacy and Learning, the Renaissance Group, the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices, and the Office of Professional Services. Frankly, the quality and quantity of services and programs provided by this college give new meaning to the word comprehensive.
College of Graduate and Professional Studies
It is the mission of this college to encourage the advancement of knowledge, support for scholarly research, and to provide a platform on which students seeking advanced degrees can hone their analytical and communication skills that will ultimately contribute to society as a whole. Unlike many other universities, the graduate program at Longwood is distinctly for those prospective students hoping to enroll part-time in a graduate program. The five graduate programs available include education, business, communication sciences, sociology, and English.
Cormier Honors College
Highly selective in nature, students are admitted to the Honors College based on test scores, GPA and an application essay. The catch is that students are invited to apply, but cannot apply directly to the Honor College without an invitation that is based on SAT scores and GPA. Alumni of the Honors College continue to accomplish interesting feats including acceptance into Teach for America or an invitation to participate in the development of research studies.
Other perks to being a part of the Honor College includes scholarships, unique study abroad experiences, special housing and internships.
Applicants are required to complete an application for admission, submit an official copy of one’s high school transcript, have SAT or ACT scores sent, and pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.
The application deadline for regular fall admission is in early March and the application deadine to begin in the spring falls in mid October. The miminium requirements for those seeking entry immediately after high school are: 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of science of which two must include a lab, 3 years of history, 2 years of a foreign language, 2 years of physical or health education, and one year of fine arts.
Transfer students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Prior to transferring, a total of at least 30 college level credit hours in English, natural science, math, and social science must be completed. Prospective transfer students must submit transcripts from any previous college attended.
International students are required to submit an international application for admission, pay the application fee, complete the “financial certification form”, and submit scores from the TOEFL. International students are encouraged to apply by mid-May for fall admission and by mid-October for spring admission.
Longwood offers various forms of financial aid to prospective students including grants, scholarships, and a guaranteed assistance program for students with Virginia residency. Students who submit their application by mid-January are automatically considered for an admissions scholarship based on merit. Hence, one does not need to apply for this scholarship separately.
In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for this application is the beginning of March.
There are also other financial aid awards that Longwood allocates, of which the applications are available online or from the Financial Aid Office. These scholarships are based on financial need and eligibility is determind by GPA. There are also various department based scholarships and awards available.
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There are many clubs to choose from when it comes to student life at Longwood. Basically, the clubs fall into one of the following categories: academic/departmental, honorary, Greek, service organizations, student interests, student government, club sports and recreation organizations, spiritual religious organizations, and advocacy. Basically, Longwood offers it all, from the Equestrian Team to the Anime Club, from Catholic Campus Ministry to the Communciations Club. If there is something you’re interested in that you did not see mentioned, it is fairly easy to create a club that suits your needs.
The biggest annual events on campus include Family Weekend, Oktoberfest, and Spring Weekend. Family Weekend is for family of current students and is an opportunity for family members to become familiarized with the campus through fun filled activities such as sporting events, lectures, and picnics. Oktoberfest is a fun series of events that includes Color Wars, Battle of the Bands, and a parade.
Overall, Longwood offers 11 residence halls and 3 apartment communities to underclassmen as well as upperclassmen. There is a single-sex hall for only females, special housing for honor students, fraternity housing, as well as a residence hall that is specially designated “alcohol free.”
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Longwood University boasts a host of athletic programs including baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf for men and basketball, lacrosse, softball, and cross country for women, to name a few. Longwood also is a NCAA Division I school in “14 varsity sports”, according to the university’s fact book.
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Longwood University is ushering in a hoard of new buildings and centers. In 2009, Longwood unveiled its new Center for Communications Studies and Theatre. What makes this building so interesting is that it features a theatre and art gallery.
Hampden-Sydney College is a single sex institution for men that shares Farmville, VA with Longwood University. Location wise, Longwood University is definitely at an advantage, priding itself as being in the center of Virginia, mere miles from bustling cities of the South such as Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. This is not to say that Farmville, VA does not have much in the realm of culture and recreation, in fact Farmville boasts a variety of activities that can rival whatever a larger city has to offer.
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