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Longwood University

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Introduction

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.

Unique Programs

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.

Admissions

Freshman Applicants

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

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.”

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

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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Of Interest…..

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.

Bibliography

Longwood University. Web. 12 May 2011.< www.longwood.edu>

Longwood University. Office of Assessment and Institutional Research. “Longwood Factbook: 2009-2010”. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://www.longwood.edu/assets/assessment/FACTbookdraft_2009_010411.pdf>

US News& World Report. “Longwood University”. Web. 12 May 2011. <http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/longwood-university-232566/overall-rankings>

Information Summary

Ranks 17th in Virginia and 464th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Virginia and 319th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 16 0.33

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 7 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 37 0.45
Larceny 234 2.81
Vehicle theft 5 0.06

Most Popular Fields of Study

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5105

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 828th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,450 $6,450 $18,630
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,890 $4,890 $5,580
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $378 $378 $807
FT Graduate Tuition $6,936 $6,936 $19,176
FT Graduate Required Fees $3,072 $3,072 $3,624
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $417 $417 $950
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,724 $23,724 $36,594
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,224 $24,224 $37,094
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,348 $15,348 $28,218

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,530 $10,890 $10,530 $10,890 $22,380 $23,220
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,114 $8,448
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,114 $8,448
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000 $4,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000 $4,100

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,055 (1,443 male / 2,612 female)
Admitted 3,299 (1,143 male / 2,156 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 1,111 (368 male / 743 female)
FT Enrollment 1,111 (368 male / 743 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,960

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big South Conference

ACT Test Admission

1024th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

890th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,982
Meals per Week999
Room Fee$5,856
Board Fee$3,020

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 4 60 27 3 3 866 25 1,011
Anthropology 2 12 15
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 5 6
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 27 30
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 1 50 1 57
Business Administration and Management, General 4 3 101 4 115
Chemistry, General 2 4 7
Computer Science 1 8 9
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 2 1 1 40 48
Economics, General 1 1 1 8 11
Education, General 10 3 1 116 132
English Language and Literature, General 2 38 2 45
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 3 3
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2 46 1 53
History, General 2 2 47 4 55
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 7 3 141 2 155
Mathematics, General 2 7 9
Physics, General 6 1 7
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 1 12 1 16
Psychology, General 1 8 3 39 2 54
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 22 2 25
Social Work 4 16 1 22
Sociology 3 1 16 21
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 43 2 49
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 11 11
Visual and Performing Arts, General 4 1 48 2 56

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1921st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,470 ($65,501 male / $58,669 female)
Number of FT Faculty 236 (114 male / 122 female)
Number of PT Faculty 286
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $5,631,144

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