Located in Jacksonville, Texas, Lon Morris College is the oldest two-year college in the Lone Star State. Originally founded in 1854, the school moved locations a few times before finally settling down in 1909 when R.A. Morris – known as Lon – gave his private estate to the school. In fact, it is the only school in eastern Texas to have survived the pre-civil war era.
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church owns the school, which focuses on liberal arts education in small classroom settings. The average student to faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for a lot more personal attention between teachers and the student body when compared to other, larger schools.
Since it is an institution of the United Methodist Church, Lon Morris College focuses a lot on the Christian community, allowing students to receive an academic education within a Christ-centered environment. Additionally, around 97% of the student body lives on campus and the majority of students are within the normal age range of college freshmen and sophomores.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Lon Morris College, allowing them to award associate degrees to all of their two-year graduates. Additionally, the University Senate of the United Methodist Church as well as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have approved the school.
Besides a wide slew of liberal arts majors ranging from acting to criminal studies, Lon Morris College also offers a Church Careers Program for anyone desiring to participate in religious vocation.
Because Lon Morris College focuses on personal attention between students and faculty, the actual student body is pretty small when compared to other two-year schools. The school averages around 300 to 350 students per year, but saw enrollment hit 1000 in the fall of 2009, setting a new school record.
Admission to Lon Morris College requires a completed application, a $35 fee and the submission of both a high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. If either standardized test has not been taken, the school allows applicants to take the Accuplacer test, which costs $50. Additionally, a health application must be submitted.
For students interested in taking college courses while still in high school, Lon Morris College offers the Concurrent Enrollment Program. The requirements for participation included a minimum “C” grade average as well as prior permission from a principal or advisor.
Applications can be submitted whenever; there is no official deadline.
Financial aid is available at Lon Morris College and any interested parties must first complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as any additional forms that the financial aid office may require. In fact, around 96% of students receive some form of financial aid.
Besides the traditional federal loans, the school also offers a variety of payment options as well as scholarships to help with tuition payments. Lon Morris College academic scholarships as well as departmental awards are available for all enrolled students. Additionally, work-study programs can be utilized to help cover school expenses.
Around 90% of the student body is from Texas and the majority of the students live on campus, in one of the four resident halls that the school provides. Additionally, the school offers lodges, cottages and houses that are located just off campus, since Lon Morris College has seen an influx in enrollment over the last few years.
Besides a strong foundation with the United Methodist Church, the school provides many additional services, associations and activities to ameliorate student life both on and off campus. Liberal arts specific clubs such as art and biology are offered as well as athletic inspired organizations as the LMC cheerleaders and the dance group. The Sigma Delta Phi fraternity house exists as well, offering students a taste of the Greek social life. Additionally, the school organizes numerous talent shows, festivals, fairs and formal dances for its students.
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With green and white covering the clothing and jerseys of all participants, Lon Morris College offers a slew of athletic endeavors for all enrolled students. Football, basketball, soccer and golf are just some of the seasonal sports offered year round at Lon Morris College.
Plus, whether it is the track and field team battling six other NCAA D-II and D-III teams or the men’s baseball team playing rival schools, local fans always come out to show their support to the Lon Morris College bearcats.