Lord Fairfax Community College is a three-campus public institution established in 1970, serving the Shenandoah and Piedmont regions of Northern Virginia. A total of eight counties are served by LFCC on campuses at Fauquier and Middletown, as well as the Luray-Page County Center. Besides offering associate degrees in many different subjects, LFCC also offers certificates and workforce preparation programs. More than 7500 students enroll in credit courses every year.
Lord Fairfax CC receives its accreditation to award associate degrees from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (404-679-4500). In addition, LFCC belongs to the American Association of Community Colleges.
With over 75 associate degree programs and certificates available, students have a wide range of options on which to build an education at LFCC. For students who wish to start working immediately upon completion of a two-year program, they can pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Degrees are awarded in Administrative support Technology; Business, with options in Accounting and Management; Engineering, Construction and Industrial, with General Engineering and Civil Engineering as a focus; Information System Technology, with specializations in Database and Software Development, Network Engineering or Web Applications Development; and Nursing.
Additionally, students who wish to begin a 4-year degree program to be completed at a baccalaureate institution can get a start at LFCC. Associate of Arts and Sciences Degrees in Business Administration, Education, General Studies, Science and Liberal Arts (with specializations in Communication, Fine Arts and Philosophy/Religion).
Dozens of certificate programs are also offered at LFCC, in specializations as varied as Office Systems Assistant, HVAC Technology, Real Estate Sales and Nursing Assistant. The Distance Learning program allows students to take classes off-campus and manage their own schedule.
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The admissions process at Lord Fairfax CC will vary depending on the student’s program of choice. All students will begin by completing a general application online. Next, students will take a placement test, which can be bypassed if SAT scores are turned into the admissions office. Regardless, placement tests in math, writing and reading are required. If LFCC standards are not met, students may have to complete additional courses prior to attending college classes.
Applicants to programs in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology will involve a more rigorous application process. A background check may be required (for the EMS Program) or the demonstration of proficiency in the sciences (e.g., Nursing). Check the applications online for full details.
Financial aid is available to both full-time and part-time students at Lord Fairfax Community College. Students should register for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online and receive a PIN number. Federal aid in the form of grants and scholarships is available. In addition, students may qualify for a low-interest loan subsidized by the federal government or a PLUS loan for parents of students attending LFCC. Work-study opportunities may also be available.
To qualify for scholarships from LFCC, there is an additional application online. Applicants must also authorize the release of transcripts. Deadlines for scholarship applications are in mid-October and mid-March, depending on the semester students plan to begin classes.
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Student life at Lord Fairfax CC can be as active or as quiet as a student wishes. Each of the three campuses has a number of activities for students. Besides athletics programs, students can be active in the Anglo-Celtic Club, the Fine and Performing Arts Club, the History Club or the Rotoract Club. In addition, student government groups, the Forensics Society, the Scientific Society the Student Dental Hygienists Association and other groups are open to students interested. Greek societies include Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa.
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Lord Fairfax’s has a number of athletic programs for students. Men’s and women’s basketball programs are new to the school in 20009, joining men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, flag football and volleyball on the list of athletic programs. Known as the Lord Fairfax Cannons, the school’s impressive efforts to introduce new programs in the midst of a budget crunch was noted by the Northern Virginia Daily. Students wishing to enhance their educational experience by taking part in athletics can do so as a result of these efforts.