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Lynchburg College

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In 1903 in Lynchburg, Virginia, ministers of the Christian Church approached Dr. Josephus Hopwood about presiding over a newly founded college. In Lynchburg, a large recreational resort had just gone bankrupt, and the remaining building was for sale. This building makes up part of the current campus of Lynchburg College. Lynchburg College, a private college, still maintains its religious association with the Christian Church.

At its founding, the board of the college was determined to create a school that would focus on a liberal arts foundational education, and this traditional educational structure remains intact today. With over forty majors offered, Lynchburg College has grown from a tiny educational institution of a mere fifty students to a medium private college with an average attendance of well over two thousand.

The school is very active in the community and operates eight distinct volunteer centers that draw over 25,000 student and faculty volunteers each year. This attitude toward community outreach and service has formed a very positive image of Lynchburg College in the city of Lynchburg and the surrounding areas.


A private school with a liberal arts focus, Lynchburg College is devoted to seeing that its students receive a high quality, affordable education that will expose them to history, music, art, language and the sciences. Students may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in over thirty majors and forty minors and may even opt to enroll in Lynchburg College’s dual degree programs. Students who enroll in these programs will receive a double major in only four years.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree, many students opt to continue their education at Lynchburg College through its master’s degree programs. With four distinct master’s programs in art, business, nursing-related science and education, students who enroll in these programs will exit Lynchburg College as some of the highest-educated individuals in their respective fields. Many students choose to extend their education from four to six years to achieve a master’s degree and enter the career field with a considerable advantage.

The Westover Honors Program at Lynchburg College is one of the most advanced and unconventional honors course structures in the United States. With unconventional teaching methods, exploratory instruction, and an individualized approach to education, the honors program provides its students with a competitive edge in education. Students who graduate from Lynchburg College with honors are uniquely prepared to succeed in the outside world.

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The application process is simple and inexpensive at Lynchburg College. Students who apply for admittance into the school using the online form are exempt from paying the application fee. Students who do not wish to fill out the application online can apply by mail or directly in the Admissions Office at Lynchburg College.

When applying for admission, students must include an official copy of their high school transcript and an official documentation of their SAT or ACT scores. Both standardized tests are acceptable at Lynchburg. In addition to these necessary documents, students are encouraged to submit a few additional items when applying. A personal letter of recommendation from an academic source such as a high school principal, teacher or guidance counselor is beneficial. Students may also wish to submit a character reference from a pastor, youth minister, or volunteer-work supervisor. Students are also encouraged to submit a typed essay and visit the campus at least once before applying.

Financial Aid

Lynchburg College is a private institution determined to provide an affordable education to all hopeful students. After a student is accepted to Lynchburg, he or she can either apply for financial aid online or visit the Financial Aid office on campus for assistance in securing financial aid. Students must fill out the FAFSA in order to be eligible for government funded aid. Students may also apply for private scholarships and loans. A wealth of information about financial aid is available through the helpful staff at Lynchburg College.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2349th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Virginia.


Students are always encouraged to get involved with the countless events occurring on campus all the time. Lynchburg College is proud of the activities offered by faculty members and by students for young adults from all social, economic and religious backgrounds. Students can participate in outdoor excursions such as hiking trips, spelunking expeditions, scuba diving courses or tree climbing classes.

Intramural and club sports are also very popular on campus. With ten different chapters of the Greek club experience, students can join a fraternity or sorority and participate in fun sporting events with their club brothers and sisters. Students who choose not to join a club can still participate in intramural activities.

Political and social clubs are very prevalent on campus. Students can join these clubs to learn about current events, debate hot topics and expand their worldview. Nonviolent protests and benefits are organized by students each month to raise awareness about important topics.

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Local Community

Lynchburg, Virginia is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and offers students a wide array of cultural and ecological opportunities. The Blue Ridge Mountains are famed for their quaint and awe-inspiring beauty. Campgrounds, hiking trails, horse trails, fishing, rafting, and canoeing are just a few of the outdoor activities offered very near the Lynchburg College campus. Students often take trips to the mountains on the weekend to escape the monotony of classroom life.

Lynchburg itself is a very historical city. The city is not a part of any county or localized government other than the government of Lynchburg. It was the only city in Virginia to avoid capture by the Union army during the years of American civil war. It is the fifth largest city in the state of Virginia and is large enough to include several live theater venues, concert venues, shopping centers, fine dining establishments, city parks, golf courses, and much more with regard to entertainment possibilities.

Lynchburg is also relatively close to the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. Students at Lynchburg College often go on class-related field trips or pleasure trips to this incredible city. Washington, D.C. offers historical and political tours of the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the White House while simultaneously offering exciting night life and dining experiences.


  • Brennan, Shannon. “Ten Years and Counting.” LC Magazine Spring 2011: 26-29. Print.
  • Brennan, Shannon. “Volunteerism.” LC Magazine Fall 2010: 22. Print.
  • Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. LC, 2011. Web. 14 May 2011. <http://www.lynchburg.edu>.

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Ranks 13th in Virginia and 413th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.18
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 16 0.57

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 181 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 22 0.03
Robbery 72 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 515 0.67
Larceny 1,855 2.43
Vehicle theft 99 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population25,327 (22,648 urban / 2,679 rural)
Households10,510 (2.27 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,399
Families6,098 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Congressional District5106

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 431st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,620 $32,620 $32,620
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $945 $945 $945
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $450 $450 $450
FT Graduate Tuition $8,100 $8,100 $8,100
FT Graduate Required Fees $92 $92 $92
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $450 $450 $450
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $44,695 $44,695 $44,695
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $38,265 $38,265 $38,265
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,265 $35,265 $35,265

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,805 $32,005 $30,805 $32,005 $30,805 $32,005
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,380 $8,680
On-Campus – Other Expenses $900 $1,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,380 $8,680
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $400 $700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,200 $2,500

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,695 (2,192 male / 3,503 female)
Admitted 3,627 (1,373 male / 2,254 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 512 (211 male / 301 female)
FT Enrollment 512 (211 male / 301 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,713

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

930th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

827th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1110

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 Capacity1,750
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,580
Board Fee$4,500

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 11 62 14 6 5 455 35 588
Accounting 1 3 2 11 17
Art/Art Studies, General 2 1 13 1 17
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 7 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 15 16
Biomedical Sciences, General 8 3 11
Business Administration and Management, General 1 6 27 1 35
Chemistry, General 5 5
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2 2 8 1 13
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 6 8
Counseling Psychology 2 1 3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 5 6
Criminology 6 1 12 1 20
Curriculum and Instruction 1 3 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 1 3
Economics, General 1 1 3 5
Economics, Other 1 4 5
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 3 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 2 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 25 2 32
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 17 1 20
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science 1 9 1 11
Exercise Physiology 1 1 1 13 4 20
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 7 1 8
History, General 13 13
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 2 4
International Relations and Affairs 2 4 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 3 4
Mathematics, General 2 1 4 1 8
Music, General 1 12 1 14
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 9 1 10
Philosophy 2 2
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 7 9
Psychology, General 5 1 17 2 25
Public Health Education and Promotion 6 1 18 1 26
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 6 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 32 1 35
Religion/Religious Studies
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 4 1 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Sociology 2 15 3 20
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 1 5 1 11
Special Education and Teaching, Other 2 2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 1 1 1 31 4 42
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 19 20
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1 42 1 45

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1777th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,737 ($67,746 male / $59,470 female)
Number of FT Faculty 182 (86 male / 96 female)
Number of PT Faculty 182
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $4,627,166

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