University of Lynchburg

the campus at night

“All of the students I talked to said Lynchburg was a place where you felt you should be involved. More than one of them said the whole attitude of the place had fostered independence and built their self-confidence.
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University of Lynchburg
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
434.544.8300 / 800.426.8101
⋅ 1,640 undergraduate and 913 graduate students
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 16
⋅ Approximately 35% of students are from out of state; students represent 50 states.
⋅ Approximately 63% of students are female and 37% are male.
⋅ Approximately 25% are people of color
⋅ Comprehensive Cost: $45,990
⋅ Average cost after aid: $24,000
⋅ 100% of students receive financial aid.

a red chair on the Lynchburg campus

a soccer game

Lynchburg University science center

Lynchburg Observatory

Lynchburg basketball players

  • The University of Lynchburg was founded in 1903 as an independent, coeducational, residential college, with historical and current relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that values and celebrates all faith traditions. Previously known as Lynchburg College, the name was changed to University of Lynchburg on July 1, 2018.
  • 250-acre campus located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia; 3 hours southwest of Washington, D.C., and 2 hours west of Richmond, Virginia.
  • U.S News & World Report ranked Lynchburg 21st among the South’s best regional universities, 23rd for Best Value, 62nd for social mobility, and 35th among Best Colleges for Veterans. The 2022 list also names Lynchburg one of the best Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the country.

Worth Noting
  • The University of Lynchburg is giving students a clear path from high school through graduate school with Direct Admit Pathway Programs. Each program offers first-year and transfer students a pathway to a Lynchburg graduate program as they complete specific requirements as an undergraduate. Pathways are available for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as master’s degrees in PA medicine, business administration, athletic training, science education, reading instruction, non-profit leadership and public health.
  • In 2021 the University of Lynchburg became the first college in Virginia to go carbon-neutral.
  • The University of Lynchburg is one of only 60 schools nationally recognized by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. The mission of the Bonner Leaders program is “to transform the lives of students and members, the life of their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership” by engaging students in ongoing, meaningful service work in non-profit settings. The Bonner Leaders program is just one of many opportunities that engage students in service and civic responsibility. Lynchburg students contribute more than 70,000 hours annually to a variety of service initiatives.
  • The stunning 72,000-square-foot Drysdale Student Center is designed to provide students with a special place for student activities and organizations, leadership development, a health and wellness center, and hub for community service opportunities. It also houses the Burton Dining Hall, a Green Restaurant-certified cafeteria that features local and organic food, plus vegan and gluten-free meal options.
  • Schewel Hall is a visually spectacular state-of-the-art academic building. Features of Schewel Hall, which stretches over 68,000 square feet and three floors, include a Bloomberg real-time trading room; specialized teaching-learning and focus-group settings for business students; and the Donovan Media Development Center, including  television and recording studios, desktop publishing and video projection equipment, and broadcast and print journalism facilities. The 250-seat Sydnor Performance Hall is used by students in music and also serves as a stunning site for a variety of concerts and other special events.
  • Westover Hall is a suite-styled residential hall featuring balconies and a rooftop terrace overlooking Shellenberger Field. It also includes administrative and learning spaces for the University’s thriving Westover Honors College, as well as residential learning communities for sophomores.
  • Claytor Nature Center, a 470-acre outdoor science laboratory with a new state-of-the-art research facility, is located 30 minutes from campus for environmental research as well as community partnerships in education. The University has expanded Claytor Nature Center to include a dome observatory that houses the 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope, an optical design also used in the Hubble Space Telescope. Students and faculty are now pursuing astronomical research in conjunction with other regional colleges and universities.
  • Students can apply using Lynchburg’s online application or the Common App. The University’s financial aid and scholarships make Lynchburg one of the most affordable colleges in Virginia.

Faculty & Academics
  • All classes are taught by professors; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 184 full-time faculty
  • 50 majors, 70+ minors, 15 pre-professional, 14 master’s, and 3 doctoral programs

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the Lynchburg website.

Actuarial Science
Africana Studies
Art (Emphases: Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Studio Art)
Biology Education
Biomedical Science
Business Administration
Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
Chemistry Education
Communication Studies (Emphases: Electronic Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Social Influence and Advocacy)
Computer Science
Earth Science Education
English Education
Environmental Science
Exercise Physiology
Financial Economics
Foreign Language Spanish Education
Health and Physical Education
Health Promotion
History and Social Studies Education
Intelligence Studies
International Relations and Security Studies
Liberal Arts Studies
Management (General, Human Resource)
Mathematics Education
Music (Emphases: Instrumental Performance, Liberal Arts, Vocal Performance)
Philosophy-Political Science
Political Science
Psychological Science
Religious Studies
Special Education — General Curriculum (K-12)
Sport Management
Statistics and Data Science
Sustainability Studies
Theatre (Emphases: Design, Technical, General, Performance)

Pre-Professional Programs
Engineering with the University of Virginia
Forestry and Wildlife
Library and Information Science
Medical (MD, DO)
Ministerial/Church-Related Occupation
Museum Studies
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant (PA)
Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Degrees
Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies
Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Arts in Non-Profit Leadership Studies
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Education in Educational Studies
Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership
Master of Education in PK-12 Administration and Supervision Education Leadership
Master of Education in Reading
Master of Education in School Counseling
Master of Education in Science Education
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Health Benefits Design and Health Informatics
Master of Physician Assistant (PA) Medicine
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Athletic Training

Campus Life
  • Housing is guaranteed all four years for undergraduates.
  • First-year students live in two designated residence halls with programming and events designed toward each student’s success.
  • The University offers students traditional residence halls, living-and-learning communities, townhouses, apartments, and even houses in a University-owned neighborhood adjacent to campus.
  • Lynchburg has earned over 184 ODAC titles, has 257 NCAA All-Americans, 114 national tournament appearances, one national championship, 10 individual national championships, four national runner-up teams, and 27 CoSIDA Academic All-American Athletes.
  • More than 60 student clubs and organizations, including intramural and club sports

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Old Dominion Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men and Women)
Beach Volleyball (Women)
Cheerleading (Men and Women)
Cross-country (Men and Women)
Equestrian (Men and Women)
Field Hockey (Women)
Golf (Men and Women)
Lacrosse (Men and Women)
Soccer (Men and Women)
Softball (Women)
Swimming (Men and Women)
Tennis (Men and Women)
Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) (Men and Women)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • 47% of the undergraduate Class of 2020 completed an internship.
  • 73% of the undergraduate Class of 2020 was employed within a year of graduation, while 23% enrolled in graduate school.
  • Lynchburg alumni have success in a wide range of careers and in pursuing graduate studies. For information about recent graduates, please read this and this.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average SAT composite score: 1070
  • Average ACT score: 23
  • Average GPA: 3.53
  • Test-optional for 2021-2022





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