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
⋅ 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 16
⋅ Approximately 35% of students are from out of state; students represent 35 states and 15 countries.
⋅ Approximately 60% of students are female and 40% are male.
⋅ Comprehensive Cost: $46,990
⋅ 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

  • University of Lynchburg was founded in 1903 as a selective, independent, coeducational, residential college, with historical and current relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination which 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 as 22nd for best regional universities, 19th for Best Value, and 61st for social mobility.

Worth Noting
  • University of Lynchburg is giving students a more clear path from high school through graduate school with Direct Admit Pathway Programs. Each program offers freshman 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 and master’s degree in PA medicine, business administration, athletic training, science education, reading instruction, non-profit leadership and public health.
  • University of Lynchburg joins a group of only 215 colleges/universities in the United States that offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Each class of 50 students will study and research in a new 37,000 square foot facility that rivals any other facility in the US, and includes a high-tech anatomy lab for cadaver dissections, two instructional labs for hands-on practice and research labs for motion analysis and other experiments.
  • Our First Year Experience program, the Connections Program, recognized by the National Academic Advising Association continues to successfully guide new students through the college transition process. This program provides each freshman with an upperclass student mentor and groups meet weekly through the first semester of enrollment.
  • 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 which engage students in service and civic responsibility. In addition to the service work through the Bonner program, Lynchburg students contribute more than 70,000 hours annually to a variety of service initiatives.
  • The stunning $12-million Doug & Elaine Hadden Drysdale Student Center opened fall of 2014. This 72,000 square foot expansion connects to the Burton Dining Hall and was 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 opportunties.
  • Schewel Hall is a 68,000 square foot state-of-the-art academic building, which is visually spectacular! Features of Schewel Hall include the following: a Bloomberg real time trading room; specialized teaching-learning and focus group settings for business students; and the Donovan Media Development Center, which includes 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 special events.
  • Westover Hall is a new suite-styled residential hall featuring balconies and a rooftop terrace overlooking Shellenberger Field. It also includes administrative and learning spaces for our thriving Westover Honors College as well as residential learning communities for sophomores.
  • Claytor Nature Study 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 the Claytor Nature Study 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.
  • In recent years, the number of applications has doubled due to the different opportunities for students to apply to Lynchburg. Students can apply using Lynchburg’s online application, Common App, and Coalition Application. 100% of our students receive financial aid and scholarships.

Faculty & Academics
  • 82% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; all classes are taught by professors; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 186 full-time faculty
  • 53 majors, 66 minors, and 13 pre-professional, 15 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: Graphic Design or Studio)
Biomedical Science
Business Administration
Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
Communication Studies (Emphases: Communication and Social Influence, Convergent Journalism, Electronics Media, Public Relations)
Computer Science
Data Science and Statistics
Economics (Emphases: Financial or General)
English (Emphases: Literature or Writing)
Environmental Science
Exercise Physiology
Health and Physical Education
Health Promotion
History (Emphases: American or European)
Human Resource Management
Intelligence Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education (Emphases: Elementary Education or Special Education)
Liberal Arts as a Music emphases
Liberal Arts Studies
Music (Emphases: Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Education, or Vocal Performance Education)
Philosophy-Political Science
Political Science
Psychological Science
Religious Studies
Secondary Education as an Interdisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education
Sociology (Emphases: Cultural Studies, Deviance and Crime, or Human Services)
Sport Management
Statistics and Data Science
Sustainability Studies
Theatre (Emphases: Design/Technical Theatre, General Theatre, or Performance)
Therapy and Education for Art emphases

Pre-Professional Programs
Art Therapy
Forestry and Wildlife
Library Science
Ministerial/Church-Related Occupation
Museum Studies
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant (PA)
Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Degrees
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership: Higher Education
Educational Leadership: PK-12
Educational Studies
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: Counselor 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
PA Medicine
Science Education
Special Education

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.
  • Lynchburg has earned over 200 ODAC titles, has 251 NCAA All-Americans, 107 national tournament appearances, one national championship, 10 individual national championships, four national runner-up teams, and 22 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Athletes.
  • Approximately 100 student clubs and organizations, including intramural and club sports

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Old Dominion Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men and 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
  • Lynchburg alumni have gone on to more than 110 graduate schools.
  • 94% of Lynchburg alumni are employed within two years of graduation.
  • 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: 3.4
  • Test-optional for 2021-2022
  • Total Enrollment for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    Black-Identified: 307
    LatinX: 174
    Asian: 63
    International Students: 32
    Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 86