Lynchburg College
Lynchburg, VA

College Description
Founded in 1903, Lynchburg College is a nationally recognized private college in Virginia that offers students a challenging curriculum of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs combined with broad-based internships, study abroad, research, leadership, community service, and athletic opportunities. Students benefit from their engagement with faculty, staff, and alumni in a diverse community that leads to exemplary academic, social, personal, and spiritual growth. LC is one of only forty colleges included in the popular college guide Colleges That Change Lives.

Academic Life
Lynchburg College offers 39 majors, 52 minors, 13 pre-professional programs, 17 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in: accounting, art (graphic design or studio art), business administration, communication studies (convergent journalism, social influence, electronic media or public relations), economics (financial or general), English (literature or writing), French, history, international relations, management, marketing, music (instrumental or vocal education, instrumental or vocal performance), philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology (cultural studies, deviance and crime, human services), Spanish, sports management, and theater. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in: biology, biomedical science, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, exercise physiology, health promotion, human development and learning (elementary education or special education), mathematics, nursing, physics, and psychology.

Pre-professional and professional courses are available for students interested in careers in art therapy, dentistry, engineering, forestry and wildlife management, law, library science, medicine, ministry and ministry-related occupations, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. More than 1,000 internships are available locally, nationally, and internationally.

Graduate programs include doctoral degrees in physical therapy and leadership studies and master’s degrees in business, clinical mental health and school counseling, criminal justice leadership, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, educational studies, history, music, nonprofit leadership studies, nursing, physician assistant medicine, public health, reading, science education, and special education. A MS in athletic training is planned for fall of 2016. Selected graduate courses are offered online and in an executive weekend format.
Seven graduate certificate programs are offered in advanced counseling, applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorder, earth science, literacy studies, students with significant disabilities, and young children with developmental disabilities.

Lynchburg College has 171 full-time faculty members with 82 percent holding the doctorate or terminal degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Campus Life
LC’s student body numbers approximately 2,700 men and women from 37 states and nine foreign countries. There are 2,100 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students. The College community is largely residential, with approximately 75 percent of the full-time student body living on campus.

The 250-acre campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the South with 37 buildings of mostly Georgian Colonial style against a backdrop of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. A $12 million expansion and renovation of the Drysdale Student Center provides space for student activities, clubs, and organizations. Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall, a 67,000-square-foot classroom facility, is home to the School of Business and Economics, the Communication Studies Program, the Donovan Media Development Center, and modern languages programs. In addition, the facility benefits the community-at-large by providing a 250-seat auditorium with a performance stage for special events.

The LC community is a busy place, offering a wide variety of activities including service and honor organizations such as the national Bonner Leader Program; more than 100 clubs and organizations; three fraternities; seven sororities; and opportunities to participate in dramatic productions, student publications, religious activities, and musical performances. The Outdoor Leadership Program provides adventure-based leadership and team-building opportunities for individuals and groups. Community service is a distinguishing feature of Lynchburg College students, staff, and faculty, who last year contributed more than 70,000 volunteer hours to the community, earning the College a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Lynchburg College’s Claytor Nature Study Center provides an outdoor classroom and laboratory for hands-on, field-based environmental study and research. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford County, the Claytor Center was run as a farm from the late 1700s until the mid-1990s, when it was given to the college by the late A. Boyd Claytor III, a member of the LC Board of Trustees. The property has two small lakes, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, rare plants, formal gardens, a primitive campground, and three miles of hiking trails. Located at the Claytor Center is the Belk Astronomical Observatory, a 700-square-foot facility that boasts an RC Optical Systems 20-inch (0.51 meter) Truss Ritchey-Chrétien telescope. A 384-square-foot observation deck is equipped with 12 piers for mounting smaller telescopes.
The College’s Daura Gallery is the major repository of more than 1,000 works of Pierre Daura, the Catalan-American artist for whom the Gallery is named. Each year, The Daura Gallery features traveling exhibitions throughout the academic year and is the site for the Senior Art Show in which chosen student works are exhibited.

LC’s athletic program is diverse and includes 21 sports for men and women. The College participates in NCAA Division III and is a charter member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. In addition, the College supports several intramural and club sports for men and women.

Lynchburg College is located in central Virginia, 100 miles from Richmond, 180 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 50 miles east of Roanoke. Greater Lynchburg is a growing business and industrial center with a population of more than 240,000. The city is noted for its climate, culture, and historic landmarks. Community choral, orchestral, and theater groups present high quality performances and offer performance opportunities to interested individuals.

The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, the first artificial snowboard and ski slope in North America, offers year-round snowboarding and skiing. The LaHaye Ice Center provides an ice rink where the community can watch Division I hockey games and participate in public skate sessions and lessons. Nearby, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Smith Mountain Lake offer a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking on the Appalachian Trail, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, golf, biking, and tennis.

Total costs for resident students for the 2015-16 academic year are approximately $44,345 and include tuition, room and board, and student fees.

Financial Aid
Lynchburg College administers a financial aid program of more than $20 million and offers merit or demonstrated need scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000, renewable each year until the student graduates and maintains eligibility. More than 98 percent of the student body receives academic and/or need-based financial aid.

Admission Requirements
A candidate for admission to Lynchburg College should be a graduate of an approved secondary school with a minimum of 16 academic units or the equivalent, as shown by examination. It is required that the academic work include major emphases in the areas of English, foreign language, social science, natural sciences, and mathematics. An applicant must demonstrate above-average academic ability in all areas of study, as admission is competitive. A student must present satisfactory scores on the ACT or SAT (critical reading and math scores are used to determine admission decisions and merit scholarship awards). It is recommended that all students have a personal interview and visit the campus beginning the spring semester of their junior year or during their senior year. Enrollment Office hours during the academic year are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Application and Information
Early decision admission applications must be received by November 15. Notification of acceptance is made by December 15. All other applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants are notified of the status of their application usually within two to four weeks of the date their application file is completed.

For information, contact:
Sharon Walters-Bower, Director of Admissions
Phone: 434.544.8300 or 800.426.8101 (toll-free) Fax: 434-544-8653

Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501


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