Lynchburg College: Narrative Description

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1501 Lakeside Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501-3199
Tel: (434)544-8100
Free: 800-426-8101
Admissions: (434)544-8300
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 214-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $62.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7849 per student. Total enrollment: 2,248. Faculty: 209 (133 full-time, 76 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,700 applied, 74% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 74% from top half. Full-time: 1,839 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 95 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 13 other countries, 36% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 8% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 19% 25 or older, 81% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Tri-College Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $27,885 includes full-time tuition ($22,640), mandatory fees ($245), and college room and board ($5000). College room only: $2900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $325 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 56 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Association of Commuter Students, Omicron Delta Kappa, Ski and Snowboarding Club, Kappa Delta, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Turkey Bowl, Sibs-n-Kids Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,496 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Knight-Capron Library with 287,601 books, 12,909 microform titles, 636 serials, 9,360 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $711,329. 217 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Founded in 1786, Lynchburg is rich in history. It is a modern community with diversified industry in a traditional, handsome setting. Although it has a metropolitan area population of 150,000, Lynchburg maintains intimate contact with the countryside since it is very near the Blue Ridge Mountains and is in the center of perhaps the most historic of states. Washington, D.C., is less than 4 hours away, Williamsburg approximately 3, and Richmond about 2 1/2. The area provides excellent climate, convenient shopping, and many cultural opportunities. There is an active Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and professional musical and theatrical groups visit. Some of the 7 colleges in the area also present fine arts programs.

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