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University of Lynchburg

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Description of University of Lynchburg

  • Age of students: from 18 years
  • Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
  • Founded: 1903 year
  • Type of institution: private university
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type: mixed.

The University of Lynchburg was founded as virginia's Christian College in 1903 by Dr. Josephus Hopwood, a pioneer of Christian co-education, and is one of the oldest co-educational institutions in Virginia. Lynchburg, an accredited homestay university, is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and with a tradition of welcoming people of all faiths and denominations.

Teachers at the University of Lynchburg are outstanding scholars and leaders in their disciplines. Of the 200 full-time teachers, 77% work on a full-time basis. The ratio of students to teachers is 10 to 1, which allows you to pay personal attention and conduct joint research of students and teachers.

The mission of the University of Lynchburg is to develop students with strong character and balanced views and prepare them to participate in a globally diverse society, to lead effectively in the civic, professional and spiritual aspects of life.

The University of Lynchburg provides its students with a wide range of thorough educational experiences implemented in several forms of study. Undergraduate programs are based on the humanities, complemented by professional training, and supported by the residential community. In addition, quality graduate programs meet the identified needs of the community, promote scholarships in the discipline, and advance students' career goals.

In support of its mission, the University of Lynchburg is an academic community that:

  • Contributes to the creation of a student environment,
  • Develops a breadth of knowledge related to liberal arts education,
  • Respects and supports diversity, equality and inclusion,
  • Appreciates and honors a variety of religious traditions,
  • Maintains close working relationships between faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.

Things to know about

The university has a long history of sportsmanship - more than 100 years, almost 200 titles at conferences and more than 240 all-American athletes.

The intercollegiate athletic program includes 25 teams (12 men's and 13 women's) in the NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Sports Conference (ODAC). The equestrian team participates in the Intercollegiate Association of Equestrian Exhibitions and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (winning the title in 2022), in addition to ODAC.

At Lynchburg, 100% of traditional first-year students receive financial aid, 100% also receive an academic award. The average financial aid package (scholarships, loans and work-study) is $35,611 .

Programs and prices, tuition fees in University of Lynchburg

Program name
All year round
from 34500.00 $ / year
from 34500.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 10710.00 $ / year
from 10710.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The university offers on-campus accommodation in six dormitories for all undergraduate students, including summer school students. Each dormitory has:

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Shared laundries
  • Shared toilets, separate bathrooms with a gender perspective
  • Full kitchens with oven, fridge, stove and microwave
  • Living rooms with flat-screen cable TVs.

Each room has a bed, chest of drawers, desk, wardrobe and Ethernet port for each resident. The beds are bunk and attic.

Each dormitory is connected to a wireless network that can be used in private rooms and common areas. Cable outlets are also installed in some rooms, but students are responsible for providing their own cables and network cords.

Dormitory options:

  • Freer Hall
  • Hundley Hall
  • Montgomery Hall
  • Shakelford Hall
  • Tate Hall
  • Westover Hall.

On-campus dining options offer a wide variety of meals: Tex-Mex takeaway (American-Mexican), pizza delivery, salads and a gastronomic bar, as well as almost limitless possibilities in the dining room. The Burton Dining Room is located in the Draisdale Student Centre: hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners, sandwiches, salads, soups and cereals are served daily.

Activities University of Lynchburg

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program provides men and women with the opportunity to participate in NCAA Division III and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) competitions in 22 sports. Lynchberg won 204 conference titles and trained 249 All Americans. In 2014, the women's soccer team won the NCAA Division III Championship, the first national team championship in Lynchburg's history. Lynchburg students can practice a variety of club sports.

Students can also spend their free time in the following organizations:

  • Academic clubs
  • Music and performing arts
  • Sports clubs.

Many groups hold information meetings at the beginning of each semester, they are open to any interested student.

  • Center for Spiritual Life

The Center for Spiritual Life (SLC) provides services and support to meet the spiritual needs of all students (in the field of religion).


  • The institution strives to promote the well-being of members of the university community in its many forms, working to strengthen a sense of community on campuses.
  • Students are provided with the programmes, advice, services and support necessary to successfully complete their studies at the University of Lynchburg.
  • In accordance with the traditions, the university reaffirms its commitment to a number of basic classical values in religion.
  • Students represent 44 countries of the world.
  • Of the 1850 undergraduate students, about 39% are men and 61% are women.
  • US News & World Report and Princeton Review recognize the institution as one of the best higher education institutions in the country – the institution has the status of "colleges that change lives."
  • The University of Lynchburg has gained a national reputation as an educational institution that offers quality educational opportunities, shaping the character and leadership abilities of all its students.
  • Here you can find 52 specialties of bachelor's degree, 16 pre-professional programs, 3 doctoral programs and 14 master's programs.
  • Students of the University of Lynchburg develop personal talents, knowledge and skills and upon graduation from the institute are fully prepared for a career.

Facilities and equipment at University of Lynchburg

The university is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 180 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 120 miles west of Richmond, the state capital. The beautifully landscaped campus, located on 264 acres, is considered a landmark, includes more than 40 buildings, many of which are built in the Georgian Revival style. The Graduate School of Medical Sciences building is within walking distance of the main campus and includes the Doctor of Physiotherapy and Master of Medicine PA programs.

The university is well equipped according to the best international standards. There are:

  • Claytor Center for the Study of Nature

The 470-acre nature reserve and educational center is located 24 miles west of the campus at the foot of the Otter Peaks. It includes a 7700-square-foot educational and research center, an eco-lodge for overnight stays for students, faculty, and visitors. The CNSC serves as a key location for field biology, environmental education, and research.

  • Bielka Astronomical Observatory

The Belk Observatory, located on the grounds of the Kleitor Center for Nature Studies, has a 177-square-foot dome that houses the 20-inch (0.51-meter) Truss Ritchey-Chrétien telescope from RC Optical Systems. The Margaret G.L. Gilbert Telescope is used by the Department of Physics for astronomy courses, for research by students and teachers.

The observatory is pleased to show students the night sky with one of the newest instruments, the 13.1-inch Dobson StarGazer Telescope. This instrument with a large aperture and field of view offers stunning views of the night sky.

  • Secondary telescopes

The observatory also contains six 8-inch Celestron CPC 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes for use in the pitched roof observatory and observation deck. These portable telescopes, ideal for observing the Moon and planets, for phenomena in deep space, are the main educational instruments of the observatory.

  • Water Quality Center

Provides educational and project services in the field of watershed management, researches water quality in the reservoir, river ecology, environmental health, sustainability and stormwater management.

  • Hebb Music Center

The Hebb Music Center is located on the lower level of the Snead Chapel. The various objects contained in Snidow Chapel and Hebb Music Center are:

  • Snidov Chapel with 450 seats
  • Helen Wood Concert Hall with 80 seats
  • Organ Reuter: 3-manual, 39 ranks
  • Macintosh Computer and Piano Lab
  • Music Education Resource Room (includes an extensive collection of recordings and a wide variety of resources for music education and teaching materials)
  • Music Office
  • Student training rooms (including 3 soundproof Wenger training rooms)
  • Choral Music Library
  • Instrumental Music Library
  • Tool storage room
  • Elliot and Roselle Shevel Hall.

Enrolment process

Applying is simple and free when applying online.

All applications are carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Accepted candidates are expected to provide the University of Lynchburg with official final transcripts. All admission decisions will be confirmed by final assessments.

  • Step 1: Send an application with the necessary information about the applicant

Deadlines: fall semester – June 1, spring semester – October 15.

  • Step 2: Send supporting materials for the application.

Send the application materials together with the paper version or separately by mail or e-mail.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

In order to enter the university, the following documents are required:

  • Official middle or high school transcripts

Include grades for all courses completed during each year of middle/high school

  • Official exam scores: TOEFL-IELTS-SAT
  • Bank statement on the availability of funds
  • Letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation from one of the high school teachers or another person may be required.

  • Composition

A 250-500-word essay is required explaining why you want to be educated in the United States and what goals you set for yourself.

  • Copy of passport

A photocopy of the first information page of the passport, on which biographical data are indicated.

  • An interview with a visiting counselor is highly recommended, but not required. The interview can be conducted by phone or Skype.

Scholarships University of Lynchburg

The University of Lynchburg offers five types of financial aid for graduate students:

  1. Scholarships for graduates
  2. Assistants for graduates
  3. Discount for in-service teachers
  4. Virginia Study Grant
  5. Federal loans.

Most alumni scholarships come from money provided to the university by donors or foundations to support graduate studies. The process of obtaining a scholarship for graduates is handled not by the Financial Aid Authority, but by the Office of Postgraduate Education.

Students can apply for any of the scholarships offered by the university.

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