Located in the heart of Virginia, Longwood University (LU) is a coeducational public institution offering more than 100 majors, minors and concentrations. Longwood combines the affordability of a state university with a private university experience.
Founded in 1839, the University is the third oldest public university in Virginia and home to approximately 5,000 students, inclusive of international students from more than 20 countries round the globe. Longwood University has 16 percent of all classes have 10 or fewer students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.
Longwood is also one of the few institutions in the United States that makes it a requirement for students to complete an internship prior to graduating or opt for faculty- directed research. Longwood graduates attend top universities to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees (Johns Hopkins, Stanford, University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, and more).And Longwood University business graduates find jobs in Fortune 500 companies, Wall Street, and international banking organizations to name a few.
A Place to Call Home
Freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing at Longwood.The University also has three off-campus managed apartment communities: Longwood Landings at Mid-Town Square, Longwood Village and Lancer Village. Some amenities and features in these apartments include private bedrooms (some with private baths), full kitchens (most with dishwashers), washer-dryer units, and large living areas. Two of these communities have fitness rooms, plus one has a swimming pool and a game room as well.
Hear From the Students
A few international students talk about their experience at Longwood:
“When I first arrived I felt so far from home. But it wasn’t long until I realized that Longwood felt like home. The small classes, caring professors, and friendly students made it a great place to study.”
“After growing up in Toronto, I had always heard the term ‘southern hospitality.’ After attending Longwood University, that phrase has come to have true meaning for me. Longwood was perhaps the best decision of my life. It gave me opportunities I would not have had at a larger institution.”
“I have made friends here that I will have forever…[Longwood] is like a big family.”