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2008 News Releases

Longwood expects record freshman class

June 5, 2008

Peer Mentors assists students and parents during check-in in Greenwood Library. Peer Mentors assist students and parents during check-in in Greenwood Library.

Longwood University, which recently kicked-off a series of five orientation and registration programs for new students, is expecting a record number of freshmen to enroll for the 2008-09 academic year. To date 1,088 students have submitted deposits for the fall 2008 semester.  That total represents 100 more students than last year’s freshman class of 988.

"Following several years of double-digit application increases, Longwood will enroll approximately 100 more freshmen in fall 2008 than in fall 2007," said Bob Chonko, dean of admissions. "The increase is a clear indication that more students want to take advantage of the learning environment and opportunities available at Longwood." 

The incoming freshmen are academically competitive, multicultural, and geographically diverse with students representing 16 states from Florida to Wisconsin, and Washington to New Hampshire.  Internationally, Longwood is attracting students from more than a dozen countries from China to Germany next year.  "With over 90 percent of the class from Virginia, every region of the Commonwealth will be represented on campus," said Chonko.

Enhanced campus facilities, including a new 75,000 square-foot Health and Fitness Center, two recently renovated residence halls, and three unique off-campus housing options for upper-class students, are among the many physical improvements and additions Longwood considered as it prepared for expanded residential growth.

Twenty-three Peer Mentors serve on Longwood's Summer Team for Orientation.Twenty-three Peer Mentors serve on Longwood's Summer Team for Orientation.

Sarah Whitley, a 2002 graduate of Longwood, is director of the First Year Experience program which organizes the orientation and registration sessions for freshmen and transfer students. "We are experiencing record attendance for orientation and registration programs for our first-year students," said Whitley.  "Nearly 1,000 of the 1,088 deposited students have attended one of the five sessions held in May and June.  An average of 225 students and 400 family members have attended each of the five sessions. The growth of the orientation and registration program and the increase in freshman enrollment is quite exciting for both the Office of First Year Experience and Longwood."


An extended orientation session titled New Lancer Days will be held for all new students in August.  These sessions will provide new students with an opportunity to meet fellow classmates, develop friendships with upper-class student leaders, and learn about valuable campus resources.