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Longwood receives record number of deposits from prospective students

May 9, 2011

Ruffner Building

Longwood University has received a record 1,092 deposits from prospective freshmen seeking to enroll at Longwood for the 2011 fall semester. The previous record was set in 2008 when 1,072 deposits were received by May 5. In addition, a record number of visitors have toured the campus recently, including 1,048 students and parents who attended an open house for accepted students on April 9.

"It is no surprise that Longwood continues to grow given the exceptional academic, leadership, and social opportunities available to students," said Longwood President Patrick Finnegan.  "These were among the qualities that attracted me when I considered serving as President.  That being said, this increase is in accordance with our strategic growth plan, which will still allow us to offer small classes and provide the individual attention that makes us unique among most public colleges."  President Finnegan became president in July 2010 after serving as Dean of the Academic Board at West Point from 2005 to June 2010.

In recognition of Governor McDonnell's emphasis on providing access to higher education to more Virginians, Longwood's prospective students represent all areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia with 25 percent from Northern Virginia, 22 percent from the Richmond area, 22 percent from the Hampton Roads area, and 28 percent from other regions of the state. Three percent of the prospective students are from out of state.

"The increase in freshmen deposits is a clear indication that more students want to take advantage of our smaller classes," said Bob Chonko, dean of admissions.  "Our decade-old internship and undergraduate research requirement provides real-life, hands-on experience to a student's degree and an extraordinary number of co-curricular activities provide many opportunities for personal growth."

Approximately 24 percent of the freshmen have indicated their intent to enroll in majors related to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This includes 42 new students who will enroll in Longwood's nursing program, which was launched in fall 2009. The program currently enrolls 74 students and will graduate its first class in 2013.

The Cormier Honors College also has its highest number of paid deposits with 53 prospective students seeking to enter the program. Deposits from students seeking to transfer to Longwood from other institutions are also running higher than most years and transfer applications are still being accepted.  

Founded in 1839, Longwood is a state-assisted, co-educational university, offering students a choice of more than 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations.  Graduate programs include business, education, English, sociology and communication sciences and disorders. For the past 13 years Longwood University has ranked among the best in the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" survey. In August 2010, Longwood ranked ninth in the category "Top Public Universities-Master's" in the South.

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