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Longwood and its Programs


To transform capable men and women into citizen leaders, fully engaged in the world around them.

What is a Citizen Leader?

Citizen leaders are the bedrock of the democracy. They are the reasons communities thrive. They are the people who make the United States of America what it wants to be. They make our nation work. They care and they equip themselves with the tools to bring their caring to life in the world. A citizen leader effectively combines three components of a joy-filled life.

Citizen Leader Illustration

Education: The citizen leader is a life-long learner and stays connected to what is new in the world. Faculty are encouraged and rewarded for contributing to scholarship as well as for their service as teachers.

Values: Citizen leaders know their values and live by them. Honesty, equality, civility, duty and an appreciation of the differences among peoples are fundamental values. To these, the citizen leader adds the personal values that define him or her.

Service: The capstone of every great civilization has always been a commitment to serve others. It is a common precept of the world's great religions; it is one of the finest expressions of our humanity. To the citizen leader, service is not just an extracurricular activity.

Approved by the Board of Visitors
March 24, 2007


The University will be a first choice institution renowned for developing the power of citizen leadership in its students for the benefit of the greater community.

Approved by the Longwood Board of Visitors
June 15, 2007


Longwood University is located in historic Farmville, Virginia - 65 miles west of Richmond and Petersburg, 48 miles east of Lynchburg, and 60 miles south of Charlottesville. U.S. Highways 15 and 460 intersect in town. Commercial bus systems provide service to the town.

Farmville is a growing college town with a population of 7,000; it is the business and education center of the area. Located in and near town are churches, hotels, motels, a country club, a municipal airport, and a community hospital. Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts college for men, is five miles south of the campus. Many points of historic and recreational interest are within a short distance of Farmville, including Appomattox Courthouse and National Historical Park, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, Holliday Lake State Park, Poplar Hill Golf Club, and the National

D-Day Memorial in Bedford. The nationally known Lee's Retreat Civil War Trail and the new Civil Rights in Education Heritage trail pass through Farmville.


Longwood University, a pioneer first in private and later in public education, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Longwood was founded on March 5, 1839, when the Farmville Female Seminary Association was incorporated by the General Assembly of Virginia.

In the succeeding years the increasing prosperity of the Farmville Female Seminary led the stockholders to expand the seminary into a college, and the Farmville Female College was incorporated in 1860. On April 7, 1884, the State of Virginia acquired the property of the Farmville Female College, and in October of the same year the Normal School opened with 110 students enrolled. This was the first state institution of higher learning for women in Virginia.

With the passage of the years, the Normal School expanded its curriculum and progressed through a succession of names. It became the State Normal School for Women in 1914, the State Teachers College at Farmville in 1924, Longwood College in 1949, and Longwood University in 2002.

Longwood was first authorized to offer a four-year curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education in 1916. It was authorized to offer the Bachelor of Arts in 1935, the Bachelor of Science in 1938, a curriculum in business education the same year, courses leading to a degree in music education in 1949, and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1976. In 1978, Longwood was authorized to offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and in 1981, the Bachelor of Music. In 1954, graduate programs were authorized. Longwood became fully coeducational in June 1976.


The campus of Longwood University has seen dramatic improvements over the past few years with the completion of major construction and campus beautification projects. Brock Commons, a beautiful pedestrian promenade named after benefactors Macon and Joan Brock (Class of 1964), was officially opened on April 24, 2004. Brock Commons has become the central focal point for Longwood, uniting the campus community around a safe, pedestrian-friendly environment, while creating an outdoor, collegial ambiance for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Near the center of Brock Commons is the two-story, 60,000-square-foot Dorrill Dining Hall, named for former Longwood President William F. Dorrill, located across from the Lankford Student Union. This multi-purpose facility, with its curved, colonnaded portico overlooking Iler Field, is the first building on campus to utilize geothermal heating and cooling. The flexible interior design provides space for banquets, meetings, and special events along with a Grand Dining Room seating 500 and an arcade seating an additional 700.

Adjacent to Brock Commons are broad lawns, five NCAA tennis courts, four athletic fields, and numerous late-20th century buildings, including the Greenwood Library, named for former Longwood President Janet D. Greenwood, the Lankford Student Union, residence halls, and various academic facilities. The University has six auditoriums ranging in size from 150 seats to 1,227.

Willett Hall, named for former Longwood President Henry I. Willett Jr., is a health, physical education, and recreation complex located on Brock Commons. It has a newly-renovated gymnasium with 1,720 seats; a complete weight-training laboratory; a 25-meter pool with a one-meter board, underwater lighting, and observation window; a 350-seat natatorium; a modern dance studio with a floating floor and staging capacity; and one of the state's best-equipped laboratories for the study of human performance as it relates to exercise, sports, health, and the arts. A 3,000-square foot addition to Willett Hall will house a new Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation facility for the Health, Recreation, and Kinesiology programs.

Lancaster Hall houses the President's Office and the offices of Administration and Finance, University Advancement, and Student Affairs, which includes financial aid, housing, and the ID center.

Longwood's signature building, Ruffner Hall with its beautiful Rotunda, was rededicated on April 23, 2005 and replicates the university's most beloved building, dating to the 1880s, which burned on April 24, 2001 while undergoing a $12 million renovation.

The original eight paintings on the interior of the Rotunda dome, created in 1905 by the Italian-born artist Eugene D. Monfalcone of Richmond, have been returned to the dome following an extensive restoration that was underway prior to the fire. The historic Joan of Arc statue, known affectionately as "Joanie on the Stony" was also restored recently and returned to its place of honor on the main floor beneath the Rotunda. The bigger-than-life sculpture is a reproduction of the famous 1870 original created by French sculptor Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu. The statue was a gift of the Class of 1914 and symbolizes Joan of Arc as the patron saint of Longwood.

Ruffner Hall was reconstructed in the classic style based on the original blueprints and drawings from the state archives in Richmond. The 83,143-square-foot building houses 22 classrooms, four academic departments and the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies.

A new four-story Science Center opened on December 6, 2005. The 70,822-square-foot facility includes 23 classrooms and laboratories, 47 faculty offices and additional research space for both undergraduate and graduate research projects. The new building features a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled environment, with safety ventilation systems and hazardous materials safeguards along with a high-tech infrastructure for classrooms, laboratories, and distance learning facilities. A greenhouse and herbarium, housing the world's largest collection of Virginia plant specimens, are located on the roof.

A new, multi-faceted Health and Fitness Center opened in August 2007. Located on Main Street, adjacent to Frazer Residence Hall, the 74,683-square-foot, two-and-a-half story facility features a wide range of amenities including an indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts, a climbing wall, work-out rooms, juice bar, and the latest weight, exercise and training equipment.

Nearly 1,000 students reside among three campus-managed apartment communities-Longwood Landings at Mid-Town Square, Longwood Village, and Lancer Village. Some of the amenities and features of the apartments are: private bedrooms (some with private baths), full kitchens (most with dishwashers), washer/dryer units, large living areas, high-speed Internet, and cable television. Two of the three communities have fitness rooms and swimming pools and one has a hot tub, a tanning bed, and a game room.

Longwood Landings at Mid-Town Square, which opened in August 2006, is a residential village that includes four, four-story buildings with the top three floors dedicated to student housing and the ground floor devoted to leased retail space. Longwood students occupy 96 four-bedroom and 24-single-bedroom apartments. Retailers include Barnes & Noble, which operates Longwood's bookstore and includes a Starbucks Café.

Not far from campus students can enjoy the facilities at Longwood Estate which feature a new complex of athletic fields for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, along with a nine-hole golf course. The President's home, Longwood House, is situated on the Estate.

The College Year

The college year consists of a regular session, including two semesters of 15 weeks each, and a summer session. The summer session for undergraduate students consists of two four-week terms and one three-week term. The graduate summer session consists of two four-week terms. The summer session makes it possible for an undergraduate student to complete a degree program in three calendar years as compared to the traditional four academic years generally required to complete such a program. Both undergraduate and graduate classes during the summer are scheduled for five days a week.

Summer Session

Longwood welcomes a variety of students to its summer sessions by offering basic courses and advanced courses in the majors in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Specialized instruction is also available through a broad range of intensive course offerings.

Registration procedures for summer sessions are published on Longwood's Website, which is usually available in early February.


Commencement is held once a year, in May. Students completing a degree program in August or December may participate in the following May commencement.

Graduating seniors must buy from the college bookstore the caps, gowns, and hoods required for commencement exercises.

Longwood's Honor System

A strong tradition of honor is fundamental to the quality of living and learning in the Longwood community. The Honor System was founded in 1910, and its purpose is to create and sustain a community in which all persons are treated with trust, respect, and dignity. Longwood affirms the value and necessity of integrity in all intellectual and community endeavors. Students are expected to assume full responsibility for their actions and to refrain from lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarism.

Upon entering Longwood, students sign the Honor Pledge:

I, .........................................having a clear understanding of the basis and spirit of the Honor Code created and accepted by the student body of Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, pledge myself to govern my life at Longwood according to its standards and to accept my responsibility for helping others to do so, and with sensitive regard for my institution, to live by the Honor Code at all times and to see that others do likewise.