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Class of 2015

Largest. Class. Ever.

Longwood welcomes record number of new freshmen

Longwood University welcomes the largest freshman class in its history this fall. The class of 2015 is expected to number approximately 1,090, an 8 percent increase over last year's freshman class and a 4 percent increase over the previous largest class in 2008.

The size of the class is even more impressive considering that the number of freshmen who were accepted was down 5 percent compared to last year.

Also noteworthy - the 12 percent increase in males in this year.

"We've got a lot of momentum," said Sallie McMullin, interim dean of admissions. "The world is waking up to what we've known here for a long time: incredible academic opportunities, a beautiful campus in a two-college town and a student body that's proud to call Longwood home. It creates an ideal environment for higher education success."

When freshmen moved in on August 18, they weren't strangers to the university. They participated in an  orientation program in June and interacted with the Longwood community through  an on-line program, called "1839" (the year Longwood was founded), which gives new students a clear picture of the academic, community and social experience at Longwood - before they get to campus.

"The program covers everything from academic preparation to social integration to what it's like to live in Farmville," said Sarah Whitley, director of first year experience at Longwood. "It's a great introduction to the Longwood family and allows new students to meet some of their classmates."

It's no surprise that more than 100 current Longwood students volunteer to welcome and help new students get settled on campus when they move in. The "movers and shakers" step up every year to kick off the freshman college experience with friendly, welcoming excitement.

"Things are so positive here; you can't help but feel good about being a part of Longwood," said McMullin. "We're going to have a great year."

For more details about the class of 2015 and the move-in day experience, view the official news release.

For more move-in photos, view the album on Facebook.