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Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Earn your bachelor’s degree from Longwood University without leaving your hometown.

Classes are offered at Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, Va. Transfer to Longwood University with your associate’s degree and complete your bachelor’s degree in about two years.

Two programs of study are available:

Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies Elementary Education

Liberal Studies is a cross-disciplinary major for the generalist. Most students who choose Liberal Studies are preparing to be elementary or middle school teachers, and the various tracks of this major prepare students for teaching licensure at one or both of those levels.

The Longwood University Difference

  • On-site classes at SVCC, supportive faculty and individual assistance help students succeed.
  • Student teaching gives students real-world experience in the classroom.
  • Graduates are licensed to teach grades PreK-6 and are highly sought after by Virginia public schools for teaching positions.
  • Financial aid is available.

View a sample off-site course schedule.

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

The social work program prepares graduates for first-level professional social work careers as generalist practitioners in a variety of areas.

  • On-site classes at SVCC, supportive faculty and individual assistance help students succeed.
  • Guided field instruction experiences promote the delivery of effective services to diverse populations.
  • Graduates are prepared to become generalist practitioners who represent and empower oppressed individuals, groups and communities.
  • Financial aid is available.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

Prospective students will apply to Longwood University as transfer students. Applications will be evaluated by the Longwood admissions office on an individual basis.

Graduate Admission

Prospective graduate students must minimally hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a valid teaching license.  Complete graduate applications are evaluated on an individual basis by the respective program faculty.


Annual Safety Report

To download a copy of Emporia's Annual Safety Report, click on the link below:
2012 Annual Safety Report.


Sarah Jane Poarch of Emporia

Sarah J. Poarch receiving certificate and pin

Sarah Jane Poarch (right) receives certificate and Pre-Service Teacher Pin from Dr. Peggy Tarpley, Department Chair of Education and Special Education (left) at Longwood University.

Sarah Jane Poarch of Emporia received her Pre-Service Teacher Longwood University Pin on Thursday, September 27, at Longwood University in Farmville.

The pinning ceremony recognizes students' admission into the Teacher Education and field work stage of the Liberal Studies Elementary Education degree program.

The pin serves as identification as Longwood students begin their clinical field experiences in Virginia PreK-6th grade schools.

Sarah is the first student to advance to this stage from Longwood's Emporia program located at the Southside Virginia Education Center.



Additional Information

Liberal Studies program link.

Office of Professional Services


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees vary by the term (Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter Intersession), the level of the class (undergraduate or graduate), the class location (on-campus, off-campus or online) and by residency status (in-state or out-of-state). For additional information on calculating tuition and fees click here: Tuition and Fees

For a list of off-site, undergraduate tuition and fees click here: Current tuition and fees per credit hour (Remember to multiply this amount by the number of credit hours.)  


Financial Aid

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Longwood University Financial Aid Office will use the FAFSA to determine financial need, develop a financial aid package, and issue a financial aid award letter.

Consult the following links for information about the FAFSA and Longwood University financial aid policies and programs.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Longwood University Financial Aid Office:



Dr. Julie Mersiowsky

Faculty and LSEE Program Director, SVEC Emporia
Longwood @ SVEC
1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847

Tel:  434-634-6512
Cell:  434-414-7082
Fax:  434-634-6539
Email:  mersiowskyjc@longwood.edu