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About Longwood University


Longwood University offers immersion in a typical small American college community offering outstanding academic offerings along with personal attention and small classes.

Founded in 1839 in central Virginia, Longwood University is a comprehensive state institution offering programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide variety of subjects. With an undergraduate enrollment of 4,500 students, Longwood University combines the ambiance of a private college in a small town setting with the cost benefits of a public institution.

High Ranking

For the thirteenth straight year, Longwood University is ranked among the best in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges;" this year, Longwood continues to rank as one of the "Top Public Universities-Master's" in the South at the number 11 position. Better still, Longwood was cited recently in America's 100 Best College Buys, a national publication that profiles schools that are the highest rated academically but have the lowest annual costs.

Small classes (average 25 students), a favorable faculty/student ratio (1:19), and a friendly atmosphere provide an opportunity for professors and students to develop close, personal relationships that foster achievement and innovation.

Beautiful Campus and Excellent Facilities

Longwood University is a residential campus with charming parks and attractive walkways, as well as state-of-the-art modern buildings with a traditional Virginian architectural style. Many of the academic buildings are new within the last two years or have been newly renovated, and all contain the latest technology and lab facilities. Residence halls are also renovated on a regular basis.

All buildings are fully networked, with access to the Internet from all campus buildings and each residence hall room. Classrooms and labs have all the latest technology; the new Longwood University Health and Fitness Center opened in 2007 with spectacular facilities and Longwood University's new soccer and Lacrosse fields are ready for Division I sports events.

Student Life

You will discover more than 125 clubs, organizations and special interest groups, in almost any field you can imagine, as well as a growing Division I athletics program. All are waiting for you on campus, along with student-run festivals, a thriving live music scene and countless other activities that will make your time at Longwood unforgettable.

Learn more about Student Life at Longwood University



  • Longwood University is located in beautiful Central Virginia, in a traditional American college-town setting, within a friendly and safe community.
  • The campus is conveniently located 3 hours away (by car) from Washington, DC, to the north; Virginia Beach and the Atlantic Ocean to the east; and the mountains of Virginia to the west.
  • Longwood is only 1 hour from Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, and 1 hour from Charlottesville or Lynchburg.
  • Longwood University provides airport pick up and transportation to Longwood for international students arriving at Richmond International Airport.


  • Longwood University has three Colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education and Human Services.
  • Students may choose from more than 100 areas of study at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • 80% of faculty hold the terminal degree; there are no "TAs" at Longwood, so you will have experienced professors as your mentors and teachers.
  • The Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring, workshops and programs to help students develop skills for excelling in their coursework.
  • Small classes give students personal attention.

To find the programs of study available, please visit:


Most international students live in a residence hall on campus. Longwood University attempts to place every international student with an American roommate, so that students can interact and learn about the many cultures represented among our students. This is a great way to make friends and to become involved in the life of the campus. Most of the residence halls are configured in "suites," with two rooms sharing a bathroom. Each room has Internet access, cable TV, and voicemail.

The Longwood University Dining Hall is a popular place for students; in addition to the daily entree selections, you may select from the pasta bar, salad bar, omelet bar, yogurt and ice cream bar, the grill, and the sandwich deli as well as vegetarian and vegan selections.

For further information regarding housing, please visit the Residential and Commuter Life website.