The institution publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission. (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.3)
Longwood University publishes admissions policies, selection criteria, and standards which are consistent with its mission and approved by the Board of Visitors (BOV).
Students are admitted to Longwood on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin under the University's notice of non-discrimination. Policy 8101: Admissions Policy details the Longwood's commitment to a diverse student body, which supports its mission of creating citizen leaders for the common good.
Applicants with disabilities must be competitive for admission under Policy 8106: Students with Disabilities. The Office of Disability Support Services has a website for prospective students with disabilities.
Admissions policies for all categories of undergraduate students are published in the undergraduate catalog and on the admissions website, with specific pages for freshman, transfer, and international admissions, and include general selection criteria.
Undergraduate admissions policy and criteria are set by the BOV and apply to all prospective students, including student-athletes. All applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions a completed application, including transcripts of course work from high school or other institutions, SAT or ACT scores, and other information for review of academic merit. Performance is measured by considering academic units completed (college preparatory), cumulative GPA, scores on the SAT or ACT college entrance test, and class rank, if available. Since numbers are not the only indicator of a potential citizen leader, references, extra-curricular activities, and personal statements are also considered. Policy 8102: Admissions Selection Criteria details the criteria for entering freshmen and for transfer students. The minimum values for both SAT and GPA are set by a group which includes the Office of Admissions as well as the Admissions Committee and the vice president for academic affairs. The BOV is the final approval body.
In accordance with the state policy on transfer from a state-supported community college to a public four-year institution in Virginia, Longwood has an agreement with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) guaranteeing admission to all VCCS graduates with an Associate in Arts and/or Science Degree who have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application and graduation. The admissions website includes a guide for transfer students from participating Virginia institutions.
Special Undergraduate Admissions
Upon review of academic credentials, an admissions rejection, acceptance (conditional on the receipt of final grades), or pending status is rendered by the Office of Admissions. Applicants who do not meet admissions standards but who demonstrate characteristics of future citizen leaders may undergo an additional review by the Admissions Committee. First-time freshman students admitted under special circumstances are required to participate in an academic support program (College PLUS) for at least their first semester.
Graduate admissions policies are stated in the graduate catalog, on the Graduate and Extended Studies website, and on the admissions website. Policies, procedures, deadlines, and expectations for online classes are available on the Graduate and Extended Studies website as well.
The Graduate Committee serves as the official admissions body for graduate students. The Graduate Committee evaluates admissions policies and criteria on an annual basis.