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Admissions Process

Any student accepted to Longwood University may declare Social Work as a major. However, the student will be officially accepted to the Social Work Program at the conclusion of their sophomore year after established criteria have been met.

To be admitted to Longwood University Social Work Program, a student must:

  • Submit a completed application to the Social Work Program by the Friday before spring break of the sophomore year, or Friday before fall break once requirements are met.
  • Provide two professional references with one from a Longwood Social Work professor.
  • Complete 55 earned credit hours, which must include successful completion of ENG 150 and SOWK 201. Completion of SOCL 101, PSYC 101, MATH 171 and BIOL 101 is strongly recommended within the 55 credit hours. Transfer students who meet the above criteria upon entering Longwood must complete one semester at Longwood and provide a reference from one of Longwood's Social Work professors. (A recommended course of study is included in the student handbook that students receive in their first advising session as a social work major.)
  • Have a 2.30 cumulative grade point average (which is the current GPA requirement to enter field instruction).
  • Earned no grade less than a C in any Social Work course.  If any grade of C- or below is received in any social work course, the course must be retaken to receive a grade of C or above.
  • Student/Faculty with concerns may request a formal interview.
  • Students are notified in writing whether or not they have been accepted into the program within two weeks of application deadline.