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Beneath the Blue Ridge mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia, the University of Lynchburg students experience an “academic environment [that] is the perfect level of challenge and excitement.” Lynchburg is “huge on community service” and opportunities on and around campus make it easy for students to “get out there and get involved in the local community.” Students enjoy a “friendly environment” among peers who are “willing to help you out when needed.” Students say that the academic environment is convivial, classes are “very discussion based and allow for conversation.” Students appreciate that “class sizes are so small” and explain that this means “participation is necessary” from everyone. A low student-to-faculty ratio also means that it is “very easy to ask questions during class and meet with your professors” outside of class hours. One student in Lynchburg’s well-regarded nursing program tells us “we have incredible faculty members who are caring, compassionate, and experienced. They go above and beyond for us each day to make us the best nurses possible.” Lynchburg boasts “other amazing programs such as Exercise Physiology, Biology, Teaching, [and] Business,” all of which “are backed by the liberal arts education that allows us to expand our thinking and look at the world in a broader view.” “I have been given nothing but support and encouragement throughout my time in the program,” one student tells us. This nurturing atmosphere helps students become “the best version of ourselves.” It isn’t uncommon to hear students say, “I wasn’t very successful academically in high school but I have done extremely well in college. I would attribute that to the professors” who offer plenty of office hours to get in contact with them, as well as most classes having a class tutor with weekly study sessions to help you along with the class.”

Student Body

Many identify their peers as “primarily Caucasian, wealthy, athletes” who are “friendly and willing to work together and help each other out.” Students agree that “a good portion” of Lynchburg students hail “from Northern states (e.g., Delaware, Maryland) while the majority are from Virginia or neighboring states.” But they are quick to point out that diversity on campus is on the rise. Lynchburg is “beginning to have more cultural diversity,” one student tells us. “Most of my friends are from other states or sometimes other countries,” another points out. Lynchburg students are “open to ideas and accepting to others” while extending their welcoming Southern hospitality. Students will “hold the door for you and give you a sincere smile as you walk by them on the way to class.” “I never walk to class without saying hey to at least three people,” another student boasts. “Everyone is very helping,” one student explains. “If someone is not able to help you with a homework question or a project then they will find you someone that can. It does feel like one giant family here.”

Campus Life

There is plenty going on around the University of Lynchburg campus to keep students busy. “Our inboxes are bombarded with everything going on throughout our campus,” one students explains. During the week “most people go to class and then have meetings for clubs,” which are well attended at Lynchburg. “Very often, students are involved in at least two campus organizations,” and it is a great way for them to get involved in the community: “Students spend a great deal of their out-of-class time working on planning events, service, and projects for these organizations.” Athletics are popular on campus and “nearly 1 in 5 students is involved in Greek Life.” Students say they can “always fill any free time...exploring the city of Lynchburg,” where they can check out “a movie, trampoline parks, skating rinks” or catch a bite downtown where “the restaurants and bars ... are absolutely amazing.” Outside the city, students can explore the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where there are “lots of opportunities for hiking, cave diving, and rafting.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Yvonne Dell'Olio
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Phone
800-426-8101

Email
admissions@lynchburg.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shellenberger Field
Drysdale Student Center
Claytor Nature Study Center
Schewel Hall
Westover Room

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Blue Ridge Mountains/Appalachian Trail
Lynchburg's downtown historic district
National D-Day Memorial
Blackwater Creek Nature Area
Jefferson's Poplar Forest
In 2021, the University of Lynchburg became the first college or university in the commonwealth to achieve carbon neutrality.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - F and selected Saturdays
8:30 - 5:00
800-426-8101

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Selected Saturday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@lynchburg.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High School Senior

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lynchburg Regional Airport, which is located only minutes from campus, offers flights with American Airlines. Amtrak and Greyhound provide rail and bus service, respectively, to the City of Lynchburg.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The City of Lynchburg is accessed by two major routes ? US 29 which runs north and south, and US 460 which runs east and west. The University is on US 221, which runs north and south and is known as Lakeside Drive. Route 29 from the north: At Gainesville, Virginia, follow Route 29 South toward Lynchburg (approximately 125 miles or about 3 hours). At Amherst, Virginia, take Route 29 South-Lynchburg/Danville (exit veers left) and drive approximately 17 miles to Route 210 West. Exit right on Route 210 and travel approximately 2 miles, then turn left onto Route 29 South Business. Cross the James River and continue on Route 29 South 4 miles to Route 501 North. (Routes 29 and 501 are also known as the Lynchburg Expressway.) Follow 501 North (not 501 Business) 4 miles to the intersection with Route 221 North/Lakeside Drive (stoplight). Go straight through this intersection onto Old Forest Road. Turn right to follow Old Forest Road (stoplight). At the next stoplight turn right onto Lakeside Drive, and the entrance to campus will be on the left. Route 29 from the south: Follow Route 29 North, Business to Lynchburg. (Do not take the 29 North/Charlottesville exit.) Pass the Lynchburg Airport on your left. Continue on Route 29 North Business; you will pass a strip mall on your left with Target, another mall, and the River Ridge Mall entrance on your right at a traffic light. After the River Ridge Mall entrance, take the second right exit ramp to Route 501 North and continue about 4 miles to the intersection with Route 221 North/Lakeside Drive. Go straight through this intersection onto Old Forest Road. Turn right to follow Old Forest Road (stoplight). At the next stoplight turn right onto Lakeside Drive, and the entrance to campus will be on the left. Route 460 from the east or west: Exit Route 460 at Candlers Mountain Road. Follow the signs to Route 501 North (River Ridge Mall will be on your left, and Wells Fargo Bank will be on your right). Take the right exit ramp to 501 North. Follow 501 North about 4 miles to the intersection with Route 221 North/Lakeside Drive. Go straight through this intersection onto Old Forest Road. Turn right to follow Old Forest Road (stoplight). At the next stoplight turn right onto Lakeside Drive, and the entrance to campus will be on the left.

Local Accommodations
Kirkley Hotel, Sleep Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Courtyard Marriott, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Select, Ramada Inn, Hilton. Most offer University of Lynchburg discounts.

Admissions

Applicants: 3,694
Acceptance Rate: 97%
Average HS GPA: 3.39







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