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Longwood enrolls record freshman class, Enrollment expected to top 4,800

August 27, 2008

2008 Freshmen Move In Longwood's largest freshman class moved in on Thursday, August 21

Longwood University welcomed a record number of new students when classes began on Monday, August 25. To date, new student enrollment includes 1,065 freshmen and 165 transfer students for a total of 1,230 new students. For fall 2008, Longwood’s total enrollment is projected to reach more than 4,800 students, marking the university’s highest enrollment ever. This figure includes off-campus, graduate and online students. In addition, undergraduate degree-seeking students will total the most ever, at 4,080 students.

Of the enrolling freshmen, 66 percent are women, 95 percent are from Virginia, and the average GPA is 3.3 while the average SAT score is 1079. There are 60 new students in Longwood’s Honors Program, which enrolls a total of 230 Longwood students. Admission to the Honors Program for new students requires an unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.5 for academic core courses and SATs (critical reading and math) of at least 1200. In addition there are three new Cormier Citizen Scholars and six new Hull Education Scholars. Of the 165 transfer students 68 percent are from the Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College.

The incoming freshmen are academically competitive, multicultural, and geographically diverse with students representing 16 states from Florida to Wisconsin, and Washington to New Hampshire.  Internationally, Longwood is attracting students from more than a dozen countries from China to Germany.  

"The increase in enrollment is a clear indication that more students want to take advantage of the learning environment and opportunities available at Longwood," said Bob Chonko, dean of admissions. "The fact that Longwood held its tuition increase to only 4 percent over last year’s rate demonstrates that it is dedicated to providing an affordable, quality educational experience."

Longwood is one of 11 public institutions in Virginia that complied with the General Assembly’s Tuition Moderation Incentive Fund, which provides $17.5 million in general funds for each year of the 2008-10 biennium. Institutions were eligible for a share of this fund if they limited in-state undergraduate tuition and fee increases to no more than 4 percent in 2008-09. Since 1 percent of Longwood’s increase will be dedicated to financial aid, Longwood will receive at least $615,000 and increase financial aid by $151,371.

Longwood’s new students arrived on campus August 21 for New Lancer Days, an extended orientation experience designed to acquaint freshmen and transfer students with all facets of campus life and provide opportunities for social interaction. As part of Longwood’s First-Year Reading Experience, the students participated in a discussion of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel. The book was selected to support the university’s focus on sustainability, an initiative which is supported by a  $138,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Upon their return to the area, Longwood and Hampden-Sydney College students were welcomed by new Town of Farmville banners sporting the college seals of Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College, joined by the seal of the Town of Farmville. The new town/gown banners were produced by the Town of Farmville with design coordination by the Longwood Office of Public Relations.

Among Longwood’s new senior administrators are Dr. Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Economics, and Dr. Anthony A. Koyzis, dean of Graduate and Extended Studies.

Campus improvements include the reopening of Cox Hall, a residence hall constructed in the 1960s which has undergone a complete renovation. The building now features new elevators, air conditioning, remodeled bathrooms with ceramic tile, contemporary study rooms with modern amenities, and a common area with an outside terrace. In addition, construction continues on a three-story, 41,983-square foot Communication Studies and Theatre building that is scheduled for completion in early 2009.

For the eleventh straight year, Longwood University is ranked among the best in the new U.S. News & World Report "America’s Best Colleges." The 2009 Report, released on August 22, continues to rank Longwood as one of the "Top Public Universities—Master’s" in the South at the #11 position. Among all Southern Universities—Master’s (public and private) Longwood remained within the top tier at the number 32 position. Additionally, Longwood is one of only 139 schools in the Southeast selected as a "Best in the Southeast" in the Princeton Review’s 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region listings. Student opinion data from a total of 630 schools nationwide is featured in the Best Colleges: Region by Region section of the report.