In keeping with its mission to provide an environment in which exceptional teaching fosters student learning, scholarship, and achievement, Longwood University carefully tracks the performance of its students, both in assessment of student learning outcomes and through institutional measures of student achievement. As noted in Longwood’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018, Looking to Our Third Century, retention and graduation are a moral imperative.

In accordance with SACSCOC policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure and HB 1980 passed in the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly as Chapter 328 to add § 23-2.6 Transparency in Higher Education Information to the Code of Virginia, Longwood publishes statements of its goals for student achievement, the success of students achieving those goals, and basic financial information for undergraduate students. These data will be updated annually by September 15. For additional statistical data about Longwood, see the most recent Longwood University Factbook and other data sources on the Institutional Research web page.

Student Achievement

Longwood University uses three institutional measures of student achievement to track student progress through time. These measures are the first-time and full-time student second year retention rate, first-time and full-time student four to six year graduation rate, and the rates of passing licensure exams for programs such as teacher preparation, nursing, and communication sciences and disorders.

Measure 1:  First-Time Full-Time Retention

Retention rates are based on the number of first-time-in college, full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Longwood in the fall semester after completing high school. The first-time full-time retention rate is the percentage of that cohort who return to Longwood the following fall. Longwood’s acceptable threshold for first-time full-time retention rate is 80%.

Second-Year Retention Rates of First-Time-in-College, Full-Time (FF) Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students

Cohort Year 1Original Cohort 22nd Year Exclusion 3Adjusted CohortNumber of Students in the Cohort Returned for the 2nd YearFF Retention Rate
2014 1,077 13 1,064 855 80%
2013 1,091 9 1,082 853 79%
2012 1,007 15 992 809 82%
2011 1,055 13 1,042 841 81%
2010 975 8 967 761 79%
2009  991 7 984 783 80%
2008  1,048 10 1,038 819 79%
2007  988 7 981 778 79%
2006 989 2 987 775 79%
2005 956 0 956 726 76%

Source: Longwood University IPEDS report for 2006-2015
1Cohort Year refers to the year in which a group of students entered Longwood University in the fall term as full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduate students.
2Original Cohort refers to the number of students who entered Longwood University as full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seekers during the fall term of a given academic year.
3Exclusion, in accordance to IPEDS criteria, refers to omission of those students from the original FF cohort for both retention and graduation rates calculations.  These criteria are: death or total and permanent disability; service in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); service with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; or service on official church missions.

Measure 2:  Graduation

Graduation rates are calculated for each cohort of first-time-in-college, full-time undergraduate students. The rate is expressed as the percentage of those students who graduate in four, five, and six years. Longwood University is in the process of setting institutional goals for undergraduate graduation rates, one of seven priorities in the Strategic Plan 2014-2018, Looking to Our Third Century, approved by the Board of Visitors in September 2014.

4, 5, and 6 Year Graduation Rates of First-Time-in-College, Full-time (FF) Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students

Cohort Year1Original Cohort26 Year Exclusion3Grads within 4 Years (#/%)Grads within 5 Years (#/%)  Grads within 6 Years (#/%)
2008 1,048 5 467 / 45% 654 / 63% 690 / 66%
2007 988 4 412 / 42% 610 / 62% 624 / 63%
2006 989 4 411 / 42% 580 / 59% 603 / 61%
2005 956 18 379 / 40% 546 / 58% 566 / 60%
2004 980 8 386 / 40% 553 / 57% 570 / 59%
2003 880 8 340 / 39% 491 / 56% 504 / 58%
2002 879 20 410 / 48% 547 / 64% 565 / 66%
2001 893 2 410 / 46% 550 / 62% 568 / 64%
2000 895 0 412 / 46% 569 / 64% 586 / 65%
1999 815 0 389 / 48% 500 / 61% 502 / 62%

Source: Longwood IPEDS report for 2005-2014
1Cohort Year refers to the year in which a group of students entered Longwood University in the fall term as full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduate students.
2Original Cohort refers to the number of students who entered Longwood University as full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seekers during the fall term of a given academic year.
3Exclusion, in accordance to IPEDS criteria, refers to omission of those students from the original FF cohort for both retention and graduation rates calculations.  These criteria are: death or total and permanent disability; service in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); service with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; or service on official church missions.

Measure 3:  Licensure Examinations

For some degrees, students are required to take an external examination for licensure in the field. In this case, the academic program sets a threshold for acceptable pass rates. Below are licensing exam thresholds and pass rates for selected Longwood programs.

  • Students pursuing the BS in Liberal Studies with elementary, middle school or special education licensure must pass specific sections of the Praxis II test, which measures general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge, to be certified to teach in Virginia. Longwood exceeds the state’s required biennial passing rate of at least 80%. From 2009 to 2014, 100% of elementary, middle school and special education teacher program completers passed the Praxis II in their area(s) of licensure and/or endorsement.   
  • Nursing students pursuing the BSN degree must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice as an RN. The Virginia Board of Nursing expects a first-time pass rate of not less than 80%. The Department of Nursing has set a target pass rate of 90%.  The graduating class of 2014 achieved an 89.3% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam (25/28 graduates), and the class of 2015 achieved a 86.4% first-time pass rate (22/26 graduates), and the class of 2016 achieved a 100% first-time pass rate (27/27 graduates.
  • Graduate students pursuing the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders must pass the Speech-Language Pathology section of Praxis II in order to be certified as a speech-language pathologist. The department has set a threshold pass rate of 80%. The pass rate in 2011-12 and 2012-13 was 100%, in 2013-14, it was 96%, and in 2014-15, it was 100%, in 2015-16, it was 100%.

Financial Information

The following information is provided in compliance with HB 1980 passed in the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly as Chapter 328 to add § 23-2.6 Transparency in Higher Education Information to the Code of Virginia.

Base Undergraduate Tuition and Mandatory Undergraduate Comprehensive Student Fees

The average annual percentage increase in base undergraduate tuition, mandatory undergraduate non-E&G fees, and total average cost of undergraduate tuition and fees for the past ten years is provided below. The comprehensive fee covers auxiliary costs such as the Farmville Area Bus (FAB), student health and wellness services, student union programming, intramural and campus recreation programs, information technology services, and Athletics.  The fee also supports the University’s online course management system (Canvas), to include hardware, software, instructional design and delivery training, and technology support services for online courses.

Longwood strives to make a college education affordable and accessible to Virginia residents. Over the past ten years, the average increase in undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees is 5.5%. The annual increase in the past four years ranged from 2.1% to 4.1%.

Full-Time In-State Undergraduate Tuition and Mandatory Fees

 Tuition & Mandatory E&G Fees1 % increaseMandatory Non-E&G Fees2  % increaseTotal Tuition & Mandatory Fees % Increase 
2016‑17 $ 7,350 2.5% $ 4,890 3.2% $12,240 2.8%
2015‑16 $ 7,170 3.5% $ 4,740 1.9% $11,910 2.8%
2014‑15 $ 6,930 4.4% $ 4,650 -4.9% $11,580 2.1%
2013‑14 $ 6,450 4.4% $ 4,890 3.8% $11,340 4.1%
2012‑13 $ 6,180 4.0% $ 4,710 2.6% $10,890 3.4%
2011‑12 $ 5,940 9.7% $ 4,590 3.4% $10,530 6.8%
2010‑11 $ 5,415 14.6% $ 4,440 5.7% $ 9,855 10.4%
2009‑10 $ 4,725 4.8% $ 4,200 5.3% $ 8,925 5.0%
2008‑09 $ 4,509 3.9% $ 3,990 7.3% $ 8,499 5.5%
2007‑08 $ 4,338 7.1% $ 3,720 5.1% $ 8,058 6.2%

Data Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), TF03: Full-time Resident Undergraduate Student Charges
1Tuition and mandatory E&G fees include the in-state undergraduate tuition for a standard full-time load and mandatory student charges used to support instruction and education-related activities included in the Education and General (E&G) program. E&G subprograms include instruction, research and public service, academic support, student services, institutional support, and the operation and maintenance of physical plants.
2Mandatory non-E&G fees include mandatory student charges used to support non-instructional activities, such as student health services, athletics, recreational activities, campus transportation, and capital debt service.

Use of Student Activity Fees

Longwood University collects a $5.00 student activity per credit hour for on-campus undergraduate and graduate classes. The Student Government Association distributes the student activity fees to student clubs and organizations through a request process administered by the Student Finance Committee, which reviews funding requests and makes allocation recommendations to the SGA for final approval. The amounts requested and allocated for each organization, including details about the use of the funding, are recorded in the annual SGA budget, available here on the SGA website.

Postsecondary Education and Employment

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) publishes information about post-completion employment, enrollment in graduate education, and wages for each public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. This information is part of Longwood’s institutional profile on the SCHEV website, available here.

Annual Operating Budget

The current and past Longwood University annual operating budgets and plans are available here.

Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

In September 29, 2015, Longwood University was approved to be a member institution of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).   This affiliation allows our students to complete internships and other in-place field experiences for credit in any participating SARA state (for details, please visit State Authorization). 

Longwood University degree programs that potentially lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Any Longwood student, prospective or current, wishing to pursue professional licensure in a state other than Virginia should contact the Office of Accreditation and Compliance in writing at oac@longwood.edu to receive current contact information for the other state’s applicable licensing board and work with the faculty advisor or program coordinator to determine whether the other state’s requirements can be met through the Longwood degree program.