College and Its Programs
College is an institution of higher learning dedicated to the development of
citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common
good of society. Building upon its strong foundation in the liberal arts and
sciences, the College provides an environment in which exceptional teaching
fosters student learning, scholarship, and achievement. As the only four-year
public institution in south central Virginia, Longwood College serves as a
catalyst for regional prosperity and advancement.
College prepares citizen leaders for the common good. To achieve this vision,
all members of the Longwood community will be dedicated to the highest standards
of academic distinction and quality of life, and will examine, reaffirm, and
refine those aspects of the college experience that collectively form a
meaningful learning environment. To ensure the vitality of the learning
environment, the College will increase enrollment while maintaining its inherent
character and enhancing its academic quality.
The learning environment will be characterized by dynamic, exceptional
teaching and scholarship that directly influence student learning and increase
academic achievement. Student accomplishments will be defined by established
competencies that demonstrate a sound grasp of the liberal arts and sciences as
well as the ability to think critically, to respond creatively, and to apply
knowledge to the resolution of practical issues.
The curriculum, including the appropriate use of instructional
technology, will be refined to ensure its relevancy to the mission of developing
citizen leaders. Longwood College will enhance its rigorous foundation in the
liberal arts and sciences and will elevate its exceptional professional
programs, such as teacher education and business, to the highest regional and
The institution’s dedication to learning will extend beyond the
degree-seeking student to embrace all members of the diverse college community,
leading to a collegial climate where divergent ideas are respected. Longwood
will be committed to community service and outreach devoted to local, regional,
national, and global advancement.
The improvement of learning and quality of life will permeate all
institutional practices including the design of student co-curricular programs
and the development of physical facilities. Longwood’s careful and responsible
stewardship of human, fiscal, and environmental resources will be continuously
improved to incorporate the most effective methods and practices to support the
by the Board of Visitors, July 25, 1997.
College is located in historic Farmville, Virginia -- 65 miles west of Richmond
and Petersburg, 48 miles east of Lynchburg, and 60 miles south of
Charlottesville. U.S. Highways 15 and 460 intersect in town. Commercial bus
systems provide service to the town.
Farmville is a pleasant college town with a population of 6,500; it is
the business and education center of the area. Located in and near town are
churches, hotels, motels, a country club, a municipal airport, and a community
hospital. Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts college for men, is five miles
south of the campus. Many points of interest are within a short distance of
Farmville, including Appomattox Courthouse and Sailors Creek Battlefield.
College, a pioneer first in private and later in public education, is one of the
oldest colleges in the United States. The College was founded on March 5, 1839,
this being the date that the Farmville Female Seminary Association was
incorporated by the General Assembly of Virginia.
In the succeeding years the increasing prosperity of the Farmville Female
Seminary led the stockholders to expand the seminary into a college, and the
Farmville Female College was incorporated in 1860. On April 7, 1884, the State
of Virginia acquired the property of the Farmville Female College, and in
October of the same year the Normal School opened with 110 students enrolled.
This was the first state institution of higher learning for women in Virginia.
With the passage of the years, the Normal School expanded its curriculum
and progressed through a succession of names. It became the State Normal School
for Women in 1914, the State Teachers College at Farmville in 1924, and Longwood
College in 1949.
The College was first authorized to offer a four-year curriculum leading
to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education in 1916. It was authorized to
offer Bachelor of Arts in 1935, the Bachelor of Science in 1938, a curriculum in
business education the same year, courses leading to a degree in music education
in 1949, and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1976. In
1978, the College was authorized to offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and in
1981, the Bachelor of Music. In 1954, graduate programs were authorized.
Longwood became fully coeducational in June 1976.
Longwood campus provides excellent facilities while reflecting the charm,
beauty, and character associated with its long heritage.
Red-brick Jeffersonian buildings stretch along High Street joined by a
covered colonnade. At the center is the oldest building on campus, Ruffner Hall.
It is distinguishable by its Rotunda, the dome of which features portraits of
Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, and important figures in Longwood's history.
Ruffner Hall is currently undergoing a complete restoration and is scheduled to
be re-opened by the fall of 2002.
The newly remodeled Lancaster Hall houses the President’s Office and
the administrative offices of Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance,
Student Affairs, and Institutional Advancement.
The newest building on campus is the two-story, 60,000 square foot dining
hall located on Pine Street which opened for the spring semester 2000.
This multi-purpose facility, with its curved, colonnaded portico
overlooking Iler Field, is the first on campus to utilize geothermal heating and
cooling. The flexible interior
design provides space for banquets, meetings, and special events along with a
Grand Dining Room seating 500 and an arcade seating an additional 700.
Behind and alongside this area are broad malls, lawns, 11 tennis courts,
four athletic fields, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, and numerous late-20th
century buildings, including the library, residence halls, the Lankford Student
Union, and various academic facilities.
The campus has six auditoriums ranging in size from 150 seats to 1,227.
Lancer Hall is a 4.5 million-dollar health, physical education, and
recreation complex. It has a gymnasium with 3,000 seats; a complete
weight-training laboratory; an olympic-size pool with a three-meter board and
underwater sound, lighting, and observation window; a 500-seat natatorium; a
modern dance studio with a floating floor and staging capacity; and one of the
state's best-equipped laboratories for the study of human performance as it
relates to exercise, sports, health, and the arts.
Students also can enjoy the facilities at Longwood Estate, about a mile
from the campus. These include "The Cabin," the Dell, and a nine-hole
golf course. The President's home is on the Estate.
Library and Resources
Library, occupied in 1991 and conveniently located near the center of the
campus, is open for use 99 hours each week during regular sessions. Entry is
through a two-story atrium, which facilitates visual orientation to each of the
major service points for the Library. The Library collections offer 225,000
cataloged titles. The Library currently subscribes to 2,050 journals. Some
700,000 microform units, sound and video recordings, and CDROMs supplement the
book and journal collections. The Library also provides access to the holdings
of other libraries through its interlibrary loan service. Access to and control
of its collections are through the Library’s online catalog and circulation
system, which can be consulted from any point on the campus network or the
Internet. The Library complements its collections by providing users access to
electronic information found throughout the Internet and by making selected
information more accessible through the Library’s World Wide Web offerings. To
aid users in finding information expeditiously and in gaining expertise for
information literacy, the Library provides a variety of reference services,
including individual reference assistance, group bibliographic instruction, and
online searching assistance to commercial and non-commercial information
college year consists of a regular session, including two semesters of 15 weeks
each, and a summer session. The summer session for undergraduate students
consists of three four-week terms. The graduate summer session consists of two
four-week terms. The summer session makes it possible for an undergraduate
student to complete a degree program in three calendar years as compared to the
traditional four academic years generally required to complete such a program.
Both undergraduate and graduate classes during the summer are scheduled for five
days a week.
welcomes a variety of students to its summer sessions by offering basic courses
and advanced courses in the majors in a wide variety of academic disciplines.
Specialized instruction is also available through a broad range of intensive
Registration procedures for summer sessions are published in the summer
brochure, which is usually available on or about January 1 and may be obtained
by calling the Office of Registration (804.395.2580).
is held once a year, in May. Students completing a degree program in August or
December may participate in the following May commencement.
Graduating seniors must buy from the college bookstore the caps, gowns,
and hoods required for commencement exercises.
strong tradition of honor is fundamental to the quality of living and learning
in the Longwood community. The Honor System was founded in 1910, and its purpose
is to create and sustain a community in which all persons are treated with
trust, respect, and dignity. Longwood affirms the value and necessity of
integrity in all intellectual and community endeavors. Students are
expected to assume full responsibility for their actions and refrain from lying,
cheating, stealing, and plagiarism.
entering the College, students sign the Honor Pledge:
.........................................having a clear understanding of the
basis and spirit of the Honor Code created and accepted by the student body of
Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, pledge myself to govern my college life
according to its standards and to accept my responsibility for helping others to
do so, and with sensitive regard for my college, to live by the Honor Code at
all times and to see that others do likewise.
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