From its inception in 1839, Longwood has prepared educators, first as a woman's college, as a Normal School in 1884, as a State Teachers College in 1924, as Longwood College in 1949 and as Longwood University in 2002.
As Longwood grew additional majors were added in Arts and Sciences, Business, Health and Human Services. The College of Education and Human Services encompasses five Bachelor's degrees, 13 Master's degrees, three initial licensure programs and one five-year combination Bachelor's/Master's program provided by 43 full-time faculty and numerous part-time faculty. Every program in the College of Education and Human Services integrates field experiences into its curriculum.
Longwood Freshmen and Seniors completed the National Survey of Student Satisfaction (NSSE) and rated Longwood University above the 90th percentile. One article published in a national journal said that this performance ranked Longwood #1 in the country in teaching excellence.
Evaluations of student rankings of overall professional preparation consistently rank Longwood among the top 10% nationally in overall satisfaction.