Start Here

Parents are encouraged to join the Start Here webinars.

Start Here is a comprehensive guide to academics and registration at Longwood for new students.

Start Here is just that—your starting point! This comprehensive guide to academics and first-semester registration at Longwood provides all of the information you will need to enroll in your first semester courses.

The Start Here webinar will walk students and their parents through navigating the Start Here course, successfully selecting first semester classes, and preparing for registration on Monday, April 18.

Next event: Tuesday, April 12 from 6-7 p.m. and Tuesday, May 24 from 6-7 p.m.


Understanding Your Students First Year Registration Process

Your student's initial class schedule is built by their chosen major department chair or program coordinator and typically includes 1-3 required courses for their major.

student at commencement with family

Then, your students will “round out” their schedules using the Enrollment Management sheets in the Start Here registration course.

When their schedule is complete your student should have a 15-16 course credit schedule.

A course credit is a unit that gives weighting to the value, level, or time requirements of an academic course. At Longwood, course credits range from 1-5 credits for a course and are identified behind in the course name in the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs.

For example BIOL 120 - Integrative Biology 4 credits

Learn more about Academic Policies & Regulations.

Make Schedule Changes

Your student's department chair is their primary contact for making schedule changes to their pre-assigned (and typically their required Major) courses, and they will be able to make changes to the courses they registered for throughout the summer.

Their academic advisor is typically assigned to them in August or early September, so the earliest your student can make changes to their schedule is when they arrive to campus.

Learn more about Adding/Dropping courses.

Who's Who And What They Do

Board of Visitors

The Board is the governing body the University and is composed of thirteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The qualifications, terms, powers and duties of members of the Board are established by law.

Some of the specific responsibilities of the Board of Visitors include appointing the President, determining institutional policies, setting faculty salaries, fixing tuition and fees, awarding degrees, approving changes to the curriculum and the Honor System, and overseeing the Internal Audit office.

Learn more about Longwood's Board of Visitors.


The bursar is responsible for the billing of student tuition accounts. This responsibility involves sending bills and making payment plans; the ultimate goal is to bring all student accounts to a "paid off" status.

The bursar ensures that an institution is maintaining sound fiscal practices and fosters an inclusive environment to manage an institution’s financial resources ethically, safely, and with a high level of transparency.

Dean of Students

A Dean of Students is in charge of overseeing student life, student services and on-campus activities. Their duties include providing support for students and addressing student behavior. Visit the Dean Of Students page.


The President's primary responsibility is to provide the vision for the University and continuous leadership and direction for the planning and operation of all aspects of the College's programs and services.

Learn more about President Reveley.


The specific duties and areas of responsibility for a provost vary from one institution to another but usually include supervision and oversight of curricular, instructional, and research affairs.

The various deans of Longwood's schools, colleges, or faculties report to the provost.


The Registrar is the official academic records keeper of the University and provides registration support to faculty, staff and students; and corresponds with applicants and evaluates their credentials.  Longwood University's Registrar's office provides and maintains accurate and timely academic records while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of those records in accordance with Federal, State and Local laws, rules and policies.

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is the responsible employee of the recipient with major responsibility for Title IX compliance efforts.

University Planning Council

The UPC is a forum to discuss issues affecting Longwood, higher education as a whole, and any broad matters of the day that might affect our students and community.

Terms to Know

Asynchronous Learning

Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning tools and platforms to facilitate lectures and assessment activities outside the constraints of a physical classroom. Asynchronous learning requires students to take more responsibility for the process of their own learning. It also requires students to become proficient with the technology required for the course and use new methods of communication with their peers and their instructors.


Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that students and instructors use throughout the semester. Available for both K-12 and higher education classes, Canvas allows students to participate in online discussions and complete assignments for a variety of classes that they are enrolled in. It is used by over 3,000 universities and school districts globally.

Learn more about Canvas.

Course Catalog

A course catalog refers to an online database of courses that students can browse and eventually enroll in. Courses are arranged alphabetically and level is denoted through number: for instance, 1xxx refers to a first-year course.

View the Undergraduate Catalog.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form filled out by current and future undergraduate and graduate college students in the United States to determine whether they are eligible for student financial aid.

Learn more about the FAFSA in Financial Aid.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA, which stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law in the United States of America that guards the privacy of educational records for students from elementary school to college and university.

Learn more about FERPA.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid classes generally refer to a style of teaching and learning where “seat time” is reduced, although still an important and significant element of the learning experience.

Learning Accommodations

Learning accommodations are personalized assessment, instructional, and environmental strategies necessary for an individual student to reach curriculum objectives for a course or academic program. Learning accommodations do not change the nature of assignments given, provide an unfair advantage to students in the case of assessments, or change what an assessment, whether formative or summative, measures. Rather, they make it possible for students to show their knowledge in a way that is beneficial for their specific needs.

Visit Accessibility Resources to learn more about Longwood's services.

Prerequisite Course

A prerequisite course must be completed prior to another course. Prerequisites are often implemented at all education levels to measure student comprehension and preparedness. 

Synchronous Learning

Synchronous learning refers to all types of learning where instructors and learners engage and learn at the same time, but not necessarily in the same place.

Synchronous learning refers to a form of education that most commonly applies to various forms of televisual, digital and online learning. Students learn from instructors, colleagues or peers in real-time, but not in person. For example, educational video conferences, interactive webinars, online discussion boards and video lectures that are broadcast at the same time they are delivered are all types of synchronous learning.

Visit the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) to learn more about Longwood's services.