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First Year Experience

Student Success

Student with Teacher on campus

The foundation for developing responsible students and citizens is grounded in purposeful and intentional work with first year students.

Housed together on freshmen floors, new first year students begin the process of community development on their residence floor and within the larger residence hall community.

Through formal and informal social and educational activities under the direction of the Residence Education Coordinator and Resident Assistant Student Staff, new students quickly become an integral part of the educational community.

To learn more visit the First Year Experience site.

Note: In some rare cases first year students can be placed in with upper class students. 



First year students are expected to engage fully in the academic experience at Longwood and to devote themselves to academic activities essential to learning.  Students are encouraged to make social connections and participate in weekend activities designed to develop friendships and relationships.


Car Policy

Only 200 first year parking spaces are available to those wishing to park on campus during their first year on campus. These 200 people are selected through a lottery system done by the Admissions Office (admissions@longwood.edu). First year students will have the opportunity to enter the lottery if they have a complete application by the February 1st deadline. Around mid-April to late May students are notified that they have been picked and are able to bring their cars to school. There is a $200 charge for the parking pass and all cars must be parked in the Lancer Park community in areas designated specifically for first year parking. In the case that a student drops their spot, there is a waitlist and another student will replace the one that has dropped the spot.

Those students  transferring with their Associate’s Degree or have 25 credits or more do not adhere to the above policy and are able to purchase parking passes through Parking Services.

If you must bring your car due to documented personal or family medical issues,
military obligations, or required employment for family assistance, you do not need
to enter this lottery.  Please contact the Parking Services Manager, Laura Rice, at
434.395.2612 or ricelh@longwood.edu to request permission.