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3.4.3 Admissions Policies

The institution publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission. (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.3)


In Compliance


Longwood University publishes admissions policies, selection criteria, and standards which are consistent with its mission and approved by the Board of Visitors (BOV).


Students are admitted to Longwood on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin under the University's notice of non-discrimination. Policy 8101: Admissions Policy details the Longwood's commitment to a diverse student body, which supports its mission of creating citizen leaders for the common good.

Applicants with disabilities must be competitive for admission under Policy 8106: Students with Disabilities. The Office of Disability Support Services has a website for prospective students with disabilities.

Undergraduate Admissions

Admissions policies for all categories of undergraduate students are published in the undergraduate catalog and on the admissions website, with specific pages for freshman, transfer, and international admissions, and include general selection criteria.

Undergraduate admissions policy and criteria are set by the BOV and apply to all prospective students, including student-athletes. All applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions a completed application, including transcripts of course work from high school or other institutions, SAT or ACT scores, and other information for review of academic merit. Performance is measured by considering academic units completed (college preparatory), cumulative GPA, scores on the SAT or ACT college entrance test, and class rank, if available. Since numbers are not the only indicator of a potential citizen leader, references, extra-curricular activities, and personal statements are also considered. Policy 8102: Admissions Selection Criteria details the criteria for entering freshmen and for transfer students. The minimum values for both SAT and GPA are set by a group which includes the Office of Admissions as well as the Admissions Committee and the vice president for academic affairs. The BOV is the final approval body.

Transfer Admissions

In accordance with the state policy on transfer from a state-supported community college to a public four-year institution in Virginia, Longwood has an agreement with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) guaranteeing admission to all VCCS graduates with an Associate in Arts and/or Science Degree who have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application and graduation. The admissions website includes a guide for transfer students from participating Virginia institutions.

Special Undergraduate Admissions

Upon review of academic credentials, an admissions rejection, acceptance (conditional on the receipt of final grades), or pending status is rendered by the Office of Admissions. Applicants who do not meet admissions standards but who demonstrate characteristics of future citizen leaders may undergo an additional review by the Admissions Committee. First-time freshman students admitted under special circumstances are required to participate in an academic support program (College PLUS) for at least their first semester.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate admissions policies are stated in the graduate catalog, on the Graduate and Extended Studies website, and on the admissions website. Policies, procedures, deadlines, and expectations for online classes are available on the Graduate and Extended Studies website as well.

The Graduate Committee serves as the official admissions body for graduate students. The Graduate Committee evaluates admissions policies and criteria on an annual basis.

Supporting Documents

Name of Document Location
Admissions Committee (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 137.pdf
Admissions Policy (APPM, Policy 8101) APPM policy_8101.pdf
Admissions Selection Criteria (APPM, Policy 8102) APPM Policy_8102.pdf
Affirmative Action Statement (LU website) Equal Opportunity.pdf
Freshman Admission Requirements (WhyLongwood website) Admissions Policies Freshmen.pdf
Graduate Admission Requirements (GES website) Graduate Admission Requirements.pdf
Graduate Admission Requirements (WhyLongwood  website) Admissions Policies Graduate.pdf
Graduate Admissions (Grad Cat 2009-10) GradCatalog0910 10-15.pdf
Graduate Committee (FPPM 2009-10) FPPM_2009_2010 154.pdf
Information for Prospective Students (DSS website) DSS Prospective Students.pdf
International Admissions (WhyLongwood website) Admissions Policies International.pdf
Longwood University Mission and Vision Mission and Vision.pdf
Student-Athlete Admissions Information Admission Procedures NCAA.pdf
Students with Disabilities (APPM, Policy 8106) APPM Policy_8106.pdf
Transfer Admission Requirements (WhyLongwood website) Admissions Policies Transfers.pdf
Transfer Guide (WhyLongwood website) WhyLongwood VA transfer student.pdf
Undergraduate Admissions (Undergrad Cat 2009-10) Undergraduate Admissions.pdf
VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement vccs_transferagreement.pdf