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Once you’ve decided you’re going to go to Longwood University, you might decide to take a trip to Farmville, Virginia where the school is located. First, you’ll notice that the town itself is small even though the university is located here. Both the town and university are far from other larger communities, which means you’ll have to stick to shopping in town or on campus. However, you should be able to find everything you need here, as well as restaurants where you can visit with friends and study for your finals.

Overview of Longwood University

While you’re in town, look for The Inn on the Avenues. This is a bed and breakfast where your family can stay when they come to visit you. When you return to campus, you’ll see campus buildings are laid out alongside one or two streets that go through the center of the school. Before long, you’ll know just where everything is located.

The school’s population is 4,400+ and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1. LU is a public university that awards undergraduate and master’s degrees, along with post-master’s certificates. They also offer both dual credits and credits for passing scores on your AP exams.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 66%
Year Founded 1839

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,468


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,235
Female 2,624

Graduate Student

Male 195
Female 414

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Male 1,322
Female 3,109


Male 1,177
Female 2,798

Acceptance Rate90%

Male 89%
Female 90%

Enrollment 798

Male 236
Female 562
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Going to college is not an inexpensive effort. You’ll pay for tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other expenses. If you’re an out-of-state student, your tuition will be much higher: $13,520 for in-state students and $29,480 for out-of-state students. Together, the total cost can be much higher than just tuition.

The cost of your attendance after your financial aid is applied is called average net price. For Longwood University, this average was $19,636 in a recent academic year. Depending on your parents’ income, the amount of financial aid you are eligible for will shift, and thus how much you pay.

  • If your family earns under $30,000 you’ll pay around $14,704.
  • If your family earns between $48,001 and $75,000 you’ll pay around $18,294
  • If your family earns over $110,001 you’ll pay around $24,243

About 90% of the freshman class at Longwood qualifies for financial aid. Of that percentage, 829 students received grants or scholarships averaging $7,455 and 691 students received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $4,573.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,636
Average Total Aid $7,455
Students Receiving Financial Aid 90%
Room & Board $12,076

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $24,243
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $29,480
  • Books and Supplies - $1,350
  • Room & Board - $12,076
  • Other - $2,418


You’re going to stay at Longwood University after your freshman year? This will make you part of the retention rate, which measures the percentage of first-time students who return for their sophomore year. At LU, this is 75%, showing that the majority of students who attend feel that their needs are met here and don’t feel the need to transfer to another school.

Looking at graduation rate shows a relatively favorable view as well. The 4-year graduation rate is 50% and the 6-year rate is 66%. While the 4-year rate is a bit low, it’s not so far off the average national rate, and the improved 6-year rate is about average.

Let’s say that you look at your new class schedule and realize that two of your classes conflict with each other. If you visit an advisor, they may suggest that you drop your current section for one class and add a new section for evening classes, or you might be able to add a new section for online learning. LU offers both evening courses and online options, so you should be able to work some flexibility into your schedule.

The top majors offered here are: business, management, marketing and related support services; liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; health professions and related programs; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; and communication, journalism and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,468

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 142 Total Graduates / 15%
Business Administration and Management, General 142 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 140 Total Graduates / 14%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 140 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 119 Total Graduates / 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 66 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 33 Graduates
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 16 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 4 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 65 Total Graduates / 7%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 65 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 64 Total Graduates / 7%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 64 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 46%

Outcome & Salary

The hope is that you take off your graduation cap and gown, put them away, and start your first job within two weeks to a month. While making that a reality takes a lot of hard work, graduate’s early-career salaries sit at around $48,200 and their mid-career salary really jumps, rising to $84,900. So, in all likelihood, that hard work will prove to be worth it.

The 4-year cost of education for students who graduate from Longwood University averages $78,544. This won’t affect your salary earning potential, but it does allow you to figure out the possible return on investment (ROI) from your education. Graduate’s 10-year potential salary is $562,380 and their 20-year potential is $1,411,380. Not bad! After deducting your cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI is $483,836 and your 20-year ROI is $1,332,836.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn an average national salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,200
College Grads Average Salary $56,238
College Grads Mid Career Salary $84,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $562,380
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,411,380
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $78,544
10 Year Projected ROI $483,836
20 Year Projected ROI $1,332,836
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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