The University of Lynchburg was founded as Virginia Christian College in 1903 by Dr. Josephus Hopwood, a pioneer in Christian coeducation, and is one of the oldest coeducational institutions in Virginia. An accredited residential university, Lynchburg is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination with a tradition of welcoming persons of all faiths and denominations.
Located in Lynchburg, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the University of Lynchburg is approximately 180 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 120 miles west of Richmond, the state capitol.
Through Vision 2020+, Lynchburg’s Strategic Plan, we clearly state our intention to enhance the signature Lynchburg experience that generations of students and alumni hold dear. We will do this by pursuing our primary aspiration to be nationally recognized as the leader for student engagement in the classroom, athletics, and leadership.
University of Lynchburg faculty are outstanding scholars who are leaders in their disciplines. Of the 200 full-time faculty members, 77% are tenured or tenure track. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, which allows for personal attention and student-faculty collaborative research.
Student Body and Profile
There are 2,100 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students representing 38 states and 15 foreign countries. Of the 2,100 undergraduate students, 39 percent are male, 61 percent are female, 21 percent are multicultural, and 74 percent live on campus.Naassom Azevedo / Unsplash
Undergraduate programs are comprised of 51 undergraduate majors, 62 minors, and 15 pre-professional programs.
Graduate Studies include the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies, Doctor of Medical Science, Master of Arts in music, Master of Business Administration (generalist and cybersecurity), Master of Education in seven concentrations, Master of Criminal Justice, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Master of PA Medicine, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Athletic Training.
Located on 264 acres, the beautifully landscaped campus is a showplace. Facilities include more than 40 buildings, many of Georgian-style architecture. The Graduate Health Sciences Building is a short walk from the main campus and houses the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of PA Medicine programs.
The intercollegiate athletic program provides opportunities for men and women to compete in NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in 21 sports. LC has won 177 ODAC titles and produced 242 All-Americans. In 2014, LC’s women’s soccer team won the NCAA Division III championship, the first team national championship in the history of the College. LC students can also play a variety of intramural and club sports.
Shellenberger Field, named for Lynchburg’s legendary soccer coach, is state-of-the-art with artificial turf, an eight-lane track, night lighting and a 3,000-spectator capacity stadium.
The University of Lynchburg has acquired a national reputation as an institution that offers quality educational opportunities while building the character and leadership ability of its students.Phoenix Han / Unsplash
Claytor Nature Center
Claytor Nature Center in Bedford County is a 470-acre outdoor classroom and laboratory dedicated to the study and appreciation of our natural environment, including the A. Boyd Claytor III Education and Research Facility; Belk Astronomical Observatory; Cloverlea, an antebellum farmhouse with landscaped gardens; numerous natural features; and the Chandler Eco-Lodge.
The Daura Gallery houses Lynchburg’s art collection, including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by Pierre Daura and other American and European artists. Special exhibitions and events are held throughout the academic year. Admission is free.