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By the Numbers

10 consecutive years LR has experienced record enrollment

88% of faculty holding terminal degrees, the highest achievable in academic fields of study

99% of students receiving some type of financial aid

$106M LR endowment

14 graduate programs participating in Bridges to Dreams

$22M in scholarships awarded annually

50+ different countries with study abroad opportunities

77% of first-year students living on campus

900 graduate students taking part in programs on the Hickory and Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses in 2018

22 varsity athletic teams

Since 1891, the name Lenoir-Rhyne (LR) has been synonymous with exceptional higher education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The private, coeducational liberal arts University rests on more than 100 acres in the heart of Hickory, North Carolina, and is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lenoir-Rhyne welcomes students from all religious denominations and backgrounds. 

Today more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across three campuses and call LR home. For 10 consecutive years, LR has experienced record enrollment, welcoming its largest-ever incoming class for the 2018–2019 academic year. There are currently more than 50 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate programs for students to choose from, and those numbers continue to grow as administrators explore new programs to meet the needs and interests of LR students. Recently added majors include Criminal Justice and Social Entrepreneurship, as well as graduate programs in Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, University Leadership, MBA in Nonprofit Management, and MBA in Social Entrepreneurship. This fall, LR also launched its Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), LR’s first doctorate program in University history.

Additionally, LR offers programs for current students and alumni to pursue a master’s in a shorter period of time and at a more affordable expense. Bridges to Dreams provides the opportunity for undergraduates to seamlessly matriculate into graduate programs by beginning course work toward their master’s during their senior year. The Alumni Advantage program allows LR graduates to pursue a master’s or take graduate-level courses at a significantly discounted rate for most of its graduate programs.

Although the University continues to grow, students enjoy small class sizes with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. LR’s faculty comprise knowledgeable, experienced, highly qualified individuals who are passionate about teaching. The challenging academic course work is supported by experiential and service learning opportunities, including internships, mentor opportunities, work-study, and study abroad programs. Academic honor societies and organizations—such as the Lineberger Fellows and Broyhill Institute for Leadership—offer additional opportunities to challenge high-achieving students.

Intercollegiate athletics have been a longstanding source of pride and an integral part of student life at the University. LR competes in the South Atlantic Conference of the NCAA Division II with 22 varsity teams that admirably represent the Bears through dedication, sportsmanship, work ethic, and passion.

Extracurricular activities are abundant at LR. Recreational sports, fraternities and sororities, service organizations, music and theater programs, student government, and faith-based groups are just some avenues that allow students to pursue their interests and explore new ideas.
The University is fortunate to be an integral part of the Hickory community, nestled in the beautiful North Carolina foothills. A brief walk from campus leads LR students to Hollar Mill, where they can take a break for yogurt at Di’lishi, enjoy live entertainment at Music in the Mill, or dine on the Blowing Rock Brewing Company patio. A short drive away, Hickory’s Downtown Union Square features live concerts, a stroll through the Farmers Market, or dinner at Olde Hickory Station, where the occasional train passes through town. Hickory is located just an hour from the bustling city of Charlotte, where nightlife and professional sporting events are just a short trip away. Asheville and the Appalachian Mountains offer hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, breathtaking views, and much more.

Many of our alumni call Hickory home, which provides our institution and students with a rich network of support. LR works alongside business and community leaders to continue to enrich Hickory with educational, commercial, and cultural opportunities.