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By the Numbers

consecutive years LR has experienced record enrollment

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

of students receiving some type of financial aid

endowment, ranking the fifth highest among NC private institutions

new campus renovations in the past 12 months

in scholarships awarded annually

new undergraduate students on campus for fall 2017 semester

of first-year students living on campus

graduate students taking part in programs on the Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses in 2017

varsity athletic teams

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

Today more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across the three campuses and call LR home. For the past nine years, LR has experienced record enrollment, welcoming its largest-ever incoming class for the 2016–2017 academic year. There are currently over 50 undergraduate majors and 29 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 Non-profit Management, and MBA in Social Entrepreneurship. Additionally, LR offers programs for current students and alumni to pursue a master’s degree 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 degree during their senior year. The Alumni Advantage program allows LR graduates to pursue a master’s degree or take graduate-level courses at a significantly discounted rate for most of its graduate programs.

Though the University continues to grow, students enjoy small class sizes with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. LR’s faculty are comprised of 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 the intellectually gifted.

Intercollegiate athletics have been a longstanding source of pride and an integral part of student life at Lenoir-Rhyne. LR competes in the South Atlantic Conference of the NCAA Division II with 22 varsity teams who 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 of the 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. Students can take advantage of everything the city has to offer, from outdoor activities to a plethora of dining options, shopping, entertainment events, and more. 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 for LR students to experience.

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.