Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, NC

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, NC

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Your future begins here

At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we stand proudly upon our strong foundation of excellence that fosters pride, stability, and success. Over 125 years, our deep roots have initiated a positive reputation sustained by our commitment to growth and remarkable alumni outcomes so undergraduate and graduate students can prepare for lives of purpose and career success.

LR’s main campus rests on more than 100 acres in the heart of Hickory, North Carolina, with two additional sites in distinct cities in North Carolina and South Carolina. While honoring our rich history and tradition of excellence as a Lutheran liberal arts institution, LR welcomes students from all religious denominations and backgrounds. For 11 consecutive years, LR has experienced enrollment growth with more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled across our three campuses. 

With more than 50 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate programs to choose from, students at LR have opportunities to discover their passions and explore new interests. Recently added majors include Criminal Justice and Social Entrepreneurship, plus graduate programs in Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and an MBA in Nonprofit Management. In fall 2018, LR launched its Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice, the first doctorate program in University history. 

LR’s challenging academic coursework is supported by internships, mentor opportunities, work-study, and study abroad programs. In addition, the student-faculty ratio of 13:1 allows for meaningful interactions and access to student services that increase the value of a student’s education and academic experience. 

Additionally, LR offers programs for 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 coursework toward a master’s degree during their senior year. The Alumni Advantage program allows LR graduates to pursue an advanced degree or take graduate-level courses at a discounted rate for most of its graduate programs. 

Student life
Lenoir-Rhyne invests personally in the lives of all students and empowers them to know their inherent value to fulfill their potential to find purpose and meaning in every part of their college experience. 

Students are encouraged to actively engage in more than 60 cocurricular clubs and organizations on campus, including:
• Academic
• Arts and culture
• Community service and awareness
• Culture and politics
• Fitness and intramurals
• Fraternities and sororities
• Religious and spiritual
• Student governance and leadership

Known as the Bears, the University’s athletic teams have been a longstanding source of pride and a vital part of student life. LR’s NCAA Division II athletic program includes 22 intercollegiate teams competing in the South Atlantic Conference. In 2018–2019, LR celebrated six NCAA Division II championship berths and three SAC Championships, and nearly 200 student-athletes were honored on the SAC Honor Roll for maintaining a 3.3 GPA.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s campus is at the heart of Bear Nation, where students are dedicated, competitive, and friendly and call LR their second home. Beyond the campus community, residents and businesses embrace and welcome students with a network of support. 

The main campus in Hickory is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides students with access to major urban and outdoor amenities, cultural opportunities, and recreational activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, breathtaking views, and much more. 


By the Numbers

11 consecutive years of enrollment growth

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

99% of students receiving some type of financial aid

$115 million LR endowment

14 graduate programs participating in Bridges to Dreams

$30+ million awarded annually in scholarships and financial aid

60+ countries with study abroad opportunities

13:1 student-faculty ratio

900 graduate students participating in programs on the Hickory and Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses in 2019

22 NCAA Division II athletic teams

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