Since everyone who has written a definintion thus far has decided to dedicate that definition to bashing Longwood or surrounding colleges, here are some actual FACTS (all obtained from the Longwood University website):
A public, coeducational University with over 100 majors, minors, and concentrations in the arts and sciences, business, and education. Graduate programs in business, education, English, sociology, and environmental studies.
Longwood's 4,500 students (3,800 undergraduates) come from over 25 states and foreign countries.
Residential 60-acre campus. Approximately 70 percent of undergraduates live in university-sponsored housing. Mix of red-brick colonial revival in the style of Thomas Jefferson and contemporary architecture.
The average class has 26 students. One-quarter of all classes have 10 or fewer students.
Students/faculty ratio: 19:1.
Full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 80%.
Retention Rate: approximately 80% of freshmen continue to sophomore year.
Graduation Rate: 60% (within 5 years).
Fully networked campus. Full access to the Internet from all campus buildings and each residence hall room.
Other Facilities and Resources
Health and physical education complex with pool, dance studio, human performance lab and a 3,000-seat gymnasium; eight tennis courts; and a nine-hole golf course.
A Health and Fitness Center offers a rock climbing wall, track, courts and the newest weight machines.
Cooperative programs in engineering with the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Tennessee.
A pre-professional program in the medical sciences prepares students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medical technology, dental hygiene, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy.
A World of Study Abroad Opportunities
Northern Territory University in Australia; University of Teeside in Middlesborough, England; University of Bond, Australia; University of Limerick, Ireland; School for International Training, Belize; Mary Immaculate College, Ireland; University College, London; Institute for American Studies, Avignon, France; University of Derby, England; Institute of Spanish Studies, Valencia, Spain; Anhui , Anhui, China.
Admission decisions are competitive and based on your academic performance in high school, grade-point-average, types of courses, class standing, and SAT or ACT scores. The Admissions Committee will also review additional information you submit in support of your application. Primary emphasis, however, will be placed on your academic credentials. The AVERAGE GPA for freshmen entering in the fall of 2006 was a 3.3 and the SAT mid-range was between 1010-1200.
PROMINENT LONGWOOD ALUMS (from the past 25 years only)
Aimee Alexander, '01
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for Abbott Laboratories
Erin Sims Anderson, '98
Senior Human Resource General Manager at the Virginia State Corporation Commission
Thomas DeWitt, '80
President and CEO of SNVC, L.C.
Ransford Doherty, '93
Actor (movies and tv-shows)
View his Filmography
Kimberly Sterling Green, '96
National Program Manager for Lighting and Fireplaces for Ferguson Enterprises
Faith Clamp Halterman, '97
Systems Engineer with BAE Systems
Harold Hatchett, '83
Vice President for Investor Relations North American for Shell Oil Company
J. Paul Hurt, '89
Agency Director for MetLife Financial Services
Blair Lockamy, '00
Human Performance Analyst for Accenture
Dr. Kenneth Marcus, '82
Professor of Chemistry at Clemson University
Ricky Otey, '89
Director of Consumer Banking for Wachovia and member of the Longwood University Board of Visitors
Col. Richard Jay Poole, '82
Cdr. of the 203rd Support Battalion
Arjun Rishi, '87
President of Enterprise Bleu
Gary Slack, '84
Senior Vice President - Finance and CFO for BAE Systems North America
Charles Thornton, '92, and Robert Kenny, '88
Co Owners of Hometown Heroes Sports Pub
John Todd, '83
Managing Partner and CEO of APEX Partners
Jill Younce, '00
Inspector with the U. S. Postal Service
$30,000/year? I think not.
There are some fact about Longwood. So Longwood isn't Princeton, ok? No one ever claimed it was. So we don't pay a billion dollars a year to go to school - that doesn't make us stupid or not academically driven. It means that everyone deserves an education and not everyones mommy and daddy can afford to shell out. You can get a good education at Longwood. But how much money you will make in the future is only a reflection of how hard you are willing to work to make that happen - not a reflection of Longwood. There are a million opprotunities here and some students are here to work hard and get a good education at an old and respected institution - not to "get wasssted!" or sleep with "Richie-Rich" HSC boys. As with any college or university, your Longwood experience is what you make it.
If you want more info about Longwood, go to: www.longwood.edu.
Wow, I am really glad I chose to go to Longwood University!