Lenoir-Rhyne University

Graduates: 126
Undergraduates: 1409
Graduates: 126
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $29,310.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,310.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1100 / 23 / 3.71
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 43:57
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Lutheran Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 65%

Lenoir�Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts university founded in 1891 and located in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. The university is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In 2011-12 Lenoir-Rhyne enrolled approximately 1,980 students of whom 1,653 were undergraduate with a gender distribution of 35.4 percent male students and 64.6 percent female students. 55.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45.0 percent of students live off campus. Lenoir�Rhyne University participates in NCAA Division II athletics

In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. As an institution of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the University holds the conviction that wholeness of personality, true vocation, and the most useful service to God and the world are best discerned from the perspective of Christian faith. As a community of learning, the University provides programs of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing study committed to the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for a wide variety of careers and as guidance for a meaningful life.

The dream of Lenoir-Rhyne began in 1891 when four Lutheran pastors created a school where young people could receive a sound education based on religious principles and Christian values. The doors to the one-room school, then called Highland Academy, opened with 12 students. In 1895, the college assumed its first official synodical sponsorship which continues today with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The original property, a 56-acre tract one mile north of the Hickory business district, was part of the estate of a Watauga County lawyer, Captain Walter Lenoir. Before he died in 1890, Captain Lenoir donated the land as a campus for a church-sponsored college. The school opened September 1, 1891. It carried the name "Highland College," but four months later it was chartered under the name of Lenoir College in memory of the donor of the land. The college became Lenoir-Rhyne in 1923, in honor of Daniel E. Rhyne, a Lincoln County industrialist who boosted the endowment and other assets of the institution. The college was admitted into the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1928. The end of World War II brought an influx of students, boosting enrollment from 407 in 1945 to 843 in 1947. In the late 1960s, the college initiated long-range plans to enrich the quality of its curricula and it has never looked back. Major improvements in the academic calendar were implemented. New courses were offered and joint degree programs with other institutions were added. Student personnel services were expanded and new buildings constructed and others renovated. The campus almost doubled in size and endowment hit new highs.


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Chief_administrator: Wayne B. Powell (President)
Fax: 8283287378
Phone: 8283281741
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
Website: www.lr.edu
Financial aid office website: finaid.lr.edu/home
Net price calculator web address: finaid.lr.edu/financial-aid-calculator
Online application website: www.lr.edu/admissions/apply
Admission office website: www.lr.edu/admissions
Undergraduate application fee: $35.00
Graduate application fee: $35.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No