Tell Your Friends: Now is the perfect time for high-school juniors to visit Longwood

Kara enjoyed a weekend visit from her dad.

If you’re like me, it only takes a couple of days of mild temperatures and sunshine to make you want to hop in the car and go—somewhere, anywhere.

So I have a suggestion that would add some purpose to that urge, both for you and for your friends, family or neighbors who have high-school students delving into a college search this spring.

Think about a trip to Farmville and Longwood.

April 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday) are days off from classes for Longwood students. That’s a great opportunity to spend some time with your Lancer.

But first, I’d like to talk with you about how you can provide valuable help to people you know whose high-school students are looking at colleges.

Figuring out what a college or university is really like can be difficult. As the parent of a current student, you have so much insight into what it’s like to attend Longwood. Don’t be hesitant to share your and your Lancer’s experiences with friends and family. They will appreciate your insider’s perspective.

If you think Longwood would be a good fit for a high-school junior you know, please encourage their family to bring them to campus for a visit. Just in time for spring break, Longwood is hosting a series of on-campus visit days especially for high-school juniors and their families.

Dates for the junior visit days are: Mach 29-April 1, April 5-8, and April 10.

In-person tours are part of Longwood’s visit days for high-school juniors in late March and early April.

Visitors will be able to
—Take an in-person tour of campus with a guide who’s a current student (while observing safety measures, including wearing a face covering)
—Get answers to questions
—And enjoy a complimentary lunch

You can direct anyone who’s interested to the registration page here.

If you already have a student at Longwood, the first weekend of April might be a perfect time to visit campus. No classes will be held Thursday, April 1, and Friday, April 2. Maybe your Lancer would enjoy dinner out with the fam sometime during that weekend. A walk or bike ride together down the High Bridge Trail is also perfect “family time,” or you could do some shopping along Main Street.

The High Bridge Trail, which is accessible right in downtown Farmville, is a great place for hiking and biking.

Several restaurants downtown have outdoor seating. And so do the Virginia Tasting Cellar and 3 Roads Brewery (nonalcoholic beverages are available). Bikes can be rented downtown, and, for students, they can be checked out through the Health and Fitness Center (depending on availability).

The Virginia Tasting Cellar has a large patio, and you can order food from Charley’s upstairs.

If you or your friends make the trip and are looking for a great place to stay overnight in Farmville, take a look at the Hotel Weyanoke, newly renovated and located right across High Street from campus. Mention promo code LU15 to receive a discount or book here.

Hotel Weyanoke, a boutique hotel that has undergone a complete renovation, is right across High Street from campus.

—Sabrina Brown

What Parents Want to Know: Answers to Your Questions

I was browsing through the Longwood Parents Facebook page the other day and saw several questions that I thought a wider group of parents might be interested in. So I enlisted the help of some campus experts in housing, IT, financial aid and other offices to get the official answers, which are below.

If you have any questions that you think would be of interest to other parents, please feel free to send them to me at I’ll try my best to address them in a future Parent Pipeline post.

—Sabrina Brown

Does anyone know when financial aid packets (scholarships, etc.) will be sent for returning students?
Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors should be able to access their financial aid information in mid- to late May. The information is available only by signing into Students will receive a message at their Longwood email address letting them know when the information has been posted. No printed packets are mailed.

If your student has questions about the information in their financial aid award or any other issue related to financial aid, they should contact the Office of Financial Aid:
—livechat on the website (look for the orange “Chat With Us” button on the right side of the page at
—call 434-395-2077

Freshmen and transfer students who have been accepted for fall and filed their FAFSA by Feb. 1 should already have received their financial aid packets at their home address. They also should have been notified at their Longwood and personal email addresses that their financial aid information is available by signing in to

If your student was accepted and filed the FAFSA by Feb. 1 and has not received the printed information or an email, they should contact the Office of Financial Aid:
—livechat on the website (look for the orange “Chat With Us” button on the right side of the page at
—call 434-395-2077

Packets will be sent out weekly to students who were accepted and/or filed their FAFSA after Feb. 1. Allow at least three weeks after acceptance/filing the FAFSA to receive the packet.

Other sources of information for incoming students are accepted student events, where financial aid representatives will be available in person to answer questions, and Zoom sessions with the Office of Financial Aid. More information is available here.

My senior knows nothing about the senior ring ceremony. Does anyone have any information?
An event celebrating the presentation of Longwood class rings is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, in Radcliff Hall, the new admissions building, with a photo op in the Rotunda. The day before the event, the rings purchased this year will arrive on campus, and they will spend the night in the Rotunda.

Students who purchased a ring by Feb. 1 this year or who purchased rings last year (when the ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19 precautions) will receive an email allowing them to sign up for a 15-minute time slot between noon and 4 p.m. Each student will be able to invite two guests to the event.

Alumni and Career Services made every effort to ensure all students eligible to purchase a ring, and their parents, were notified about this year’s event and how to buy a ring. The information campaign included a series of emails they sent out from October through January to parents and students. Orders had to be placed by Feb. 1 for the rings to be available in time for this year’s ceremony.

Students who purchased rings last year can contact Alumni and Career Services at if they would like to drop their rings off to spend the night in the Rotunda or just bring them to the event.

If your Lancer would like to purchase a ring in time for next year’s ring event, they can get more information on the Balfour website here​ or they can make an appointment to meet with the Balfour representative who will be on campus March 23-24. All current juniors and seniors will receive an email with information about making an appointment. Second-semester sophomores also are eligible to purchase a ring.

Is there any benefit to buying a computer through the school—like tech support or a loaner program if something breaks?
At one time, Longwood did offer a “Longwood/Dell” for students. When the program started, many students participated. However, as people became more comfortable with making their own computer purchases, participation dwindled, and about six years ago the university decided to discontinue the program.

Since that time, Longwood has provided students and parents with a set of “minimum recommended specifications” for the purchase of a laptop. Those specs and other laptop information can be found at this webpage. Technical support for software, malware removal and other computer issues is available for students regardless of the type of laptop they bring with them to campus through via the student support technician (SST) program. Learn more about the SST program at Longwood does not perform hardware/warranty work on student machines.

Questions can be directed to Kim Redford, director of user support services, at

Does anyone know where students can find a report card? We need to provide grades for new car insurance, and my daughter can’t find it online.
Longwood doesn’t print grade reports, but students can print an unofficial transcript once grades are posted for a semester through their account. Instructions for how to do this can be found here.

Related to this question, insurance companies often want verification of enrollment, which shows the student is attending full time and is in good standing. Instructions and the form to fill out for this purpose can be found here.

It’s important to note that parents can’t request this information. The student must submit the request.

Questions about these issues should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at or 434-395-2580.

My daughter received a remittance check yesterday from the university. Does anyone know what this could be for?
The Student Accounts Office sends out refunds weekly throughout the semester for financial aid refunds, including student loan refunds and Parent Plus loan refunds, as well as for refunds from dropped classes. If you have questions about a refund check, you should contact Student Accounts at 434-395-2067 or

Did anyone look at the 1098-T form yet? Who do I call if it is not correct or to ask questions?
A 1098-T is a tax statement that all colleges and universities are required to prepare for students with tuition charges and payments in a tax year.

Students and parents (if the student has given parents access) can find their 1098-T statement in the student payment portal accessed through or the authorized user portal (parents). 1098-T forms are generated by Jan. 31 of each year.

Parents or students who have questions should can contact Student Accounts at 434-395-2067 or

Please note that parents must be listed as an authorized user in the payment portal or on the student’s FERPA form to receive information about their student’s account.

How is the lighting at Lancer Park at night? Is the stairwell area well-lit?
Lancer Park is a well-lit apartment complex with lighting in front of each garden-style apartment and townhouse. There is lighting inside each apartment stairwell.

What is the difference between Lancer Park and Lancer Park North/South? How close do you get to park to your apartment?
Lancer Park
consists of garden-style 2- or 4-bedroom apartments and 4-bedroom town houses. Each student has their own bedroom within the apartment unit. Students are provided with semi-private bathrooms and a shared kitchen/living room space.

Lancer Park North/South consists of two buildings in the Lancer Park complex that are adjacent to Brown Commons. The two buildings have shared hallways that provide access to each apartment. Lancer Park North/South provides 2-bedroom, 4-bedroom and studio apartments.

Similar to Lancer Park, the apartments provide each student with their own bedroom. The apartments also provide semi-private bathrooms and a shared living room/kitchen space.

Parking is available in front of individual apartments and town houses in Lancer Park. In Lancer Park North/South, parking is available in close proximity to the two buildings.

My son is registered for fall semester. Is there a place on the website for roommate matching?
In early June, new students will receive instructions via email about how to complete the online housing application/survey. On the survey, students can either request a specific student to room with or can complete a roommate-matching survey to be paired with another student.

The housing application will also allow the student to indicate if they have a preference for a single room with no roommate and to indicate a building preference. Students will receive their housing assignments in early July.

Many students meet other students and find roommates on the Class of 2025 Facebook page run through the Office of Admissions.

How can my student access the housing app or ask questions about housing?
The housing application will be available to new students in early June. Once available, each student will receive an email with instructions. Any student with housing questions can email or call the Residential and Commuter Life office at 434-395-2080.

When can student athletes move in on campus in the fall?
In compliance with NCAA guidelines, Longwood Athletics will communicate with each eligible pre-season team about their arrival dates. August early arrival dates are not available at this time.



A Message of Encouragement from President Reveley

One of the things I love about working at Longwood is the thoughtfulness and deep emotion our president, W. Taylor Reveley IV, feels about Longwood and the students we’re here to nurture and help grow into their best selves.

This week President Reveley sent a message to your Lancer and their fellow students about the need for continued vigilance but also optimism for the remainder of the spring semester and next year. Like all of us, he is looking forward to the time when the campus returns to normal and the Longwood community will be able to express and experience their trademark connectedness fully in person.

Here is the text of his message:

Dear Students,

Halfway through the spring semester, I just wanted you to hear from me with a note of encouragement and—yes—optimism.

We are not yet through this challenge. Recent large outbreaks at other college campuses remind us how quickly Covid-19 can spread if we let our guard down. Important restrictions related to gatherings, masks and social distancing remain in place across Virginia. I suspect they will for some time, until we are more surely in the clear.

But with the first feel of spring in the air, I am more hopeful than I have been in some time. Thanks in great measure to the continued citizen leadership and responsibility of the vast majority of our students, our plan to navigate the epidemic on campus is working. Now, the weather will allow us to be outside more. Case numbers have been moving in the right direction in the Commonwealth. Every day tens of thousands more Virginians are getting vaccinated.

While I cannot be sure, I hope this spring we will see more and more aspects of life returning closer to normal.

It is one sign of progress (and pride) that all of our athletics teams are now competing. In the meantime, I have worked to convey across Longwood that a top priority these coming weeks will be to keep us connected to one another, and to honor our campus traditions, so meaningful to us all, as best we safely can. We’ve let the Class of 2021 know we will do as much as we possibly can under state guidelines for Commencement in May. As for next fall, I believe we really can look forward to a far more normal campus experience, closely resembling the deeply connected Longwood we know and love.

It has meant a lot that we have been able to be here on campus this year, and experience in-person learning more than most other colleges in Virginia or across the country. But I know it hasn’t been easy. I have heard from many of you that the precautions in place, which make it harder to connect with one another, have taken a real toll—and that you have been genuinely grieving experiences you have missed.

This next stretch will likely bring a range of emotions—that true sense of sadness and loss, but also I hope pride in how we have persisted, and real optimism for a future now within reach.

Please these next few weeks, in the finest Longwood tradition, keep looking out for one another. Ask for help if you are struggling, and offer it if you see someone in need.

And finally, I hope you will embrace the generational opportunity that follows from your generational challenge.

As students, you are caretakers of this place—our spirit, our traditions and one another. Amongst your friends and classmates and neighbors, on teams and in clubs and organizations, you can help keep vibrant Longwood’s traditions, culture and camaraderie. Each of you can help pass down what is most special about this place to those who will follow. I think you will find great purpose and reward in this work.

Be safe, take care of yourselves and one another, and savor Longwood and its campus, always so beautiful in the springtime.

President Reveley