On a roll: Longwood again ranks in U.S. News top 10 public universities in the South

I’m so happy to be able to share with you the good news that—for the sixth straight year—Longwood has been named one of the top 10 public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, Longwood was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top South Region colleges on its annual list.

One important factor in this year’s U.S. News ranking is this statistic reported in the magazine: Longwood has the highest percentage of small classes of any public college or university in the South.

With nearly two-thirds of Longwood classes having 20 or fewer students, and nearly all taught by full-time faculty, your Lancers have a distinct advantage over peers at larger institutions: access to faculty members who mentor them through research projects, academic exploration and the signature Civitae core curriculum.

The latest ranking continues Longwood’s steady rise over the last decade. Since 2013, the university has climbed to No. 7 from No. 12 among public institutions in the Southern regional category. Among public and private regional universities, Longwood is again ranked in the top 20.

The biggest climb in the rankings, however, is a major jump on the Best Value in the South list: Longwood leaped a whopping 14 spots to No. 33 overall this year.

You can read the full story here.

Sabrina Brown


Up for a Road Trip? Join in the Family Weekend fun Sept. 17-18

No plans for the weekend?

What about a road trip to Longwood? It’s Family Weekend—and we have all kinds of activities planned that will showcase students and introduce you to some of Longwood’s faculty.

You can come for an afternoon, a day or the weekend. Take this opportunity to give your Lancer a hug and tell them how proud you are of them. Your support and your confidence in them still mean a lot—even if they think they’re too grown up to show it.

You can register at Upchurch University Center when you arrive on campus. There’s a flat cost of $10 per person (no charge for students), which helps cover Game Night snacks and prizes on Friday, a continental breakfast Saturday morning and other costs associated with the activities. The Saturday night performance of The Great Dubois—billed as “the world’s most unique two-person circus show”—requires a $5 ticket (students admitted free with Longwood ID).

Some of the weekend’s activities are detailed below. For a full schedule, you can download the Guidebook app at https://guidebook.com/g/lufamilyweekend2021/.

—Sabrina Brown


4-8 p.m.
Registration Upchurch University Center

8-10 p.m.
Game Night! Upchurch University Center
—BINGO, hosted by Lancer Productions, Soza Ballroom
—Trivia, hosted by Greenwood Library, Wilson Chamber
—Family Feud, hosted by the Cormier Honors College, First Floor Lounge 


8 a.m.-noon
Registration Upchurch University Center

8 a.m.
Yoga Stubbs Lawn

10:30 a.m.-noon
Campus Presentations Upchurch University Center, Wilson Chamber
10:30 a.m. – Study Abroad
11 a.m. – Fraternity and Sorority Life
11:30 a.m. – Brock Experiences

Field Hockey Game Athletics Complex, Johnson Drive

12:30-1:45 p.m.  (doors open at 12:15 p.m.)
Music Showcase Jarman Auditorium
Featuring student and faculty ensembles, chamber groups and soloists, including Camerata Singers, Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers, String Ensemble, University Choir and a jazz combo.

1 p.m.
Men’s Rugby Game First Avenue Field

1-3 p.m.
Faculty Presentations (please check the guidebook app for exact times)
Wonders of Biology, presented by Denis Trubitsyn, Bjoern Ludwar and Mark Fink,  Chichester 213
Chemistry Magic, presented by Sarah Porter,  Wheeler Lawn
Stronger Together through Books, presented by the education and counseling faculty, Greenwood Library, second floor
Where Action Meets Compassion, Lives Change, presented by Ian Danielson, Hiner 207
Brett Hursey and the Grainger Players (staged reading of a 10-minute play, Tough Cookies), Hiner 207
The Power of Narrative, presented by Mary Carrol Hackett, Hiner 207
Speech Learning Pathology and Audiology Presentation by students and faculty, Longwood Speech, Hearing and Learning Services, 315 W. Third Street
Clinical Simulation Lab Tours, Stevens, third floor
Skills To Pay The Bills, presented by Jeff Halliday, Allen Hall 101
Use Your Voice: Communication as a Citizen Leader, presented by Kris Paal, Allen Hall 101

2-3 p.m.
Student Performances Jarman Hall

6 p.m.
Club Football Game Lancer Park Fields

8 p.m.
The Great DuBois, “the world’s most unique two-person circus show” Jarman Hall