Work and Play Go Hand in Hand

The next few weeks are full of fall events where your Lancers will be showing off what they have learned and also having some silly—and even scary—fun (boo!). All work and no play is definitely not a recipe for success, so, along with encouraging them to work hard, put in a word for taking an occasional study break.

Fall 2021 Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry

Students present their academic work, from biology research to graphic design projects, in this twice-yearly event. Ask your student if they’re planning to participate. (The registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m.)

The showcase is set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 2-5:30 p.m. Parents can see their students in action via Zoom for oral presentations and performances.   Poster presentations and visual art displays will be virtual and will be posted on the ForagerOne Symposium platform.

You can find more information here.

Student Ensemble Concerts

If you weren’t able to come to campus for Family Weekend, you missed a great showcase of our students’ musical talents. There was a sizable crowd in Jarman Auditorium, and the students got a boost from performing for a live audience again after last year.

There is something to be said for live-streamed concerts, however: Parents can watch them from home.

If your student is in the Camerata Singers, the Chamber Singers, the Wind Symphony and/or the String Ensemble, mark these dates and times on your calendar. All three concerts will be live in Jarman Auditorium and live-streamed  at “Elwood’s Recital” on YouTube.

Camerata and Chamber Singers
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The students in these ensembles not only sing, but also share their own reflections in words and in images throughout the concert.

Wind Symphony
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring clarinet professor Dr. Roland Karnatz in the 1940s swing-style piece “Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto” and a Veterans Day tribute that will include service songs of the U.S. military followed by Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Wind Ensemble

String Ensemble
Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring works by Gustav Holst, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jay Ungar, Ledah Finck and Gordon Ring.

Now For the Fun

If your student is telling you there’s nothing to do, see if they know about these  entertaining events.

Magic Show: Matt the Knife
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 8 p.m.

Organized by Lancer Productions
Described as an “intense mentalist, magician and speaker who’s wickedly humorous, occasionally dangerous and unapologetically irreverent.”

Haunted House with Campus Recreation
Friday, Oct. 29, 8-11 p.m.
Screaming encouraged 🙂


Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest
Monday, Nov. 1, throughout the day
Organized by Alumni and Career Services
Students can submit photos of their pumpkins and costumes, which will be posted online for community voting to determine prize winners. Tell your student to let you know if they enter so you can vote for them! Winners will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Step Afrika!
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, 8 p.m.
Organized by Lancer Productions
A dance troupe that performs and teaches the history of stepping.

—Sabrina Brown






A Busy October: From Silly to Serious


Ask your student if they had fun at Oktoberfest, which wrapped up this past Saturday with a full slate of activities and lots of live music. Some of Longwood’s most cherished traditions—including Color Wars and bonfire—take place during this fall semester celebration. (Color Wars pits students graduating in odd years against those graduating in even years in a battle of red and green paint. Bonfire is all about hot apple cider and telling stories from Longwood’s history.) You can see a full album of photos here—and maybe even catch a glimpse of your student.


Hearing that your child has gotten a job in a field they’ve worked so hard to prepare for, or been accepted to graduate school, rank toward the top of life’s best moments.

Longwood—and many of our alumni—are committed to helping students achieve those goals, and Career Week, coming up Oct. 11-14, is a perfect example of that commitment.

The week is designed to help your student navigate the job-search and graduate-school application process, as well as connect with Longwood’s alumni network and meet potential employers.

All students are welcome at the sessions noted below. It’s really never too soon to start crafting a killer resume or thinking about what it takes to get into graduate school. How to land an internship will also be on the agenda.

Please encourage your student to take full advantage of the week’s activities, which are detailed below.

Any parents, and especially those who are Longwood alums, are welcome to attend the networking session Wednesday evening (Oct. 13). Alumni parents also are invited to attend the alumni reception Thursday evening (Oct. 14). If you have any questions, you can reach out to Megan Miller, associate director of campus career engagement, at or 434-395-2064.

Students and parents who plan to attend should register here: A full schedule and descriptions of events are also available on this website.

If your student has any questions, they can email or


Monday, Oct. 11
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop | 3 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Room 300

Tuesday, Oct. 12
Graduate School Preparation Workshop | 1 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Room 300
LinkedIn and Networking Workshop | 3 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, Martinelli Room

Wednesday, Oct. 13
Alumni, Student and Employer Networking Event | 6 p.m. | Upchurch University Center, Soza Ballroom

Thursday, Oct. 14
Career, Internship and Engagement Fair | 1 p.m. | Maugans Alumni Center, Blackwell Ballroom
Alumni Reception | 6:30 p.m. | Radcliff Hall

—Sabrina Brown


Want to have a harmonious fall break? Give these 10 ideas a try

Today’s Parent Pipeline post was contributed by Larry Robertson, Longwood’s assistant vice president for student development and former dean of students.

Fall break is just around the corner—there will be no classes Oct. 7 and 8. Your student may be heading home for the first time this semester or, if they’re a freshman, for the first time since they headed off to college.

Larry Robertson

Just like any family vacation, especially when it’s been a while since everyone has lived together under the same roof, there can be a few pitfalls. Harmony can be achieved, however, with a little forethought and planning.

Since this post is for parents, here’s my Top 10 list of things to think about before your student comes through the door.


You may not be aware that you’ve become accustomed to your house being a little quieter since your student moved to campus. You will likely be amazed at how much extra noise their two feet can make—and a lot of that noise may be generated at night after you’ve gone to bed. Your student may have become a night owl.


Curfews can be a point of friction, but discussing this issue before your student comes home will go a long way toward an amicable solution. Remember they’ve been coming and going as they please for several weeks—but it’s still your home and you set the rules. Even if you don’t intend to set a curfew, you may want to remind your student to let you know where they are and when they plan to return.


Many of you may want to do your student’s laundry, and that is fine. However, some of you may want to remind them that they are capable of doing it for themselves. That’s OK, too. Again, it will help to discuss this before they get home.


Don’t plan too much. It’s a good idea to check first with your student to see what their plans are before completely filling their time at home with family activities. Your student may have plans to connect with friends. It might be better to choose one or two times designated for family activities and give your student some flexibility to do other things. If you plan to take them out for meals, avoid Chik-fil-A, Applebee’s and other restaurants that are in Farmville. Trust me—they are ready for something different.


Be prepared to see some changes in your child’s behavior, though they will probably be minor. They might have new favorite foods (sushi, for example), new favorite snacks (Flaming Hot Cheetos, for example), new exercise routines or even be using Longwood lingo you’re not familiar with (“The Wood,” “CHI,” “D-hall,” etc.). Don’t be afraid to ask them to explain. Also be aware that they may have incorporated some colorful language into their vocabulary.


Try not be alarmed if they come home with a noticeable change in appearance, like a new hair color, bangs, a new tattoo or a new piercing. This is very common among college students. They may just be looking for a way to assert their newfound “freedom.”


Some students may bring home loads of homework. These students may have procrastinated or suddenly realized that midterms are fast approaching. If this is your student, encourage them to take some breaks and relax a little. Some students may not bring home any homework at all. Depending upon the classes they’re taking and their personal study habits, they may have stayed on top of their assignments. If this is your student, don’t pry or nag, but ask them what midterms they have coming up. Or you may be able to find out how they’re doing by asking them about their favorite and least favorite classes.


It’s not uncommon at this point in the semester for students to share that they are struggling in a class or that they are thinking about changing their major. Encourage them to talk to their professors during office hours or after class. Remind your student that help is available through tutoring and the Writing Center.


If you hear the words “I am failing,” ask for clarification. Your student may think they are failing when they really have a C. Or they might be concerned about earning an A minus. In some cases, it may be important to remind them that doing their best doesn’t always mean being perfect.


October can be a difficult time for a lot of new college students. In addition to adapting to their new life at college, they’re also starting to realize that life is continuing at their high school without them and their friends at other colleges are having different experiences. It may seem that everyone else is changing. What they don’t realize is that they’re changing, too. Be prepared for them to be quieter or seem down. You can ask them how they’re feeling, but don’t be surprised if they don’t know what’s wrong. It’s all well within the range of normal.

Finally, don’t forget to have some fun with your student over fall break. And don’t be surprised if you’re somewhat relieved to have the house back to yourself when they return to school. That’s within the range of normal as well.



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

—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

A momentous week, shipping packages to campus and upcoming events

If you’re reading this, you and your student have made it through the first week of classes. Congratulations!

For some students, it’s been all smiles and smooth sailing. For others, I know it’s been more of a challenge. College is a big transition for both you and your student. Give it time, and don’t give up.

Starting college is such a great opportunity for your student to become more independent, to meet and conquer challenges, to step outside their comfort zone, to be brave and so much more. It’s really a hands-on exercise in growing up. Give them support, but let them do it. They will thank you for it later (sometimes much later, but still …).

Next item of business …


Shipping/delivering to campus seems to be a topic of interest—and of some confusion—among Longwood parents. So I hope the information below will be helpful. You might want to print it out and save it for future reference.

via the U.S. Post Office, UPS or FedEx
Address your package like this:

Student Name
Longwood University
201 High Street
6-digit number of your student’s PO box (include ONLY the numbers; DO NOT INCLUDE the words PO Box)
Farmville, VA 23909

When delivered by the U.S. Post Office, UPS or FedEx, here’s how the package gets to your student:
1. The package will be delivered to the Longwood post office, which is in Graham Hall.
2. The post office will send a notification to your student’s Longwood email letting them know they have a package to pick up.
3. To pick up their package, your student will need to go to the post office. They should bring their Lancer ID as well as the email notification (this can be on their phone or printed out). The post office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind when you’re shipping packages that students won’t be able to pick up anything on the weekend.

Also delivered to your student via the Longwood post office will be refund checks from Longwood cashiering, stipend checks from the university and any printed internal communications from their academic departments, professors, student organizations, etc. The pick-up procedure for this mail is the same as for packages.

If you need help or have questions, contact Pam Rohr, mail services manager, at or 434-395-2116.

—Groceries and other items from the Farmville
—Food from restaurants using services like Wayfast and Uber Eats
These items will most likely be delivered directly to your student’s residence hall or Longwood-managed apartment. Provide the vendor with the student’s name, the residence hall or apartment complex, and the room or apartment number.


Encourage your student to get involved!

First Friday Back and The G.A.M.E
Friday, Aug. 27, 3:30-9 p.m., Lankford Patio, Stubbs Lawn, Athletics Complex

Stampede Athletic Band Organizational Meeting
Sunday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Longwood Landings rehearsal room

Involvement and Volunteer Fair
Thursday, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m., Brock Commons

Outdoor Movie Night: Monsters University
Friday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., Stubbs Lawn

Clark Intercultural Center Welcome Back
Friday, Sept. 3, 4-6 p.m., Clark Intercultural Center (behind the Health and Fitness Center)

Welcome Back Bingo!
Friday, Sept. 10, 8-10 p.m., Soza Ballroom Upchurch University Center

Family Weekend
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, multiple locations around campus

—Sabrina Brown



Back to School: Nobody does it better than Longwood

The start of the school year has always been exciting for me, starting when I was a kid and then extending through my daughter’s school years and my long career in higher education.

But I’ve honestly never seen any place do “Back to School” better than Longwood.

The next few days are loaded with activities for your Lancers. If your student is the type who’s inclined to stay in their room—encourage them to get out there and mingle, say “hello” to people, join a group going to an event, smile!

This is such an important time—especially for freshmen—to meet people and make friends. Everyone is in the same boat at the beginning of the year, so students are very open to forging new connections.

Shark-invested campus? Carnival-type rides have traditionally been part of back-to-school activities.

If you’re wondering what your student will be (or could be) up to as they settle in, I’ve included below details about some upcoming activities. Encourage them to join in!

Also, on the academic side, fall semester classes start Monday, Aug. 23. Add/drop deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. Here’s some information about add/drop in case you’re not familiar with that process.

Mission IMPROV-able 

Friday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m., Jarman Auditorium
A night of improv comedy put on by Lancer Productions, a student organization.

New Lancer Days Tailgate 

Saturday, Aug. 21, 7-9:30 p.m., Brock Commons
Carnival games, snow cones, cotton candy, music, Longwood swag, a photo booth and more.

Snow cone, anyone? These icy treats and cotton candy will sweeten the Tailgate event on Saturday.
Meet the Greeks 

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., Brock Commons (Soza Ballroom, Upchurch University Center, in case of rain)
Everything anyone could want to know about Greek life at Longwood can be found at this event. Representatives from all 22 organizations will be there to share information about their groups. Fraternities and sororities can be a great way to connect with other students.

First Friday Back and The G.A.M.E 

Friday, Aug. 27, 3:30-9 p.m., Multiple Campus Locations
Longwood scarf wristbands for freshmen handed out noon-3 p.m.; wristbands available to upperclassmen starting at 3:15 p.m. while supplies last
After some fun activities, students get their Lancer spirit going at a pep rally and then march together to the Athletics Complex to pick up their Longwood scarves and cheer for the men’s soccer team.

Every Lancer’s favorite accessory is the Longwood scarf. A new design is revealed each year, with freshmen given priority when the scarf is given out in the fall.
Involvement and Volunteer Fair 

Thursday, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m., Brock Commons
This is the perfect opportunity for your Lancer to find fellow students who share their interests and to get involved!

Finally, I’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all the new parents who have joined Parent Pipeline via email or the Facebook group over the summer. I hope you’ll feel more connected to your student’s experience through this blog and find some helpful information, as well.

Most of all, I hope your student has a fun and successful fall semester!

—Sabrina Brown

Making the Move Smooth: Here’s some information to help with your Lancer’s move-in plans

Less than a month from now many of you will be moving your students into their Longwood-managed residence hall or apartment. Move-in is set for Aug. 18-22.

I know some of you have this process down to a science, and I’ve seen you sharing your expertise on the Longwood parents Facebook page. I know your fellow parents are extremely grateful for your help.

The move-in schedule is designed to minimize crowds and traffic as much as possible, but let’s be honest, moving a student into a campus residence can be hard work. It probably will be hot, there will be a lot of people and, on top of that, it will probably be a little emotional. Saying good-bye to your “baby” can be hard, even if they are (mostly) all grown up.

In line for the elevator

Having a smooth move-in means having a plan, and having a plan depends on having good information.

So here are answers to some FAQs about what to do—and what not to do—for move-in, as well as some helpful links and contact information for the Residential and Commuter Life office.

Q: When can my student move in?
A: That depends. Below is a pared-down, basic schedule. Be sure to check for your student’s specific date(s) and time(s), which are based on their individual housing assignment and status. Your student received an individualized email with this information. That information and more also can be found in an online, printable info sheet here.
—New Students in Johns and Moss Halls: Aug. 18-19
Specific dates and times are determined by the student’s housing assignment.
—New Students in Wheeler (non-Honors students), Sharp and Register Halls: Aug. 19
—Transfer and Readmitted Students in Residence Halls and Longwood Apartments: Aug. 19-22
—Continuing Students in Residence Halls: Aug. 20-22
—Continuing Students in Longwood Apartments: Aug. 20-22

Q: What if my student can’t move in at their designated date/time?
A: Early arrival is limited to certain groups of students, but your student can move in after their designated date/time. Notify Residential and Commuter Life in writing at of your planned arrival date/time.

Q: Where is the unloading area for my student’s residence hall/apartment complex?
A: Each residence hall and Longwood-managed apartment complex has a specific unloading area. Directions to each unloading area can be found here.

Unloading at Moss Hall

Q: How many family members and friends can help my student move in?
A: Students are encouraged to limit assistance from family and friends to three helpers in an effort to promote social distancing. Everyone participating in move-in should bring their own face coverings, gloves and other safety items (PPE).

Encourage your student to think twice—or three or four times—about what they will really need because it all has to be taken inside.

Q: Will there be any volunteers from Longwood helping with move-in?
A: To uphold social distancing and safety, the university will not be providing volunteers to help new students moving into main campus housing.

Q: Will the university provide carts or dollies for move-in?
A: Due to Covid-19 sanitation requirements, these items will not be provided. Families are encouraged to bring their own dollies or carts.

On move-in day, a dolly is a girl’s—and a dad’s—best friend.

Q: Are there any items that are not allowed in Longwood-managed housing?
A: For safety and other reasons, there are some items that students are not allowed to bring on campus. The “What Not To Bring” list can be found here. You’ll also find lists with suggestions for what you can and should bring. Please be sure to check these lists BEFORE packing.

Q: How long are we allowed to remain in the unloading area? Where should we move our car after unloading? Is it OK to park in lots of nearby businesses?
A: As soon as your car is unloaded, you should move it immediately to the designated parking area for your student’s residence hall or apartment complex. This allows others to advance into the unloading area. Directions to the designated parking area for each residence hall and apartment complex can be found here. There will be staff on site to assist with directing families where to unload and park. Do not park in private business lots. Towing is enforced.

Be ready for the emotional side of move-in day, too.

Q. What if my student has not paid all of their tuition or fees prior to move-in?
A. You can make your final payment on move-in day, but it must be before your student unloads and checks in. If your student has an outstanding university balance when you arrive for move-in, enter campus at Wynne Drive and take the provided shuttle from the Wynne Parking Lot to Student Accounts and Financial Aid to complete the payment process. This will prevent you from experiencing interruptions during check-in. If at all possible, it’s best to make sure your student’s balance has been paid before move-in day.

Additional information about move-in can be found here. 

If you still have questions, feel free to call Residential and Commuter Life at 434-395-2080 or email

We’re counting the days until our students are back on campus!

—Sabrina Brown

Welcome to Parent Pipeline! Save the date for Family Weekend Sept. 17-19

Hello, Parents!

First of all, I want to welcome all of you who are new to Parent Pipeline, especially those of you who joined after attending orientation.

I can tell from the posts on the Facebook page for Longwood parents that many of you who will be moving a student to campus for the first time this fall are getting a head start on sorting out the logistics of that task. I am honestly impressed with the level of detail in the questions you’re asking, and it’s great to see parents who have “been there, done that” sharing their experiences and advice. The Lancer Family in action is a beautiful thing.

I hope you’ll also be able to find some helpful information in Parent Pipeline this year.


I’ll get started with a link to a post I wrote this past spring that answered some common questions from parents (all dates mentioned are 2021). And here’s another post that provides some information about services and activities that are available to students at no extra charge. If your student is new to Longwood, you might want to share this information with them.


If you’d like to ship a package to your student’s PO box, you can do that through the U.S. Postal Service.

If you’d like to ship via UPS or FedEx (neither of which will ship to a PO box), you can use this address:
Student Name
Longwood University
201 High Street
6-digit number of your student’s PO box (include ONLY the numbers; don’t include the words PO Box)
Farmville, VA 23909


Finally, I’m hoping you’ll save the date for Family Weekend, which is coming up Sept. 17-19. You’ll get to see how your Lancer is adapting to college life as well as explore campus and Farmville. And with so many other parents on campus, your student will feel like part of the crowd having you here.

If you’re wondering about where to stay, there are a lot of options in Farmville and in the surrounding area. Here’s a list with descriptions and contact information.

You can find more information about Family Weekend on the registration page and on the Family Weekend webpage. You can also download the Guidebook app, which will have a more robust schedule as plans are finalized and will be updated if changes are made.

Here are some of the highlights:
—Everyone who attends Family Weekend needs to register. Base tickets are $10 for family members age 5 and older. Base tickets for Longwood students and children under 5 are free, but they still need to register.
—This year’s Family Weekend coincides with the Heart of Virginia Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18, an all-day, downtown street fair with food, games, vendors, live music and more.
—Activities and events included in the base ticket include an outdoor concert at Riverside Park in downtown Farmville, family game night and a yoga class.
—A painting class ($35) and The Great Dubois variety show ($5) are also on the schedule for an additional fee. Longwood students are admitted free to the variety show with their Lancer IDs but they’ll need a ticket for the painting class. The painting class isn’t suitable for very young children; those 5 and older require a ticket.

—Sabrina Brown

Making Good on Our Commitment to Affordability: Tuition remains the same as last year

Making good on Longwood’s commitment to affordability, the Board of Visitors (the university’s governing body) decided at their most recent meeting that there would be no increase in tuition this year, making this the second time in three years that Longwood’s budget has not included a tuition increase.

Longwood’s average percentage increase in tuition over recent years is one of the very lowest among Virginia public universities—an average of 3 percent per year since 2014.

Overall, we hope this is good news for your family.

Specifically, annual in-state, full-time tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester) in 2021-22 will be the same as in 2019-20 and 2020-21:
In-state annual tuition

The university has restructured full-time, out-of-state tuition for 2021-22 (12-18 credit hours per semester), resetting both tuition and scholarship award amounts. The net result of this adjustment is that out-of-state, full-time tuition costs, with scholarship awards taken into consideration, will remain flat in 2021-22 as well.
Out-of-state annual tuition

There will be a small increase in the comprehensive fee for next year, 3.14 percent, for both in-state and out-of-state students. This fee funds auxiliary operations including health services, student activities, career services and recreation opportunities.

Costs for meal plans and housing were set earlier this year.

The 2021-22 academic year includes substantial support for the financial needs of students, addressing a need for families impacted by Covid-19. More than $17.5 million will be given to students in financial support in the 2021-22 academic year.

“Longwood recognizes the impact the last year has had on family budgets, and we maintain our commitment to keeping college affordable,” said President W. Taylor Reveley IV. “We have examined every area of the university for savings and efficiencies with the goal in mind of keeping tuition flat again for our students. With support from the governor and General Assembly, we’ve made real progress and will continue to work on our students’ and families’ behalf on college affordability.”

—Sabrina Brown