The Info List - Lenoir-Rhyne University

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).

To expand the University’s mission, the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC was opened in fall 2012; the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, SC was launched in 2014; and SACSCOC approved the merger of LR and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) on December 9, 2013,[2] bringing the total student population in all 3 campuses to over 2,500, faculty to over 137 full-time and 55 adjunct/instructors and staff to 241 in the 2017-18 school year.

A new Physician Assistant (PA) program and a new criminal justice major was added in 2016, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the university as the 16th Best Buy in the South in 2016. The freshman retention rate for 2015-16 was 66%. For the same period, the student to faculty ratio was 12:1, with 71% of the classes having less than 20 students (positive benchmark).[3]

In 2017-18 Lenoir–Rhyne enrolled over 2,500 students of whom over 1,700 were undergraduates with a gender distribution of 35.6 percent male students and 64.4 percent female students. 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus.[4] in the school year of 2016-17 students came from 28 different states and international students came from ten different countries.[5] Lenoir–Rhyne University participates in Division II NCAA athletics.

Lenoir–Rhyne University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's and master's degrees.

Students and faculty

Lenoir–Rhyne University enrolled 2,523 students (2017–18) of which over 813 are graduate students and of which approximately 14% of whom are minorities. 88.3% of faculty hold terminal or doctoral degrees.

The student-faculty ratio at Lenoir–Rhyne University is 12:1, and the school has 71 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lenoir–Rhyne University include: Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Education; Health professions and related clinical sciences; Psychology; and Social sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66 percent.

The university offers 53 different undergraduate majors and 24 master's degree programs including Athletic Training, M.S. Business Administration, M.B.A. Christian Ministry, M.A.C.M. Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, M.A. Community College Administration, M.A. Divinity, M.Div. Leadership, M.A. Liberal Studies, M.A. Master of Public Health, M.P.H. Nursing, M.S. Online Teaching and Instructional Design, M.S. Occupational Therapy, M.S. Physician's Assistant, M.A. Religious Studies, M.A. Religion, M.A.R. Sacred Theology, S.T.M. Sustainability Studies, M.S. Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. Teaching, M.A. Writing, M.A.


Lenoir–Rhyne fields 20 intercollegiate teams and competes in National Collegiate Athletics Division II (NCAA Division II) as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. The school nickname is the Bears; its mascots are Joe and Josie Bear.

The school's swimming programs compete in the Bluegrass Mountain Swimming Conference and the men's lacrosse program was a member of the Deep South Lacrosse Conference until the conference dissolved in 2013.[6] The men's and women's track & field and women's lacrosse teams compete as NCAA Division II Independents.

Prior to competing in the NCAA, the university was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The L–R football team won the NAIA National Championship in 1960 and made three trips to the title game in four years. In 2013 the Lenoir Rhyne football team made it to the 2013 NCAA Division II Football Championship game. In 1980, the Bears' women's basketball team reached the NAIA Final Four while the men's basketball squad made it to the NAIA Elite Eight in 1992.

Recently, the Lenoir–Rhyne softball team has seen six straight trips to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, and reached the Southeast Region Finals in 2010 and 2011. Also the Bears' women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2010 after the program's most successful season to date. The L–R men's and women's basketball teams have both reached Division II NCAA postseason play several times in the 2000s, with the Bear women hosting the Southeast Region Tournament in 2009.

Student organizations

There are over 100 student clubs and organizations on campus. Club sports teams are popular among students and have received national recognition in recent years.

Notable alumni



  1. ^ As of Oct 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2014 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ lr.edu (PDF) http://www.lr.edu/uploaded/institutionalresearch/Fact_Book_2016-2017.pdf.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  3. ^ colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/lenoir-rhyne-university-2941.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  4. ^ colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/lenoir-rhyne-university-2941.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  5. ^ lr.edu (PDF) http://www.lr.edu/uploaded/institutionalresearch/Fact_Book_2016-2017.pdf.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  6. ^ Staff (January 28, 2011). "Lenoir–Rhyne Lacrosse Set for Inaugural Season in 2011". LaxPower.com Lacrosse News. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "North Carolina". Chapter Map. Sigma Kappa Sorority. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Theta Tau". Theta Tau Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 

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