Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University opened its doors in 1891 when four Lutheran pastors wanted to create a school for young people to 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 Walter W. Lenoir. Before he died in 1890, Lenoir donated the land as a campus for a church-sponsored college. The school officially opened on 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 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, new buildings were constructed and others were renovated. The campus almost doubled in size and the endowment hit new highs.

Admissions
Rachel Nichols
VP for Enrollment Management
Phone: (828) 328-7300
Email: rachel.nichols@lr.edu
Address
625 7th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
Mathematics And Statistics
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources And Conservation
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, And Kinesiology
Philosophy And Religious Studies
Physical Sciences
Public Administration And Social Service Professions
Common Application Accepted
No
Application Fee
Yes
Application Fee Amount
$35
Total Applications
4,791
78%
Admission Rate
Costs
Tuition
$37,400
Room and Board
$12,510
Book Fees
$1,160
Additional Fees
$600
Miscellaneous Fees
$2,850
Total Expenses
$54,520
69%
Tuition
Average Financial Aid
$30,759
56%
Coverage of total expenses
Total Students
2,700
36%
64%
Total Undergraduates
1,825
40%
60%
Total Graduates
875
26%
74%
All Faculty
477
42%
58%
Full Time Faculty
295
41%
59%
Part Time Faculty
182
44%
56%