• Winter Weather Advisory & New COVID-19 Policies

    Winter Weather Advisory
    Western North Carolina is under a Winter Storm Watch beginning Saturday night into most of Sunday, and the Columbia, South Carolina, region also is predicted to receive a wintry mix. Students, faculty and staff on all three campuses should closely monitor weather forecasts and LR email for any updates. In advance, please log into RAVE, LR’s emergency alert system, to add or update your cell phone so you can receive text alerts. You can log into RAVE using your LR email address and password.

    COVID-19 Policies
    Read the latest updates regarding new COVID-19 policies effective January 1, 2021.

    For all Students   For all Faculty, Staff & Employees

    Please Note: Lenoir-Rhyne University has delayed the start of classes until January 18, 2022.

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Your next great adventure begins at Lenoir-Rhyne. Here you will find your path to success.


Student to Faculty Ratio

You'll get to know your professors.

Demarius Hampton, Kyle Duggar and Dr. Doug Knight

LR taught us to use our time wisely and has provided me with a ‘keep moving forward' mentality. And Dr. Knight has always helped show us what we could be.

Demarius Hampton '19, Engineering Physics


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Making college accessible & affordable.

Hickory Campus

Our picturesque campus serves as the backdrop of our students’ diverse and shared experiences. Our students are leaders, researchers and champions. LR Bears are the heart of this small-college town, and the City of Hickory fosters a thriving community for our students.

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See who's making news and what's happening at LR.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Board of Trustees has renewed the contract of Dr. Fred Whitt, LR president, for a six-year term. The board unanimously approved the new contract at its meeting in November; the contract became effective Jan. 1 and will continue through Jan. 1, 2028.

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After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in public health, Hannah Fowler initially thought she was done with school. But, after working in a doctor’s office, she realized her love for the clinical side of health care.

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Earn a graduate degree on your terms with learning that fits your life.


Graduate Programs

With expert faculty focused on your success.

Cathleen Gaffney

The community and family aspect makes LR rare. I have never experienced a group of people that are more a family than Bear nation. The support we get from the Hickory area is unlike any other school.

Cathleen Gaffney '20 Finance/Marketing, MBA '21


Graduate Students

Three graduate campus locations in two states

Hickory, Asheville & Columbia

Whether it’s reinventing your career, advancing your professional skills or elevating your business, our three campus locations offer quality academic programs paired with hands-on learning opportunities in cities filled with cultural and civic opportunities.

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In the Master of Arts in leadership program, aspiring leaders are picking up the tools of the trade and learning how to not only add to their skillset, but also to the overall effectiveness of their teams.

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A lieutenant commander and surface warfare officer in the Navy, Tove returned to Asheville, North Carolina, to earn his MBA and become a preparedness and security officer for Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

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We shape the entire person for faithful service to the church and to the world.


Only ELCA seminary in the southeastern U.S.

Live your faith through public ministry.

Amanda Burke

Each of the programs on the Columbia campus shares a beautiful piece in common, serving others. These programs all nurture students that are called to serve others...

Amanda Burke, M.Div'21


Faculty who have doctoral degrees

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

As soon as you arrive on our campus in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina, you’ll experience what it means to be surrounded by caring and passionate professors and a community atmosphere that is both captivating and supportive.

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Moss is nearing completion of his doctoral degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he will teach courses on practical theology, Black church studies and hip hop culture.

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The seminary was recognized by the Association of Theological Schools for its commitment to be an inclusive community, for its faculty and staff who demonstrated genuine passion about their faith and care for students, as well as its relationship with Lenoir-Rhyne.

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