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About Us

Discover how the small, supportive campus community at Lenoir-Rhyne University is an amazing place for living and learning on the way to obtaining your degree.

Our community passionately embraces the unknown. Our curiosity propels us to explore new ideas, to crave knowledge, and to engage the world in bold ways. United by our liberal arts mission, we make it a point to know who you are and where you want to go. Your professors will know you by name, and will challenge you in ways you never imagined.

At LR, you’ll be inspired and prepared to make your mark in the world.

Our Story

Founded in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts institution with 50+ undergraduate degree programs and 20+ graduate degree programs. LR enrolls nearly 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students.

At LR, we work to develop the whole person, to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community and promote responsible leadership for service to the world.

Our main campus is in Hickory, North Carolina, where both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The university also offers graduate degree programs on our campuses in Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. Our Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is also in Columbia. LR is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds.

We encourage you to learn more about the exceptional academic and experiential learning opportunities at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Gabriele Marewski

The LR leadership program has helped me grow both personally and professionally. LR's thoughtful and engaging curriculum has enriched and supported my development in my consulting business.

Gabriele Marewski MA'21

What Makes LR Home

Whether you are looking for a quiet place to study, opportunities to unwind and explore with lifelong friends, LR has you covered both on or off-campus. 

Our campuses in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia are surrounded by thriving cities that offer great opportunities for internships, community service or recreational fun.

Non-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity

Lenoir-Rhyne University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, political affiliation, age, marital status, sex/gender including sexual orientation and gender identity, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy or veteran status in any educational programs and activities, including admissions.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, reassignment, demotion, discipline, discharge, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits.

We are committed to providing an environment that promotes non-discrimination, equal opportunity and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors.


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News & Events

Lenoir-Rhyne University is grieving the loss of one of our student-athletes. Omari Alexander, a 19-year-old sophomore from Concord, North Carolina and member of the LR football team, was killed overnight on November 20 in an off-campus incident in Hickory.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University will receive $4.3 million as part of the North Carolina state budget that was signed into law on November 18.

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