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Explore the rich tradition and history of Lenoir-Rhyne by browsing news, accomplishments, and athletic highlights through the years.

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University Grows Across Three Campuses

More than 500 first-year students were welcomed to the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University for move-in day on Friday, Aug. 17, the largest incoming freshman class in University history.

The beginning of the 2018-19 academic year marks the 10th straight year of record enrollment at LR. The University has more than 2,700 students enrolled, including graduate students on the Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses. The University’s incoming undergraduate students are comprised of approximately 520 first-year students and more than 90 transfer and adult students. A total of 935 students live in campus housing, 400 of whom are first-year students.

“Enrollment growth has been driven through strategic use of data to identify students most likely to enroll, partnerships with athletics and our coaches, and increased opportunities for student scholarships,” said Rachel Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. “Lenoir-Rhyne has an amazing team of enrollment counselors and marketing partners, and we work closely together to help expand our reach to targeted locations across the country.”

International student enrollment has also risen, with 78 degree seeking and 10 nondegree seeking students representing 26 countries. The top four countries represented by international students on LR’s campus are the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and Germany. New countries represented are Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Netherlands, and Nigeria.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

There are more than 30 graduate programs offered across LR’s three graduate locations in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia. The Columbia center also includes the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Nearly 900 students are enrolled in graduate programs at LR. CAMPUS RENOVATIONS LR’s campus underwent numerous renovation projects over the summer, including landscaping and lighting enhancements on Seventh Avenue, and updates to Moretz Sports Athletics Complex that entailed the installation of permanent grandstands and a new track at Irwin Belk Track. Air-conditioning was also installed in Shuford Gym over the summer, and new air-conditioning units will be added to all locker rooms and Moretz Gym during the fall semester. Additionally, a video board was added to the baseball field.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

All first-year students at LR participated in Hands on Hickory, an annual project sponsored by the Office of Engaged and Global Learning and the Office of Student Life. During this year’s Hands on Hickory project, LR students volunteered at more than 30 various nonprofit businesses, schools, and churches throughout the community. “Hands on Hickory attempts to expose and engage our new students in a community service experience as soon as they arrive on campus,” said Rita Purvis ’10, assistant director of career and community relations. “Students spend the morning learning about the mission of their assigned organization, and then they complete a service activity aimed at benefiting that nonprofit.”

According to Purvis, during the 2017-18 academic year LR students volunteered 9,947 hours of service, including 6,040 hours of service provided by student-athletes and 1,312 hours provided by fraternity and sorority members.

The City of Hickory and the University City Commission, a board aimed at broadening the relationship between LR and surrounding communities, partnered to initiate the Friends of LR program. Currently, there are more than 80 local businesses that provide discounts to LR students, faculty, and staff members through the program. Last June, the UCC extended its Friends of LR program to LR’s graduate campuses in Columbia and Asheville.

To view a full listing of discounts or to submit a request to be a participating business, visit lr.edu/FriendsofLR.

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University Grows Across Three Campuses
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More than 500 first-year students were welcomed to the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University for move-in day on Friday, Aug. 17, the largest incoming freshman class in University history.

The beginning of the 2018-19 academic year marks the 10th straight year of record enrollment at LR. The University has more than 2,700 students enrolled, including graduate students on the Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses. The University’s incoming undergraduate students are comprised of approximately 520 first-year students and more than 90 transfer and adult students. A total of 935 students live in campus housing, 400 of whom are first-year students.

“Enrollment growth has been driven through strategic use of data to identify students most likely to enroll, partnerships with athletics and our coaches, and increased opportunities for student scholarships,” said Rachel Nichols, vice president for enrollment management. “Lenoir-Rhyne has an amazing team of enrollment counselors and marketing partners, and we work closely together to help expand our reach to targeted locations across the country.”

International student enrollment has also risen, with 78 degree seeking and 10 nondegree seeking students representing 26 countries. The top four countries represented by international students on LR’s campus are the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and Germany. New countries represented are Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Netherlands, and Nigeria.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

There are more than 30 graduate programs offered across LR’s three graduate locations in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia. The Columbia center also includes the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Nearly 900 students are enrolled in graduate programs at LR. CAMPUS RENOVATIONS LR’s campus underwent numerous renovation projects over the summer, including landscaping and lighting enhancements on Seventh Avenue, and updates to Moretz Sports Athletics Complex that entailed the installation of permanent grandstands and a new track at Irwin Belk Track. Air-conditioning was also installed in Shuford Gym over the summer, and new air-conditioning units will be added to all locker rooms and Moretz Gym during the fall semester. Additionally, a video board was added to the baseball field.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

All first-year students at LR participated in Hands on Hickory, an annual project sponsored by the Office of Engaged and Global Learning and the Office of Student Life. During this year’s Hands on Hickory project, LR students volunteered at more than 30 various nonprofit businesses, schools, and churches throughout the community. “Hands on Hickory attempts to expose and engage our new students in a community service experience as soon as they arrive on campus,” said Rita Purvis ’10, assistant director of career and community relations. “Students spend the morning learning about the mission of their assigned organization, and then they complete a service activity aimed at benefiting that nonprofit.”

According to Purvis, during the 2017-18 academic year LR students volunteered 9,947 hours of service, including 6,040 hours of service provided by student-athletes and 1,312 hours provided by fraternity and sorority members.

The City of Hickory and the University City Commission, a board aimed at broadening the relationship between LR and surrounding communities, partnered to initiate the Friends of LR program. Currently, there are more than 80 local businesses that provide discounts to LR students, faculty, and staff members through the program. Last June, the UCC extended its Friends of LR program to LR’s graduate campuses in Columbia and Asheville.

To view a full listing of discounts or to submit a request to be a participating business, visit lr.edu/FriendsofLR.

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