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Student Life

The Division of Student Life is deeply committed to the mission of Lenoir-Rhyne University. We provide diverse programs and services that are designed to develop a sense of self-worth, responsibility, and accountability and to engage students in active service to the world around them. We support the development of ethical conduct that promotes the values of good citizenship and leadership. Additionally, we strive to provide an inclusive campus that offers a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment.



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Upper Class Housing

Hickory House

Nestled on the outskirts of LRU’s campus, Hickory House is the newest residence hall addition for upper class students. The facility, which was fully renovated in Summer 2016, provides residents with apartment-style living.

About Hickory House

Living-Learning Center

The Living-Learning Center, located on the east side of campus, offers apartment-style living for upperclass students.

About the Living-Learning Center

Price Village Townhouses

Price Village provides an inclusive co-ed living experience for upperclass students on the University's northeast side.

About Price Village

4th Street Apartments

The newest addition to LRU's upperclassman housing is located behind Isenhour Residence Hall.

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First Year Housing

Morgan Residence Hall

Nestled in the north of campus, Morgan Hall gives first year students a robust co-ed community environment

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Isenhour Residence Hall

Isenhour Hall, a co-ed suite residence hall located near the baseball field, boasts several living options for first year students.

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Combined Housing

Fritz Residence Hall

Located in the heart of campus, Fritz Hall offers upperclass students plenty of community amenities, including pool tables and a movie theater.

About Fritz Hall

Conrad Hall

Conrad Hall's central location, robust social scene, and long list of amenities, including a movie theater and pool tables, make it a coveted housing option.

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Specialized Housing

Fraternity & Sorority Housing

Fraternities and sororities on campus have the privilege of occupying Price Village Units or houses owned by the university to strengthen and grow their respective organizations.

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Honors Housing

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Circle K International, the world's premier collegiate community service organization, fosters responsible citizens and leaders committed to service.


Lenoir-Rhyne University's flagship choral ensemble is open to all students by audition.


FCA, an international non-profit Christian sports ministry, aims to spread the word of Jesus Christ throughout the world via the leadership of coaches and athletes.


The BSA proudly advocates community service in the community, and partners with organizations to increase campus activism.


Explore the many ways to participate in campus activities, clubs, and organizations at Lenoir-Rhyne.


The official producing body for the Lenoir-Rhyne Theatre program, Playmakers provides multiple performances throughout the year.


The Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides entertainment to the diverse LRU community.


This award-winning club aims to promote the value of debate and inquiry.


Greek organizations at LRU offer opportunities for leadership, community service, and social interactions.


Take a stroll through campus and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Lenoir-Rhyne. Beautiful landscapes, custom statues, historical buildings, as well as modern, state-of-the-art facilities fill over 100-acres in the heart of Hickory, North Carolina.
“Meet me at The Charge” – the LR Bear statue (located outside the Bear’s Lair of the Cromer Center) is a popular place for students and alumni to meet and pose for photos. Created by noted sculptor John Phelps, the statue was a project of the Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club.

Alex and Lee George Hall – the much anticipated addition to the Minges Science Building was completed in 2018 . The building features a state-of-the art facility, equipment, and the latest technology which promises to change the face of science education at LRU.

Renovated in the summer of 2016, the Cromer Center serves as the hub for student dining options, featuring the newly expanded dining hall. Named for former LR President Voigt Cromer, the Center is home to the LR Bookstore and offers space for students to gather socially or for student activities.


It is the people of our LR Bears family who continue to make the University strong. Our students, faculty and staff, alumni, and donors work together to make LR and Hickory and great place to live, work and learn.

At LRU, we welcome individuals of different race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion and sexual orientation. We value the ideas and perspectives that individuals of different backgrounds, skills, beliefs, and experiences bring to the table.

LR is fortunate to have dedicated alumni who provide invaluable support to the University and its students. In addition to financial support, alumni serve as mentors, provide internship opportunities, as well as a vast network of professionals to help LR graduates succeed.

LRU continues to grow and thrive, and we share that success with our generous donors. In 2015, LRU concluded its University Rising campaign which raised over $65 million to advance the higher education experience for students.


Opportunities for arts and culture are abundant throughout the Lenoir-Rhyne campus and surrounding community. Students can enjoy performances of music and theatre; listen to prominent authors and speakers from around the globe, visit museums and art exhibits, and attend cultural events and festivals.

LRU has partnerships with local businesses and organizations to bring world-renowned authors to speak to members of the campus and the community for nearly three decades through the Visiting Writers Series. Nicholas Sparks, Garrison Keillor, Anne Lamott, and David Baldacci are just some of the authors who visited LR.

Playmakers, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s student theatre organization, produces main stage performances and studio productions, striving to showcase the talents of students, faculty and community members. Typically, Playmakers holds four productions each academic year, providing students the opportunity to gain invaluable theater experience.

The sounds of music can be heard across the LR campus through performances by the many choirs, orchestras, bands, and ensembles. The Music Department offers numerous opportunities for students – both from the University and the community – to study and enhance their musical gifts.

The Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Art Museum, Hickory Community Theater, and The Green Room Theater are just some of the organizations that bring exceptional talent, culture and entertainment to Hickory.


The dream of Lenoir-Rhyne began in 1891 when four Lutheran pastors founded a school where young people could pursue an education founded on religious principles and Christian values.

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.

Grace Chapel prominently stands in the center of Lenoir-Rhyne's campus, serving as a spiritual focal point for students, faculty, staff and the community. Services, held every Wednesday morning, bring the LR campus community together for worship and fellowship.

In 2016, a labyrinth was constructed in the Quad to provide each student with a quiet place to reflect on their life and spiritual journey. To walk the labyrinth is to experience a time of healing, clarity, and transformation.

There are several organizations – such as the Campus Christian Ministry (CRU) - that students can join to strengthen their faith and connect with others in the Christian ministry.

Rejoining campus this fall as the new University Pastor is former Bear, the Rev. Todd Cutter '96. He is here to lead in worship, offering prayer, comfort, and guidance to LR students and campus community members of all denominations.


Lenoir-Rhyne University students experience all that the City of Hickory has to offer. Nestled in North Carolina’s foothills, the city provides everything from outdoor activities to a plethora of dining options, shopping, entertainment events and more.

A short drive from campus leads students to downtown Hickory’s Union Square, where they can take in a live concert, stroll through the Farmers Market, or dine on the patio at Old Hickory Station where the occasional train pass through town.

In an effort to encourage student engagement in the community, LR joined the city in establishing the University City Commission. Through this initiative, local businesses offer discounts to students and also provide internship opportunities.

Hickory is located just an hour from the bustling city of Charlotte, NC where nightlife and professional sporting events are just a short trip away. Asheville, NC and the Appalachian Mountains offer hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, and a breathtaking view of the Appalachian Mountains.