Experiences that Last a Lifetime

Student Life

At Lenoir-Rhyne, learning goes beyond what’s taught in the classroom so that you can build the skills, lifelong friendships and resilience to overcome life’s challenges with confidence.

LR is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, healthy and supportive campus environment where you can live, learn, work and thrive.

A Great Place to Live, Learn & Grow

Lenoir-Rhyne University isn't just a great place to learn.

It's a place where you will make lifelong friendships, pursue interests and have experiences that will shape you into a person who is strong, kind and can take on the world with confidence.

Residential Life & Housing

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LR offers a variety of residential housing options for first-year and upperclassmen housing ranging from apartment-style single rooms and suites for upperclassman to double-occupancy rooms for first-year students.

You can also choose from specialized housing options, including residential learning communities — our Global Village, honors housing and first-generation housing. Greek housing is available for students to strengthen and grow their fraternity and sorority organizations on campus. 

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Sarah Johnson

LR has helped shaped me into a more responsible and caring person. Without LR, I don't think I would have found myself or grown so close to God.

Sarah Johnson '21, Studio Art

Health & Wellness

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College is a time for change, exploration and growth. Our health and wellness programs are here to enhance the wellbeing of students by empowering you to make informed, healthy lifestyle choices, become more resilient and help you reach your full potential as a successful member of the campus community.

We follow a wellness-based model and provide services to support the bodies, minds and emotional well-being of students. As a student, you are eligible to use health, counseling and disability services at no additional cost.

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Diversity & Inclusion

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As a growing university, we encourage members from all backgrounds, who bring with them a desire for excellence, integrity, care and curiosity, to join our campus family.

We encourage students, faculty, staff to reach beyond what has always been comfortable and stretch to learn about the many cultures and people that surround them.

We strive for a campus climate in which all members are able to freely express their culture and ethnicity.

It is through meaningful interactions with those who do not look like us nor share similar backgrounds, where we as a community are better equipped to understand who we are and ultimately who we can become. By valuing these differences and all that we share, you learn how to interact effectively with a wide variety of people, which builds community and prepares you for the working world.

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Leadership & Service

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You can enrich your college experience and grow as a leader by getting involved on campus and working to make the university a more engaged, inclusive and equitable community.

Along the way, you can develop valuable leadership skills and experience that you can list on your résumé. With more than 60 student organizations, community service opportunities, research, academic honor societies and more, there is no limit to all that is available to you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world.


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Religious & Spiritual Life

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Our long history with the Lutheran faith resonates in everything we do at Lenoir-Rhyne.

While rooted in the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we welcome students from all backgrounds and beliefs. Our campus community is religiously diverse, bringing traditions and ideals from around the world. Here you will be welcomed and find a home away from home.

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Campus Safety

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Lenoir-Rhyne is committed to providing a safe campus environment for all members of the university.

Learn more about campus safety at LR, view our security and fire safety report and find resources to help keep you safe on- and off-campus.

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Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that will support and guide you during your time at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Dean of Student Life
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7484
Hickory, NC 28601
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Director of Student Involvement
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7208
Hickory, NC 28601
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First Year Advisor/Success Coach
625 7th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
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News & Events

Mary Lou Cooke Hall '43 has spent a lifetime serving others, having adventures and learning about new topics. This year she celebrates her 100th year of a life well-lived.

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Before her own study-abroad year, Melanie Mora '25 is making the most of her international education at LR by mentoring and befriending students who come from around the world to study here.

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