Opening its doors in 1891 to 12 students, Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded with the vision of providing a sound education while also developing the whole person. Lenoir-Rhyne has since grown into a premier private liberal arts university with an enrollment of over 2000 students. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and has over 50 undergraduate majors, more than 20 graduate programs and three campus locations.
Lenoir-Rhyne is also noted for its visiting writers series, which brings some of the most accomplished writers in the English language to campus. With an average class size of 17, students get to know their professors and enjoy many experiential learning opportunities.
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Main CampusHickory, North Carolina, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in HickoryLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Located in Hickory North Carolina, with a population of about 40,000, LRU is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. The area’s historic sites and museums weave a rich tapestry of tales, memories and discoveries. There are plenty of places to go hit the trail and marvel at the countryside. The arts are alive and well, stirring the soul through music, dance and drama. There are enough nearby attractions and special events to keep you well-entertained. Hickory is close to the Appalachian Trail, Lake Hickory and Lake Norman and is ideally situated for hiking, biking, kayaking and sailing. Mountains and winter skiing are nearby; Asheville and Charlotte are an hour away; the Atlantic Coast beaches as well as Atlanta, Georgia, are a four-hour drive; and Washington, D.C. is a short flight from Charlotte.
International students are especially invited to become I Pals, and also have the opportunity to participate in more than 60 student organizations, including theater groups, intramural athletics, choirs, instrumental groups and clubs. International students may also enjoy the annual international dinner at the President’s House and attend local events such as baseball games, swim parties and Hickory’s annual International SpringFest. Each international student is matched with a student mentor.
Students enjoy a safe environment on a beautiful, wooded campus easily navigated by foot or bicycle. Athletic facilities include a world-class running track, soccer field, indoor swimming pool and exercise equipment.