|Motto||ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς (Greek)|
Motto in English
|The truth shall set you free|
|Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|189 (fulltime & part-time)|
|Location||Hickory, North Carolina, United States|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – SAC|
Lenoir–Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts university founded in 1891 and located in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. The university is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In 2013, additional campuses were added. A graduate school in downtown Asheville, NC and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC bring the total student population in all 3 campuses to 3,000 and faculty to 300.
In 2014-15, Lenoir–Rhyne enrolled approximately 2,283 students of whom 1,581 were undergraduate with a gender distribution of 35.6 percent male students and 64.4 percent female students. 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. Dormitory visitation hours by the same or opposite sex is strictly regulated. Lenoir–Rhyne University participates in Division II NCAA athletics.
Students and faculty
Lenoir–Rhyne University enrolls approximately 2,280 students (2014–15) of which over 700 are graduate students and of which approximately 14% of whom are minorities. 76% of faculty hold doctoral degrees.
The student-faculty ratio at Lenoir–Rhyne University is 11:1, and the school has 60.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lenoir–Rhyne University include: Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Education; Health professions and related clinical sciences; Psychology; and Social sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.5 percent.
The university offers 50 different undergraduate majors and 19 Masters degree programs including Athletic Training, M.S. Business Administration, M.B.A. Christian Ministry, M.A.C.M. Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, M.A. Community College Administration, M.A. Divinity, M.Div. Leadership, M.A. Liberal Studies, M.A. Master of Public Health, M.P.H. Nursing, M.S. Online Teaching and Instructional Design, M.S. Occupational Therapy, M.S. Religious Studies, M.A. Religion, M.A.R. Sacred Theology, S.T.M. Sustainability Studies, M.S. Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. Teaching, M.A. Writing, M.A.
Lenoir–Rhyne fields 20 intercollegiate teams and competes in National Collegiate Athletics Division II (NCAA Division II) as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. The school nickname is the Bears; its mascots are Joe and Josie Bear.
The school's swimming programs compete in the Bluegrass Mountain Swimming Conference while the men's lacrosse program is a member of the Deep South Lacrosse Conference. The men's and women's track & field and women's lacrosse teams compete as NCAA Division II Independents.
Prior to competing in the NCAA, the university was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The L–R football team won the NAIA National Championship in 1960 and made three trips to the title game in four years. In 2013 the Lenoir Rhyne football team made it to the 2013 NCAA Division II Football Championship game. In 1980, the Bears' women's basketball team reached the NAIA Final Four while the men's basketball squad made it to the NAIA Elite Eight in 1992.
Recently, the Lenoir–Rhyne softball team has seen six straight trips to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, and reached the Southeast Region Finals in 2010 and 2011. Also the Bears' women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2010 after the program's most successful season to date. The L–R men's and women's basketball teams have both reached Division II NCAA postseason play several times in the 2000s, with the Bear women hosting the Southeast Region Tournament in 2009.
There are over 100 student clubs and organizations on campus. Club sports teams are popular among students and have received national recognition in recent years.
- Rick Barnes, Current head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. Formerly head coach for 17 seasons at the University of Texas, 4 seasons at Clemson University, 6 seasons at Providence University, and 1 season at George Mason University
- Mike Hogewood, Sports Announcer
- David W. Hoyle, North Carolina State Senator
- Perry Fewell, Washington Redskins Defensive Backs coach;Former New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
- Mike Pope, Current Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends Coach; Former Super Bowl Winning New York Giants Tight Ends Coach
- Craig Keith, Former NFL tight end for the Pittsburg Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Bill Branch, Director of Pro Player Personnel for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Basketball team. Former assistant coach/director of scouting for the Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets
- James B. Black, Former and longest-serving (tied with Liston Ramsey) Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
- David Hoyle, Former North Carolina Secretary of Revenue, Former North Carolina State Senator, Former Mayor of Dallas, North Carolina, Real Estate Developer
- Burgess Jenkins, Movie actor as Ray Budds in Remember the Titans, David Winter in The Reaping, John Wesley in Wesley and 13 other movies. Television actor on over 16 shows. Currently stars as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless
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