Mission Statement

Lynchburg College, a private coeducational institution founded in 1903 in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), offers distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect its commitment to teaching and learning, scholarship, and service to the broader community.

The mission of Lynchburg College is to develop students with strong character and balanced perspectives and to prepare them for engagement in a global society and for effective leadership in the civic, professional, and spiritual dimensions of life.

Lynchburg College provides its students with a wide range of rigorous educational experiences delivered through multiple modes of instruction. Undergraduate programs are grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional studies, and nurtured by a residential community. Further, the College's quality graduate programs respond to identified community needs, advance scholarship in the discipline, and promote student career goals. Lynchburg College extends its reach beyond the campus through experiential learning, cultural opportunities, and service by sharing the expertise and commitment of faculty, staff, and students with the broader community.

In support of its mission, Lynchburg College is an academic community that:

  • fosters a student-centered environment;
  • develops the breadth of knowledge associated with liberal education;
  • develops depth of knowledge and promotes focused inquiry in academic disciplines;
  • respects and supports diversity;
  • values and celebrates diverse faith traditions; and
  • sustains close working relationships among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.

Revised by the Board of Trustees, October 2012

Institutional Values

In keeping with the traditions of Lynchburg College and consistent with our relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the College affirms its commitment to a set of core values that inform the work of the College, ensuring that our planning and programs embody principles that help us offer educational experiences of the highest quality.

Academic Rigor: students and faculty meet high standards of academic excellence, intellectual honesty, and commitment to open inquiry

Active Learning: students take responsibility for developing themselves into lifelong learners; faculty foster that development, while modeling their own commitment to learning through scholarly and creative activities

Commitment to Success: our programs, advising, and services provide students with the guidance and support they need in order to successfully complete their education at Lynchburg College

Integrity: our policies and procedures, our treatment of one another, and our own behaviors demonstrate a commitment to fairness, honesty, and principle

Diversity: our community benefits from the contributions of individuals from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities, sexualities, religions, ages, and political beliefs

Community: we work to strengthen a sense of community on campus, to foster active engagement with the larger Lynchburg community, and to maintain mutually beneficial connections with our alumni

Wellness: we strive to foster the well-being, in its many forms, of the members of the College community

Source: The Lynchburg College Strategic Plan, adopted May 2004

Sustainability: Everyone benefits when we recognize and act upon our environmental obligations to future generations.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, February, 2008