Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners

The Lifelong Learning (LLL) Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University is designed to serve the needs of area adult and/or non-traditional students who may want to progress toward their degree at a pace that allows them to balance non-school related commitments along with pursuing their degree. LLL students at Lenoir-Rhyne are students who typically need evening or more conveniently scheduled courses, although they may select classes at any time during the day.  There are two degree programs designed for and opened only to LLL students (see below), though LLL students can pursue most any degree program at LR.

To be considered for the Lifelong Learning Program, candidates must be at least six years removed from high school graduation and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • At least two years of full time professional employment in which one does not attend college
  • At least two years of living independently, e.g. not living with parents/guardians or at any college
  • At least two years of full-time military
  • Have a family and children of one’s own

Students applying for the LLL program must submit the following:

  1. A completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a non-refundable $35 application fee
  2. An official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores if less than 24 semester hours have been attempted at another college or university
  3. Official transcripts from the high school from which you each college or university attended (if applicable)
  4. Proof of eligibility to be considered for the LLL program. 

Students who begin at Lenoir-Rhyne classified as traditional students and continue uninterrupted may not change their classification to Lifelong Learning. LifeLong Learning students are charged tuition at a discounted rate provided they remain registered for less than 13 credit hours.  If the student enrolls in more than 12 credit hours, standard tuition charges will apply (see tuition rates for applicable charges).

Two Majors Designed Especially for LLL Students

Liberal Studies (B.A.) and Professional Organizational Development (POD) Program (B.S.).

As mentioned above LLL students can pursue most any degree program, however there are two degree programs designed for and opened only to LLL students.

The Liberal Studies major is unique to Lenoir-Rhyne in that students complete the LR core courses and a series of seminars especially related to the University's common learning goals. It also includes an experiential/service learning component. The Business Administration Professional Organizational Development degree provides adult learners with a general business degree and/or prepares them for completion of the MBA at Lenoir-Rhyne.

For those students wishing to complete a degree entirely in the evening, there are limited additional majors, such as Accounting, Birth-Kindergarten Education, Child & Family Intervention; and Gateway Nursing. However, the student who can take day or evening courses, may choose any of the majors that are offered by the University.

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