Lynchburg Named Among Virginia’s Best for Criminology, Public Health, Education, Environmental and Sports Sciences – University of Lynchburg


Lynchburg University has been recognized as one of the top schools in Virginia by the 2022 Plexuss World Rankings for multiple undergraduate programs. Most notably, Lynchburg ranked #2 in Virginia for criminology programs and #65 nationally.

The University also earned third place for public health programs in the state. It is ranked #7 for environmental science and #8 for its sports science, education, recreation, and fitness programs. Environmental Studies came in at No. 9. Several other Lynchburg programs were ranked in the top 20, 30, and 40.

Criminology students investigate a fake crime scene during their spring 2022 forensics class.

“There are about 20 criminology majors at colleges and universities in Virginia, so this is fantastic recognition for us and really highlights the quality of our program,” said Dr. Kim McCabe, professor of criminology at Lynchburg. .

Criminology is one of the University’s most popular undergraduate majors with 126 students enrolled this fall. In total, there are 246 students in a major in the School of Social Sciences. The College of Health Sciences has 432 undergraduate students. The Environmental Science major has 30 students, out of a total of 338 in the Faculty of Science.

“I am thrilled that our public health program has once again been named one of the best in the state,” said Dr. Rusty Smith, Dean of the Lynchburg College of Health Sciences. “We provide students with a top-notch educational experience – both on campus and in the community – that prepares them well for life after college.

While the Plexuss ranking only includes undergraduate programs, Lynchburg also offers a master’s degree in public health and several graduate and doctoral degrees in the health sciences.

Plexuss consolidates various sources into one overall ranking, drawing on “methodologically sound” college rankings by US News & World Report, Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges, Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Reuters), QS World University Rankings and The Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking).

Just like other college ranking websites, Plexuss does not recommend using the list as your sole guide when selecting a college.

“The colleges that top our rankings won’t necessarily be the best colleges for all students,” they caution, suggesting students compare schools based on personal criteria.

“Make your decision based on the criteria that matter most to you,” the website says. “Ultimately, we want you to decide which college is right for you, and Plexuss College Rankings is just one of the many tools we provide to help you get there.”


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