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We don’t just offer a world-class education—we offer a community of passionate learners to lift you up and inspire you to become your best self.

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What kind of student are you?

Named a U.S. News Top 40 School for Social Mobility and Best Value in the South.

97%


Employed or in Grad School

within six months of graduation.

John Amodeo

I had a phenomenal college experience, and I now hold a degree in a field in which I'm interested. I’m excited to utilize it in disease research.

John Amodeo '18, Biology

$30M


Financial aid awarded to students annually

Making college accessible & affordable.

Hickory Campus


Our picturesque campus serves as the backdrop of our students’ diverse and shared experiences. Our students are leaders, researchers and champions. LR Bears are the heart of this small-college town, and the City of Hickory fosters a thriving community for our students.

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News & Events


See who's making news and what's happening at LR.

LR students take a group photo by main stairs at NCAS meeting

12 LR students presented their research at the 2024 meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences, earning awards and sharing the thrills of discovery.

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A sampling of nine molds in petri dishes from Christina Fisher's research

In the microbiology lab, Christina Fisher '25 investigates the antimicrobial potential of molds and fungi, and the accolades are adding up.

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Earn a graduate degree on your terms with learning that fits your life.

20+


Graduate Programs

With expert faculty focused on your success.

Hailey Venable

I gained essential hands-on experience during my occupational therapy internships, which helped prepare me for providing acute inpatient rehabilitation as an occupational therapist.

Hailey Venable MS'18

900+


Graduate Students

Three graduate campus locations in two states

Hickory, Asheville & Columbia


Whether it’s reinventing your career, advancing your professional skills or elevating your business, our three campus locations offer quality academic programs paired with hands-on learning opportunities in cities filled with cultural and civic opportunities.

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News & Events

Lai Hnin takes notes in a class session

Lai Hnin, MACM '25, moved from Myanmar to South Carolina to attend seminary. While he hopes to return to his home country to serve God and his people, he's making a home at LTSS in the meantime.

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Rachael Theisen

Seminary is a time of great change. In the LTSS community, Rachael Theisen, M.Div. '24, found the same support and belonging she plans to share as a pastor.

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We shape the entire person for faithful service to the church and to the world.

ELCA


Only ELCA seminary in the southeastern U.S.

Live your faith through public ministry.

Jay Ortiz

This program has challenged, encouraged and motivated me to become a better chaplain for all those that I’m able to reach both in public safety as well as the general public.

Chaplain Jay Ortiz, City of North Myrtle Beach, Department of Public Safety

100%


Faculty who have doctoral degrees

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary


As soon as you arrive on our campus in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina, you’ll experience what it means to be surrounded by caring and passionate professors and a community atmosphere that is both captivating and supportive.

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News & Events

Lai Hnin takes notes in a class session

Lai Hnin, MACM '25, moved from Myanmar to South Carolina to attend seminary. While he hopes to return to his home country to serve God and his people, he's making a home at LTSS in the meantime.

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Rachael Theisen

Seminary is a time of great change. In the LTSS community, Rachael Theisen, M.Div. '24, found the same support and belonging she plans to share as a pastor.

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