When so many colleges converge on one area, the students are the ones who benefit. For a small city, Lynchburg boasts an amazing amount of institutes of higher education, including several 4-year colleges. Randolph College is a small, selective school. With just 715 students, it wasn’t until 2007 that men were allowed to enroll, as part of the shift when the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College changed its name. The first male students will graduate in 2010, and they – along with their female counterparts – are taking full advantage of all the campus has to offer. Even with such a small enrollment, there are still 25 different areas of study as well as a design-your-own-degree program, and actual faculty members teach all classes – no TAs or grad students. About 20 percent of the students participate in one of the NCAA Division III varsity sports teams, with lacrosse as the newest and a new track-and-field facility in the works. At Lynchburg College, the accolades just keep rolling in, with a mention on the Princeton Review’s 2008 list of best 366 colleges as well as a top tier ranking among Southern universities by U.S. News and World Report. It’s no wonder the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation selected the private university as one of 50 for its prestigious Bonner Leaders Program, through which students can receive scholarships to participate in community service and service learning. Founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell, Liberty University offers an array of undergraduate, graduate and distance learning classes. The school also boasts a strong parents program, helping new college students and their parents make the transition by providing communication between the parents and the school. With a history dating back to the late 19th century, Virginia University of Lynchburg may be the city’s oldest, but it still has a strong presence today. The private institution offers mostly religious and theological studies, including a doctorate in ministry program. Central Virginia Community College is a two-year institution with a wide variety of programs to serve the diverse needs of its students. They also have continuing education classes for adults, including guitar lessons, Web design, landscaping and even instruction on how to buy and sell items on the Internet. Christ College, Center for Advanced Engineering, National College and Miller-Motte Technical College each have campuses in Lynchburg, too, while Sweet Briar College is just 12 miles north of the education-rich city.