The University of Lynchburg is a private university in Central Virginia enrolling about 2,000 undergraduate students in professional and liberal arts study, and more than 1,000 graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. Founded in 1903, the University of Lynchburg is one of the oldest colleges in Virginia to be coeducational from its founding. It is recognized for engaging classes, character development in students, and community outreach that includes more than 70,000 hours of service each year. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an inclusive denomination embracing dialogue with people of all beliefs. The University is one of only 46 nationwide to be included in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives and one of 60 nationwide selected to participate in the Bonner Leader Program.