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1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA

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Liberty University is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world. Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. founded Liberty University in 1971 as a religious co-educational institution with a mission to train and develop young Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge and skills needed to impact the future. Located on a 6,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, this private college offers more than 60 accredited programs of study.

History

A center of commerce in the 19th Century, the city of Lynchburg, Virginia was established in 1786 at the site of Lynch's Ferry on the James River.  Thomas Jefferson's private country retreat, known as Poplar Forest, is located just outside Lynchburg and is an easy drive from Liberty University.  Jefferson's renowned Monticello estate is located in Charlottesville, an hour's drive north of Lynchburg.

The area around Lynchburg is quite rich with cultural opportunities and sites of American History, with Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., both a four-hour drive away.  The Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is located just north of Lynchburg and boasts a historical village that has preserves the history of General Lee's surrender to Lt. General Grant towards the end of the Civil War.

Academics

Liberty University offers 135 areas for undergraduate study, 90 areas for graduate study, and four doctoral programs.  It offers both campus-based and online degree programs.  Additionally, Liberty offers a diploma program for students seeking a complete overview of the English Bible. All faculty members hold advanced degrees and, in addition to a commitment to teaching excellence, have demonstrated a born-again relationship with Christ.

Liberty's academic services and programs include:

  • Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS)
  • Center for Research and Scholarship
  • Graduate Senate
  • University Writing Program
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Study Abroad Program

Colleges / Schools

Liberty University has several colleges and schools offering 37 majors with various areas of specialization or concentration.  Liberty students may also choose from among more than 52 academic minors.

  • School of Aeronautics
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Helms School of Government
  • Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Religion

Students who wish to pursue a more individualized course of study, may work through the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) to obtain a bachelor's degree in General Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies.

Student Life

Liberty University offers many academic organizations and clubs, as well as opportunities to volunteer for social causes.  Opportunities for campus recreation include various cafes, recreation and fitness facilities at LaHaye Student Union.  Other student activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting trips, water skiing, video game tournaments and paintball, to name a few.

The LaHaye Ice Center is available for skating and athletic events, and Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre's Ski Slope offers year-round skiing, snow boarding and tubing.

Liberty University is dedicated to both academics and faith, and The Spiritual Life Department provides a variety of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism opportunities for students and their families.  The Campus Pastor's Office provides a Prayer Room, pastoral counseling, discipleship services and crisis intervention.  There also are Spiritual Life Director and Prayer Leader programs where students can lead prayer groups and provide ministry.  Light Ministries provides programs in cross-cultural ministry through short-term missions.

Traditions

Liberty University's traditions are termed "distinctives" - doctrines that set it apart from other Christian schools in America.  Liberty's "distinctives" are: Academic excellence, a commitment to training champions for Christ, an action-oriented curriculum, a Christian worldview, high behavioral standards, a modest dress code, a highly-qualified and non-tenured teaching faculty, 20 competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs, reasonable tuition costs, and required attendance at chapels and convocations.

Athletics

A variety of intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs are available to Liberty students. The home of the Liberty Flames athletic teams, Liberty University has achieved great success in college athletics.  It has 20 NCAA Division Athletic programs, 20 Club Sports and 19 Intramural Sports.  Many Liberty University athletes have gone into professional sports including former Atlanta Braves first baseman Sid Bream, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Randy Tomlin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kelvin Edwards, former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver James McKnight, among others.

Community Life

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the south bank of James River, Liberty University offers a safe, scenic and historic community to its students.  Lynchburg has four colleges or universities in its midst and was ranked the second-best "Small City" by Money Magazine.  Living costs in the Lynchburg area are relatively low, and students can enjoy many free or inexpensive local events and outdoor recreational activities.

On Liberty University's 6,000-acre campus, students will enjoy a hike or bike ride on one of the many tracks or roads of the Liberty Mountain Trail System.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates LU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Liberty University is around 57,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 36% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $19,000-$22,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • For part-time students, charges are between $620-$740 per unit
  • on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $8,000, the cost includes the serving of twenty-one meals per week

LU operates several professional schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Law School (Tuition: $30,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships95%$7,962
Receiving Student Loans67%$6,704

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 5%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Liberty University may offer student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

LU has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 48%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years25%
Graduating in 5 Years17%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2004)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2004)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2003)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology (C, D, M)
  • Ministry (D)
  • Religious Education (M)
  • Religious, Sacred Music (B, M)
  • Biblical Studies (B, C)
  • Missions, Missionary Studies and Missiology (B, M)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B)

Public Administration and Social Services

Psychology

Business and Marketing Studies

Education

Health and Clinical Professions

Security and Protective Services

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Communications and Journalism

Legal Professions and Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies (B)
  • Apparel and Textiles (B)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B)

English Language and Literature

Transportation and Materials Moving

History

Mathematics and Statistics

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering

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