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Liberty University

1971 University Boulevard, Lynchburg, VA 24502 | (434) 582-2000

Lynchburg, VA | (434) 582-2000

#293-#381 in National Universities

2020 Quick Stats

Tuition and Fees

$24,906 (2019-20)

Room and Board

$10,540 (2019-20)

Total Enrollment


Application Deadline


Overview of Liberty University

Liberty University is a private institution that was founded in 1971. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 45,935, its setting is city, and the campus size is 7,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Liberty University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #293-#381. Its tuition and fees are $24,906.

A Christian university located in central Virginia, Liberty offers studies in a wide range of academic fields at its 16 colleges and schools. The university was founded by the late Jerry Falwell, a prominent Baptist minister, televangelist and conservative political activist. A large number of Liberty’s students are enrolled in its more than 280 online degree programs.

Liberty University has several graduate schools, including a law school, a college of osteopathic medicine as well as a school of education, which also offers undergrad programs. Students gather multiple times each week for convocation, a speaker series that brings more than 80 well-known journalists, politicians, athletes and others to campus each year. Another regular event for students is a large weekly worship service called Campus Community. The Liberty Flames field 20 NCAA Division I teams and compete in the Big South Conference. Students can also join a number of club and intramural sports teams. Notable alumni include NFL running back Rashad Jennings and ESPN host Samantha Ponder.

Questions & Answers

What is Liberty University’s mission statement?

At Liberty University, students are encouraged to follow God’s calling and develop the skills and values they need to make a difference in the world once they graduate, according to the school’s mission statement. The university emphasizes a Christian worldview and aims to provide students with a foundation in the liberal arts. Students, per the mission statement, are encouraged to remain committed to their Christian faith and to live that out in their lives. Liberty University's website states that the school is "committed to Training Champions for Christ." 

How many programs does Liberty University offer?

The university offers more than 550 academic programs at its campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, and online. Liberty University has associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level certificate programs. Liberty students can also work toward a few specialist degrees in education and theology.

Does Liberty University have an online degree program?

Yes, tens of thousands of students are pursuing degrees from Liberty University online. The school has offered online education since 1985, and both domestic and international students are enrolled in Liberty’s many online programs. Most of the school's online courses are eight weeks long, and a handful of programs require students to come to campus for one or two weeks during the year for face-to-face instruction.

What kind of accreditation does Liberty University have?

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university's accreditation was approved in late 2016 for the next 10 years. Specific programs within the university also hold accreditation from other, more specialized accrediting bodies. For example, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits Liberty University’s bachelor's, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

General Information

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Evangelical Christian

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2018 Endowment

$1.4 billion +

School Website


School Mission and Unique Qualities

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Liberty University has been Training Champions for Christ since 1971, producing graduates with the values, knowledge, and skills required to impact the world. The secret to its success lies in a solid commitment to biblical truth. Upon this foundation, Liberty has built a world-class university that offers excellent academics, NCAA Division I athletics, an exciting social atmosphere, and an environment that encourages spiritual growth. With more than 300 unique areas of study, Liberty is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Liberty's 6,800-acre campus is undergoing an extensive $400 million dollar rebuilding, including the construction of the Jerry Falwell Library, the first building to bear the name of the university's founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. Also included in the expansion is The Center for Medical and Health Sciences which will house the new School of Osteopathic Medicine, several new academic buildings, a cathedral-style prayer chapel, and additional athletic facilities. For students who live on campus, Liberty has several options with a variety of resident amenities, including laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchens, en suite bathrooms, and a plethora of dining options. The LaHaye Student Center includes a theater, basketball courts, and an NCAA regulation-size pool. More than 12,600 resident students study at Liberty representing over 80 countries and all 50 states. Liberty invites new students to take a closer look at the university by attending College For A Weekend (CFAW) events. Choosing a college is about more than just getting an education...its about securing a successful future. Liberty is located in Lynchburg, Va. along the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a region rich in history, culture, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Students enjoy nearby hiking, kayaking, water skiing, snow skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, snowboarding, and more.


2020 Rankings

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Alumni Starting Salaries

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When applying to Liberty University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Liberty University is $50. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due N/A. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 56 percent.

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Liberty University is 18:1, and the school has 32.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Liberty University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Psychology; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83 percent.

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Classes with fewer than 20 students32.9%
50 or more4.1%

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Student Life

Liberty University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 45,935, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Liberty University is part of the NCAA I.

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Cost & Financial Aid

At Liberty University, 73 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,779.

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Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

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Campus Services

Liberty University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service. Liberty University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Liberty University.

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