• Address: 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Virginia 24515

  • Phone Number: 434-582-2000

  • Website: www.liberty.edu

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About Liberty University

Liberty University is located in Lynchburg and is one of the best online colleges in Virginia, United States. It was established in the year 1971 and was called as Lynchburg Baptist College. The name was later changed to Liberty University in 1976.

The campus is over 7,000 acres and is a private-not-for-profit type university. It offers more than 550 courses and the university is religiously affiliated as a Christian University. It is now the World's best online Christian colleges.

The total student population of the university is 75,756 which includes 36,555 full-time and 39,201 part-time students.

The student-faculty ratio is 19:1  

Liberty University acceptance rate is 30%.

Liberty University address is 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515.


Liberty University Online 

The university offers various online programs and has been offering distance education programs since the mid-80s. The online programs can be accessed on the online portal and the curriculum structure is flexible.

It provides diverse courses which are fully available online and the tuition fee is lesser as compared to other universities.

  • The online degrees are accredited and the credits can be transferred conveniently.

  • The university offers programs in Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels online along with Graduate Certificate and Undergraduate Certificate courses.

  • There is a total of 24 online minors available for undergraduates which include Aviation, Communications, Education, History, Information Technology, Nursing, and many others.

  • The Liberty University login is available for the students studying on-campus where they can get an access to e-library, check the attendance, or submit assignments.

  • Liberty University Blackboard is an online portal where the students and faculty can interact. The teachers upload the course material which can be accessed by the students. Here, the students submit their assignments as well. 


 Liberty University Schools and Colleges

School of Communication and Digital Content College of Arts and Sciences
School of Education College of General Studies
School of Engineering College of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Health Sciences Helms School of Government
School of Law Rawlings School of Divinity
School of Music School of Aeronautics
School of Nursing School of Behavioral Science
School of Visual and Performing Arts School of Business

Liberty University Tuition and Majors

The tuition fee for the courses varies. The university offers various Associate, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctorate programs both offline and online.

 The average tuition for the various degrees is given below.

Degree Type Average Tuition Fee
Associate $23,400
Bachelors $47,629
Masters $23,218
Doctorate $32,229

Liberty University Programs 

The university provides 183 online programs across 25 different fields. Liberty University majors include Accounting, Education, Political Science, Music, Behavioral Sciences and many others. Some of the programs offered by the university are given below.

Associate of Arts in Accounting Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Nursing for the Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Master of Law in American Legal Studies Master of Education in Teaching (Special Education
Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education

Liberty University Financial Aid

Financial Aid and assistance are available for the students in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans and work-study.

Students looking for financial aid facilities can fill the FAFSA form. Liberty University federal school code is 010392.

Grants are a type of financial aid which a student doesn't have to repay back. Several grants are based on financial need, and many grants take factors such as academic performance, and/or residential status and academic degree program into consideration.

Around 96% of the students at the university are entitled to some kind of financial assistance.

  • Federal Aid includes Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, and Direct Subsidized Loan.

  • Institutional Aid awarded include Liberty Supplemental Grant, Liberty Scholars Grant Program, and the Liberty Advantage Scholarship.

  • State Aid is also provided such as Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG), Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant, Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship, West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB), and Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV).

  • Military Aid includes the Virginia Army National Guard (VaARNG) Scholarship, Yellow Ribbon Program, and Tuition Assistance.

Contact the university to know more about financial aid information. Liberty University Financial Aid Phone Number is (434) 582-2270.


Liberty University Accreditation

Liberty University is regionally accredited. The university has met the accrediting standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and has been accredited by the same.

In addition to regional accreditation, many programs which are offered by the university are programmatically accredited.

Programmatic Accreditations

  • Accounting and Business Management Degrees have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

  • Law Degree has been accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, American Bar Society.

  • Human Service Degrees have been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counselling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

  • Music Degrees are accredited by National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation.

  • Nursing Degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Social Work Degrees are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.

  • Degrees in Education have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 


Liberty University Library

The university's library has thousands of resources such as databases, e-books, journals, course books, research papers, and many other things. It is known as the Jerry Falwell Library.

The library is equipped with the latest technological advancements and has around 250,000 electronic resources, 69,000 journals, 638 periodic subscriptions, and many such resources.

Students also have a library account and can access the online library. They can reserve study rooms and the library assistance is available 24/7.


Liberty University Reviews and Rankings 

Some of the rankings given to the university are mentioned below.

  • According to Forbes, the university has been ranked 245th in terms of 'Research University' and 391st in 'Private Colleges'.

  • The 'Undergraduate Engineering Programs' rank 144th according to the US News.

  • The university is ranked 42nd for the 'Best Online Criminal Justice Programs'.

Reviews of the university say that students have found the university supportive and flexible. Other reviews are given below.

  • The university provides a military and veteran-friendly atmosphere which is well appreciated by the students.

  • The faculty is approachable and the curriculum structure is easy to access. 


Liberty University Campus Life

  • Liberty University Football team has been an integral part of the university. Presently, the university has around 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams, 20 intramural sports, and over 40 sports clubs. The football team is called 'FLAMES' and has presently competed in NCAA Division I.

  • The Hostel provides a quality on-campus living experience that fosters a diverse community, academic growth, and the holistic development of the students.

  • The university is home to over 100 student clubs and these clubs connect the students having similar interests and passion.

Liberty University Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit
Also see:
For-Profit vs Not-For-Profit

Headquartered at

Lynchburg, Virginia

FAFSA/Federal School Code

010392
Also see:
What is FAFSA school code?
How to fill FAFSA application?

Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC
Also see:
What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?

Programmatic Accreditation

ACBSP, ABA, CACREP, NASM, CCNE, CSWE, NCATE

Religious Affiliation

Christian
Also see:
What are Religious Affiliated Colleges and Universities?

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

Military Friendly, Financial Aid, Yellow Ribbon Program, Veterans Friendly , Military Spouse Friendly, eLibrary , Student Portal , Blackboard

Data Source: www.liberty.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Liberty University Statistics

Key Statistics
Acceptance Rate 30 %
Student Faculty Ratio 19: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 83 % Part Time: 39 %
Total Population 75,756
Student Population Full Time: 36,555 Part Time: 39,201
Gender Division Male: 41 % Female: 59 %
Admission Statistics Male Female
Total Applicants - 35,627 14,133 21,494
Total Applicants Admitted - 8,687 3,632 5,055
Applicants Enrolled - 4,048 1,707 2,341
Full time Applicants Enrolled - 3,377 1,446 1,931
Part Time Applicants Enrolled - 671 261 410

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 47 %

The College Monk

Female: 54 %

Total Graduation Rate: 51 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Liberty University Majors and Online Programs

Schools and Colleges in Liberty University

College of Applied Studies and Academic Success

Majors available

Human Services

College of Arts and Sciences

Majors available

Music

College of General Studies

Majors available

Psychology Media Studies

Helms School of Government

Majors available

Public Administration

School of Aeronautics

Majors available

Philosophy

School of Business

Majors available

Business Management

School of Communication and Digital Content

Majors available

Sociology

Rawlings School of Divinity

Majors available

Science

School of Education

Majors available

Human Services Administration

School of Engineering

Majors available

Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Health Sciences

Majors available

Health Science

School of Nursing

Majors available

Nursing

School of Visual and Performing Arts

Majors available

Public Administration

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Majors available

Health Science

School of Music

Majors available

Paralegal Studies

School of Behavioral Science

Majors available

Literature

School of Law

Majors available

Criminal Justice Law

Liberty University Admissions and Application Requirement

Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $25
Graduate Application Fee $48

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 2,172
Number of students submitting ACT scores 1,648
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 54%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 41%
SAT Math 535 average 470 - 600 range
SAT Critical Reading 525 average 460 - 590 range
SAT Writing 515 average 450 - 580 range
ACT Composite 23 average 20 - 27 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.


Liberty University Application Process

Liberty University Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for High School Student Dual Enrollment

  • Completion of the online application form via university's online portal/ Contact Admission counselor

  • A copy of Unofficial High school transcript with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation if the GPA is below 3.0.


Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

  • Completion of the online application form / Contact Admission Counselor

  • Completion of High School or its equivalent

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all accredited institutions attended

  • Unofficial transcripts from the previous institution attended.

  • International Applicants must submit standardized test scores of English Proficiency
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-Based Test or iBT - 61

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 51

    • International Test of English Proficiency Academic Plus (iTEP) - 3.9

Note

  • For RN to B.S.N. / RN to B.S.N. to M.S.N. degree programs, applicants must provide 

    • RN licensure in state of residence (copy of licensure document)

    • A graduate of an NLN accredited nursing program with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing.

  • Military transfer students should request military transcripts for admission.


Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

  • Completion of the online application form.

  • Completion of a Bachelor's/Master's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Submission of the transcript request form and a copy of unofficial transcripts from the previous institution attended.

  • A statement of purpose and professional recommendation forms

  • International Applicants must submit standardized test scores of English Proficiency
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-Based Test or iBT - 80

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5

    • International Test of English Proficiency Academic Plus (iTEP) - 3.9

Liberty University Online Technical Requirements

Recommended Computers
Liberty offers student discounts to manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo, and Apple

  • Recommended Hardware Specifications

    • Processor - Intel i-Series (i3, i5, i7) or equivalent

    • Memory - 8 GB RAM

    • Hard Drive - 128GB or higher

    • Video - Integrated or Dedicated graphics card

    • Wireless Card

      • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN NIC

      • 2.4 GHz/5GHz Dual Band

      • 2x2 300 Mbps. (20/40MHz)

      • WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise

  • Recommended Operating Systems

    • Windows 7/8/10

    • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer

  • Recommended Software

    • Microsoft Office

      • Office 365 (Free for ALL students)

      • 2010, 2013, or 2016 (Windows)

      • 2008, 2011 or 2016 (Mac)

Liberty University Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,290 Undergraduate Student, U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen October 1st, 2018
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $800 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled atleast half-time October 1st, 2018
TEACH Grant $1,141 Undergraduate or Graduate student, enrolled in TEACH Grant Eligible major, Minimum of 3.25 CGPA October 1st, 2018
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,545 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen,Enrolled at least half-time October 1st, 2018
Direct PLUS Loan $5,545 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Enrolled at least half-time, Should not have an adverse credit history October 1st, 2018
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,545 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen,Enrolled at least half-time October 1st, 2018

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Liberty Supplemental Grant $1,000 Residential undergraduate student, enrolled full-time, Based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) October 1st, 2018
Liberty Scholars Grant Program $1,700 New Resident Undergraduate student, Enrolled full-time October 1st, 2018
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Liberty Advantage $9,109 Should be enrolled full-time, Completion an annual online form October 1st, 2018

Data Source: www.liberty.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) $1,650 Virginia domiciled resident, Awarded only for qualifying majors October 1st, 2018
Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant $1,000 Undergraduate in-state student, Virginia domiciled resident, Selective Service requirements,Minimum of 3.0 CGPA October 1st, 2018
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship $1,000 Undergraduate or graduate student, Virginia domiciled resident October 1st, 2018
West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) $9,109 Awarded to only one WVCSB senior and one youth pastor October 1st, 2018
Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) $9,109 Awarded to only one SBCV youth and one senior pastor October 1st, 2018

Data Source: www.liberty.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Virginia Army National Guard (VaARNG) Scholarship $2,000 Current soldier in the VaARNG. Should be full-time enrollment Varies
Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Yellow Ribbon Program $6,077 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10th, 2001 May 15th, 2019
Tuition Assistance $2,278 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10th, 2001 Varies

Data Source: www.liberty.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $24,375
$30,001 - $48,000 $22,528
$48,001 - $75,000 $24,551
$75,001 - $110,000 $27,125
Over $110,000 $27,121

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 47% $3,716
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 95% $10,768
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 33% $4,674
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 88% $9,109
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 57% $7,005
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 56% $5,577
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 24,794
Military Aid
Number of students receiving (DOD) tuition assistance: 6,866
Total tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $15,066,428
Average tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $2,194
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=32059
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 13,866 $2,713
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 8,594 $3,295
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 5,272 $1,765

Data Source: www.liberty.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Liberty University FAQ

  Is Liberty University accredited?


Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Apart from the institutional accreditation, many of its programs are accredited as well.

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