• Address: 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Virginia 24515

  • Phone Number: 434-582-2000

  • Website: www.liberty.edu


About

The largest private non-profit university in the United States and one of the Best Christian universities in the world, Liberty University boasts more than 110,000 students with more than 95,000 students in online courses and 15,000 students at its Lynchburg campus. 

After establishing Lynchburg Christian day academy, Jerry Lamon Falwell Sr. founded Liberty University in 1971, an accredited Christian university for evangelical believers. Right since its inception, Liberty University has emphasized on its mission of “Training Champions for Christ”. In its early years, the university was held afloat financially by major donors only.

In 1985, the university began a distance learning program by mailing VHS tapes to students. This was the forerunner to Liberty University's current online education program. When high-speed Internet connections became more widespread around 2005, Liberty began to offer online courses to a larger adult population. As of 2017, the university's endowment stands at more than $1 billion and gross assets are in excess of $2 billion.

Liberty University offers both residential and online courses which tailored for associate, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree to match your area of interest while studying at their Central Virginia campus or globally online. Certificates are also available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Get detailed information about admissions. financial aid and more n the further sections.

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Liberty University Online

Being the pioneer in the long-distance and online education since the 80's the Liberty University online offers as many as 280 online degree programs and various programs with flexible curriculum all of which can be accessed by the online portal.

The university provides diverse courses that are fully available online and the fees are lesser as compared to other universities.

  • The online degrees are all accredited and the credits can be transferred conveniently with credits being provided for military experiences.

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

  • A strong online faith community helps in getting together like-minded students.
  • Regardless of relocation, the students can always access and stay up-to-date in their classes.

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

  • Convenient 8-week format courses are offered to suit the schedule of the students. 

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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 as its 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio helps in better bonding.

  • Although generally, most of the student appreciate the flexibility, there is quite some number of students who reported facing hardship while taking up the courses due to speed or unavailability.

Liberty University Rankings

The College Monk has ranked the university #9 in top 10 Best Online Colleges and Universities in the US.

Rankings from US News

Here are some of the rankings given to Liberty University by the US News.

  • Ranked among the Best Online Colleges in the U.S. for 2019
  • 144th in 'Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs'

  • 230-301 in 'National Universities'

  • 46th in 'Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs'

  • 126th in 'Best Graduate Nursing Programs'

  • 63rd in 'Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans'.

Rankings from Forbes

  • 622nd in 'Top Colleges'

  • 153rd in the 'South'

  • 245th in 'Research Universities

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Lynchburg, Virginia

FAFSA/Federal School Code

010392

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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC

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Programmatic Accreditation

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

Religious Affiliation

Christian

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Historically Black College or University

No

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

Accreditation

Liberty University is regionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)In addition to regional accreditation, many programs which are offered by the university are programmatically accredited.

Liberty University 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 the 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). 

Statistics

Key Statistics
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 %

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.

Majors and Online Programs

Liberty University offers 183 online programs across 25 Majors

Accounting

Offering 3 programs accross 3 degrees

Education

Offering 28 programs accross 4 degrees

Aviation

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Theology

Offering 34 programs accross 4 degrees

Business Management

Offering 28 programs accross 4 degrees

Human Services

Offering 27 programs accross 2 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 7 programs accross 2 degrees

Music

Offering 4 programs accross 1 degrees

Political Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Fine Arts

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

History

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 8 programs accross 2 degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Nursing

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Paralegal Studies

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Behavioral Sciences

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Psychology

Offering 8 programs accross 3 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 8 programs accross 2 degrees

Sociology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees

Law

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Media Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Military

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Biomedical Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Liberty University Acceptance Rate is 30%

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

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

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 35,627
Total Applicants Admitted 8,687
Applicants Enrolled 4,048
Full time Applicants Enrolled 3,377
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 671
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.

Liberty University 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.

Admissions to Liberty University

Liberty University is an open admission policy institution. Open admission colleges typically have few admission thresholds and will admit all applicants so long as certain minimum requirements are met. New admission is often granted continually throughout the year. 

To be better prepared for the curriculum at the college, the following requirements are preferred.

  • 4 units of English
  • 2-3 years of college preparatory mathematics
  • 2 years of laboratory science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 2 years of foreign language
  • At least 4 units of elective credits

Admission decisions are competitive and are based primarily on the following factors

  • Consistency and trends of grades.

  • Cumulative GPA from high school or college.

The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Liberty University was 3.37 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Applicants need to submit the online application form via the University online portal. High School GPA range: 3.15-3.83. For those applicants with a GPA below 3.0, must submit a letter of recommendation.

  • 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

  • GED scores (if applicable)

  • Essay submission:
    The essay helps the college authority to connect with the applicant on a personal level.
    The topics for the essay to be written about are simple.

    1. Describing your faith and belief will contribute to your college search process.

    2. How will you contribute to the mission to develop Christian leaders at Liberty University?

  • Results from the SAT
    Liberty University typically requires applicants to be in the top 37 percent of SAT test-takers. We estimate some students could be accepted with SATs as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshmen is 1220 out of 1600.Old SAT (math and critical reading only): 950-1170 (Prior to March 2016). New SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math only): 1020-1220.
  • Results from the ACT
    Admission data indicates that Liberty University regularly accepts students with ACT scores of 21 and above. 

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Note

  • For Liberty University RN to B.S.N. / RN to B.S.N. to M.S.N. degree programs, applicants must provide 
    • RN licensure in the 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.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

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 and apply for the same.

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. Liberty University Financial Aid and Scholarships include.

  • 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 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.

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

For more information regarding Financial Aid programs, please visit the official Liberty University Website.

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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, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $800 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled atleast half-time October 1st, 2019
TEACH Grant $1,141 Undergraduate or Graduate student, enrolled in TEACH Grant Eligible major, Minimum of 3.25 CGPA October 1st, 2009
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, 2019
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, 2019
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,545 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen,Enrolled at least half-time October 1st, 2019

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

Scholarships and Grants

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, 2019
Liberty Scholars Grant Program $1,700 New Resident Undergraduate student, Enrolled full-time October 1st, 2019
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Liberty Advantage $9,109 Should be enrolled full-time, Completion an annual online form October 1st, 2019

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

State Grants and Scholarships

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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) $9,109 Awarded to only one WVCSB senior and one youth pastor October 1st, 2019
Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) $9,109 Awarded to only one SBCV youth and one senior pastor October 1st, 2019

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

Military and Veteran Benefits

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
Army Health Professions Scholarship Program $2,000 Servicemembers who have served on active duty, honorably discharged Veteran, discharged with a service-connected disability. 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, 2020
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
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.

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