Liberty University was founded in 1971 by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. as a Southern Baptist university. It is located in Lynchburg, Va., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The location lends itself to several outdoor recreational opportunities. Students find opportunities to hike, kayak, water ski, fish, and snowboard in the surrounding area. The school houses more than 11,000 undergraduate students on 6,500 acres. Students can select from more than 230 programs and majors, 29 club sport teams, and a host of student activities. Liberty also fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Its ranking in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” is 80th among regional universities in the South.
Undergraduate degrees at Liberty are offered within nine schools, including schools of aeronautics, government, and religion. The most popular majors are business; philosophy and religious studies; and psychology. Six graduate schools prepare students for careers in law, communication studies, and business, among other areas.
Students can also choose to pursue their degrees through Liberty University Online. The school offers 115 online programs in areas including business, education, nursing, psychology, counseling, and religion. These include high school, certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The university introduced distance education in 1985, and now teaches more than 60,000 students through its online platform. Online learners can also choose to participate in week-long intensive classes on campus, which create a blended online and classroom format.
Liberty has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1980. Specialized accreditation has been awarded by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for Liberty’s nursing and teacher education programs, respectively.
Liberty University accepts applications on a rolling basis, which means that there is no specific deadline. Specific requirements for degree programs, on campus and online, may vary. However, all students must submit an application, either by mail or online, along with high school and/or college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. To enroll online, students must first identify how they plan to pay for classes. Admissions and financial aid officials can help students determine how they should finance their education, with options such as federal financial aid and payment plans.
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(800) 543-5317 (On campus undergraduate admissions)
(877) 298-9617 (On campus graduate admissions)
(800) 424-9595 (Online admissions)