Liberty University is a private co-educational Christian university located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971 as the Lynchburg Baptist College. It adapted the name Liberty Baptist College in 1976 before using its present name when it obtained university status in 1984. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservative of Virginia.
The university’s beliefs are anchored on uncompromising doctrines based on the Bible including the belief in the coming of Christ for all His church, dedication to world evangelization, commitment to political conservatism and repudiation of political correctness, rejection of socialism, and support of free enterprise. It is committed in producing graduates who will be visionary champions for Christ. It provides a code of conduct known as The Liberty Way which all students are expected to abide by.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level degrees. Its undergraduate degree programs are provided by its School of Aeronautics, Center for Academic Support and Advising Services, College of Arts and Sciences, Helms School of Government, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, School of Engineering and Computational Science, and School of Religion. Offered majors include Accounting, Athletic Training, Aeronautics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education Integrated Studies, Engineering, English, Family and Child Development, Family and Consumer Science, Fashion Merchandising and Interiors, General Studies, Government, Health Promotion, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Spanish, Sports Management, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Arts, Visual Communication Arts, Web Technology and Design, and Worship. Graduate Degree Programs are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School, and the School of Law.
Estimated annual educational cost for undergraduate resident students is $25,834.00 inclusive of tuition, general fees, and room and board. Part-time tuition cost $619.00 per credit hour. Tuition for Master’s Degree Programs cost $455.00 per credit hour except for Seminary Master’s Degree Programs which cost $471.00 per credit hour. PhD and Doctorate degree cost $505.00 per credit hour. Tuition cost for Law School is $29,088.00 per year.
Financial aid is provided by Liberty University through scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and external aid sources. There are no institutional scholarships offered to graduate students, although there are several for undergraduate students such as the Academic Achievement, National Merit, Pastor/Alumni Scholarship, Virginia Scholarship, and many others. Grants offered include Pell Grants, PSEOG, Federal Teach Grant, Liberty Supplemental Grant, VTAG, and the Virginia Brown Board of Educational Scholarships, among others. Loans may come in the form of subsidized and unsubsidized loans and private loans. Work study assistance depends on securing a position to work for the required hours in an upcoming semester.
The university is a member of the NCAA Division I and allows its teams known as the Liberty Flames to compete in football, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, and hockey. It has won six times for having the best sports program among member institutions.
The total student population of Liberty University is comprised of 13,400 on-site undergraduate students and more than 60,000 online students. Graduate students are about 5,800. On-site students are comprised of 49% male and 51% female. The student/faculty ratio at Liberty University is 19:1.