Liberty University

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1971 University Boulevard

Lynchburg, VA 24502-2269

Phone: (434) 582-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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#89 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Liberty University is a private institution that was founded in 1971. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 46,133, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 6,500 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Liberty University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 89. Its tuition and fees are $20,892 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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's 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.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1971
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $58,646,614


When applying to Liberty University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Liberty University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 22.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 22.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Liberty University is 25:1, and the school has 42.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 25:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Liberty University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 46,133, with a gender distribution of 41.7 percent male students and 58.3 percent female students. At this school, 60.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39.3 percent of students live off campus. Liberty University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 74,372
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Liberty University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Liberty University, 57 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Liberty University.

Students who have cars on campus 57%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Liberty University, 74.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,065.

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Tuition and fees $20,892 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,976 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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