Liberty University

Liberty University is larger than any other private university in Virginia; situated in Lynchburg, the college reports that it is also not only the largest evangelical Christian university in the world, but that it is also the fastest growing. Almost 100 specialized undergraduate majors are offered in many fields, from accounting to youth ministries; the graduate school includes programs dealing with evangelism and church planning and history.

Liberty University Overview

Liberty University is a private, comprehensive, co-educational school that is positioned as evangelical Christian. The university has been training students to be champions of Christ since 1971. Its mission is to see all of its students become Christ-centered adults that have the skills, knowledge and values necessary to affect the portion of the world---large or small---of which they will be a part. To help forward this, the University has a Spiritual Life Department that presents opportunities for students to obey the Great Commission of spreading Christ's teachings; these opportunities include evangelism, missions, worship, discipleship, and ministry---all potentially using preaching, music and drama.

In 1985, Liberty University began pioneering distance education. It now enrolls more than 90,000 students into the thriving online program it has created. The more than 160 programs of study available at Liberty University Online are fully accredited and cover levels from certificates to post-graduate.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Liberty University encourages prospective students to request more information as their first application step. The next step is to create their own account on the school's website to be used in the application process; then the correct application form needs to be found and filled out. Rather than paying an application fee, Liberty University applicants pay a confirmation fee which also gives them gifts. The final step is to fill out a Financial Check-In form where the student selects a pay plan.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

The university has 163 classrooms, all of which are technology enabled. Seventeen computer labs are available for student use. The A. Pierre Guillermin Library, which has over 300,000 books and bound periodicals, more than 72,000 full-text electronic books and 60,000-plus full-text electronic journals, is one of three units of the Integrated Learning Resource Center that also includes the computer labs and the Media Services Department.

The 22 to one student-to-professor ratio makes it possible for class sizes to generally remain small. Sixty per cent of the classes have no more than 29 students, although five percent have more than 100 students.

Schools and Colleges at Liberty University

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Helms School of Government
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
  • School of Aeronautics
  • School of Religion
  • School of Law