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Liberty University

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Introduction

Students who want to attend an institution that will help them nurture their strong Christian faith and offer them top quality education and more will definitely find what they are looking for at Liberty University.

Liberty University is the world’s biggest and quickest developing Christian Evangelical institution. The school began with the vision of training youthful champions for Christ. Liberty is now Virginia’s biggest private institution; it offers over sixty accredited courses of study. The institution’s campus boasts of world class facilities and up to date technology, but its original purpose and mission still remains very strong as it continues to grow.

Liberty University is also known to host a couple of the world’s recognized Christian speakers, performers and evangelists each semester and its lively spiritual life that is solidly based on doctrinal statement sets this school apart from other institutions of higher learning.

Although academics and faith are Liberty’s top priorities, this institution is also proud and pleased to offer its students top-notch athletic programs and a lot of recreational opportunities. Liberty’s mission is to build-up Christ-centered male and female students with the skills, knowledge and values that are required in order to have a strong impact in tomorrow’s world. The school’s mission is achieved for its resident students via a thorough learning program and a well structured social atmosphere. Its mission is achieved for external (or non resident) students in a similar educational program but not including the resident community’s structure.

Liberty University considers its students to be its greatest asset and they strongly value their students’ enthusiasm, motivation, school spirit and strong character. Behind Liberty’s successful students are proud parents who are also appreciated for their supportive role. Liberty’s 5,000 acre school grounds serve more than 25,000 external and resident students. Students from all the U.S. states and over 80 countries make up the institution’s diverse student body.

This institution is located in breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains’ foothills south of James River bank, in a district that is not only rich in culture and history but offers fun outdoor opportunities as well.

Academics

Liberty University was originally established in 1971 as Lynchburg Baptist College by Jerry Falwell – Falwell was also Thomas Road Baptist Church’s senior pastor. In 1976, the name of the institution became known as Liberty Baptist College before finally settling on its present name, Liberty University, in 1984 when the institution attained university status.

At Liberty University, students are offered practical education, flexible academic option and world class academic facilities such as the Integrated Learning Resource Center and the Guillermin Library. Students at Liberty are also sure of getting personalized attention from their professors – thanks to the school’s ratio of 23:1 student to professor.

Programs Offered

Students can select from more than 229 courses of study – undergraduate or graduate programs, residential, internet based or combined options.

Once students are in the classroom, they can certainly have peace of mind about their lecturers. In addition to Liberty professors’ doctorates and their advanced degrees, the professors also have to go through a thorough interview process that also confirms that they are born-again Christians and have a personal relationship with Christ and are committed to academic excellence.

Students can choose to specialize in the following majors offered at Liberty University: Accounting, Business, Biology, Communication Studies, Social Sciences, Computer Science and so on.

LU Online

Liberty offers an online component known as LU Online, formely known as DLP (Distance Learning Program). The LU Online offers students the chance to earn associate’s to doctoral degrees. LU Online runs unilaterally with Liberty University’s conventional component.

Accreditation

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools accredits Liberty University to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and education specialist degrees. Liberty has sixty degree granting courses, its law school is accredited by the American Bar Association.

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Admissions

Gaining admission to Liberty University will require applicants to follow the institution’s admissions steps. Applicants will also need to find out if they qualify to apply for Christian scholarships or Liberty scholarships which will assist them with their tuition costs.

Here are the steps to follow when applying for admission into Liberty University:

  • Applicants should submit their application and are required to pay a confirmation deposit – this will help secure the Liberty University scholarship package.
  • Submit admissions essay.
  • Applicants are required to send their 9th through 11th grade transcripts
  • Send their SAT or ACT scores.
  • Financial Aid

    Liberty University provides its students with opportunities to finance their academics through its financial aid programs. Liberty University participates in a lot of federal work study, scholarship, grants, loan programs and other external financial aid sources.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 3228th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Virginia.

    Students

    Students who reside in Liberty University’s on-campus residence halls must be present at convocation 3 times per week. The convocations are put together by the school administrators so that students can have the opportunity to listen to recognized speakers from all walks of life and be entertained by musicians and performers and also take part in praise & worship. President Ronald Reagan, Presidential aspirant John McCain, Reverend Billy Graham, and President George H.W. Bush are just a few of Liberty University’s past convocation speakers.

    The institution’s east housing complex has thirty multi-story apartment style dorms – in 2007,the last of the 6 buildings was completed. The students who live in these dorms have the chance to cook their own meals (this is great for people who have special needs when it concerns food). The students can also enjoy private baths and living room space. There is also a clubhouse that features a computer lab, swimming pool, convenience store, billiards room and private theater. In 2004, a tunnel which connects the campus’ east and west end was completed.

    The university plans to build another tunnel to offer safe pedestrian passage beneath the Southern and Norfolk Railroad and access close by shopping opportunities at the Wards Crossing and the Wal-Mart stores. In addition to this, the institution added a campus shuttle system in 2006; this provides students with easy transportation to and from campus.

    Liberty University’s facilities include the LaHaye Student Center which is 90,000-square-foot, the centers features a lounge, café, basketball courts, aerobic rooms, cardio & weight rooms, multi-purpose rooms and other great amenities. The nearby Tilley Center boasts of Television lounges, pool room, game tables and social areas and a stage for regular student performances, small concerts and bands. The institution’s other projects include a 3D archery range, sixty mile mountain bike trail system, paint fields, a motorcross facility, intramural sports program and numerous club sports such as Liberty University ice hockey, lacrosse and a recent indoor soccer facility – the ice hockey team play on the ice rink which was generously donated by Tim LaHaye and his wife Beverly.

    Williams Stadium, the home of Liberty University’s football team – the Liberty Flames – in 2010 received major improvement which is the first phase of the institution’s construction project. The seating capacity was increased to 19,200 from 12,000. The improvements to the institution’s stadium include a new media area, luxury suites and a club level. By 2015, the stadium seating capacity will be increased to 30,000.

    August, 2009 saw the construction of the institution’s Liberty Snowflex Centre, an artificial ski slope that boasts of Snowflex designed by Briton Engineering in England. Liberty University’s Snowflex Center has three slopes categories which are beginner, intermediate and advanced – this center is the very first of its kind in the U.S.

    Liberty University opened its new Tower Theater in 2010. This theater is world class and can conveniently seat up to 640 individuals. Liberty’s Campus Recreation offers students the opportunity to have loads of fun and enjoying their campus experience. Students can join one of the 100 registered clubs and organizations at Liberty University.

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    Athletics

    The Liberty University athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division I FCS and a member of the NCAA Division I sports level in various competitions. Liberty University is Big South Conference’s member for eighteen sports. The institution’s women’s lacrosse team take part in the National Lacrosse Conference, the school’s women’s swimming team take part in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.

    Liberty usually contends for the Big South’s trophy which is known as the Sasser Cup, the Sasser Cup is awarded to the institution of higher learning which has the best athletic programs when compared among its member schools. Liberty is pleased and proud to have won the Sasser Cup 6 times – this record is second only to CCU (Coastal Carolina University), which won the Sasser Cup 7 times. The first Big South Conference Quiz Bowl competition was won by Liberty University in 2006; Liberty went on to win again in 2007.

    Students can take part in the following athletics programs at Liberty University: Basketball, volleyball, field hockey, softball, tennis, swimming, track & field, soccer and so on.

    Alumni

  • Meredith Andrews – Contemporary gospel music artist
  • Travis Doucette – Contemporary gospel music artiste, worship leader and songwriter
  • Darell Farley – Music producer & Radio personality
  • Shannon Bream – TV Anchor and reporter
  • Heidi Mueller – TV actress
  • Al Gross – Radio broadcaster
  • Vic Mignogna – voice Actor for anime productions
  • Jonathan Schneck – Christian rock band’s guitarist
  • Bibliography

    • Campus Explorer, Inc. ”Liberty University School Description”. 2011.
    • Liberty Online Programs. ”About Liberty University”. 2011.
    • Liberty University website. ”A Closer Look”. 2011.

    Information Summary

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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 1 0.00
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 4 0.01
    Robbery 2 0.00
    Arson 2 0.00
    Burglary 8 0.01
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 1 0.00
    Arrest 5 0.01

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 181 0.24
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
    Forcible Rape 22 0.03
    Robbery 72 0.09
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 515 0.67
    Larceny 1,855 2.43
    Vehicle theft 99 0.13

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
    UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
    GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
    Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District5106

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 1064th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $19,486 $19,486 $19,486
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,282 $1,282 $1,282
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $650 $650 $650
    FT Graduate Tuition $8,820 $8,820 $8,820
    FT Graduate Required Fees $350 $350 $350
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $535 $535 $535
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,544 $33,544 $33,544
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $31,418 $31,418 $31,418
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,568 $25,568 $25,568

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Law Degree — Tuition $30,396 $30,396
    Law Degree — Required Fees $1,482 $1,482

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $19,154 $19,968 $19,154 $19,968 $19,154 $19,968
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $6,680 $7,250
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,400(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $5,850
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,400
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,400

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$40
    Graduate Application Fee$50
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 48,054 (20,191 male / 27,863 female)
    Admitted 10,405 (4,511 male / 5,894 female)
    Admission rate 22%
    First-time Enrollment 4,690 (2,026 male / 2,664 female)
    FT Enrollment 3,189 (1,403 male / 1,786 female)
    PT Enrollment 1,501 (623 male / 878 female)
    Total Enrollment77,338

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
    College Prep. Completion
    RecommendationsN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFLN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Big South Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Big South Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Big South Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Big South Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    549th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 28%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26

    SAT Test Admission

    686th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 55%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 570
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1140

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity7,247
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 189 2,473 521 160 57 8,671 1,926 14,287
    Accounting 5 52 17 7 1 323 74 486
    Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 3 2 48 14 70
    Airline Flight Attendant 1 1
    Apparel and Textiles, General 3 3 1 2 24 2 37
    Athletic Training/Trainer 1 9 3 13
    Bible/Biblical Studies 16 4 46 13 80
    Biochemistry 1 3 4
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 5 4 1 48 4 67
    Business Administration and Management, General 10 253 42 21 4 676 170 1,200
    Business/Commerce, General 34 94 29 10 2 513 89 782
    Computer Engineering, General 1 3 4
    Computer Software Engineering 1 3 4
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 1 9 1 13
    Counseling Psychology 5 98 26 7 1 394 69 609
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 32 6 1 115 23 182
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 52 16 2 2 251 62 398
    Curriculum and Instruction 51 5 2 1 145 46 256
    Divinity/Ministry 14 100 19 9 4 326 46 528
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 1 11 14
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4 10 6 20
    Education, Other 1 37 11 3 1 225 49 338
    Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 1 1
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 130 9 4 4 262 85 501
    Educational/Instructional Technology 5 2 20 7 34
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 1 2 2 7
    Elementary Education and Teaching 10 3 2 126 34 177
    English Language and Literature, General 2 1 2 49 7 62
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 6 10 19
    General Studies 1 11 5 30 10 57
    Graphic Design 6 6 1 1 69 4 88
    Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1
    History, General 1 1 1 27 2 36
    Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 6 2 41 3 58
    Human Services, General 5 476 40 8 5 497 182 1,236
    Industrial Engineering 1 3 4
    Information Technology 1 1 1 2 5
    International Relations and Affairs 3 2 1 23 1 31
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 7 3 1 2 76 9 106
    Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 1 1 23 7 35
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 1 2 77 3 87
    Management Information Systems, General 1 19 2 1 79 17 121
    Mathematics, General 1 1 17 1 20
    Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 1 1 2 2 26 2 36
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 188 42 8 6 615 180 1,069
    Music, General 1 1 1 1 13 3 20
    Musicology and Ethnomusicology 3 1 4
    Pastoral Studies/Counseling 1 1
    Philosophy 2 8 3 13
    Political Science and Government, General 6 5 41 5 58
    Psychology, General 6 200 68 10 5 852 181 1,355
    Public Health Education and Promotion 5 6 2 54 7 76
    Public Health, General 1 6 1 9
    Public Policy Analysis, General 2 1 1 15 4 24
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 64 19 9 5 389 74 573
    Religion/Religious Studies 5 178 43 11 5 778 141 1,192
    Religious Education 4 14 2 1 42 6 70
    Religious/Sacred Music 12 9 5 3 56 6 92
    Secondary Education and Teaching 4 1 59 11 76
    Social Sciences, General 2 17 3 24
    Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 1 6
    Special Education and Teaching, General 25 4 110 12 152
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 14 9 4 113 14 165
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5 28 4 1 90 19 151
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 1 24 1 29
    Theology/Theological Studies 15 245 51 20 5 738 206 1,300

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 4285th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $41,751 ($43,543 male / $37,195 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,660 (1,043 male / 617 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 2,680
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
    Total Benefits $14,412,501

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