Liberty University.

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Liberty University

Liberty University (LU) is a private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by Jerry Falwell and Elmer L. Towns in 1971. Although the university's physical campus is in Lynchburg, most of its students are online. It is one of the largest evangelical Christian universities in the world and one of the largest private non-profit universities in the United States, measured by student enrollment. As of 2017, the university enrolls more than 15,000 students at its Lynchburg campus and more than 94,000 students in online courses for a total of about 110,000.The school consists of 17 colleges, including a school of osteopathic medicine and a school of law. Liberty's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Liberty Flames. Their college football team is an NCAA Division I FBS Independent, while most of their other sports teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Studies at the university have a conservative Christian orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes for undergraduate students. The university's honor code, called the "Liberty Way,” prohibits premarital sex and cohabitation. Described as a "bastion of the Christian right" in American politics, the university plays a prominent role in Republican politics.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 45,364 students
  • 0.15 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Liberty University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Zoology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Journalism.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

9,788 students out of 32,854 applicants were accepted into Liberty University. They had an average SAT score of 1157. 48% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 35% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Liberty University was $21,310. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $38,364.

Financial aid available at Liberty University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

84% of undergraduate students at Liberty University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Liberty University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Liberty University was of $9,619 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,486.

Diversity at Liberty University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017