Liberty University, established in 1971, is the largest private non-profit university in the United States. It also holds the record of being the largest Christian university in the world, with approximately 70,000 students enrolling at the university each year. Despite the high enrollment rates, its 6,500-acre campus located at Lynchburg, Virginia is able to accommodate its students without any problems since only about 13,000 of the students live on-campus with the rest mostly enrolled in at the popular Liberty University Online. Male to female ratio at Liberty is 49:51 for residential students and 41:59 for online students.
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Liberty University has a very strong athletics programs with its football team, the Liberty Flames currently a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championships Subdivision (FCS), and in fact has 20 NCAA Division I Athletic programs and 29 club sports. The university is also a member of the Big South Conference for 20 sports with the women’s Lacrosse team and Swim team competing for the first time last season. Liberty is also known for its basketball programs with some of its basketball player alumni having made it to the NBA.
Liberty also has very strong academic programs that are administered by its various schools and colleges. The schools and colleges responsible for overseeing all programs at Liberty University are the Center for Academic Support & Advising Services (CASAS), School of Aeronautics, College of Arts & Sciences, Helms School of Government, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, School of Engineering and Computational Sciences, School of Law, School of Religion, and College of General Studies. Currently Liberty has over 229 programs of study administered by these schools, including all its undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses. 115 of those programs can be taken as either fully online programs or as blended programs wherein you have the option of attending intensive classes on-campus while accessing most of your materials and extra work online.
Tuition for full-time residential students (12-18 hours) is $9,281 per semester or $18,562, with an additional $619 per credit hour for each credit hour over 18. Tuition rates for full-time online students is as follows: $304 per hour (undergraduate), $438 per hours (graduate), $468 per hour (PhD and Doctorate), $250 per hour (special Military rate), $2,220 (Block rate for Seminary students). Tuition for the Liberty University School of Law is $29,088 per year. Note that above tuition rates do not include other applicable fees.
Financial aid is available at Liberty University in the form of Scholarships, FAFSA, grants, loans, Federal work study programs, and external aid sources. Institutional scholarships are available both for resident and online students. Some scholarships available to online students include the CMT (Center for Ministry Training), Emergency Response Personnel, Heroes Fund Scholarship, IMB (International Mission Board), and the Liberty Advantage.
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Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). It has also been awarded special programmatic accreditation for some of its programs including its Nursing programs, Education program, Athletic Training program, Exercise Science program, and the entire School of Law.