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Liberty University Overview

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Lynchburg makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Liberty University Known For?

10,550 Undergraduate Awards
$28,040 Avg Cost After Aid
30% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Liberty University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 39% of the faculty were full-time.

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Liberty University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Liberty University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Liberty University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Sacred Music Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Religious Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Theology & Religious Vocations Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Psychology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best General Psychology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Psychology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Liberty University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Value Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies College Factual
#7 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#22 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#52 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#56 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Liberty University?

Location of Liberty University

Contact details for Liberty University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515
Phone: 434-582-2000
Website: www.liberty.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversity?utm_source=liberty.edu&utm_medium=footer&utm_campaign=lu_facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/libertyu

How Do I Get Into Liberty University?

You can apply to Liberty University online at: www.liberty.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Liberty University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Liberty University?

30% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
48% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Liberty University, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 30%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 32%, and the acceptance rate for women is 29%.

Average Test Scores

About 48% of students accepted to Liberty University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 640. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Liberty University  ( 530 to 640 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 510 to 600 )
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800
Liberty University received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Liberty University  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Liberty University  ( 21 to 27 )
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36

Can I Afford Liberty University?

$28,040 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
9.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Liberty University is $28,040. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Liberty University, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $8,133 a year. That adds up to $32,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Liberty University is 9.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Liberty University Undergraduate Student Diversity

27,401 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 45,935 undergraduate students at Liberty University, with 27,401 being full-time and 18,534 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Liberty University

There are also 33,217 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,401 full-time undergraduates at Liberty University, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Liberty University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Liberty University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberty University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 402
Black or African American 2,172
Hispanic or Latino 1,482
White 15,929
International Students 560
Other Races/Ethnicities 6,856

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Liberty University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 92 countries are represented at Liberty University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at Liberty University

64,006 Took All Classes Online
71,112 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 30 bachelor’s degree and 67 master’s degree programs available online at Liberty University. In 2017-2018, 71,112 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Liberty University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Liberty University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Liberty University was -1.3%. This is the #176 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Liberty University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Liberty University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Air Transportation 27%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 34%
Business Administration & Management 6%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 5%
Communication & Journalism 21%
Communication & Media Studies 12%
Computer & Information Sciences 10%
Computer Information Systems 12%
Curriculum & Instruction 5%
Design & Applied Arts 37%
Educational Administration 7%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 26%
General Biology 36%
General Education 4%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 15%
Health & Physical Education 15%
History 31%
History 31%
Instructional Media Design 33%
Interdisciplinary Studies 37%
International Relations & National Security 5%
Legal Professions 16%
Legal Research 42%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 12%
Liberal Arts General Studies 12%
Management Information Systems 10%
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 81%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 12%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 14%
Music 9%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 95%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 13%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 17%
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 27%
Political Science & Government 16%
Public Administration 72%
Public Administration & Social Service 30%
Public Health 2%
Public Policy 4%
Public Relations & Advertising 50%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 34%
Sacred Music 13%
Social Sciences 17%
Social Work 55%
Student Counseling 0%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17%
Teaching English or French 12%
Transportation & Materials Moving 27%
Visual & Performing Arts 16%
Writing Studies 73%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Liberty University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Liberty University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Sacred Music #2
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #2
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #2
Public Policy #4
Air Transportation #4
Transportation & Materials Moving #4
Music #4
General Biology #5
Legal Research #5
Missionary Studies #6
Religious Education #6
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #8
Religious Studies #8
Interdisciplinary Studies #9
Other Education #10
Public Relations & Advertising #10
Political Science & Government #10
Student Counseling #10
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #12
History #13
Philosophy & Religious Studies #13
History #13
Design & Applied Arts #14
Health & Physical Education #15
Computer Software & Applications #16
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #16
Biblical Studies #16
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #17
Theological & Ministerial Studies #18
Visual & Performing Arts #19
Curriculum & Instruction #20
Teacher Education Subject Specific #20
Special Education #20
General Education #20
Legal Support Services #22
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #23
Health Sciences & Services #24
Theology & Religious Vocations #26
Management Information Systems #27
Instructional Media Design #28
Public Health #28
Communication & Media Studies #30
Mental & Social Health Services #31
Legal Professions #31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #31
Human Services #34
Communication & Journalism #39
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #41
Liberal Arts General Studies #41
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #43
Public Administration #43
General Business/Commerce #47
Teacher Education Grade Specific #47
General Psychology #48
Nursing #53
Marketing #55
Psychology #55
Computer Information Systems #56
Social Sciences #56
Educational Administration #59
Information Technology #61
Public Administration & Social Service #64
Accounting #74
Computer & Information Sciences #77
Criminal Justice & Corrections #81
Education #84
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #84
Health & Medical Administrative Services #87
Business Administration & Management #110
Health Professions #118
Business, Management & Marketing #120

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Liberty University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 24 0 0 1,538 64 1,446 28 3,100
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 306 0 1,365 0 137 0 1,808
Theological & Ministerial Studies 35 0 0 0 35 1,409 38 1,517
Mental & Social Health Services 7 0 0 0 41 1,253 0 1,301
General Psychology 0 173 0 1,033 0 6 0 1,212
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16 102 0 446 16 361 0 941
Religious Studies 0 91 0 795 0 0 9 895
Criminal Justice & Corrections 2 74 0 549 21 245 0 891
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 656 19 675
Nursing 0 0 0 368 0 138 26 532
Accounting 18 39 0 219 0 190 0 466
Special Education 0 0 0 132 57 260 0 449
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 193 127 120 440
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 221 8 184 0 413
Public Health 0 0 0 62 44 277 0 383
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 292 0 292
History 0 0 0 169 0 84 0 253
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 147 0 80 227
Air Transportation 0 1 0 223 0 0 0 224
Legal Support Services 64 55 0 99 0 0 0 218
General Biology 0 0 0 103 0 97 0 200
Computer Information Systems 1 0 0 183 0 7 0 191
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 72 0 41 0 63 0 176
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 148 0 15 0 163
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 73 0 88 0 161
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 104 15 37 0 156
Osteopathic Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 0 150 150
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 0 74 72 0 0 146
Management Information Systems 3 22 0 91 0 25 0 141
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 134 0 6 0 140
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 15 125 0 140
Biblical Studies 35 0 69 1 29 4 0 138
General Business/Commerce 0 127 0 10 0 0 0 137
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 126 0 126
Social Work 0 0 0 124 0 0 0 124
General Education 0 0 0 21 0 93 0 114
Music 0 0 0 76 4 22 0 102
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 0 0 95 0 95
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1 0 85 0 0 0 86
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 81 0 81
Sacred Music 0 0 0 32 2 22 11 67
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 54 0 0 0 54
Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 53 0 53
Public Administration 4 0 0 1 11 37 0 53
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 20 31 0 51
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 50
Other Education 0 38 0 3 0 0 0 41
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 36 0 5 0 41
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
General English Literature 0 0 0 29 0 7 0 36
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Health Sciences & Services 13 0 0 0 14 0 0 27
Zoology 0 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Teaching English or French 5 0 0 20 0 0 0 25
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
International Studies 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Religious Education 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Mathematics 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Human Services 0 0 0 17 0 2 0 19
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Outdoor Education 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Journalism 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
American Sign Language 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 10
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Romance Languages 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Biopsychology 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Chemistry 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Information Technology 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Construction 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 234 1,107 69 9,140 818 8,183 531 20,082

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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