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Liberty University Overview

Liberty University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Lynchburg, Virginia. 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?

11,068 Undergraduate Awards
$29,057 Avg Cost After Aid
50% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Liberty University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 40% 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.

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 Mathematics & Statistics Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Mathematics Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Military Systems & Maintenance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Military Technologies & Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Sacred Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best General Psychology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Psychology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Associate 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
#1 Best Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology Schools College Factual
#1 Best Mathematics & Statistics Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Mathematics Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Religious Studies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Religion/Religious Studies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best General Mathematics Associate Degree Schools College Factual

Where Is Liberty University?

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Contact details for Liberty University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515
Phone: 434-582-2000
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?

50% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
48% Submit SAT Scores
Liberty University has an acceptance rate of 50%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 49%, and the acceptance rate for women is 51%.

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 610.

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

SAT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 510 to 610 )
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800
Liberty University received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 30. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Liberty University  ( 19 to 30 )
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ACT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 19 to 27 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Liberty University  ( 21 to 29 )
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36

Can I Afford Liberty University?

$29,057 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
8.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Liberty University is $29,057. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Liberty University, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,154 a year. That adds up to $32,616 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Liberty University is 8.5%. 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

30,168 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 47,988 undergraduate students at Liberty University, with 30,168 being full-time and 17,820 being part-time.

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There are also 45,361 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 30,168 full-time undergraduates at Liberty University, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 523
Black or African American 2,374
Hispanic or Latino 1,929
White 18,492
International Students 433
Other Races/Ethnicities 6,417

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

79,167 Took All Classes Online
86,390 Took At Least One Class Online
6.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 31 bachelor’s degree and 61 master’s degree programs available online at Liberty University. In 2019-2020, 86,390 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Liberty University Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Liberty University was $17,122 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Liberty University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #1 #1
General Biology #1 #1
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #1 #1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences #1 #1
Writing Studies #1 #1
Visual & Performing Arts #1 #1
Sacred Music #1 #1
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology #1 #1
Religious Studies #1 #1
Music #1 #1
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #1 #1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #4 #4
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #4 #1
Public Policy #4 #4
Other Education #4 #4
Design & Applied Arts #4 #1
Communication & Journalism #4 #4
Philosophy & Religious Studies #4 #4
Health & Physical Education #7 #7
Communication & Media Studies #7 #7
English Language & Literature #7 #4
Human Services #7 #7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #7 #7
Public Relations & Advertising #7 #4
Religious Education #7 #7
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) #7 #7
Theology & Religious Vocations #9 #9
History #10 #7
Air Transportation #10 #10
Transportation & Materials Moving #10 #10
History #10 #7
International Relations & National Security #12 #10
Legal Support Services #12 #12
Special Education #13 #13
Interdisciplinary Studies #13 #13
General Education #13 #13
Fire Protection #13 #4
Allied Health Professions #16 #13
Teacher Education Subject Specific #17 #17
Teaching English or French #18 #18
Nursing #19 #19
Social Work #19 #19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #22 #22
Student Counseling #22 #22
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #22 #16
Marketing #24 #24
Biblical Studies #25 #25
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #27 #24
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #27 #27
Teacher Education Grade Specific #31 #31
Instructional Media Design #33 #33
Legal Professions #33 #30
Criminal Justice & Corrections #34 #31
Curriculum & Instruction #36 #33
Political Science & Government #36 #27
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #36 #30
Public Health #37 #34
Management Information Systems #40 #40
Finance & Financial Management #40 #40

Online Growth Rankings of Liberty University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Liberty University was 6.9%. This is the #784 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
Accounting 5%
Air Transportation 3%
Allied Health Professions 11%
Biblical Studies 22%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 43%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Classical Languages & Literature 33%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 9%
Communication & Journalism 16%
Communication & Media Studies 27%
Computer & Information Sciences 24%
Computer Information Systems 25%
Computer Software & Applications 50%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 15%
Curriculum & Instruction 7%
Design & Applied Arts 21%
Education 15%
Educational Administration 28%
English Language & Literature 39%
Finance & Financial Management 93%
General Education 31%
General Psychology 6%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 6%
Health Sciences & Services 34%
History 20%
History 20%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 18%
International Relations & National Security 52%
Legal Professions 22%
Legal Research 16%
Legal Support Services 15%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 9%
Liberal Arts General Studies 9%
Mathematics 19%
Mathematics & Statistics 19%
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 64%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 16%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 4%
Music 25%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 70%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4%
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 92%
Political Science & Government 8%
Psychology 7%
Public Administration 61%
Public Administration & Social Service 16%
Public Relations & Advertising 41%
Religious Education 19%
Sacred Music 40%
Social Sciences 22%
Special Education 7%
Student Counseling 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15%
Teaching English or French 55%
Theology & Religious Vocations 9%
Transportation & Materials Moving 3%
Visual & Performing Arts 20%
Writing Studies 43%

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
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology #1
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages #3
Classical Languages & Literature #4
Physiology & Pathology Sciences #5
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #8
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #8
Sacred Music #10
Public Policy #16
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) #18
International Relations & National Security #22
Transportation & Materials Moving #26
Air Transportation #26
Interdisciplinary Studies #28
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #28
Legal Research #31
Religious Education #34
General Biology #37
Music #37
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #40
Mathematics #46
Political Science & Government #49
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #50
Other Education #56
Public Relations & Advertising #56
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #57
Student Counseling #63
Teaching English or French #65
Mathematics & Statistics #65
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #65
Health Sciences & Services #66
Biblical Studies #68
Allied Health Professions #69
Writing Studies #72
History #73
History #73
Fire Protection #74
Communication & Media Studies #83
Curriculum & Instruction #88
Health & Physical Education #91
General Education #92
Design & Applied Arts #95
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #97
Legal Support Services #99
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #100
Management Information Systems #113
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #114
Public Administration #120
Theology & Religious Vocations #124
Instructional Media Design #126
Finance & Financial Management #127
Public Health #134
Mental & Social Health Services #136
English Language & Literature #146
Communication & Journalism #152
Legal Professions #153
General Psychology #155
Visual & Performing Arts #160
Special Education #173
Teacher Education Subject Specific #173
Marketing #201
General Business/Commerce #220
Psychology #229
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #230
Educational Administration #235
Social Sciences #235
Public Administration & Social Service #246
Nursing #270
Computer Information Systems #290
Teacher Education Grade Specific #312
Health & Medical Administrative Services #435
Accounting #466
Criminal Justice & Corrections #473
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #484
Liberal Arts General Studies #484

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 31 0 0 1,595 90 1,423 25 3,164
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 299 0 1,440 0 153 0 1,892
Theological & Ministerial Studies 34 0 0 0 45 1,465 75 1,619
General Psychology 0 197 0 1,096 0 3 0 1,296
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20 109 0 518 25 436 0 1,108
Mental & Social Health Services 8 0 0 0 40 1,026 0 1,074
Criminal Justice & Corrections 7 58 0 606 17 366 0 1,054
Religious Studies 0 94 0 674 0 3 9 780
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 699 40 739
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 183 311 119 613
Nursing 0 0 0 369 8 128 25 530
Accounting 41 42 0 205 0 202 0 490
Special Education 0 0 0 116 75 290 0 481
Public Health 0 0 0 56 42 267 0 365
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 350 0 350
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 154 6 176 0 336
History 0 1 0 195 0 122 0 318
Computer Information Systems 7 0 0 222 0 26 0 255
Legal Support Services 57 73 0 125 0 0 0 255
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 145 15 83 243
Air Transportation 0 0 0 230 0 0 0 230
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 143 12 58 0 213
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 162 0 45 0 207
General Biology 0 0 0 106 0 83 0 189
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 42 0 81 0 64 0 187
Biblical Studies 27 0 61 2 44 43 0 177
General Education 0 42 0 21 0 97 5 165
Social Work 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 154
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 137 0 15 0 152
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 64 0 84 0 148
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 0 63 78 0 0 141
Music 0 0 0 101 2 33 0 136
Public Administration 2 0 0 7 29 97 0 135
General Business/Commerce 0 128 0 6 0 0 0 134
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 131 0 131
Management Information Systems 0 30 0 67 0 30 0 127
Sacred Music 0 0 0 49 4 34 24 111
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 109 0 109
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 16 92 0 108
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 97 0 97
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1 0 94 0 0 0 95
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 0 0 88 0 88
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 57 0 29 0 86
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 80 0 80
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 58
Teaching English or French 14 0 0 32 0 10 0 56
General English Literature 0 0 0 44 0 11 0 55
Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 53 0 53
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 12 38 0 50
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
Writing Studies 0 2 0 0 0 44 0 46
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 45 0 0 0 45
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 0 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Health Sciences & Services 20 0 0 0 21 0 0 41
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Religious Education 0 0 0 0 0 20 11 31
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Journalism 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Mathematics 0 2 0 25 0 0 0 27
Zoology 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
International Studies 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 7 10 0 17
Fire Protection 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Other Education 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Romance Languages 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
American Sign Language 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Outdoor Education 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biopsychology 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Chemistry 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Information Technology 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Human Services 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Philosophy 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Biotechnology 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Computer Software & Applications 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Construction 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 277 1,122 61 9,608 906 8,971 476 21,421

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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