Training Champions for Christ since 1971
Liberty University was founded in 1971 in Lynchburg, Va., with a mission to provide superior biblically based higher education. In 1985, it launched its distance education program and has remained a pioneer in online learning ever since. Thanks to its online enrollment numbers, Liberty is the nation’s seventh-largest four-year university; the largest private, nonprofit online university in the United States; and the largest Christian university in the world. Currently, there are more than 100,000 students enrolled with Liberty, with 90,000 through its online program and another 12,500 students on its residential campus.
In keeping with its founding principles, the school encourages Christian ethics and values in and out of the classroom. It provides opportunities for worldwide missions and, through Convocation, offers the entire student body the opportunity to hear from renowned inspirational and educational influences. These services are held three times each week on campus and are also available via live and recorded online streaming. Online students can also seek faith-based guidance through Liberty Online Communities, where students can watch live church services, connect with other students, and email prayer requests.
Through Liberty University Online, students can study one of more than 160 online degree programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and postgraduate levels. All undergraduate programs are offered 100% online and include aviation, business, criminal justice, education, nursing, psychology, and more. At the graduate level, students can find programs in many of the same disciplines, such as business, education, and nursing, as well as counseling and sport management.
While most programs can be completed online, keep in mind that some degrees may require minimal, one-week intensives on campus. These on-campus intensive courses provide face-to-face interaction with professors and peers, as well as an opportunity to visit Liberty’s beautiful 6,800-acre campus.
Through Liberty Online’s virtual learning portal, Blackboard courses are constructed so that specific login times throughout the week are not required. This allows students to complete assignments at their own pace, provided that they complete them by their assignment deadlines.
Students can interact with their fellow classmates and teachers through Blackboard by connecting through discussion board interactions. They are also given opportunities to connect with their fellow classmates outside of the virtual class environment, especially through group work that necessitates interaction or collaboration. Those in the Lynchburg, Va., area are encouraged to visit campus for athletic events featuring the school’s NCAA Division I athletic teams, visit the student center, or enjoy the university’s numerous world-class academic and recreational facilities.
Liberty also offers competitive and affordable tuition prices — some of the lowest among top online universities. Liberty students are graduating, securing jobs, and paying back their student loans. In fact, the loan default rate for Liberty alumni is less than half the national average.
Liberty University’s goal isn’t simply to prepare students to make a living, but to learn how to live. With a unique blend of academic excellence, conservative Christian values, and exposure to numerous speakers of national significance from every sphere of society, Liberty is preparing the next generation to impact the world with career-ready degrees in every area of interest.