Liberty University is a private Christian university located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by Jerry Falwell as the Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971. It adapted the name Liberty Baptist College in 1976 and obtained university status in 1984. Its founder was then a senior pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church.
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The academic programs of Liberty University includes 220 residential and online undergraduate programs, 87 residential and online graduate areas of study, 6 online doctoral programs, as well as the programs offered by its School of Law and the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. These programs are provided by the university’s academic divisions namely the School of Aeronautics, College of Arts and Sciences, Helms School of Government, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, School of Engineering and Computational Science, and the School of Religion. Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Offered specializations and concentrations consist of Accounting, Athletic Training, Aeronautics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education Integrated Studies, Engineering: Computer, Engineering: Industrial and Systems, English, Family and Child Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising and Interiors, General Studies, Government, Health Promotion, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Nursing (BSN), Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Exposition, Philosophy and Religion, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Spanish, Sports Management, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Arts, Visual Communication Arts, Web Technology and Design, and Worship. Master’s degree programs are offered in History, Human Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, Philosophical Studies, Public Health, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Sports Management, Christian Ministry, Global Apologetics, Global Studies, Theological Studies, Worship Studies, Religion, Religious Education, Divinity and Theology. Liberty University Online offers more than 45 degrees and 100 specializations in the online format leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees.
Military students will find programs offered through Liberty University Online especially convenient for their schedule. These programs are offered unilaterally with the semester programs of on-site classes. However, online students are allowed to take part of their 16-week or semester courses in 8-week sub-terms. Tuition for military students is $250.00 per credit hour.
Traditional undergraduates are charged from $304.00 to $342.00 per credit hour while traditional graduate students are charged from $438.00 to $476.00 per credit hour depending on whether they are full-time or part-time students. PhD and Doctoral degrees cost from $468.00 to $508.00 per credit hour while Seminary programs cost $285.00 per credit hour or $2,200.00 for a block rate. Students categorized as full-time include undergraduate students taking at least 12 hours, graduate students taking at least 9 hours, and PhD and Doctoral students taking at least 6 hours. Seminary block rates apply to students taking 9 to 15 credit hours.
Financial assistance is provided through grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Qualified military students can use benefits from Military Tuition Assistance as provided under the Montgomery and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill as well as other offered aids to active-duty servicemen and veterans. The $250.00 tuition rate applies to all associate, bachelor’s and master’s level programs as well as the Doctorate of Education.
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Liberty University is a member of the NCAA Division I and Big South Conference and fields its teams known as the Flames in various athletic events. The student population is comprised of at least 13,400 on-campus and 60,000 online undergraduate students. Post-graduates are estimated at 5,814. Student/faculty ratio is 19:1. Male and female gender ratio is 53% and 47% respectively.