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Founded in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University (LU) provides a Christian, comprehensive, coeducational environment committed to serious scholarship at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University is situated on a 4,400-acre campus with complete classroom, dormitory, study, leisure, and recreational facilities. Liberty University is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. There are more than 7,750 undergraduate and graduate students in the traditional resident program. The student body represents all fifty states and more than eighty other countries, with 17 percent of the student population representing minorities and international students.
Liberty offers several majors in a wide variety of degrees on the graduate level, in addition to its baccalaureate and associate degree programs. The Master of Arts degree is offered in counseling and religious studies. Students who are interested in education can pursue a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education through Liberty. The Teacher Licensure Option is available at the graduate level in early childhood (NK3), elementary (K6), and secondary (712) education; administration/supervision; gifted education; reading; school counseling; and special education. In addition, a Master of Nursing degree and a Ph.D. program in professional counseling and pastoral care are also offered.
Through the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, the University offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Religious Education, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry.
Liberty University's Law School is currently accepting applications and expects to enroll its first class this fall (2004).
For international students, Liberty offers the English Language Institute. English grammar, comprehension, and reading are taught for those international students with little or no English skills. An English Language Institute certification is awarded, and students are invited to enroll as a student at Liberty University once completed or while enrolled in the institute. For more information, students should contact the University.
Location and Community
The University is located in the heart of Virginia in Lynchburg (population 68,000), with the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. The city is more than 200 years old and is noted for its culture, beauty, and educational advantages. Nearby are such sites as Appomattox Court House; Natural Bridge; Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest; historic Lexington; Washington, D.C.; and other places of interest.
The city of Lynchburg offers a wide variety of activities for recreation and entertainment. Excellent sports facilities and programs, cultural events at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, beautiful lakes and streams, and many other local attractions enhance the lives of Lynchburg residents. Lynchburg also has more than 2,000 hotel rooms, numerous outlets and malls, and a number of restaurants that serve a wide variety of cuisines. Lynchburg is accessible by air, train, and bus.
A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for the B.S., while a minimum of 123 semester hours is necessary for the B.A. In addition to the major, the student must complete general education courses in humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, physical education, and religion. The A.A. requires a minimum of 64 semester hours.
Liberty is on the early semester calendar. During the summer, there are several one- and two-week modular classes offered. Winter modulars are also offered between semesters.
The University also offers higher education degrees for the adult learner through home study. Liberty's Distance Learning Program (DLP) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For more information on the Distance Learning Program, students should call 800-424-9595 (toll-free) or visit http://www.collegeyourway.net.
About 300 different colleges and universities worldwide are represented in the education of the Liberty faculty. The average Liberty faculty member has more than thirteen years of teaching experience. Courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. All members of the faculty serve as advisers to the students in their discipline, and many also serve as dorm parents.
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in accounting, athletic training, aviation, biology, business (economics, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing), communication studies (advertising/public relations/media management, media graphic production, print and electronic journalism, and speech communication), computer science, English, exercise science and fitness programming, family and consumer sciences, general studies (elementary education and secondary education licensure), government (administration of justice, criminal justice, general, and prelaw), health promotion, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, multidisciplinary studies, nursing, physical education, psychology (child/adolescent development, clinical/experimental, and human services/counseling), religion (biblical studies, missions, pastoral ministries, and youth ministries), social sciences, sport management, teaching English as a second/foreign language, and worship studies. Secondary teaching licensure is available in several degree programs.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in English, general studies, history (international studies), interdisciplinary studies, philosophy, and religion (biblical studies).
The Bachelor of Music degree is offered in choral and instrumental music.
The Associate of Arts degree is available in general studies and religion.
Minors are available in accounting, athletic training, aviation, biblical Greek, biblical studies, biology, business, chemistry, coaching, communication studies (journalism and speech), English, exercise science, family and consumer sciences, French, government, health promotion, history, mathematics, missions, music, philosophy, physical education, psychology, Spanish, sport management, theater arts, theology, and youth ministries.
The Teacher Licensure Option is available at the elementary (K6), middle school (68), and secondary levels (712) in biology, business, computer science, English, history/social sciences, mathematics, and work and family studies and at the comprehensive level (K12) in teaching English as a second language, health/physical education, music (choral or instrumental), and special education.
Facilities and Resources
The Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, the academic hub of the campus, is a 500,000-square-foot Jeffersonian-style building that encompasses nearly all academic aspects of the University. All academic rooms are wired for the Internet, with large computer screens installed for interactive learning. This impressive facility is one of the largest academic buildings in central Virginia and houses the campus library, which currently contains 283,000 bound or microfilmed volumes. Students may find employment or volunteer their services in the University's 50,000-watt FM radio station or student-run radio and TV stations. The Fine Arts Hall houses the Lloyd Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 315 as well as a recital hall and several practice rooms. The current student center, David's Place, provides a place for students to relax and offers such amenities as TV lounges; a game room; a multipurpose room for films, aerobics, and banquets; and a snack shop. Construction on a new $9-million student center is under way, including a movie theater, a drama stage, full indoor basketball courts, fitness centers, and a bowling alley.
Liberty recently renovated the entire computer structure of the campus. The renovation included the installation of a computer network that allows each student to reach professors, various campus offices, and the Internet from individual dorm rooms.
New dorm rooms are currently under construction and offer apartment-style living within walking distance of the campus. Apartments include full furnishings, a kitchen, laundry facilities, gymnasiums, dining halls, fitness centers, and even a car wash.
In addition to the 4,000-seat Earl H. Schilling Center, Liberty's facilities include the 12,000-seat football stadium and the 10,000-seat Vines Convocation Center. Also in use is Matthes-Hopkins Field, a superb outdoor track facility.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Intercollegiate athletic competition is in NCAA Division I. Men compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Women compete in basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Other sports programs at the club level include ice hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball for men; roller hockey and Ultimate Frisbee as coed sports; and ice hockey for women. Intramural competition is offered for both men and women in eight different sports.
Tuition for 12 to 18 credit hours per semester, room and board (twenty-six meals per week), and telephone fee is $23,500. The estimated cost for books per semester is $350. A technology fee of $250 per semester provides each student with an e-mail address and high-speed Internet access in the dormitory. It also gives the student unlimited access to the many computer labs around the campus.
Additional fees such as lab fees are required for specific classes and are listed in the class registration book. Automobiles are permitted if they are registered and a fee of $175 per semester has been paid. There is also a student activity fee of $175 per semester, which gives students unlimited access to the Cottage Student Center, workout facilities, Christian concerts, and much more.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
A variety of grants, scholarships, and on-campus jobs are available at Liberty. All federally funded student financial aid programs, except the Federal Perkins Loan Program, are available. Athletic, academic, merit, talent, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), National Merit, and other Liberty University assistance grants are also available for qualified candidates. Students are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education and include Liberty University's school code (010392) on that application. This is the student's application for all financial aid. Approximately 90 percent of the student body received some type of aid last year.
Liberty offers generous scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. Students should contact the University at the address below about financial aid opportunities. Liberty also partners with many Christian ministries around the world, offering scholarships to participating students.
Admission Requirements / Application
All applicants should be familiar with Liberty's philosophy and expectations before applying. Applicants to the A.A., B.A., and B.S. programs must be high school graduates and must submit two official copies of the high school transcript, indicating graduation date (or GED test scores, if applicable). Applicants must also submit either ACT or SAT scores, which are used for academic counseling and placement. High school transcripts and SAT/ACT requirements are waived if the student transfers 60 hours or holds an associate degree. Test scores are waived if the applicant is 22 or older. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to do college work. Three personal references may be requested if needed. Although interviews are not required, prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. Four “College For A Weekend” programs are available each year, giving prospective students an opportunity to participate in classes, attend social and athletic events, experience dorm life, and converse with students and faculty members.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but June 30 is the preferred deadline for fall enrollment. However, applicants are encouraged to complete the application process by January 1 to be considered for maximum scholarship opportunities. Applicants for the spring term should complete the process by November 30, although early October is preferred.
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