Who We Are
In 1971, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell dreamed about making the world a better place. He envisioned a generation of professionals in every field who loved God, served others, and were the best at whatever they were called to be. He saw a university on a mountain where this training could happen—and he started to build it. Less than 50 years later, Liberty University is a world-class accredited evangelical liberal arts institution with 17 colleges and schools, over 100,000 students, and 600+ programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level.
Liberty's world-class campus is rated as one of the five best in the U.S. by niche.com. Its online program is rated by niche.com as one of the top ten in the U.S. Liberty's campus hosts over 700 international students from 70+ countries studying in all fields and at all levels. Over 400 programs are available to students around the globe through our online programs.
Liberty University trains pilots, engineers, counselors, CEOs, nurses, teachers, artists, law enforcement personnel, professionals in almost every field who love God, serve others in their communities and are the best at what they are called to be. Liberty University trains champions for Christ.
Impact the World
Emphasizing the right balance between academic theory, research, and hands-on training, Liberty’s unique approach to education means that you can be prepared to not only succeed in your profession of choice but also to adapt and thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
At Liberty University, you’ll be equipped to do your job ethically and with excellence. You will also gain the critical thinking, research, data analysis, and communication skills needed to become an essential contributor in your field and the kind of leader who inspires others. This is why Liberty graduates are sought after by many organizations and companies.
Hard work, courage, and integrity define our faith, so we don’t just equip students with a degree — we Train Champions for Christ who impact the world.
Online Programs – An Extension of Our Mission and Our Campus
What started as a vision for a thriving faith-based university in Virginia has now spread across the world. Online education programs have been growing in popularity, but Liberty University has been paving the way in distance education since the mid-1980s. Our online program began in 1985 as the Liberty University School of Lifelong Learning because we recognized that through distance education, many older students were able enroll in college for the first time while they continued working. Liberty is an innovative pioneer in distance education!
Today, students access course content through a cutting-edge learning platform. Liberty’s state-of-the-art digital resources allow students to connect with experienced professors and classmates as well as access the best in academic resources, including over 750,000 electronic books, journals, and peer-reviewed articles. Students also have access to the Online Writing Center and various online student communities.
Many online students even decide to enroll on Liberty's award-winning campus after they begin their online program, which is a simple switch. Online students are welcome to visit and explore Liberty’s campus in Lynchburg, Va at any time. Homecoming, and Commencement are wonderful events to participate in as an online student and provide opportunities for you to connect with your school. But even if you don’t, know that the most important thing we build here is changed lives — at Liberty, you’ll benefit from over 30 years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you.
Affordability, Accessibility & Academic Quality
With so many online colleges and universities to choose from, it can be difficult to find programs that are both flexible and affordable. Liberty University’s Online Programs offer both!
Our online programs ranked in the top five out of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities, for quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com.
We have been pioneering distance education since 1985 and offer a unique and proven approach to online education.
Residential tuition is in the lowest 1/3 of all private colleges in the US and all international students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs on campus receive some level of institutional aid. We work to make your education affordable!
Liberty University’s Residential and Online Programs bring you state-of-the-art technology as we strive towards new educational advancements and increased degree availability. We want you to be able to pursue a degree that best fits your passions and career goals, residentially or online.
Liberty University offers:
- Over 250 available online degree programs to choose from.
- The same quality standards as our residential programs.
- Continuously updated course content designed to reflect current industry practices.
- A faculty comprised of leaders from each field who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
We understand that fitting a degree into your busy life can be challenging. For this reason, we give you the ability to customize your Liberty University degree completion plan to fit your schedule best.
To meet your personal and education needs:
- Most online degrees are offered in a 100% online format. No residential experience is required, but you may want to consider attending campus for an amazing experience.
- Online degree programs are offered in an eight-week sub-term format with eight start dates per year.
- Most of Liberty’s online degree programs offer flexibility to complete assignments at any time of the day with no required login times for most programs. (Asynchronos).
- Online students can enroll part-time or full-time.
Liberty University wants to not only provide you with quality education but also offer tuition rates at an affordable price. We understand that finding ways to pay for your education can be difficult. For this reason, we have worked on ensuring that tuition remains at a reasonable price while still providing an advanced, accredited, and excellent education.
Apply Today to Begin Your Journey at a Top Christian University!
Join the mission of Liberty University and see the value of Christian education for yourself. Start on the path toward continuing your education through one of Liberty University’s online or residential degree programs. Liberty is, in every way, a world-class institution of higher learning devoted to preparing you for success in all aspects of life.
Ranking and Awards
#1 Best Online College in America
Gold Level - School of Distinction
Top Online University in Virginia
Top Online Christian College in the Nation
Top 10 Colleges in Campus Dining (College Magazine)
#4 Best College Campuses in the Nation (niche.com)