56 Facts About Liberty University


Liberty University is a private evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Liberty University was placed on probation multiple times in the 1990s by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools due to heavy debt loads.

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Since 1999, Liberty has had an informal relationship with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, two of whose members sit on the university board of trustees.

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In 2004, Liberty University named its School of Government after Falwell family friend Senator Jesse Helms.

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When high-speed Internet connections became more widespread around 2005, Liberty University began to offer online courses to a larger adult population.

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In 2009, Liberty University withdrew official recognition of its Democratic club, saying that its political positions, including support of abortion rights, were in conflict with the school.

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In 2012, Liberty University acquired the former Lynchburg Sears building to house Liberty University online and a television station.

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Ben Howe, whose parents worked for Falwell's Liberty University, published The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values.

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In spring 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty allowed some students to return to campus after spring break over the objections of the city's mayor and contrary to the practices of most U S colleges and universities.

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Student leaders created an online petition to force Liberty University to shut down the school's think tank, the Falkirk Center, named after Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Liberty University's later was not taken to the hospital but the police later pestered her until she agreed to be photographed naked by a female debate coach.

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Liberty University Arena is the home of the men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball.

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Liberty University is governed by a 30-member board of trustees that includes Jonathan Falwell, the son and brother of the two former university presidents.

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Liberty University formerly served as the chair of the board of trustees and was appointed president after the son of the university's founder, Jerry Falwell, Jr.

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New York Times reported that faculty at Liberty University acknowledge that Liberty University Online is a steep drop-off in quality relative to the traditional classes at the university.

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The online division at the Liberty University is a significant revenue source for the university.

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Liberty University offers 11 bachelor's degrees in aeronautics from professional pilot to UAS.

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Liberty University has worked with American Eagle, Piedmont Airlines and Wayman Aviation to alleviate their pilot shortages.

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Liberty University offers a Bachelor of Science in Cinematic Arts Degree, which is based in the new Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center .

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In 2017, Liberty University bought The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research facility in Bedford, Virginia.

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In 2017, Liberty announced its new Center for Law and Government will be led by former U S representative Robert Hurt.

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Liberty University is among the ten colleges that enrolled the most undergraduates in fall 2018 according to US News.

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When including online students, Liberty enrolled more students than any university in the United States as of 2018.

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Liberty University is consistently ranked as the "Most Conservative College in America" by Niche and various other publications.

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Liberty University was founded in 1971 and received regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation in 1980, which was reaffirmed in 2016.

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In terms of combined traditional and distance learning students, Liberty University is the 7th-largest four-year university, and the largest university in Virginia.

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In 2021, a former Liberty University student was part of a class action lawsuit filed against the U S Department of Education alleging that the institution should not be eligible to receive federal funding due to its discriminatory practices against LGBT students.

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In 2015, Liberty University denied the discounted tuition to same-sex and trans spouses of military personnel that it offered to heterosexual military couples.

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In 2015, Liberty University revised the code to give students the freedom to watch rated "R" movies and to play video games rated "M".

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Liberty University's convocation is the largest weekly gathering of Christian students in America.

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Liberty University students are allowed to possess guns in the on-campus dorms.

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Liberty University remains the only school in the country to finish first in all three rankings in a single year.

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Liberty University is a member of the ASUN Conference for 17 of its 20 varsity sports.

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In 2020, Liberty University entered the rankings in the AP Poll at 25 for the first time in program history.

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Liberty University regularly competes for the Sasser Cup, the Big South's trophy for the university that has the best sports program among the member institutions.

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Liberty University has won the Sasser Cup ten times, the most in the Big South.

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In 2012, Liberty University became the first Big South school to win five consecutive Sasser Cups.

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Liberty University earned its highest ranking ever when it was selected as the No 12 seed in the East Region.

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Men's hockey started in 1985 when students at Liberty organized a team to compete against surrounding colleges and clubs but has since become a competitive club team competing against much larger schools such as University of Oklahoma, University of Delaware, and Penn State University.

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Also in 2006, Liberty University became the only school in the state of Virginia to host a men's Division I American Collegiate Hockey Association club hockey team.

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Currently, Liberty University has Division I, II, and III men's teams and Division I and II women's teams.

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Liberty University has an Internet education component called Liberty University Online; known as LU Online or LUO.

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In fiscal year 2020, Liberty University received $800 million from online tuition and $361 million from residential student tuition.

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In December 2010, Liberty University sold $120 million in facilities bonds to finance expansion.

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The U S Department of Education rated Liberty as having a "perfect" financial responsibility score.

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In 2018, ProPublica and the New York Times reported that Liberty University students were sixth in terms of receiving federal aid for the year 2017.

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Liberty University has sponsored NASCAR driver William Byron, a LU student, since 2014 in a late model program run by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Liberty University is in the midst of a deal with Byron and NASCAR Cup Series team Hendrick Motorsports that runs through 2026.

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In 2019, Liberty University reportedly received about $700 million in federal funding.

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Liberty University students have a lower default rate compared to the national average of graduates from all schools.

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However, Liberty University students have a higher rate of defaults within three years of completing their studies compared to graduates of other private, non-profit, four-year colleges.

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Liberty University spends far less on instruction than traditional private universities, for-profit colleges and other nonprofit religious colleges.

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Liberty University is a conservative Evangelical college which is reflected in its honor code and other policies.

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Liberty University was a satellite location for CPAC 2019, hosting numerous conservative speakers on-campus.

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Liberty University rescinded a speaking invitation of Jonathan Merritt, an alumnus of the school, after he criticized Liberty University.

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In 2018, some Liberty students went to Washington, D C, to support President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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