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IPEDS ID: 232557
OPE ID: 02053000
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Liberty University
1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Virginia 24515
General information:  (434) 582-2000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  81,459 (49,744 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,7391,073
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-75
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$19,154$19,968$18,274$21,00014.9%
Books and supplies$1,400$1,400$1,700$1,400-17.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,680$7,250$8,154$8,2000.6%
Off Campus
Room and board-$5,850$6,200$5,850-5.6%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$30,634$32,018$33,238$34,0002.3%
Off Campus$20,554$30,618$30,364$31,6504.2%
Off Campus with Family$20,554$24,768$25,086$25,8002.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,09596%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,00193%$26,680,568$8,891
Federal grants1,30140%$5,835,649$4,486
Pell grants1,29940%$5,431,815$4,182
Other federal grants33010%$403,834$1,224
State/local government grant or scholarships69322%$2,027,850$2,926
Institutional grants or scholarships2,51078%$18,817,069$7,497
Student loan aid2,07164%$14,665,194$7,081
Federal student loans2,05764%$11,818,531$5,746
Other student loans2197%$2,846,663$12,998
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid139,61684%$236,843,990$5,978
Pell grants23,46550%$85,593,761$3,648
Federal student loans31,29866%$251,324,057$8,030
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$22,229$23,191$23,367
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$22,791$23,347$23,428
$30,001 – $48,000$20,819$21,993$22,195
$48,001 – $75,000$21,863$23,266$23,234
$75,001 – $110,000$23,672$24,304$24,566
$110,001 and more$23,924$24,692$24,745
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment81,459
Undergraduate enrollment49,744
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment6,645
Graduate enrollment31,715
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 55%
Part-time: 45%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 15%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 26%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 37%
25 and over: 63%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 25%
Out-of-state: 72%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 34%
Part-time: 66%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 75%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 15%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 96%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 3%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants45,12119,18825,933
Percent admitted22%23%22%
Percent admitted who enrolled47%47%46%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading460590
SAT Math450570
SAT Writing440570
ACT Composite1926
ACT English1927
ACT Math1826
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 69%
Part-time students: 29%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 30 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 50%
Transfer-out rate: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 24%
6-year: 46%
8-year: 50%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 29%
6-year: 52%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 45%
Female: 58%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 55%
Black or African American: 27%
Hispanic/Latino: 44%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%
White: 57%
Two or more races: 50%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 52%
Non-resident alien: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-62----
Biomedical Sciences, General-1----
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-1----
Category total-73----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-553d1,263d-7d67d
Business/Commerce, General119d377d----
Management Information Systems, General16d122d----
Category total169d1,245d1,475d-9d67d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General--3d---
Organizational Communication, General-----5d
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-154d12d--10d
Category total-154d15d--15d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-26----
Information Technology-7d----
Category total-33d----
Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General1-----
Category total1-----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--221d---
Curriculum and Instruction--299d---
Early Childhood Education and Teaching34d-----
Education, Other49d164d----
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism-----26d
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented-----1d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--104d118d-486d
Educational/Instructional Technology--114d--6d
Elementary Education and Teaching-200d146d---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-----3d
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching----9d13d
Secondary Education and Teaching--81d---
Special Education and Teaching, General-57d134d---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-21----
Category total83d442d1,099d118d9d535d
Computer Engineering, General-4----
Computer Software Engineering-4----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-9----
Industrial Engineering-8----
Category total-25----
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician1-----
Category total1-----
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-6112---
Category total-6112---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General-30----
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General-17----
Human Development and Family Studies, General-42----
Category total-89----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-7----
Category total-7----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer-22----
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General----7d8d
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other----1d2d
Public Health Education and Promotion-67----
Public Health, General--50d---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-477d161d---
Category total-566d211d-8d10d
History, General-31d12---
Category total-31d12---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies53d411d11d-1d11d
Category total53d411d11d-1d11d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal33d49d--17d-
Category total33d49d-7717d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies21d3d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-71----
Category total21d74d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-17----
Category total-17----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other276d971d----
Category total276d971d----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-86----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-71111d--5d
Category total-157111d--5d
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Christian Studies-1----
Religion/Religious Studies185d1,096d11d--
Category total185d1,107d11d--
Precision Production
Welding Technology/Welder1-----
Category total1-----
Counseling Psychology--793d12d--
Psychology, General160d1,365d----
Category total160d1,365d793d12d--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--1,615d---
Public Administration-----7d
Public Policy Analysis, General--54d--13d
Category total--1,669d--20d
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs-26----
Political Science and Government, General552d----
Social Sciences, General-23----
Category total5101d----
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies-10--82d-
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology-164d---
Pastoral Studies/Counseling-----32d
Religious Education--74d---
Religious/Sacred Music-4833d--7d
Theology/Theological Studies--1,329d125d62d50d
Category total-742,006d125d144d89d
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General271d----
Airline Flight Attendant6-----
Category total871d----
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-5----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-16----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-1d----
Graphic Design-105----
Music, General-25----
Musicology and Ethnomusicology--8d--1d
Category total-152d8d--1d
Grand total9967,2757,423333188753
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 4836
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 6659
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 50
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 7
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $1,678
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $3,064
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,147
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $4,920
Full-time students: 86%
Part-time students: 73%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined93149
Field Hockey28
Swimming and Diving25
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1980 -  Accredited
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission9/1/1984 - 11/6/2008Resigned
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
Osteopathic Medicine (OSTEO) - Programs leading to the D.O. degree8/12/2013 -  Pre-Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/9/2004 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/9/2004 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/26/2003 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations400
Liquor law violations035
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations020
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible412
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible100
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate8.5%7.9%7.4%
Number in default1,7881,133676
Number in repayment20,84814,1819,109
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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