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Liberty University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Lynchburg, Virginia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

783 Undergraduate Degrees
1,923 Graduate Degrees
$28,040 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
30% Acceptance Rate

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Liberty University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Liberty University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#8 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Online Teaching Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Teaching Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Liberty University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Other Education Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Teaching English or French Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Instructional Media Design Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Liberty University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Teaching English or French Graduates College Factual

Where Is Liberty University?

Location of Liberty University

Contact details for Liberty University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515
Phone: 434-582-2000
Website: www.liberty.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversity?utm_source=liberty.edu&utm_medium=footer&utm_campaign=lu_facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/libertyu

How Do I Get Into Liberty University?

You can apply to Liberty University online at: www.liberty.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Liberty University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Liberty University?

30% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
48% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 30%, Liberty University is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 32%, and the acceptance rate for women is 29%.

Average Test Scores

About 48% of students accepted to Liberty University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 640. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Liberty University  ( 530 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 510 to 600 )
200
800
Liberty University received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Liberty University  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Liberty University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Liberty University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Liberty University?

$28,040 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
9.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Liberty University is $28,040. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Liberty University, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $8,133 a year. That adds up to $32,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Liberty University is 9.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Liberty University Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,487 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 47,025 undergraduate students at Liberty University, with 28,487 being full-time and 18,538 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Liberty University

There are also 38,561 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,487 full-time undergraduates at Liberty University, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Liberty University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Liberty University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberty University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 426
Black or African American 2,267
Hispanic or Latino 1,621
White 17,278
International Students 520
Other Races/Ethnicities 6,375

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Liberty University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 92 countries are represented at Liberty University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at Liberty University

64,006 Took All Classes Online
71,112 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 30 bachelor’s degree and 67 master’s degree programs available online at Liberty University. In 2017-2018, 71,112 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Liberty University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Liberty University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Liberty University was -1.3%. This is the #97 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Liberty University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Liberty University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 4%
Curriculum & Instruction 5%
Curriculum & Instruction 5%
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 5%
Educational Administration 7%
Educational/Instructional Technology 33%
English & Language Arts Education 35%
General Education 4%
General Education 4%
General Educational Leadership & Administration 5%
History Education 5%
Instructional Media Design 33%
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 11%
Mathematics Education 17%
Student Counseling 0%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17%
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 12%
Teaching English or French 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Liberty University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Liberty University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Student Counseling & Personnel Services #1
History Education #2
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching #2
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching #3
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented #3
English & Language Arts Education #4
Mathematics Education #6
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism #6
Other Education #10
Other Education #10
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services #10
Student Counseling #10
Reading Teacher Education #11
Secondary Education #14
General Special Education #17
Special Education #20
Curriculum & Instruction #20
Teacher Education Subject Specific #20
Elementary Education #20
General Education #20
General Education #20
Curriculum & Instruction #20
Instructional Media Design #28
Educational/Instructional Technology #28
Early Childhood Education #35
General Educational Leadership & Administration #36
Teacher Education Grade Specific #47
Educational Administration #59

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Liberty University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Elementary Education 0 0 276 0 197 0 473
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 0 192 120 118 430
General Special Education 0 0 132 0 251 0 383
Early Childhood Education 0 102 170 0 43 0 315
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 0 0 241 0 241
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 147 0 80 227
General Education 0 0 21 0 93 0 114
Secondary Education 0 0 0 0 77 0 77
English & Language Arts Education 0 0 0 0 62 0 62
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 0 20 31 0 51
Other Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 0 0 51 0 51
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 0 0 0 3 44 0 47
Other Education 0 38 3 0 0 0 41
History Education 0 0 0 0 41 0 41
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 0 0 0 39 0 0 39
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 16 0 0 13 0 0 29
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 0 0 0 18 9 0 27
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 5 0 20 0 0 0 25
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 17 0 17
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 0 0 1 7 2 10
Mathematics Education 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
TOTAL 21 140 622 433 1,290 200 2,706

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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