Liberty University: Narrative Description

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1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Tel: (434)582-2000
Free: 800-543-5317
Admissions: (434)592-3015
Fax: (434)582-2304
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Independent nondenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates (also offers external degree program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1971. Setting: 230-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $3.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $155,613. Educational spending 2003-04: $2445 per student. Total enrollment: 13,464. Faculty: 396 (272 full-time, 124 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 4,755 applied, 91% were admitted. 7 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 8,116 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 2,526 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 63 other countries, 67% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 13% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 29% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview, ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 6/30. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $19,950 includes full-time tuition ($13,700), mandatory fees ($850), and college room and board ($5400). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $465 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $850 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: College Republicans, Youthquest, Circle K. Major annual events: SuperConference, Homecoming, Block Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour emergency dispatch. 5,332 college housing spaces available; 4,645 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. A. Pierre Guillermin Integrated Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 199,150 books, 558,483 microform titles, 12,426 serials, 5,856 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 406 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lynchburg, with a population of 70,000, is in the heart of Virginia on the south bank of the historic James River, with the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains nearby. The city is over 200 years old and is noted for its culture, beauty and educational advantages. It is at the crossroads of U.S. highways 29 and 460 and has adequate transportation facilities by bus, railway and air.

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