Liberty University

Liberty University (LU) is a private evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell Sr. and Elmer L. Towns, Liberty is among the world's largest Christian universities and the largest private non-profit universities in the United States by total student enrollment.[7][8] Most of its enrollment is in online courses;[9][10] in 2020, for example, the university enrolled about 15,000 in its residential program and 80,000 online.[11][12]

Liberty University
Former names
Lynchburg Baptist College
Liberty Baptist College
MottoKnowledge Aflame[1]
TypePrivate university
Established1971; 51 years ago (1971)
FounderJerry Falwell Sr.
Elmer L. Towns
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
Endowment$1.71 billion (2020)[2]
PresidentJerry Prevo[3]
Academic staff
1,187 full-time[4]
2,294 part-time[4]
Students94,709 (2021)[4]
Undergraduates47,696[4][needs update]
Postgraduates47,013[4][needs update]
Location, ,
United States
7,000 acres (28 km2)[5]
ColorsNavy Blue, white, red[6]
NicknameLiberty Flames and Lady Flames
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
ASUN Conference, FBS Independent, Big East Conference, Coastal Collegiate Sports Association
MascotSparky the Eagle

Liberty University consists of 17 colleges, including a school of osteopathic medicine and a school of law.[13] Liberty's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Liberty Flames. Their college football team is an NCAA Division I FBS Independent, while most of their other sports teams compete in the ASUN Conference.

Studies at the university have a conservative Evangelical orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes for undergraduate students.[14] The university's honor code, called the "Liberty Way,” prohibits premarital sex, cohabitation, and alcohol use.[15][16] Described as a "bastion of the Christian right", the university plays a prominent role in Republican politics.[17] Liberty University's Rawlings School of Divinity is the world's largest seminary with over 5,700 students participating in over 90 areas of study.[18]

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