Liberty University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,417
2.65% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$28,181
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.53%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
51.1%
42,312 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
85,586
54.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
55.3%
1,733 Graduates

About

Liberty University is a higher education institution located in Lynchburg city, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Liberty University were General Business Administration & Management (1,538 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,365 degrees), and General Psychology (1,033 degrees).

In 2019, 20,082 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Liberty University. 59.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (10,158 degrees), 2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (5089 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,417, which is $−13,083 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,417, which is $−13,083 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,181.

In 2019, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,417
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Liberty University was $15,417. The cost of tuition at Liberty University is $−13,083 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$28,181
2019 Value
2.73%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Liberty University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,181. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Liberty University grew by 2.73%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,277
Room and Board
$1,251
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Liberty University was of $9,277 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,251. The cost of room and board increased by 2.1% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 15.8% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Liberty University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 15.7% with respect to 2018, when 83% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.53%
2017 Default Rate
2559
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Liberty University was 8.53%, which represents 2559 out of the 29997 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Liberty University received 42,312 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 45.9% annual growth. Out of those 42,312 applicants, 21,603 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 51.1% acceptance rate.

There were 85,586 students enrolled at Liberty University in 2019, and 48% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Liberty University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

51.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
21,603
Accepted Out of 42,312

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Liberty University was 51.1% (21,603 admissions from 42,312 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 55.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 45.9%, while admissions grew by 34.1%.

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SAT Scores

48%
Submission Percentage
2,525
Scores Submitted

48% of enrolled first-time students at Liberty University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Liberty University has a total enrollment of 85,586 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 46,646 students and the part-time enrollment is 38,940. This means that 54.5% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.7% White, 14.8% Black or African American, 5.79% Hispanic or Latino, 2.68% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.21% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Liberty University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.6%), followed by White Male (25.1%) and Black or African American Female (5.17%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.5%), followed by White Male (17.8%) and Black or African American Female (14%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

54.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 85,586 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 46,646 and the part-time enrollment is 38,940. This means that 54.5% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Liberty University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Liberty University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    42,500
  2. Black or African American
    12,673
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4,959

The enrolled student population at Liberty University is 49.7% White, 14.8% Black or African American, 5.79% Hispanic or Latino, 2.68% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.21% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 20,357 students (23.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 3980 more women than men received degrees from Liberty University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Liberty University is white (10,158 degrees awarded). There were 2 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (5089 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Liberty University is General Business Administration & Management (1,538 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,365 degrees) and General Psychology (1,033 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Liberty University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (1,895 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (898 degrees), and Applied Sciences (111 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Liberty University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,551,246 people), Secondary school teachers (506,559 people), Education administrators (298,779 people), Special education teachers (227,151 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (211,519 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Theology (1,895 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (898 degrees), Applied Sciences (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,876 degrees), and Psychology (1,887 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Liberty University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Theology (1,895 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (898 degrees), Applied Sciences (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,876 degrees), and Psychology (1,887 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Liberty University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,997,336 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (412,495 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (316,314 people), Outpatient care centers (194,651 people), and Religious organizations (185,409 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Theology (1,895 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (898 degrees), Applied Sciences (111 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,876 degrees), and Psychology (1,887 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Liberty University.
Most Common
  1. 1538 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1365 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 1033 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Liberty University was General Business Administration & Management with 1538 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

8,051
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
12,031
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 8,051 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University, which is 0.669 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (12,031).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 1535 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.986 times less than the 1557 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 1557 degrees were awarded to women at Liberty University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.01 times more than the 1535 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
52%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 32% of students graduating from Liberty University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 52% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (76%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Liberty University is Female and Asian (76% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 12.9% of graduates (223 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    10,158 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    5,089 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    2,722 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Liberty University is white (10,158 degrees awarded). There were 2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (5089 degrees).

25.3% of degree recipients (5,089 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    5,880 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    4,278 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    1,878 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Liberty University is white female (5,880 degrees awarded). There were 1.37 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,278 degrees).

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Operations

Liberty University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.59B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $50.9M (3.21%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Liberty University had a total salary expenditure of $725M. Liberty University employs 628 Assistant professors, 186 Associate professors, and 184 Professors. Most academics at Liberty University are Male Assistant professors (336), Female Assistant professors(292), and Male Professors (148).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 1132 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 616 employees, and Service with 568 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.59B
2019 Endowment
10.8%
growth from 2018

Liberty University has an endowment valued at about $1.59B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Liberty University grew 10.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.28B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.93M - Federal
  2. $2.07M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Liberty University received $6.93M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.07M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$321M
2019 Salaries
9.9%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Liberty University paid a median of $321M in salaries, which represents 44.4% of their overall expenditure ($725M) and a 9.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.79% growth from 2017 and a 3.72% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$68.2M
Instructional Salaries
1,025
Number of Employees

In 2019, Liberty University paid a total of $68.2M to 1,025 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
628 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1132 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Liberty University were Assistant professor with 628 employees; Associate professor with 186 employees; and Associate professor with 184 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 1,132 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 616 employees; and Service with 568 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Liberty University was Male Assistant professor with 336 employees, Female Assistant professor with 292 employees, and Male Professor with 148 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Liberty University.

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