Liberty University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$15,105

6.46% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$24,794

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

9.29%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

24.4%

35,627 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

75,756

48.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

53.9%

1,668 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 Psychology (1,495 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,087 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (1,044 degrees).

In 2016, 19,423 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Liberty University. 59.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (10,033 degrees), 2.43 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4122 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,105, which is $-10,751 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,105, which is $-10,751 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,794.

In 2016, 84% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,105

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Liberty University was $15,105. The cost of tuition at Liberty University is $-10,751 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$24,794

2016 Value

5.65%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Liberty University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,794. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Liberty University grew by 5.65%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,627

Room and Board

$1,806

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Liberty University was of $8,627 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,806. The cost of room and board increased by 21.9% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 6.24% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Liberty University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 84% 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.

9.29%

2015 Default Rate

3061

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Liberty University was 9.29%, which represents 3061 out of the 32938 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 35,627 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 27.2% annual decline. Out of those 35,627 applicants, 8,687 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 24.4% acceptance rate.

There were 75,756 students enrolled at Liberty University in 2016, and 54% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Liberty University has an overall enrollment yield of 46.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

24.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

8,687

Accepted Out of 35,627

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Liberty University was 24.4% (8,687 admissions from 35,627 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 21.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -272%, while admissions declined by -177%.

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SAT Scores

54%

Submission Percentage

2,172

Scores Submitted

54% of enrolled first-time students at Liberty University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Liberty University has a total enrollment of 75,756 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 36,555 students and the part-time enrollment is 39,201. This means that 48.3% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.3% White, 14.5% Black or African American, 4.8% Hispanic or Latino, 1.93% Two or More Races, 1.17% Asian, 0.425% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.152% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Liberty University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (30.8%), followed by White Male (23.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.97%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (23.6%), followed by White Male (19.2%) and Black or African American Female (12.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

48.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75,756 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 36,555 and the part-time enrollment is 39,201. This means that 48.3% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%

2016 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 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Liberty University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    34,313

  2. Black or African American

    10,976

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3,634

The enrolled student population at Liberty University is 45.3% White, 14.5% Black or African American, 4.8% Hispanic or Latino, 1.93% Two or More Races, 1.17% Asian, 0.425% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.152% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 23,018 students (30.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 3809 more women than men received degrees from Liberty University. The majority of degree recipients at Liberty University are white (10,033 degrees awarded). There were 2.43 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4122 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Liberty University is General Psychology (1,495 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,087 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (1,044 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 Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,225 degrees awarded), Theology (2,286 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (2,023 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Liberty University are Social workers (313,076 people), Counselors (210,571 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (190,472 people), Miscellaneous managers (161,802 people), and Clergy (119,020 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,225 degrees awarded), Theology (2,286 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (2,023 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,568 degrees), and Psychology (2,518 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 Public relations specialists, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians & surgeons, Financial analysts, and Pharmacists

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,225 degrees awarded), Theology (2,286 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (2,023 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,568 degrees), and Psychology (2,518 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 (466,069 people), Hospitals (323,179 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (240,757 people), Individual & family services (231,462 people), and Outpatient care centers (182,108 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,225 degrees awarded), Theology (2,286 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (2,023 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,568 degrees), and Psychology (2,518 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 1495 degrees awarded

  2. 1087 degrees awarded

  3. 1044 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Liberty University was General Psychology with 1495 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 7,807

  2. 11,616

In 2016, 7,807 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University, which is 0.672 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (11,616).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 1430 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.09 times more than the 1315 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 1497 degrees were awarded to women at Liberty University in General Human Services, which is 3.77 times more than the 397 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%

100% Completion Time

52%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 29% 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 55% 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.

Two or More Races Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Liberty University is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 20% of graduates (333 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,033 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    4,122 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    3,267 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Liberty University is white (10,033 degrees awarded). There were 2.43 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4122 degrees).

21.2% of degree recipients (4,122 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    5,716 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    4,317 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    2,284 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Liberty University is white female (5,716 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,317 degrees).

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Operations

Liberty University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.05B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $291k (0.0276%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Liberty University had a total expenditure of $591M. Of that $591M, they spent $263M on salaries and $591M on benefits.

Liberty University employs 909 Assistant professors, 480 Instructors, and 194 Associate professors. Most academics at Liberty University are Male Assistant professors (523), Female Assistant professors(386), and Male Instructors (265).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 1257 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 573 employees, and Service with 520 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.05B

2015 Endowment

734%

growth from 2014

Liberty University has an endowment valued at about $1.05B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Liberty University grew 734% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $783M 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. $2.39M - Federal

  2. $1.69M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Liberty University received $2.39M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.69M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$263M

Salary Expenditure

$591M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Liberty University had a total expenditure of $591M. Of that $591M, they spent $263M on salaries and $591M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Liberty University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$263M

2015 Salaries

9.4%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Liberty University paid a median of $263M in salaries, which represents 44.5% of their overall expenditure ($591M) and a 9.4% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.4% growth from 2013 and a 17.9% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$81M

Instructional Salaries

1,720

Number of Employees

In 2015, Liberty University paid a total of $81M to 1,720 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

909 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1257 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Liberty University were Assistant professor with 909 employees; Instructor with 480 employees; and Instructor with 194 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 1,257 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 573 employees; and Service with 520 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Assistant professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Instructor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Liberty University was Male Assistant professor with 523 employees, Female Assistant professor with 386 employees, and Male Instructor with 265 employees.

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

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