Liberty University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$15,734

4.16% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$26,954

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

9.09%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

29.8%

32,854 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

75,044

50.4% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

52.1%

1,633 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 (1,227 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,166 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (1,164 degrees).

In 2017, 19,119 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Liberty University. 59.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (9,482 degrees), 1.92 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4943 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,734, which is $-10,766 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Liberty University is $15,734, which is $-10,766 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,954.

In 2017, 84% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,734

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Liberty University was $15,734. The cost of tuition at Liberty University is $-10,766 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$26,954

2017 Value

8.71%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Liberty University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,954. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Liberty University grew by 8.71%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,505

Room and Board

$1,771

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Liberty University was of $8,505 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,771. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.41% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 1.94% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Liberty University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, 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.

9.09%

2016 Default Rate

2841

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Liberty University was 9.09%, which represents 2841 out of the 31267 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 32,854 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 7.78% annual decline. Out of those 32,854 applicants, 9,788 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 29.8% acceptance rate.

There were 75,044 students enrolled at Liberty University in 2017, and 48% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Liberty University has an overall enrollment yield of 44.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

29.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

9,788

Accepted Out of 32,854

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Liberty University was 29.8% (9,788 admissions from 32,854 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 24.4%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -7.78%, while admissions grew by 12.7%.

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SAT Scores

48%

Submission Percentage

2,098

Scores Submitted

48% of enrolled first-time students at Liberty University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Liberty University has a total enrollment of 75,044 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 37,806 students and the part-time enrollment is 37,238. This means that 50.4% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.3% White, 14.2% Black or African American, 5.15% Hispanic or Latino, 2.06% Two or More Races, 1.33% Asian, 0.477% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.16% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Liberty University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.5%), followed by White Male (23.6%) and Black or African American Female (4.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (24.9%), followed by White Male (19.7%) and Black or African American Female (13%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

50.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Liberty University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75,044 students. The full-time enrollment at Liberty University is 37,806 and the part-time enrollment is 37,238. This means that 50.4% of students enrolled at Liberty University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%

2017 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 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Liberty University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    35,463

  2. Black or African American

    10,682

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3,868

The enrolled student population at Liberty University is 47.3% White, 14.2% Black or African American, 5.15% Hispanic or Latino, 2.06% Two or More Races, 1.33% Asian, 0.477% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.16% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 21,091 students (28.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 3663 more women than men received degrees from Liberty University. The majority of degree recipients at Liberty University are white (9,482 degrees awarded). There were 1.92 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4943 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Liberty University is General Psychology (1,227 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (1,166 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (1,164 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 (1,101 degrees awarded), Theology (2,066 degrees), and Applied Sciences (73 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 (1,976,310 people), Secondary school teachers (315,264 people), Education administrators (295,875 people), Other managers (178,402 people), and Postsecondary teachers (174,524 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,101 degrees awarded), Theology (2,066 degrees), Applied Sciences (73 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,570 degrees), and Psychology (2,180 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Liberty University are Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,101 degrees awarded), Theology (2,066 degrees), Applied Sciences (73 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,570 degrees), and Psychology (2,180 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 (3,004,400 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (395,984 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (338,457 people), Religious organizations (184,436 people), and Outpatient care centers (181,029 people).

The most specialized majors at Liberty University are Philosophy and Religious Studies (1,101 degrees awarded), Theology (2,066 degrees), Applied Sciences (73 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (1,570 degrees), and Psychology (2,180 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. 1227 degrees awarded

  2. 1166 degrees awarded

  3. 1164 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Liberty University was General Psychology with 1227 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 7,728

  2. 11,391

In 2017, 7,728 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University, which is 0.678 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (11,391).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 1409 degrees were awarded to men at Liberty University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.02 times more than the 1381 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 1381 degrees were awarded to women at Liberty University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.98 times less than the 1409 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

33%

100% Completion Time

49%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 33% of students graduating from Liberty University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (63.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Liberty University is Female and White (63.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 8.7% of graduates (142 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9,482 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    4,943 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2,857 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Liberty University is white (9,482 degrees awarded). There were 1.92 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (4943 degrees).

25.9% of degree recipients (4,943 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    5,434 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    4,048 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    1,948 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Liberty University is white female (5,434 degrees awarded). There were 1.34 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,048 degrees).

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Operations

Liberty University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.29B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $81.2M (6.29%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Liberty University had a total salary expenditure of $672M. Liberty University employs 810 Assistant professors, 193 Associate professors, and 173 Professors. Most academics at Liberty University are Male Assistant professors (487), Female Assistant professors(323), and Male Professors (144).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 1200 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 630 employees, and Service with 533 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.29B

2017 Endowment

19.2%

growth from 2016

Liberty University has an endowment valued at about $1.29B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Liberty University grew 19.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1B 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. $3.15M - Federal

  2. $100k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Liberty University received $3.15M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $100k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$287M

2017 Salaries

3.72%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Liberty University paid a median of $287M in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($672M) and a 3.72% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.16% growth from 2015 and a 9.4% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$79.3M

Instructional Salaries

1,229

Number of Employees

In 2017, Liberty University paid a total of $79.3M to 1,229 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

810 Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1200 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Liberty University were Assistant professor with 810 employees; Associate professor with 193 employees; and Associate professor with 173 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Liberty University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 1,200 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 630 employees; and Service with 533 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 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Liberty University was Male Assistant professor with 487 employees, Female Assistant professor with 323 employees, and Male Professor with 144 employees.

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

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