The Admissions Process at Liberty University

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Long-distance view of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Liberty University is generally a selective school, but this is due to the large applicant pool. Only around a quarter of applicants are admitted. Students will, in general, need strong grades and high test scores to be admitted to Liberty. Application requirements include an application form, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and a personal essay. For more information, feel free to contact the admissions office.

Admissions Data

  • Liberty University Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Liberty Admissions
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/600
    • SAT Math: 470/ 90
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 21/28
    • ACT English: 2/28
    • ACT Math: 19/27

Liberty University Description

Founded by Jerry Falwell and grounded in evangelical Christian values, Liberty University takes pride in being the world's largest Christian university. The residential campus of about 12,000 students is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The university enrolls another 50,000 online and has set a goal to increase that number significantly in the future. Students come from all 50 states and 70 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 135 areas of study. Liberty has a 23 to 1 student/faculty ratio. All faculty are non-tenured.

Liberty is not for everyone. This Christ-centered school embraces political conservatism, prohibits alcohol and tobacco use, requires chapel three times weekly, and enforces a modest dress code and curfew. The university is a common speaking venue for conservative political candidates. In athletics, the Liberty University Flames compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. The school fields 20 varsity teams.


  • Total enrollment in 2016: 75,756 (47,050 undergraduates)
  • Gender breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 58% Full-time


  • Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $21,292
  • Books: $1,771
  • Room and board: $8,963
  • Other expenses: $5,619
  • Total cost: $37,645

Financial Aid

  • Percentage of new students receiving ad (2015-2016): 96%
  • Percentage of new students receiving aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average amount of aid
    • Grants: $10,768
    • Loans: $7,005

Academic Programs

  • Most popular majors: Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Religion

Transfer, Graduation, and Retention Rates

  • First-year student retention (full-time students): 83%
  • Transfer out rate: 21%
  • 4-Year Graduation rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: football, tennis, track and field, baseball, cross country, basketball, golf, soccer
  • Women's Sports: basketball, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field


"Liberty University." National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2018.

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