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Story of the Mountain
Lynchburg Baptist College is founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell. Enrollment is 154 students when doors open in September. The first section of Liberty Mountain is purchased.
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary is founded with 41 students enrolled.
Lynchburg Baptist College becomes Liberty Baptist College. School colors are changed from green and gold to red, white and blue.
Liberty Field, later renamed Worthington Stadium, is completed with seating for 2,500.
Liberty Baptist College receives full accreditation as a liberal arts college from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Liberty Baptist College becomes Liberty University. The Distance Learning Program, now known as Liberty University Online, begins as the Liberty University School of Lifelong Learning.
Liberty University offers its first graduate degrees, a Doctor of Ministry and a Master of Business Administration.
Liberty University becomes the largest private university in Virginia. 11,000 students enroll for fall semester from 50 states and 30 nations.
LIGHT ministries, part of Liberty’s global ministry, sends 9,000 Bibles to Communist China.
The Vines Center (seating capacity – 10,000) and Williams Stadium (initial seating – 12,000; current seating – 19,200) are completed.
Liberty joins the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Big South Conference.
Spirit Rock, an eight-ton rock, is brought to campus and christened with 20 cans of red, white and blue spray paint.
Two major benefactors purchase part of Liberty’s debts reducing the total from $83 million to $50 million.
An anonymous $9 million gift is donated to the university to be used in the construction of three additional stories to DeMoss Hall.
Green Hall (the former Ericsson building) is donated to Liberty and the LaHaye Student Center and the Liberty School of Law open.
LaHaye Ice Center opens.
The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre opens for year-round skiing, snowboarding and tubing.
Liberty University reaches the late Dr. Falwell’s goal of 50,000 enrolled students (resident and online enrollments combined).
Hancock Welcome Center, a three-story, 32,000-square foot building, is constructed.
Groundbreaking begins for the new Jerry Falwell Library. Enrollment reaches new record high of 70,000 online and 12,500 resident students.
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