To help high school students in their search for the perfect college, Liberty University provides the chance for them to experience Christian college life firsthand. Twice a semester, high school students across the country and college students considering a transfer have the opportunity to explore Liberty University during College For A Weekend (CFAW).
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Students stay overnight in residence halls and eat meals in the dining hall. Guests are not only able to sit in on classes and meet professors in their area of interest, but can also explore Liberty’s world-class facilities and enjoy a variety of unique recreational activities. From the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, the only year-round skiing, snowboarding, and tubing facility of its kind in North America, to classic performances by Liberty’s Department of Theatre Arts, campus is bustling with activity.
CFAW guests have the opportunity to attend Liberty’s Convocation — North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian young people — and can choose from many more exciting events, including Liberty Flames athletic games as well as concerts with popular Christian artists such as Switchfoot and Lecrae.
Liberty University senior Lena Wakim attended College For A Weekend four years ago, not really knowing what life after high school would bring. She admits that she was unsure if the world’s largest Christian university was for her. “Then I came to College For A Weekend with my parents,” she said. “I went to some classes, met a few professors, and shadowed some students. Everyone was so friendly and willing to show me around. I had so much fun exploring campus, and I got to attend my first Christian rock concert.”
Wakim said that it was soon after she got back home to New Hampshire that she made her decision. “I knew Liberty was the right place for me,” she said. “The experience also helped my parents, who at first were a little nervous about me going to school so far from home. After seeing the campus themselves, they were comforted in knowing that I would be in good hands.”
Now only a couple months from earning her communication degree and starting a job in the field, Wakim said she is grateful for the quality education she received, the lasting friendships, and the memories she made at Liberty. “I definitely made the right choice. It has been a life-changing experience. I’m not the same person as when I came.”
As a member of Liberty’s Student Leadership team, Wakim herself has helped to greet CFAW guests. “I am glad Liberty still offers this opportunity for high school students. I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure about going away to college or where they want to end up after high school.”
Thursday, April 10 – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Spring CFAW events are open to high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students between the ages of 15 and 24.
Thursday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Thursday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Fall CFAW events are open to high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students between the ages of 15 and 24.