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As a new semester begins at Liberty University, students are being met with many exciting changes and upgrades to the campus experience.
Liberty welcomes its largest incoming class to date this academic year, with nearly 4,200 new and transfer students from 37 different countries. Overall resident enrollment is now more than 13,800, the highest in Liberty’s history.
Liberty has already begun training its first class of medical students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). The Department of Biology and Chemistry has added two new majors — Biopsychology and Forensic Science — as well as a master’s in Biomedical Sciences. The Department of Nursing has launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice.
In other departments, nearly 30 new courses have been added and many others have been revised to keep programs up-to-date and better able to prepare students for today’s workplace. The Department of Studio & Digital Arts, for example, has revamped a few of its 100-, 200-, and 400-level classes and added a course in Medieval Art. Several new upper-level English courses in the Department of English & Modern Languages will vary course content each semester, focusing on specific periods, genres, and specialized writing skills.
Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to grow in their faith. Spiritual Emphasis Week encourages students in their walk with Christ through worship and dynamic guest speakers. Then, as students settle into their residence halls, members of the Student Leadership team will make sure students are loved, discipled, and prayed for. Convocation and Campus Church offer students the opportunity to hear from leaders in a variety of fields. Throughout the school year, students will be encouraged by faculty and staff, who are committed to helping students strengthen their faith.
Liberty remains committed to overall wellness, which includes not only intellectual and spiritual development but also physical health. Significant changes have been made to campus dining, ensuring that healthy and allergen-free items remain dietary staples. The newly re-opened LaHaye Student Union features an expansion that offers more workout space and new equipment, and the university recently launched Live Healthy Liberty, a wellness program designed to encourage healthy living among its students, faculty, and staff.
Whether students want to enjoy a favorite hobby or try something new, Liberty’s Student Activities Office offers a wide range of exciting opportunities. The semester will begin with the President's Kickoff football pep rally and the Block Party, an event featuring free live music from NeedToBreathe, carnival rides, and games.