While other colleges may be struggling to keep enrollment numbers high, Liberty University has been encountering a rise in enrollment, causing leaders — for the first time in the school’s history — to set a deadline to close out enrollment for the residential program.
The deadline for the Fall 2008 semester is June 30, and any new applicants or applicants still completing enrollment requirements will be put on a waiting list.
Because of the tremendous growth of the university — with an expected 11,300 students this fall — university leaders felt the need to set the closing date. With an expected 3,500 new students to arrive this fall, the move will allow for facilities and staffing to catch up with the current growth and for the administration to make plans for future growth.
Leaders see this move as a positive sign that Liberty is standing true to its mission to train champions for Christ.
“The sheer number of students who are choosing Liberty is evidence that Christian education is sorely needed in today’s world,” said Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell Jr.
Chris Johnson, executive director of Resident Recruitment for Liberty, said closing enrollment is a sign of success.
“From a university standpoint, we don’t need to be a second, third, fourth choice out there,” he said. “We’re moving in a direction where we are becoming the first choice for parents who want to send their students to a place where they are going to get a solid, Christian education.”
Johnson said closing enrollment will help internal operations (housing, facilities management, hiring of adjunct professors/staff) and will help recruitment efforts as more and more parents and prospective students hear what the university has to offer.
As of this week, close to 5,000 new students have already confirmed their enrollment (meaning they have put down a deposit), which is 15 percent higher than last year’s number at this time.
Students who complete Financial Check-In (the final stage in the enrollment process) prior to June 30 are guaranteed enrollment; however, all those who have only submitted Confirmation Deposits will be placed on a waiting list after June 30. Those on the waiting list will receive notification of their status by July 15.
For more information on the enrollment process, call the Admissions Office at (800) 543-5317 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET).