About Liberty University

A Message From The President

"Liberty University is the largest private non-profit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world.

Liberty was founded in 1971 by my father, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., with a vision to train Champions for Christ as a world class university. Our code of conduct teaches discipline and promotes a lifestyle of Biblical morality but is well-balanced to allow students the freedom to enjoy their college experience.

Everything we do is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world."

-President Jerry Falwell Jr.

Doctrinal Statement

We affirm our belief in one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in
person and function.

We affirm that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

Philosophy of Education

Liberty University is a Christian academic community in the tradition of evangelical institutions of higher education. As such, Liberty continues the philosophy of education which first gave rise to the university, and which is summarized in the following propositions.

God, the infinite source of all things, has shown us truth through scripture, nature, history, and above all, in Christ.

Persons are spiritual, rational, moral, social, and physical, created in the image of God. They are, therefore, able to know and to value themselves and other persons, the universe, and God.

Education as the process of teaching and learning, involves the whole person, by developing the knowledge, values, and skills which enable each individual to change freely. Thus it occurs most effectively when both instructor and student are properly related to God and each other through Christ.

Liberty University Distinctiveness

  1. Academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Liberty is accredited by SACSCOC* to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level degrees.
  2. A commitment to training visionary champions for Christ.  Chapel and convocation speakers are leaders from the worlds of business, education,  athletics, government, many professions and the Gospel ministry. These champions join hands with our faculty and President in challenging Liberty students to become visionaries and to win the world for Christ from their vocational platforms.
  3. Behavioral standards which include the prohibition of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, coed residence halls, and sexual promiscuity.

    These distinctions not only set Liberty apart from other universities and colleges, but serve as the foundation of our unwavering commitment to academic excellence, biblical truth and spiritual growth. It is our hope that you will experience the World’s Largest Christian University firsthand, by choosing to study with Liberty University.