Our Thriving Campus

Liberty University is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and located on the south bank of the historic James River, in a region rich in history, culture, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Our more than 7,000-acre campus serves a diverse residential and online student body, representing all 50 states and more than 80 nations.

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Campus Location

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A University Town

With a population of over 75,000, Lynchburg proper is considerably smaller than many metropolitan suburbs. The city and surrounding countries represent a population of more than 222,000, and is a region of remarkable diversity, industry, and historic significance.

Living With History

Lynchburg was established by charter in 1786 at the site of Lynch's Ferry on the James River. It was a center of commerce and manufacturing in the 19th Century. Thomas Jefferson's crowning architectural achievement, Monticello, is located in nearby Charlottesville, and his Poplar Forest is located just outside Lynchburg.

Outside Living

The Blackwater Creek Natural Area offers miles of hiking and biking within the city limits, most of them shielded from houses and buildings by steep bluffs and wilderness. The popular Appalachian Trail is nearby and a frequent destination for hikers and campers.

Economic Impact

Liberty University is a core thread in the fabric of Lynchburg, Virginia's infrastructure and economy. Liberty's students and the school's business operations contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy each year. With more than 8,000 employees worldwide, it is responsible for many Central Virginia workers having the buying power to keep other local businesses thriving.

Downtown Lynchburg, VA

A recent study highlighted key indicators of Liberty's contributions to the community:

11,000 (approximately) jobs in the City of Lynchburg are directly or indirectly attributable to Liberty University.

975,511 hours of volunteer service by Liberty students per year.

$593 million direct spending in the Lynchburg MSA in the fiscal year 2014-15 by Liberty enterprises, tenants, students, and visitors.

$8.4 million estimated value of volunteer work provided by Liberty family.

$1.0 billion in economic activity generated in the Lynchburg MSA by Liberty University.

$8.8 million in tax revenue for the city in the fiscal year 2014-15.

$500,000 investment in The Plaza shopping center, which is now home to Centra Health's Lynchburg Family Residency Program and several other tenants positively contributing to city's tax base.

The study concluded: "In sum, Liberty University is a rapidly growing institution that has a significant economic and fiscal impact on the Lynchburg MSA and the state of Virginia as a whole, and plays a very active and positive leadership role within its community and Virginia."

Download the economic impact study PDF.