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Liberty & Lynchburg

A Thriving Campus

For more than 40 years, Liberty University has produced graduates with the values, knowledge, and skills required to impact the world. Founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell in 1971, Liberty University is a private, coeducational, undergraduate and graduate institution. The University offers 155 undergraduate, 130 graduate and 3 doctoral programs at its Lynchburg campus, and 70 undergraduate, 138 graduate, 2 post master's, and 22 doctoral programs through Liberty University Online.

Our more than 7,000-acre campus serves over 100,000 resident and external students. Individuals from all 50 states and more than 90 nations make up our diverse student body.

Liberty University is nestled near 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.

A University Town

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

Lynchburg is built on seven hills, creating spectacular vistas and a unique municipal layout. Lynchburg is home to four colleges/universities. It was ranked “2nd Best Small City” by Money Magazine and was included in the top 50 “Best Places to Raise a Family” by Reader’s Digest. Lynchburg is also one of the safest communities in the nation (ranked 7th safest according to the FBI), offering the comfort of feeling safe wherever you go.

Area rent and lifestyle expenses are below the national average, and many campus and local events are inexpensive or free. 

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. Transportation facilities included the James River, Kanawha Canal and, later, four railroads. In the American Civil War, Lynchburg was approached within one mile by the Union forces of General David Hunter as he drove south from the Shenandoah Valley. Hunter was driven back by the forces of Confederate General Jubal Early on June 18, 1864.

If your interests turn to the past, be sure to visit Thomas Jefferson’s crowning architectural achievement, Monticello, located in nearby Charlottesville (one hour north of Lynchburg). Another fascinating creation of our third President is Poplar Forest, located just outside Lynchburg. Poplar Forest was Jefferson’s personal country retreat.

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, a twenty-minute drive from Lynchburg, preserves the history of General R.E. Lee's surrender to Lt. General U.S. Grant, signaling the beginning of the end of the Civil War. The historical village consisting of original structures and reconstructed buildings is open to visitors year-round.

Colonial Williamsburg is approximately four hours away. Experience life as it was lived when our nation began. Near Williamsburg is the vacation destination of the Mid-Atlantic states, Virginia Beach.

Washington, D.C. is approximately four hours north of Lynchburg and offers outstanding educational and cultural opportunities.

Outdoor Living

The climate offers a little of everything. Central Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, but temperatures are rarely extreme. The sheltering Blue Ridge Mountains often shield Lynchburg from eastbound winter storms.

The Blackwater Creek Natural Area offers miles of hiking and biking trails 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.

On Liberty's own property, the recently-developed Liberty Mountain Trail System consists of approximately 63 miles of single track, double track, and logging roads spanning approximately 5,000 acres. The trails are open to the public during daylight hours, and offer something for all difficulty levels, from a leisurely stroll to the mountain monogram, to rigorous bike trails that meet the International Mountain Biking Association's standards.