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The History of Online Programs at Liberty University - About Us

The History of Online Programs at Liberty University

Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 550 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. More than 250 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to Train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for influencing tomorrow’s world.

Established in 1971, by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty continues to remain faithful to the vision of its founder — developing Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to influence the world. Liberty holds strong to the unwavering faith and principles on which the university was founded.

Liberty University is dedicated to reaching the world for Jesus Christ, one degree at a time. Over three decades ago, Liberty saw a need to reach more students in furtherance of our mission. Working professionals in the Baby Boomer and earlier generations had to choose between leaving their jobs and moving near campus or giving up their goal of obtaining a quality, affordable education with classes taught from a Christian worldview. Liberty’s online program began in 1985 as the Liberty University School of Lifelong Learning.  Through distance education, many students were able to work and attend school for the first time.

Our distance education programs used to operate as correspondence courses; Liberty would mail VHS tapes loaded with course content to the student, and the student would mail back in assignments and tests they had someone proctor. The online boom of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s gave way to Liberty being able to offer Christian college degree programs exclusively online. Instead of mailing videos, students in our online degree programs now have access to their course content in Blackboard, an online learning environment. Tests and assignments that once had to be mailed back to the campus in Virginia are now submitted online without ever leaving home. Today, Liberty is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia offering online college degree programs, with over 80,000 students enrolled online. 

More than an Online Bible College

Being a Christian University doesn’t mean we only offer Bible college programs. Liberty offers hundreds of degrees including certificate, associate, bachelors, graduate, and doctoral programs in fields such as behavioral sciences, business, and education. For students interested in an online Bible college, the Wilmington School of the Bible is a great fit.

At Liberty, teaching online classes is more than a job for our professors — it is a calling and a ministry to their students. Liberty hires quality Christian university professors who implement biblical principles in our online college classrooms and have a personal interest in each student’s academic and spiritual growth. As a Christian university offering online programs, Liberty works to emulate your online college classroom experience with our on-campus experience.

Liberty Offers the Practicality of an Online Christian University and Connections to a Real Campus

Many students attending a Christian college online are looking for an education that centers around their worldview. There are numerous outlets for students in our online college degree programs to pursue God and to be spiritually encouraged. With weekly streaming online of convocation, students have the opportunity to hear from world-renowned speakers, authors, musicians and other champions of the faith. Online Student Life is committed to providing Liberty students and their families with spiritual encouragement and resources.

Numerous service opportunities are available to students in our online college degree programs just as they are for residential students attending on our Christian university campus. With mission trips to countries around the globe, you can be a part of impacting the world for Christ wherever God leads you.

Apply Today to Begin Your Journey at the Best Online Christian University

Join the mission of Liberty University and experience the value of a Christian education for yourself. Start on the path towards continuing your education through one of Liberty University's online college degree programs.

Apply online today, submit a paper application, or call (800) 424-9595 (undergraduate online programs), (800) 424-9596 (graduate online programs) to speak with a professional in our admissions office for help planning a path to a career you will love at a university that shares your values.

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