Fifty years ago, 154 enthusiastic students took a leap of faith when they ventured to Lynchburg, Va., to enroll in a new college. There were no dorms, no state-of-the-art academic facilities, and no established athletic programs. Just four full-time faculty members, a preacher, and an audacious vision to change the world for God.
Inspired by Dr. Jerry Falwell’s vision of Training Champions for Christ, this inaugural class became the foundation for what Liberty University is today: a fully accredited, world-class institution boasting 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs, a sprawling campus, and more than 250,000 alumni fulfilling the mission across the globe. At its inception, Liberty offered 25 degree programs. Today, students can choose from more than 700 programs ranging from the certificate to the doctoral level; over 450 programs are offered online.