In January, Jerry Falwell Sr. announces plans to open a Christian university to his congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Lynchburg Baptist College (LBC) is founded, and the first classes are held on Sept. 13 with 154 students.
Athletics teams are named the “Flames.” Basketball becomes the college’s first intercollegiate team.
A Bible institute begins under the direction of Dr. Harold Willmington.
The first section of Liberty Mountain is purchased.
Lynchburg Baptist Theological Seminary opens.
Lynchburg Baptist College forms its first football and baseball teams.
Lynchburg Baptist College holds its first Commencement on May 22, 1974.
The college exceeds 1,000 students enrolled for the first time.
Lynchburg Baptist College becomes Liberty Baptist College (LBC).
Lynchburg Baptist College establishes its first women’s athletic program in basketball.
Lynchburg Baptist College Athletics becomes an associate member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
A monument of the Liberty Bell is unveiled on the nation’s bicentennial to commemorate thousands of donors who assisted Liberty Baptist College in paying off the Liberty Mountain property mortgage.
Liberty Home Bible Institute, a correspondence course focused on studying the Bible, launches with more than 2,000 students across the nation enrolled in its first year.
Jerry Falwell Sr. holds a prayer meeting in the snow on Liberty Mountain seeking God’s provision for campus buildings.
After receiving more than $2.5 million in donations, construction begins on the first buildings on Liberty Mountain.
Liberty Baptist College receives candidate status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The “Convocation of Champions,” the fifth Commencement ceremony, is the first to be held on Liberty Mountain.
The first classroom buildings and dormitories open on Liberty Mountain by the year’s end.
By the end of the year, twenty-one buildings — including a multi-purpose center, academic buildings, and dormitories — were under construction.