August 2, 2021 : By Office of Communications & Public Engagement
The first signs of a major yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration planned for Liberty University could be seen on Friday as workers began installing signs on campus buildings. On Monday, the university launched its anniversary website with a timeline, memories from alumni, and news and events.
More signs will be installed in the coming weeks and special events will be planned as Liberty welcomes students to campus for the fall semester. Classes begin Aug. 23.
Liberty University was originally founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971. The first classes were held on Sept. 15, 1971, with 154 students. It was renamed Liberty Baptist College in 1975 and became Liberty University in 1985.
Liberty now has more than 250,000 alumni influencing the world in their respective fields. The university is one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the nation and the largest university in Virginia, offering more than 700 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. Over 450 programs are offered online.
Many departments throughout the university have collaborated to host special anniversary events throughout the 2021-22 academic year in which alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and friends of Liberty can join in the celebration across campus and from their homes around the world.
A “50 Years of Training Champions for Christ” commemorative book will be available this fall. The book highlights the university’s history and features timelines and photographs from each decade. Preorder copies at Liberty.edu/50thBook.