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Liberty University is a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. A degree from Liberty University will set you apart from others. As an accredited online college, we offer a wide variety of online college degree and certificate programs. We are glad you are considering applying to Liberty University!

After you have taken some time to read all the essential admission information on this page, you can apply online or over the phone with one of our Admission Counselors. If you have already completed a Liberty University application for an online program, please view the Online Admission Requirements page for a step-by-step guide for our admissions requirements.

Our Admissions Counselors are glad to take your call so that you can talk through your goals, program options, admissions requirements, and how to apply for admission so you can register for online courses in the future.

  • Undergraduate Online Degree Program Inquiries: (800) 424-9595
  • Graduate and Doctoral Online Degree Program Inquiries: (800) 424-9596

Click on the Apply Now button to begin an admissions application for an online degree or online certificate program.

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First Time College Students

Are you considering online colleges that will allow you to reach your academic goals, but in a flexible format for your busy life? Liberty University is a fully accredited online college that will meet your needs for flexibility, program selection, and quality online learning. Whether you are just getting out of high school or are returning for a college degree after years in the workplace, Liberty University will help you meet ever-increasing standards for higher education online courses and degrees.

We pride ourselves on being one of the best online colleges for students needing affordable and flexible online programs to choose from. Liberty offers programs in religious studies, sciences, business, education as well as many other areas. If you have never attended accredited online college or residential college courses, we only require that you have completed high school. You will demonstrate this by completing an online High School and GED Self-Certification form to comply with federal regulations.

College Credit for Testing and Work Experience

When searching for online schools, it can be difficult to find an accredited online college that can accept professional certificates or give credit for previous work experience. Because Liberty University is a fully accredited online college with established credibility, we can offer college credit for many industry certificates and training. If you have completed nationally-recognized standardized college-credit tests such as CLEP or DANTES exams, or have professional training and on-the-job experience, please view the Experience Plus page for information about how you could get college credit toward your degree.

Military Benefits and College Credit for Military Training

Liberty University, as a Christian college and Virginia’s first Purple Heart University, is proud of our Military service members as they protect our constitutional rights to free exercise of religion. We are proud to be a Military-friendly institution and offer college credit for military training, as well many other military benefits for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, veterans, military spouses and current Department of Defense employees.

New Liberty Students Applying for Admission with Previous College Course Credit

For students who have previous college experience and want to get started with Liberty University’s online programs for the first time, we require high school completion that is demonstrated by completing a high school or GED self-certification form.*, Official college transcripts for any previous accredited online college or residential college for which you received college-level credit are also required.

Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for initial acceptance decisions for students applying to our associate, bachelors, and masters programs provided the student completes a transcript request form for Liberty to request their official transcripts at no charge. We cannot accept unofficial college transcripts for admission to our online certificate programs or postgraduate and doctoral programs.  

*Unaccredited college coursework and courses taken for vocational, non-college purposes will not be needed for Liberty admissions requirements. However, they could be reviewed for possible Experience Plus credit.

Liberty University, as an accredited online college, must have official versions of all previous college credit within 60 days of admission into an online program. Once unofficial or official transcripts are received, Liberty University will complete a transfer evaluation review to see how your courses will apply to your new program. Liberty University has a limit on how many credits may be transferred. Please see the Transfer Student Page for more information about transfer policies.

Returning Liberty Students

If you are a returning student to Liberty University, please make sure to speak with an Admissions Counselor to determine whether you will need to reapply to continue in your chosen program.

  • If you were previously enrolled in one of our online college degree programs, and it has been less than a year since your last class, you may contact your advisor to resume classes. Residential students transferring to an online program will need to complete a new application.
  • If it has been more than one academic year since your last class, you may have broken enrollment. If you have broken enrollment, you will have to complete the admission process again which may include the submission of additional admission requirements. Please contact our Admissions Office to find out if there are any new requirements you need to complete. Be sure to have your student ID on hand if possible.

Preliminary Acceptance

If you have not yet completed high school or a GED course, or you are finishing your Bachelor’s degree, you may complete a Liberty University application and receive a Preliminary Acceptance decision. Please note the following important Preliminary Acceptance policies:

  • You must meet all current GPA and other program-specific admissions requirements.
  • For online Master’s Degree applications, you must be in your final semester and must have completed at least 105 credit hours of your bachelor’s degree.
  • You must complete your high school / GED (for undergraduate programs) or Bachelor’s degree (for graduate programs) before beginning your Liberty University Online program.
  • Students pursuing doctoral studies may visit the Graduate Admission Requirements page and select their postgraduate or doctoral program admissions requirements for information on preliminary acceptance.

Non-Degree Seeking Status

Information on How You Can Apply for Online Courses without Seeking a Degree

If you are temporarily unable to submit important admissions requirements for your online Liberty University application, you can register for up to twelve credit hours (four courses) under Liberty University’s non-degree seeking status.  Students registering under this status are not allowed to use federal financial aid, but may be eligible to use Military Tuition Assistance (TA), GI Bill® Benefits, or pay out of pocket.

Once all admissions requirements have been submitted, the admissions department will evaluate your file for the full Liberty University application. Students may be rejected if their admission file does not meet Liberty University’s online programs admissions requirements.

Please note: Not all Liberty University Online courses can be registered under the Non-Degree Status. Please speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your needs and confirm which courses would be allowed.

Admissions Contact Information

(800) 424-9595 (Undergraduate)
(800) 424-9596 (Graduate and Doctoral)

Fax: (888) 301-3577

Email: For Questions or

Email: For Sending Documents

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Lynchburg, VA 24515

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