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Liberty University Online officially celebrated its 50,000-student milestone with a ceremony on Monday attended by LU Online staff and several supporting departments and hosted by Chris Johnson, vice president for enrollment management.
Liberty’s Vice Chancellor Ron Godwin said, “This is an exciting day … a huge, historic milestone, and something we can all take great pride in and celebrate as a tremendous victory.”
Liberty Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr. recognized Daniel Wilson, the admissions consultant who enrolled the 50,000th student, and said what an impact LU Online’s size is having on people as the school seeks a speaker for Commencement and opens alumni chapters throughout the country.
“People are just blown away” when they hear that Liberty is the largest, non-profit online university, he said. “Just from September of 2007, we’ve grown from 15,000 to 50,000 students in the online program, and 62,000 students overall.”
Falwell also remarked on how important Liberty University Online is for the school’s endowment, which allows the school to award $100 million in scholarships every year.
Vice provost Ron Hawkins closed the ceremony in prayer.
This is the second 50,000-student milestone this semester – in January, Liberty University marked 50,000 students taking classes on campus and online, fulfilling one of Dr. Jerry Falwell’s visions for the university.