When you feel your best, you’re able to perform at your best.
Your physical, mental, and spiritual health influences your success — both in and out of the classroom.
And because anytime is a great time to develop lifelong habits, Liberty University is committed to creating a health-conscious culture, not only for you, but also for faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community.
Whether through physical exercise, nutrition, medical care, or counseling, at Liberty, you’ll find ways to be — and feel — your best.
Did You Know?
Over 100 classes per week are offered in Zumba, Pilates, CrossFit, cycling, aerobics, and more throughout the school year.
The Liberty Mountain Trail Series hosts six races per year, from 5Ks to full marathons.
The rock wall had a total of 26,124 visits in 2017-18.
A registered dietitian is available to all students for personal nutrition assessments and counseling.
Liberty is one of 52 campus partners from 30 states joining together with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Healthy Campus Initiative, a national program that supports health and wellness on college campuses.
Liberty dining offers a minimum of 5 fruits, 5 vegetables, and 2 whole grains every lunch and dinner.
The LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center recorded more than 30,000 visits per week over a seven-week span last spring.
The fitness center hosts close to 32,000 participants in group exercise classes per year — an average of more than two classes per student.
The Live Healthy Liberty Campus Coalition brings together representatives from departments across campus who meet quarterly to develop programs that support and facilitate healthy behaviors.
Users logged a total of 310,543 miles on LifeFitness Cardio stations last year.
The first film released nationally by Liberty’s Cinematic Arts department was about ultra-marathon legend and Liberty professor Dr. David Horton — it was called Extraordinary.
Plant-based food options are available at every dining station serving meat.
Liberty students have free access to the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center through their Flames Pass. The facility is less than five years old and offers these, as well as other great amenities:
- Strength studio
- Dance studio for Zumba, hip hop, and barre classes
- Mind/body studio
- Cycle studio
- Aerobic studio
- TRX training studio
- Weight room
- Cardio loft
- Indoor track
- Indoor basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts
- Indoor soccer center
For a small additional fee, personal trainers and select group classes can be booked.
Prefer to exercise outdoors? Liberty Mountain has over 50 miles of single- and double-track trails for hiking, running, and biking. Our Liberty Mountain Trail series offers six races per year — from 5Ks to full marathons — and bikes can be rented through the Hydaway Recreation Center.
If you’d rather get fit playing a group sport, up to 20 intramural sports are available to students, from beach volleyball, flag football, softball, and Ultimate to basketball, racquetball, table tennis, and dodgeball.
A focus on healthy eating extends across all dining areas on campus. Fresh ingredients, good-for-you snacks, and natural food choices are a priority, so you’ll find them throughout our 24 diverse dining options.
Have a gluten intolerance? Gluten-free pitas, pasta, buns, bread, pizza crust, and other gluten-free options are available in nearly every location.
Want to eat like you’re in training? Our Training Table dining area exclusively creates high-protein meals tailored for athletes — but you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy them. These high-performance meals are available to everyone.
Nutritious meal provided by Simple Servings in the Food Court at Reber-Thomas
Liberty chef at Simple Servings station helps students
Worried about a food allergy? Our award-winning Simple Servings station at the Food Court at Reber-Thomas offers meals prepared without gluten or seven of the most common food allergens:
- Tree nuts
Concerned about what will happen if you get sick at school? Don’t be.
Liberty’s on-campus medical health center is serviced by two doctors, three physician assistants, and nurses from Central Virginia Family Physicians (CVFP).* You can even have your prescriptions delivered to your dorm room.
The center is staffed Mon. – Thurs. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and contains:
- 15 exam rooms
- Two minor procedure rooms
- A full lab
- A digital X-ray room
- Medical clinic
- Women’s clinic
- Allergy and immunization clinic
Services are covered by a once-per-semester health fee and include exams, X-rays, and routine lab work.
*CVFP is a nationally recognized medical group that provides quality health services, promotion, and preventive care.
With issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and self-harm on the rise, easy access to mental health services is one important way Liberty cultivates a supportive culture for its students.
All actively enrolled residential, commuter, and local online students are eligible to receive counseling services through professional counselors. These include:
- Emotional wellness workshops
- Problem-focused sessions
- Celebrate Recovery
- Substance abuse counseling
- Psychoeducational seminars
- Group counseling
- Individual counseling
- Couples or family counseling
- Mental health crisis services (on-call)
- Extended counseling with a community provider
- Psychiatric evaluations with a community provider
Learn more about our counseling services.