What does Liberty look for?
At Liberty, we seek to cultivate a culture of respect and grace — one that reflects the biblical fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, per Galatians 5:22-23).
We value intellectual ability, academic achievement, and the personal qualities that demonstrate you’ll be a good fit for our university mission and campus community.
Liberty students come from everywhere, bringing with them various experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and dreams for the future. When we evaluate undergraduate applications, it’s with the goal of identifying students who will thrive in and contribute to our unique culture.
The result is an extraordinarily rich mix of students — one of the things you’ll enjoy most about Liberty.
Admission decisions are competitive and are based primarily on the following factors:
- Cumulative (unweighted) GPA from high school or college
- GED scores (if applicable)
- Consistency and trends of grades
- Results from the SAT, ACT, or CLT
- Essay submission
Please note: Other documentation such as reference letters, community service, or leadership verification may also be required by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
- 50% of admitted students come from within the following mid-ranges:
- High School GPA: 3.15-3.83
- Old SAT** (math and critical reading only): 950-1170
- New SAT (ERW* and math only): 1020-1220
- ACT composite: 20-27
**Prior to March 2016
*Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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High School Course Completions
While there are no specific course requirements for applicants, if you have completed these classes you’ll likely feel prepared for classroom expectations at Liberty. The recommended curriculum includes:
- 4 units of English
- 2-3 years of college preparatory mathematics
- 2 years of laboratory science
- 2 years of social science
- 2 years of foreign language
- At least 4 units of elective credits
Your Admission Essay
Liberty University’s mission is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world — and we take it seriously.
Your essay helps us understand how you will maintain and carry on this mission as a Champion for Christ.
Answer each question in just 100-150 words:
1) Describe how your personal faith and beliefs contribute to your college search process. (Examples include reasons for choosing Liberty, background information about your personal faith and beliefs, or other information you deem relevant.)
2) Liberty’s mission is to develop Christ-centered leaders. Describe how you will contribute to this mission as a Liberty student. (Examples include interests in church or community service, personal achievements or goals, or other examples of what you hope to achieve as a student.)
Email your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ESSAY” as the subject line. In your essay heading, please include your full name, address, date of birth, and your student ID (if you have it).
Or mail to:
Attn: Resident Admissions
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, Va. 24515