Liberty University is the largest nonprofit Christian liberal arts university in the United States. The late television evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell founded the school in 1971 to help people gain academic knowledge but from a Christian perspective. The university gained considerable media attention regarding its 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, and it has markedly expanded its offerings in an online education program.
Liberty's online university offers more than 250 online degree programs that include certifications and associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The courses are offered in a somewhat nontraditional time frame; you take classes one at a time in eight-week segments. The idea behind this method of instruction is that you can delve more deeply into a particular area of study.
This university's school of law was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 2010, so you can become an attorney, but for that, you must attend classes on campus. However, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in paralegal studies can receive this online degree through Liberty's online courses.
Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It's also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, and many of its programs are accredited by a number of other educational organizations.
Tuition for the online school costs $360 per credit hour, and it takes 120 credit hours to get a bachelor's degree. The cost of an undergraduate degree is approximately $43,200. However, the majority of Liberty students use some form of financial aid.
The university offers outside scholarships, a public service discount, and has several corporate tuition affiliates. Liberty also offers several flexible payment options for costs not covered by financial aid. It has a variety of financial aid programs for military service members and veterans as well.
Since Liberty University has an evangelical Christian focus at its core, it provides online faith community connections for its students to use voluntarily through streaming content and blogs for such things as Bible study and prayer requests. It also offers student services such as connections to suicide prevention programs, domestic violence resources and physical fitness information.