Liberty University, located in central Virginia, is a private Christian institution that was founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell in 1971. LU has become the largest Evangelical Christian university in the world and continues to expand, with plans to begin a medical school in 2013. Student living is characterized by the institution's pervasive Christian message, but also by a varied list of course offerings that reach 60,000 online students each year, and by aggressive investment in capital projects. In addition to administrative buildings, classroom space, dining areas and student housing, the Liberty University campus includes TV lounges, game rooms, performance stages, a 60-mile mountain bike trail system, paintball fields, an indoor soccer facility and, as of 2009, the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center, which features a synthetic ski slope.
The university's main campus is set in Lynchburg, Virginia, a city of about 75,000 residents that is best known for its historic attractions, natural vistas, and plentiful sports and recreation. In addition to its online students, LU enrolls approximately 13,400 undergraduates and 5,800 graduate students each year. These on-site students are invited to reside on campus or in a university apartment in Lynchburg, which offers many options in the way of off campus housing.
Course offerings at Liberty University have ballooned to 148 residential and online programs for undergraduates, including specialties such as Aeronautics, Worship and Music Studies, Education and Nursing. Meanwhile, student living for postgraduates extends to 87 master's programs and 11 doctoral programs. According to Liberty University's mission statement, the school "educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission." In 2011, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Liberty 80th among regional universities in the South.
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