We believe that God is going to help us build the greatest Christian school in the world.
Lynchburg, VA (Vocus) February 16, 2010
When the late Dr. Jerry Falwell founded Liberty University, formerly known as Lynchburg Baptist College, in 1971, he set a goal of enrolling 50,000 students in the school. He once said, “We believe that God is going to help us build the greatest Christian school in the world.”
Today, Falwell’s goal has been realized. When the spring semester began in January, more than 50,000 students were taking classes on LU’s campus in Lynchburg, Va., and through Liberty University Online. Currently there are nearly 12,000 residential students and more than 45,000 online students – through early February a total of 57,371 students were enrolled.
Chancellor and President of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr., said that when his father died in May 2007, his dad’s vision for LU was to enroll 25,000 online students and 25,000 residential students.
“Elmer Towns (Liberty co-founder and dean of the School of Religion) has often told the story about how that original vision changed almost overnight when my father suddenly declared that Liberty would one day enroll 50,000 students. He revised the vision slightly due to technological advances in education delivery methods. Over the last few years, we have seen online delivery methods become even more popular.”
LU has seen steady growth over the years with its student population, but has seen a boom in recent years both on campus and online. LU Online had about 27,000 students enrolled in May 2008 — that number has grown by nearly 20,000 in less than two years.
“If our entire student body tried to gather at the Vines Center, we would need a facility seven times that size. We’d have to rent out Dodgers Stadium,” said Chancellor Falwell Jr.
Now that Dr. Falwell’s vision has been fulfilled, Falwell Jr. continues to focus on the future.
“We’re now the world’s largest Christian university,” he said. “We’ve been blessed here with so much, and we’re excited about what the future holds.”
About Liberty University Online
Established in 1971, Liberty University pioneered distance education in 1985, and is now the largest and fastest growing Christian university in the world. Today, Liberty University Online hosts more than 45,000 distance learners and has the highest retention and graduation rates among top online universities. Liberty offers more than 40 accredited degree programs, from Associate to Doctoral, and 90 areas of specialization, all taught from a Christian perspective. For more information, visit http://www.luonline.com, or call (800) 424-9595.
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Phone: (434) 592-3018
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