Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA 24515
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Liberty University is a private institution in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jerry Falwell founded the school in 1971. Falwell was a famed pastor and is buried in the ground of the university. The university remains a Christian university, requiring students to complete three Bible studies classes during their first year. It is also the largest Christian university in the world, enrolling over 15,000 students at the Lynchburg campus. Liberty University began offering online distance learning, leading to an additional 100,000 online students. The university is structured into 17 colleges offering 297 undergraduate programs, 319 master’s programs, and 32 doctoral programs.

Liberty University has an MSN program and several BSN options. The BSN programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and LPN to BSN. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program accepts 40 students each summer. This BSN track is a four-year program with nursing courses spread throughout the four years instead of requiring students to wait until their junior year to begin their nursing education. In clinical settings, the school maintains a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, providing students with individualized attention. The MSN program is typically completed in two years and the classes are offered entirely online.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students75,044
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Christian
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

The Liberty University BSN program is designed to prepare ethical nurses committed to Christian values.

The nursing curriculum is a composite of courses from the arts, sciences and the Bible in addition to academic and clinical nursing courses.

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Students who successfully graduate from the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Licensure exam to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Admission Requirements

  • Nursing Program Application
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Official transcripts for all college level coursework
  • Recommendation letters
  • Nursing program pre-admission exam
  • Completion of all pre-requisite course satisfactorily by the prescribed deadline

Applicants provisionally accepted into the program will be required to submit additional program specific requirements including the physical health examination, laboratory exam, immunization series, drug screening and criminal background check as required by clinical locations and the licensing body.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 45 395
Master's degree 12 121
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 6
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1980 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1240
ACT21 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $48

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$391/credit
In State Students$391/credit
Out of State Students$391/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$464/credit
In State Students$464/credit
Out of State Students$464/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $17,595 $17,595 $17,595
ADN 70 $27,370 $27,370 $27,370
BSN 125 $48,875 $48,875 $48,875
FNP 50 $23,200 $23,200 $23,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of Liberty University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 29% $4,290
Other Federal Grant 8% $1,141
State Grant & Scholarships 22% $3,097
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 89% $8,952
Federal Student Loans 59% $5,545
Private Loans 9% $14,984


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$25,416
$30,001 to $48,000$24,960
$48,001 to $75,000$26,731
$75,001 to $110,000$29,071
Over $110,000$29,447

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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