Liberty University

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Liberty University, Inc. is a Christian academic community in the tradition of evangelical institutions of higher education, with the primary mission of providing quality collegiate education.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515


Phone: 434-582-2000


Organization details

EIN: 540946734

CEO/President: Dr. Jerry Prevo

Chairman: Tim Lee

Board size: 32

Founder: Jerry Falwell

Year founded: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: No

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Liberty trains Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow's world. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Mission statement

Liberty University develops Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting the world. Here we Train Champions for Christ.

Statement of faith

We affirm our belief in one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function.

We affirm that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally generated and from Them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.

We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. Eternally begotten from the Father, He is God. He was conceived by the virgin Mary through a miracle of the Holy Spirit. He lives forever as perfect God and perfect man: two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.

We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe; He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.

We affirm that all things were created by God. Angels were created as ministering agents, though some, under the leadership of Satan, fell from their sinless state to become agents of evil. The universe was created in six historical days and is continuously sustained by God; thus it both reflects His glory and reveals His truth. Human beings were directly created, not evolved, in the very image of God, as either biologically male or female from the womb. As reasoning moral agents, they are responsible under God for understanding and governing themselves and the world.

We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God; it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author's language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

We affirm that Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, all persons are sinners from conception, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin; and they are therefore subject to eternal punishment, under the just condemnation of a holy God.

We affirm that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all people, was buried, and on the third day He arose physically and bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for all believers.

We affirm that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

We affirm that the Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again, conforming them to the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is a process completed only in Heaven. Every believer is responsible to live in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin. Doing so produces a distinctly Christian lifestyle of practicing virtues and avoiding sin. Among other virtues, followers of Jesus Christ will: show evidence of the Holy Spirit living within them such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and supremely, love; seek righteousness, mercy and justice, particularly for the helpless and oppressed; love and side with what is good in God's eyes and abhor what is evil in God's eyes; uphold the God-given worth of all human beings, from conception to death, as the unique image-bearers of God; treat all people impartially, seeing them as equals before God and worthy of salvation; pursue unity and embrace people of all tribes and tongues as part of God's design for humanity; uphold chastity among the unmarried and the sanctity of marriage between one natural-born man and one natural-born woman; be people of integrity whose word can be fully trusted; give faithful witness to the Gospel; practice good works toward all; and live lives of prayer and thanksgiving. Sinful acts are prohibited by God and include but are not limited to: worship of idols or gods other than the Lord God of the Bible; denying Jesus Christ as eternal, as God's son in flesh, as resurrected, as Creator, as Lord or as Messiah who died for the sins of all people; rejection of Jesus Christ or rebellion against God; blasphemy; participation in devil worship, practice of the occult, astrology, fortune-telling, sorcery, or witchcraft; taking of innocent life; denial of birth sex by self-identification with a different gender; married persons sexually or romantically coupling with a person other than their spouse; sexual relations outside of marriage between one natural-born man and one natural-born woman; romantic coupling among persons of the same sex; prostitution; orgies; rape; drunkenness; use of profanity and vulgarity; injustice; making false statements; dishonest sales and exchanges of money; thievery; fits of rage; and illegal activity.

We affirm that God ordained three institutions with unique purposes in society: marriage, government and the church. God established marriage as a covenantal bond between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman to populate the earth, to raise and spiritually train children within a family, to provide the couple with intimate companionship, loving help and joy, and to serve as an illustration of the relationship of Jesus Christ to the church. God established civil government to protect its citizens, punish evil and reward good. God established the church as the entire body of believers with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone and the apostles as its foundation to evangelize, baptize and disciple people of all nations.

We affirm that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's table. Its offices are pastors and deacons, and it is self-governing. It functions through the ministry of gifts given by the Holy Spirit to each believer.

We affirm that the return of Christ for all believers is imminent. It will be followed by seven years of great tribulation, and then the coming of Christ to establish His earthly kingdom for a thousand years. The unsaved will then be raised and judged according to their works and separated forever from God in hell. The saved, having been raised, will live forever in heaven in fellowship with God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

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Overall efficiency rating476 of 94068 of 112
Fund acquisition rating419 of 94249 of 112
Resource allocation rating312 of 94230 of 112
Asset utilization rating706 of 94097 of 112

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$48,758,903$81,729,521$55,731,753$115,989,911$87,435,984
Short-term investments$627,288,983$784,840,644$392,123,074$389,387,764$258,794,081
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,006,703,767$1,130,057,892$730,946,821$680,082,880$810,238,994
Long-term investments$918,446,198$663,873,966$798,677,070$735,828,946$499,216,216
Fixed assets$1,419,694,279$1,308,955,036$1,258,649,379$1,150,465,204$947,064,035
Other long-term assets$22,650,108$24,494,530$24,665,636$5,182,657$8,645,813
Total long-term assets$2,360,790,585$1,997,323,532$2,081,992,085$1,891,476,807$1,454,926,064
Total assets$3,367,494,352$3,127,381,424$2,812,938,906$2,571,559,687$2,265,165,058
Payables and accrued expenses$88,680,388$68,688,052$71,082,091$70,103,244$52,816,330
Other current liabilities$141,750,772$127,695,672$126,407,226$156,970,249$151,337,067
Total current liabilities$230,431,160$196,383,724$197,489,317$227,073,493$204,153,397
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$29,753,358$31,760,591$29,905,036$32,706,878$36,318,474
Total long-term liabilities$227,343,297$234,297,032$234,957,871$240,476,352$246,269,004
Total liabilities$457,774,457$430,680,756$432,447,188$467,549,845$450,422,401
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,886,771,669$2,672,903,339$2,359,931,414$2,087,057,966$1,798,655,900
With donor restrictions$22,948,226$23,797,329$20,560,304$16,951,876$16,086,757
Net assets$2,909,719,895$2,696,700,668$2,380,491,718$2,104,009,842$1,814,742,657
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,444,061$24,340,904$28,909,244$13,964,116$20,246,077
Program service revenue$1,309,847,537$1,229,034,114$1,082,668,020$1,037,526,114$1,013,111,816
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13,759,215$22,156,313$33,001,962$50,245,699($6,154,121)
Other revenue$3,606,577$14,063,754$14,735,745$9,574,570$32,901,348
Total other revenue$1,327,213,329$1,265,254,181$1,130,405,727$1,097,346,383$1,039,859,043
Total revenue$1,343,657,390$1,289,595,085$1,159,314,971$1,111,310,499$1,060,105,120
Program services$969,960,646$868,723,138$785,776,571$760,115,740$732,497,764
Management and general$121,720,343$129,919,330$116,107,683$112,679,894$107,782,813
Total expenses$1,093,741,798$1,001,115,779$906,520,205$877,282,413$844,586,108
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$249,915,592$288,479,306$252,794,766$234,028,086$215,519,012
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$249,915,592$288,479,306$252,794,766$234,028,086$215,519,012


Mr Jerry FalwellChancellor/President$2,202,231
Mr Hugh FreezeHead Coach-Football$1,138,306
Mr Ritchie McKayHead Coach-Men's Basketball$1,121,422
Mr Ian McCawDirector of Athletics$684,209
Mr Ronald KennedyEVP of Enrollment & Marketing$578,805
Mr Turner GillFormer Highly Compensated$573,682
Dr Peter BellDean, LU College of Osteopathi$474,539
Mr David NasserSR VP of Spiritual Development$422,737
Mr John GaugerChief Information Officer$369,792
Dr Robert RitzCFO/Treasurer$365,474
Mr Scott SymonsLinebacker Coach$362,783
Mr Richard AustinTightend Coach$353,862
Mr Randall SmithEVP & COO/Management Consultan$338,912
Ms Laura WallaceEVP for Human Resources$324,267
Mr David CorryGeneral Counsel/Secretary$320,913
Mr Don MoonSR VP of Investment Management$275,642
Dr Scott HicksProvost and Chief Academic Off$261,338
Mr Charles SpenceSR VP of Facilities Management$255,219
Dr Ronald HawkinsFormer Officer$232,000
Dr Shawn AkersOnline Provost$230,891
Mr Dan ApplewhiteDeputy General Counsel/Assista$226,773
Mr Trey FalwellVP of University Operations$216,433
Dr Lawrence HineSenior VP of Student Affairs$203,235
Mr Christian KennedyFormer Officer$201,700
Mr Chris JohnsonFormer Key Employee$127,586
Pastor Jonathan FalwellTrustee/Vice Chancellor of Spi$54,209
Mr Anthony BecklesTrustee/Online chair$29,066
Dr John Borek JrTrustee & Adjunct Professor$16,400
Dr Allen McFarlandTrustee & Adjunct Professor$5,300

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/1/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Standing on the shoulders of more than two millennia of Christian scholarship, Liberty University emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge in every discipline. A world-class liberal arts university with 15 schools and colleges, Liberty offers more than 750 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level ranging from medicine, biology, chemistry, and engineering to design, music, religion, law, and more.

Founded in 1971 in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty has grown from a small college of 154 students into a university with a residential student body of over 15,000. Preparing students to be doctors, educators, ministers, lawyers, aviators, counselors, engineers, and more, Liberty is committed to developing tomorrow's leaders - men and women of character whose impact will extend beyond their professions to change the world around them.

Through those founding years, students and faculty were inspired to influence the moral and ethical course of America. Subsequently, the school's name officially changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1976 and the colors were changed to red, white, and blue. The college achieved full accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1980.

By 1985, the school had become recognized as a fully accredited university, adding programs and garnering recognition from both mainstream culture and the world of academia. Liberty also pioneered a distance learning program that year, launching what is now known as Liberty University Online.

With the passing of the founder in 2007, his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., became chancellor and president of the university. At the 2007 Commencement ceremony, just days after his father's passing, then Cancellor Falwell proclaimed, "We have prepared for this transition for 15 years or more. All is well at Liberty."

Liberty's journey has been one of facing giants, making the impossible possible, watching fervent prayer move mountains, and Training Champions for Christ.

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