Report: Liberty University sees fall enrollment growth despite predictions


FILE – In this March 24 , 2020, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) released a report last week that indicated Liberty University did not follow analysts’ predictions that colleges would see a decline in enrollment due to COVID-19.

However, Liberty experienced an estimated 10.5-percent in total enrollment over last fall which was indicated to be the highest growth estimated among all Virginia colleges.

SCHEV did report that overall enrollment at Virginia’s public and private non-profit institutions this fall declined by 1.3-percent.

The report estimated that new first-time student enrollment at the state’s four-year, private non-profit institutions increased by half of one percent and total undergraduate enrollment increased 3.4-percent, all due to gains at Liberty.

“All of this growth is attributed to Liberty University, both in new students and overall undergraduate enrollment,” the report indicates.

“We started another year off strong here at Liberty University, and we are especially grateful that the early predictions for college across the country did not hold true for us. This shows that students now, more than ever, are seeking a distinctly Christian education from a world-class university – and Liberty is at the top of the list.”

Jerry Prevo, Liberty University President

This past summer, Liberty University reached an enrollment milestone for its classes offered online, reaching 50,000 new students.

Overall, 108,000 students are pursuing degrees with online classes with Liberty.

To view the full report from SCHEV, click here.

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