$1 billion project transforms this Christian university campus
In order to compete with the country's largest and best financed universities, Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University has spent nearly $1 billion in upgrades and infrastructure to transform its sprawling Lynchburg, Virginia campus with state-of-the-art academic buildings and world-class athletics facilities.
The upgrades come with an offer to division 1 atheletes at the school to receive a full scholarship to the school, seen as a way to recruit top talent to the school. In 2015, Falwell Jr. said, "We believe that Liberty University's commitment to provide its student-athletes with full cost of attendance scholarships will expedite the fulfillment of the university's founding vision for its athletic programs -- and we believe that this investment and the ultimate realization of Liberty's athletic aspirations will pay huge dividends to future generations of Liberty students."
Liberty University reports, "Since the stadium’s renovation, Liberty has ranked as one of the top 10 FCS programs in the country in attendance (six out of seven years) and has drawn more than 16,500 fans per game during the seven-year span. Nearly every one of Liberty’s athletics facilities have undergone a similar transformation process since 2011. Within the next year, athletics will see the addition of three new facilities, benefiting its women’s swimming and diving and football programs and a third to assist all of athletics."
Sitting on more than 7,000 acres with over over 6.6 million sq. feet of building space, today, Liberty holds the distinguishing titles of the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Enrollment is over 15,000 at the college campus with over 94,000 enrolled through its online programs in approximately 545 unique programs of study.