Liberty University is a private Evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. and Elmer L. Towns in 1971. When measured in terms of student enrollment it is one of the largest Christian universities in the world and one of the largest private non-profit universities in the United States. Although the university's physical campus is in Lynchburg, most of its students are online. In 2020, the university enrolled about 95,000 students: about 15,000 in its residential program and 80,000 in online courses.
Liberty University consists of 17 colleges, including a school of osteopathic medicine and a school of law. Liberty's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Liberty Flames. Their college football team is an NCAA Division I FBS Independent, while most of their other sports teams compete in the ASUN Conference.
Studies at the university have a conservative Evangelical orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes for undergraduate students. The university's honor code, called the "Liberty Way,” prohibits premarital sex, cohabitation, and alcohol use. Described as a "bastion of the Christian right", the university plays a prominent role in Republican politics.