From Liberty University: Liberty has recently been named the most popular college based on growth in admissions applications, by Mic, a news website geared toward young people. The site looked at the top 25 colleges where the number of applications increased the most from 2003-2013, with Liberty earning the top spot at an exceptional 993 percent growth. Liberty outperformed the rest of the schools, with second-place St John’s University in New York City coming in far behind with 321 percent growth. The article also included U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking for growth of applications during the same period, showing that Liberty is far outgrowing Princeton University (No. 1 at 65 percent), Harvard University (No. 2, 67 percent), and Yale University, (No. 3. 87 percent).
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As a young institution, founded in 1971, Liberty attributes this unprecedented growth to the dramatic changes that have occurred in the last 10 years — in greatly expanding academic programs, in renovation and construction of world-class facilities, and in providing many unique opportunities that students can’t find anywhere else. Enrollment has increased from 64,000 in 2010 to more than 100,000 today. Liberty has 13,862 students studying on campus and over 95,000 students enrolled in what has been recognized as the nation’s leading nonprofit online university. Liberty is now the largest private nonprofit four-year college in the country, the nation’s fifth largest university, and the largest college in Virginia.