Liberty University considering a satellite campus in New England
Massachusetts-based students who have an interest in earning an online ministry degree through Virginia’s Liberty University may soon be able to visit a brick-and-mortar campus in the town of Northfield, the Lynchburg News and Advance reported.
Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of the Christian university, has already visited the 217-acre Massachusetts campus and was impressed, according to the news source. If Liberty succeeds in acquiring the property, then the school may transform it into an outpost for online learners located in the Northeast, or the location of an undergraduate honors program.
The property, which was built by evangelist D.L. Moody on the Connecticut River in 1879, is now owned by the family of Oklahoma billionaire Steve Green. The news outlet stated that the campus features 43 buildings, including academic and athletic facilities, as well as dormitories. However, Liberty is not the only institution that is currently eyeing the property.
“Several other colleges are interested,” Falwell told the news source. “We’re hoping that maybe two or three could jointly own the property and could each use it for different purposes.”
Whether or not Liberty acquires the Northfield campus, students seeking a Christian education can still choose from a variety of academic programs, no matter where in the country they are located. According to the university’s website, individuals can pursue online degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.