Life University

Life University

Life University, established by Dr. Sid Williams in 1974, was originally known as the Life Chiropractic College. The university occupies a 90-acre campus in Marietta, Georgia, and is the largest chiropractic institute in the world.

In addition to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Life University also offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees through the following colleges:

  • The College of Chiropractic
  • The College of Graduate Studies
  • The College of Undergraduate Studies

The athletics department of Life University fields teams in intercollegiate sports including basketball, and clubs sports such as golf, hockey, soccer, rugby, tennis, volleyball, cycling, racquetball, and powerlifting. The team mascot is an eagle, and the teams compete in the NAIA Division I, the National Intercollegiate Recreation and Sports Association American Collegiate Hockey Association, and the USA Rugby Division 1. The basketball and rugby teams have won a number of national championships in the last few years.

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Contacting Life University

Life University
1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta , GA 30060
General Phone: (800) 543-3202

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Life University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy185nutrition sciences, exercise science, chiropractic, dietitian
Science32biology, anatomy
Business and Management10business, MIS

Number of programs and degrees for Life University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree606
Associate's degree02
Master's degree11
First-professional degree1661

Life University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Life University had a total enrollment of 1,907 students (580 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 32%
Graduate 4%
First Professional 64%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 17%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 22%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 3%
20-21 6%
22-24 28%
25-29 36%
30-34 14%
35-39 6%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York7%
New Jersey7%
North Carolina4%

Life University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 43 %
Part-Time 25 %

Life University Room and Board (2007)

Life University offers campus housing for 250 of its 580 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Marietta, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Life University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Math499599
SAT Writing385485
ACT Verbal1721
ACT Math1720
ACT Composite1819

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT57%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT17%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Life University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,830
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,830
Room and board $ 12,000
Room charge $ 12,000
Books and supplies $ 1,650
Other expenses $ 6,000

Financial Aid:
Life University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2074800)

Life University Faculty

Life University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$79,0001*
Associate professorcalendar year11$70,0008$69,000
Assistant professorcalendar year21$60,00013$60,000
Instructorcalendar year6$55,0003$55,000
No academic rankcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year44$64,40926$63,192

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year10$78,0004$54,000
Associate professoracademic year7$62,0004$61,000
Assistant professoracademic year7$53,0005$53,000
Instructoracademic year1*2*
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year26$65,23115$54,600

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Life University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Independent Southeast Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports45045

Life University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Chiropractic (DC)
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

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Life University Highlights

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What Sets Life University Apart:

Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Life University Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Life University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Life University Male % of student body
% of degrees in science
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Life University % of degrees in science
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 12%Life University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Life University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Life University % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Minority % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Life University Minority % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Life University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked Has hospital on campus

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