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you are probably bursting with questions. What does it take to become successful? How is LIFE University different? Where do I go from here? Will I succeed? The answers to these questions could alter the course of your career your life, even the way you think and feel about who you are and the world you want to inhabit. In fact, that is exactly what I hope these questions will do for you – I hope they will change you. I hope they will help you begin to recreate your whole life and your whole self for the better. At Life University, change is at the core of all we are and all we do. We exist to change the way students see their education (it’s more than taking tests and getting grades – here it’s about learning and discovering values, character and philosophies that will serve you long after you’ve framed your degree); to change the way graduates see their careers and their lives (our students gain more than knowledge and job skills; they cultivate a passion and a Lasting Purpose); and, in turn, to change the way the world sees things like healthcare, human performance, business, and our relationship to each other and to our planet. We know it’s a tall order. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, underprepared, and even a bit scared when faced with such immense possibilities. But we also know the incredible sense of power and purpose that comes when you realize, unquestionably, what you were born to do and to be. You may not be there, yet. But the fact that you are currently holding this book in your hands tells me that you are on your way. Of course, I hope that when you finish reading it, you will know that you are on your way to LIFE. Beyond that, however, I hope you come away from these pages feeling more certain of who you are and what you want to become – whether or not that involves an undergraduate degree from Life University. Vitalism tells us that the best we can ever be, is what we truly are; that we already and always have an infinite capacity to reach our optimal potential; and that the journey can start right here, right now. So what are you waiting for? Sincerely, President Guy F. Riekeman, D.C.
WE BUILT OUR CAMPUS WITH YOU IN MIND. 2 The Big Idea
4 Your LIFE: Give it Meaning
6 LIFE by the Numbers
8 Life at LIFE: 8 Ways to Great
18 Pick Your Path, Revolutionize Your Life
20 Your Community
22 Your Spare Time
24 Seeing is Believing
26 Getting Started: How to Apply
28 “You Know You Go to LIFE When...”
the big idea LIFE UNIVERSITY
Eight Core Proficiencies: We’re not just here to graduate students; we’re here to graduate great leaders, thinkers and doers. As part of your LIFE education, you’ll take courses on character (Integrity & Citizenship, Leadership & Entrepreneurship), personal development (Belief Systems & Performance, Learning Theory & Critical Thinking), philosophy (Philosophy of Human Existence & Health Care Policy, Contemporary Scientific Paradigms), and thought leadership (Communication & Relationship Theory, Integrative Change). These “Eight Ways to Great” will become part of who you are, and will serve as touchstones to guide you as you make your way in the world – one success at a time.
OFFERS YOU MORE THAN JUST A college education.
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The Wellness Portfolio: Having a vitalistic view of wellness means thinking bigger and digging deeper when it comes to defining “health.” We believe true health is multi-dimensional – six-dimensional, to be exact – encompassing an optimal balance of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Environmental and Spiritual aspects of ourselves. Together, these six dimensions of health form the foundation of our Wellness Portfolio, a way of looking at and applying ideas of total, vitalistic wellness which underlies all we do at LIFE - from the academic and personal resources we offer our students to the design of our very own campus village.
PHILOSOPHY DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU THE BEST YOU CAN BE.
WE CALL IT THE LIFE MOVEMENT
Vitalistic Philosophy: What is vitalism? We’ll give you the short answer, as the long answer is one we hope you will spend the rest of your life discovering, rediscovering and applying to everything you are and everything you do. Vitalism is the understanding and the principle that the human body is a self-organizing, self-maintaining and self-healing organism. It’s a philosophy centered on the truth that all life possesses its own innate, guiding intelligence, and that it is this vital force – and nothing else – that gives us the power to heal, grow, adapt and live lives of optimal performance and significance. Life is Vitalism, and Vitalism is LIFE. Lasting Purpose: Our students are committed to leaving the world a better place than they found it – whether that means starting a global nonprofit; encouraging your office to recycle; or choosing to work for a company with higher values, even if it means a lower paycheck. Whatever it may look like to you, Lasting Purpose represents your personal commitment “To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve – out of a sense of abundance.” The LIFE Movement: The LIFE Movement is what happens when you combine the Eight Core Proficiencies, The Wellness Portfolio, Vitalistic Philosophy and Lasting Purpose into one life-changing, lifelong journey. It is an unstoppable flow of ideas, philosophies, values, inspirations, and ways of being and doing, funneled into an integrative worldview unlike any other; one that will empower you to create your life and to impact the lives of others in ways you have yet to imagine. So go ahead, turn the page, and take your first step.
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“I used to think that a biology degree was essentially the same everywhere. But at LIFE, the philosophical foundation provides a more modern and practical application to the science.”
“I enrolled at LIFE as a psychology major, but the more I worked with people and learned about how our emotional health is so intrinsically tied to our physical well-being, the more I realized biopsychology was my true passion. Making the switch was easy!”
“I chose to get my exercise science degree from LIFE because I don’t just want to help athletes heal faster, I want to help them heal better, play better, and be better.”
Any college can give you a degree. These days, you can even earn one without ever leaving home, or changing out of your pajamas (we don’t recommend that last one). But at Life University you get so much more than a diploma, or even the education behind it – you get a true LIFE experience. College is about so much more than a piece of paper or a beefed up resume. It’s about taking steps to grow and evolve. Perhaps for you it will mean being away from home for the first time; or maybe you’ve been at this “life” thing for a while now and are realizing it’s time to do right by yourself, your family and your future and earn the degree you’ve always dreamed of. College is about discovering who you are, what your purpose is, and how you will make a difference in the world. There’s nothing like finding that point in your life where something clicks, and that transformation – from “What do I do?” to “What I CAN do” – takes place. That transformation happens for our students every day. Our small class sizes, interactive learning approach, core philosophies and focus on whole-personal development make earning your degree meaningful. Our campus culture, the LIFE community (there’s a reason we call it the LIFE ‘village’) and our commitment to creating exceptional student experiences combine to create an environment where you can’t help but dream big and bigger, and strive for success and significance in all you do. We live in a time of constant change. While so many are trying to keep up, our graduates are already creating and contributing to what comes next. Why follow the pack when you could be leading the charge? If you look at the difference-makers of the world, you’ll notice that many discovered their potential in a place and time that provided them an opportunity to realize their purpose, construct a vision and transform their lives toward significance and fulfillment. Life University is that type of place, and this is your time.
“Being a nutrition major is about more than loving food, it’s about helping people live fuller, healthier lives.”
“I’m an outgoing, interactive person, so I would always come early, stay late and go by the offices of my teachers frequently, always pushing them above and beyond so that I got the most out of my computer information management degree. They always had an open door and willingness to help.”
What is your purpose? Discover it at LIFE.
life by the numbers 12 – Undergraduate degrees 17:1 – Student teacher ratio 16,600 – Average amount, in pounds, of paper recycled on campus each year 2,287 – Students, on average, receive tutoring or supplemental instruction through LIFE’s Student Success Center per quarter 97 – Percent of those students who report tutoring or supplemental instruction indicate has helped them become more effective learners 8
Ways to Great. These core proficiencies get to the heart of a LIFE education. (more on that to come!)
24 – National Championship titles won by LIFE’s athletic teams 65 – Registered carpools in 2010 (62 added since the groundbreaking of the new Lyceum Park green gathering space, which replaced several parking lots starting in Spring 2010!)
1 – National ranking of LIFE’s undergraduate rugby team. (according to rugbymag.com)
36 – Percent of students who identify as black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American 31 – Countries represented by our international students 1,000,000 – Amount of financial aid, in dollars, available to LIFE undergrads 52 – Student clubs and organizations to choose from to fill your spare time It only takes 1 person to make a difference. Start a chain reaction at LIFE.
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challenge yourself to be your best.
ways to great They may sound like lofty goals, but here, theyâ€™re a way of LIFE.
Dream the impossible. live the dream.
GET INTO IT. GET ON WITH IT. When you take a closer look at LIFE, you’ll see we’re in a class of our own – in more ways than one. LIFE is more than the home of the world’s largest chiropractic program, it’s the home of one of the world’s most innovative vital health sciences universities, with eleven specialized undergraduate degrees in leading fields such as Biology, Psychology, Exercise Science, Nutrition & Dietetics, Life & Health Coaching, Computer Information Management, Business and more. Looking to go beyond the bachelor’s degree? We also offer Master’s programs in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition. How do we do it? Simple. Everything – and we mean everything, from our course curriculums to our campus footprint – is built on our vitalistic philosophy and commitment to values-based education. Everything we are and everything we do is designed to empower and inspire our students, and every member of our LIFE community, to create lives of success and significance. Here, our beliefs, values and attitudes are what set us apart – and bring us together. If this sounds like home to you, keep reading…
Take a closer look at our individual undergraduate programs on pages 16-17.
Take responsibility. change your world.
GET REAL ABOUT IT. GET ready.
These are not your typical undergraduate programs, because you are not a typical undergraduate student. We know you don’t want to spend hours and hours in lectures, taking notes, taking tests and then pressing “repeat.” That’s why we’ve designed comprehensive, cutting-edge programs that get you into the material AND out in the field.
Ride on! Life University has over three miles of bikeable trails and walking paths – that means fewer carbon emissions and more fresh air for everyone.
Unlike most universities, we don’t do huge lecture halls filled with hundreds of students and one TA. Small classes are always taught by an expert faculty member who gets to know you as a student and as an individual, so they can help you make the most of your time here. You’ll also partner with other students; take on internships, externships and individual research projects; try your hand at hands-on labs; and work together with departments and organizations from within and outside the University to expand your knowledge and skills across disciplines. Being just minutes from bustling Atlanta, Georgia means opportunities to study, intern, work and volunteer with everything from other top universities, to Fortune 500 companies, to global nonprofits are only a few exits away. It also means you can spend your school days nestled among more than 100 acres of rolling hills and forest (complete with a creek, waterfall and charming historical gristmill); then zip into the beating heart of the Southern Capital’s metropolitan playground to experience a whole city’s worth of vibrant culture, art and entertainment… (After you’ve finished studying, of course.)
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Forget football, at LIFE we’re all about rugby! Saturday games are packed with spectators who come to tailgate, cheer on our top-ranked Running Eagles, and celebrate the almost certain victory.
The LIFE experience is unlike any other. Your time here won’t always be easy, but these will be some of the most educational, transformational and inspirational years of your life. You’re definitely in for a change – but isn’t that just exactly what you’ve been looking for? LIFE is waiting. Are you ready?
LIFE’s Drs. Sid E. & Nell K. Williams Library Stats: • 71,000 resources including books, eBooks, models, X-rays, DVDs & Playaways • 58 public access computers • Access to 38,000 journal titles • 6 multi-function color printers • All available 95 hours per week!
lIFE IS WAITING. ARE YOU READY?
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Take on a leadership position in a club or organization and hone your take-charge skills while making friends, having fun and giving back.
As a student at LIFE, you’ll be the architect of your own education; laying the foundation for your future success. In doing so, you’ll become an example – a leader – to your classmates and colleagues. You’ll also become part of a vital campus culture that encourages you to take charge and affect change at every turn – be it in the classroom, as a member of one or more of LIFE’s 60-plus student organizations, on the athletic field, or even by starting your very own side business to feed your textbook fund. Yep, our students do all this and more WHILE earning their college degrees. Pretty impressive, huh? As you can see, a LIFE educational experience is all about balance. Getting your hands dirty with the Seeds of LIFE Gardening Club; penning a column for the Vital Source student newspaper; taking field trips with an international student organization; leading the field with our top-ranked Division I and Super League teams; DJ-ing at on-campus events; hosting short play contests in our Standard Process Amphitheatre – a diverse range of extracurricular opportunities allows you to stretch your wings beyond the classroom, feed your confidence, broaden your self-knowledge and, ultimately, take flight. We don’t call ourselves the Running Eagles for nothing!
Every academic quarter, Club & Market Day gives students a chance to talk to on-campus clubs and organizations about getting involved, while local vendors show off their studentcentered products and services.
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When our healthcare-minded students graduate, they don’t just set out to join their industry, they aim to transform it (we call it “Leading the Vital Health Revolution”). That’s because our students graduate with a holistic, vitalistic view of true wellness – not just “health” – that encompasses a balance of the physical, intellectual, emotional, environmental, social and spiritual aspects of ourselves; as well as the certain knowledge that our bodies are self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing. It’s an empowering philosophy, the kind you can’t wait to share with your clients, coworkers and colleagues.
Be a Change Agent.
Our non-health sciences students find this philosophy pretty empowering too, especially when they see it action all over campus. Regardless of your area of study, it’s easy to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle here. From the schedule of free, student-led fitness classes in our Wellness Center, to our sustainable café, to our life coaching and nutrition counseling services for all students, we take care of you, so you can focus on taking care of your future.
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LIFE’s students come from all walks of life and from all over the world. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’ll feel right at home.
Spend just five minutes on campus and you’ll see that here, community rules. Life University’s small class sizes and focus on active learning, combined with our private campus setting and values-based educational philosophy mean we function more like a close-knit neighborhood than a typical educational institution. That’s why we’ve taken to calling our 104-acre homeaway-from-home our LIFE “village.”
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This is a place where everyone smiles and nods hello when they pass each other in the halls or walking across campus. It’s a place where professors, staff and students share tables and conversations in the café; where the administration sits down town-hall-style each month to listen and answer at “Let’s Talk;” where people bring their spouses and their children just to play on the weekends. Some of us love the village so much, we move in! Many single students as well as those bringing their families along for the journey choose to live in our family-friendly on-campus housing, which just happens to be right next to our innovative, whole-child education center, BrightLIFE. It’s just one of our bright ideas designed to make LIFE not only a place you’ll love to study, but a place you’ll love to stay.* *Want to see what else we’ve done with the place? Contact Admissions@LIFE.edu to schedule your campus tour today!
LIFE’s Bell Tower is a campus monument to the LIFE Movement and our rich University history.
Atlanta’s Got It Jump to pages 22-23 for a sneak peek at just a few of the countless activities, attractions and distractions ATL and LIFE have to offer.
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You could live here! In the world’s first-ever LEED Gold-Certified “stick-built” multi-unit housing complex. We know that’s a mouthful, so we just call it “The Retreat.”
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Beyond thinking bigger and better, at LIFE we think big for the better. There’s an energy on our campus that’s palpable, and it’s always moving us forward. From pioneering a new vision for healthcare, to caring for the health of our planet, we’re always looking for ways to do things smarter, healthier, kinder, greener. Our residence hall? The first Gold-Level LEEDcertified “green” building of its kind.
LIFE’s very own 19th Century grist mill
Our on-campus dining facility? A model of sustainability, LEED Gold-certified and serving a range of organic, local and hormone-free foods on all-compostable diningware. Our new campus gathering space? A combination of high-tech outdoor amphitheater, water features and green spaces infused with our philosophy and history. It’s officially become the nerve center on campus (and it used to be nothing but parking lots).
tread lightly. leave no footprints
Our Wellness Center/on-campus Clinics/Sport Science Institute? Leading-edge in design and leading the way in practice: founded on vitalistic principles and the belief that healthcare is about taking care of the whole person, so they can take care of themselves – from the inside out. We could go on, but you get the (big) idea.
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We believe in an “inside-out” approach to, well, just about everything. We understand that in order to be truly successful and fulfilled on the outside (with your career, your professional and personal achievements, even your social and family life) all of that has to match up with who you really are on the inside. Think of it this way: If you don’t know who you truly are, how can you know who and what you want to become? These are not easy questions, but we know a place where you can start to find the answers. At LIFE, we strive to inspire each student to engage in their own quest for self-discovery (who you truly are), to fulfill their innate potential (who and what you can become), and to stay true to their own guiding principles as they become citizens and leaders in their communities. You can be confident that when you leave here, it will be the real YOU walking across that graduation stage and into a career and a life you know is right for you.
What really sets Life University apart is our philosophy. The LIFE experience is founded on the LIFE Movement; a portfolio of four key principles and philosophies that drive everything we do at LIFE.
Socrates Café, our sustainable dining facility, features organic, locally sourced and vegetarian/ vegan-friendly meals, all-compostable dinnerware, (made from corn!), renewable bamboo flooring and plenty of natural sunlight.
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COMPUTER INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
LIFE’s business majors first gain a solid foundation in the overarching principles of management and socially responsible business philosophy, then specialize in one area with additional coursework and potential internships, independent study and special projects. In terms of attracting faculty with impressive business experience, landing an internship with a top company, finding meaningful part-time work, and searching for that first job, Atlanta offers significant benefits. The city ranks No. 4 in the nation for Fortune 500 company headquarters and No.1 for minority-run firms. 18
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Create and oversee technology infrastructure and work as part of an organizational team in business or healthcare or as an entrepreneur to find the best ways to implement and advance beneficial tech tools.
Help people set and meet their health goals, overcome health-related obstacles and create solid support systems.
Use your knowledge of and passion for human, animal and/or plant life to improve our understanding of, respect for and treatment of living systems.
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Harness the power of corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship to manage successful economic, social and environmental relationships for long-term business success.
Studying information technology at Life University means studying how information is managed and used to meet the needs and advance the strategic direction of an organization. Our students complete 60 credit hours in computer science and 50 in management – creating well-rounded graduates who not only understand IT applications, but can also interact intelligently with their peers in marketing and accounting, and become corporate leaders in their own rights.
Unlike health educators who typically provide information for patients to use on their own, health coaching uses a more interactive consultation model with the coach and patient working together. A health coach walks the road with patients, helping them actually apply information to their unique situation. They help patients gain a deeper understanding of their conditions and master the skills needed to persist and succeed with a prescribed health care regimen. Coaches can also help people interact most effectively with a multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, identify providers with appropriate expertise, communicate with clinicians, and advocate on the patient’s behalf.
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Help people set and meet their health goals, overcome health-related obstacles and create solid support systems. Biologists work diversely in fields as varied and numerous as the plants and animals they study, pursuing opportunities and careers in lab and field research, education, healthcare, journalism, entrepreneurship and many other exciting industries. Because LIFE’s curriculum is grounded in a philosophy that is deeply respectful of the innate intelligence of life, you’ll not only develop a solid knowledge-base in biology’s foundations, you’ll cultivate a sense of respect for all life and our human role in understanding and interacting with it.
LIFE’s exercise science students receive the highest-quality education and technical instruction in the disciplines of anatomy, biology, biochemistry, physiology and kinesiology, and apply this knowledge to a range of populations. They also learn to work with the body as an innately intelligent organism, and to care for athletes and community members through the Life University Sport Science Institute (LSSI), our state-of-theart public clinic, and in a variety of Internship/ externship or practicum settings, including cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness programs offered by hospitals, corporations and community organizations.
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Help people and organizations better understand how diet impacts personal and societal health, empowering them to follow nutritious eating plans.
Guide others to explore, expand and realize their potential and strengthen their mental/emotional coping abilities using a positive psychological approach.
Customize a degree to your unique interests and needs, synthesize previous college credits with your current studies and prepare for professional success in a variety of fields and roles.
Nutritionists create healthy menus and educate clients and communities on the nutritional effect of food on health and well-being in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, health clubs, pharmaceutical companies, physician’s offices, nursing homes, correctional facilities, private practice and many outpatient settings – such as food manufacturing and food service companies. The Nutrition Department boasts a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen where students receive hands-on training and group learning. Nutrition students also enjoy classes in the new live demonstration culinary amphitheater, where instructors model concepts taught in class.
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Translate the science of nutrition into real-world solutions to improve the health of your community on a clinical level.
Our dietetics majors study in a highly competitive program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, with students and faculty who share their passion. Graduates can apply to LIFE’s competitive dietetic internship program and, upon completion, take the Registration Dietitian Exam. R.D.’s may work as clinical health professionals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities and outpatient settings. For those wishing to further their study, LIFE offers a Masters Program in Clinical Nutrition.
Our groundbreaking program focuses on positive psychology by introducing students to the study of mental and behavioral processes from a truly holistic perspective, while adhering to guidelines set by the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition to incorporating LIFE’s vitalistic philosophy, our psychology majors are taught to emphasize our inborn human capacities for love, courage, forgiveness, wisdom and interpersonal connection. Along with scientific study, these philosophies are woven throughout all coursework, and culminate in real-life applications through either an internship or senior thesis experience.
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Explore the complex interdependencies between “mind” and “body” and use your knowledge to improve individual and group function.
Interdisciplinary coursework will explore and challenge our collective knowledge of fundamental biopsychological concepts regarding bases of behavior, emotion, cognition and their relation to health. Future professions for graduates frequently involve applying this knowledge of physiology and psychology to issues of drug use and abuse, motivation, sleep patterns and more. Students are also prepared to take on graduate work in fields such as Chiropractic, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology or neuroscience.
A general studies degree equips students with the communication expertise, critical thinking abilities and worldview that translate into transferable skills valued by all employers. Our interdisciplinary approach draws content from across the University, with coursework in business, health care, computer information management, psychology, nutrition and dietetics, and exercise science. You’ll receive a broad education in the humanities, social sciences, natural science and math, and then select three major areas of study to explore in greater depth.
Nature. Nightlife. Culture. History. Sports. Art. You name it, weâ€™ve got it. A great school in a great city. Everything youâ€™re looking for. 20
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from downtown. Thirty-five minutes away from one of the largest international airports on earth. LIFE has everything you’re looking for in the way of culture, attractions, distractions and more. You’ll love what LIFE and the Atlanta area have to offer both on and off campus. In fact, there’s so much going on, you may just decide to call it home – for good.
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1 Enjoy a cuppa and a healthy bite with friends at Socrates Café, LIFE’s sustainable on-campus bistro.
Go for the win! Enter a LIFEsponsored contest (think Tshirt designs, video entries, scavenger hunts and more) to win cash, prizes and bragging rights.
Experience the scrum. Witness America’s fastest-growing collegiate sport at its best, as LIFE’s two top-5 nationally ranked rugby teams ruck, maul and tackle their way to victory.
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10 Escape to simpler times as you wind your way through LIFE’s 19 th Century Village, complete with historic grist mill and waterfall. 11 Fill up on snacks and camaraderie with a weekly movie night, open mic, pool tournament or Wii challenge in the Treehouse Student Center.
Be dazzled by the power of the holiday spirit (more than 10,000,000 watts of it)
3 Score a free lunch, a free shirt and free entertainment at LIFE’s campuswide First Tuesday events. Mixing and mingling is mandatory. 4 Hang your hat in the first LEED-certified, stick-built multi-family housing complex in the world (or, as we like to call it, The Retreat)
Catch a concert, movie, play, lecture or impromptu jam session in LIFE’s Standard Process outdoor Amphitheatre in the new
8 Reflect on Life University’s rich history, traditions and values by visiting the many monuments, tributes and symbolic spaces scattered all over campus.
9 Get in the DANGER ZONE! Root on the Running Eagles basketball team as they shoot for another appearance at the NAIA National Championships.
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15 Feel the burn – and meet some new workout buddies – when you take a group class in the Wellness Center. 16 Walk, run, cycle or skip merrily (hey, it’s great cardio) through LIFE’s beautifully wooded trails.
as you cruise the spectacular Lights of LIFE winter lights display.
13 File, type and staple your way to extra spending money by helping out a University department for a few hours a week as a work study; or by serving as a peer tutor in the Student Success Center. 14 Join the campus Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and pick up a bushel or a peck of local, organic fruits and veggies every Friday.
17 Give back and get involved. Volunteer to till our organic community garden; dish out food, flyers or other goodies at LIFE events; pitch in for a clothing or food drive, and more – opportunities to serve are everywhere at LIFE.
Get a LIFE-sized hug from Doc the Running Eagle, our University mascot!
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11 Kayak, canoe or tube the “Hooch”
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12 Head to nearby Lake Lanier or Lake Allatoona to hit the beach Atlanta-style.
1 Frolic in the fountains, ice skate or jam to a live concert at Centennial Park, home of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Invent your very own soft drink, then name it after yourself, at World of Coca-Cola.
7 Glimpse the Atlanta skyline from the peak of Six Flags Over Georgia’s Goliath coaster.
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“Scary-etta” Historic Roswell or Oakland Cemetery Ghost Tour.
Get lost in the crowd. From the Dogwood Festival to DragonCon, metro Atlanta’s mass gatherings are legendary. 3 See the world’s longest-running laser light show projected on the 800-foot-tall face of historic Stone Mountain Park.
Stop and smell the roses at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s weekly “Cocktails in the Garden”
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Not just another song and dance. Take in a night with the Atlanta Opera or the Atlanta Ballet.
17 Swim with the sharks at the Georgia Aquarium
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9 Hit the gas! Get your grand prix fix at Andretti Go-Karting or Atlanta Motor Speedway.
10 Tack on a bib number and join 55,000 people for the world’s largest 10K, the Peachtree Road Race.
To your art’s content. Spend a day (and night) at the Woodruff Arts Center, home of the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
18 Catch eighteen innings of America’s pastime at an Atlanta Braves doubleheader at Turner Field. Not a baseball fan? How ‘bout them Hawks and Falcons?
panda-monium at Zoo Atlanta.
100-Plus acres of lush, green space make our campus a beautiful place to hang out, and our vitalistic philosophy provides our students with a springboard upon which they can grow and thrive, but itâ€™s the people at LIFE who truly make our community vibrant and special. Seeing is believing. Make an appointment to visit with our faculty and students and get a slice of LIFE. Contact us at EnrollmentEvents@LIFE.edu to schedule your campus tour today.
HOW CAN I AFFORD THIS? That answer is simple: Financial Aid. In 2011 and 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Life University among the top ten least expensive private schools in the country. But financial assistance is still available through loans via the federal government to help cover the cost of tuition, books and fees. Since college is a full-time job itself, you can also take out loans to cover other expenses. This way you can focus on your studies and make the most out of your time on LIFE’s campus. All the financial aid “paperwork” is done online. Our Financial Aid staff will help you complete your forms
That answer is simple too: It only takes three steps to get the ball rolling. After that, LIFE’s Admissions Department, PASS Advising Team, Financial Aid Department and Student Services Division will be on your side to help guide and advise you as you take your first steps toward your new career. We want you to love it here at LIFE and we’re determined to make your transition into college life as smooth as possible.
accurately, and choose the loan options that are best for you. Check out the diagram on the opposite page to help you see when and how you will apply for your loans. We also have over 40 specialty scholarships totaling more than $500,000 available to our students to help defray costs. To view the complete list (scholarships
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2. Application fee, $50
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3. All official transcripts sent directly to LIFE (from high school and all colleges attended)
need financial help? here’s what to do:
SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS 1. Application – online or mail
ACCEPTANCE ISSUED TYPICALLY 1-4 WEEKS AFTER APPLICATION SUBMISSION
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SUBMIT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION
1. FILE REVIEW WITH ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST (ES) Ensure all pre-requisites will be met by previous or current classwork
1. FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov 2. Certification form on LIFE website
2. SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT at www.LIFE.edu/ScheduleACampusVisit 8 - 1 2
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3. ONCE YOU ARE ACCEPTED, RECEIVE DEPOSIT LETTER AND MAKE PAYMENT 4. CONSIDER HOUSING PLANS –
Live on campus at the LIFE Village Retreat www.LIFEsVillageRetreat.com or call 770-919-5554
Rent – Check for listings at www.LIFE.edu or www.Atlanta.Promove.com/Marietta-Apartments
Buy – Contact your Enrollment Specialist for the name of a local realtor 3 - 5
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5. ORIENTATION PLANNING You will receive an email with an invitation to attend orientation and a schedule of activities 6. PASS ADVISOR MEETING Your PASS Advisor will call you to set up your first appointment, which will occur during orientation 2
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7. MOVE IN! Call us! Let us know you’re here! 1
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IF YES, PROVIDE 1. W-2s 2. Tax Return 3. Verification Worksheet
WAIT Check WebAdvisor for file status If accepted by Admissions Office (and verification complete) an official award letter will be issued via mail 4 weeks after application is complete. B Y
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SUBMIT FINANCIAL AID FINAL PAPERWORK
StudentLoans.gov 1. Entrance counseling forms 2. Master promissory note 3. Set up direct deposit with bank Get form at www.LIFE.edu and send to LIFE Student Accounts with a voided check.
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8. ATTEND ORIENTATION
BEGIN UNDERGRAD AT LIFE GET INVOLVED! FIRST TUESDAY PARTY 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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FINANCIAL AID IS DISPERSED FIRST WEEK OF CLASS Refund check issued if applicable
NEW STUDENT PARTY FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT
You know you go to Life when... ...You know First Tuesday means free T-shirts! And you collect them all. Every quarter as part of our back-to-class celebration, LIFE prints an exclusive T-shirt designed by one of our own students – and hands them out for free!
...You have memorized the World Health Organization’s definition of health. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
...You eat at the “Soc,” study in a tree house and jog through a 19th Century Village. You might just have to experience these for yourself.
...You mark time in terms of Week 1, Week 2... rather than actual dates. Since we operate on quarters, terms are easily and uniformly organized.
...You’ve experienced Dr. Riekeman’s famous “Getting to Well Class” – and passed with flying colors. ...You’ve happily masqueraded as a superhero or pirate at more than one new student party. Student Ambassadors host a costumed theme party every quarter for all students.
...Your car bears a numbered LF (Life University)
license plate, not to mention that must-have parking sticker. ...Massive light-up teddy bears, trees and ice skaters become a part of your daily life from November to January. LIFE is host to Lights of LIFE, a campuswide holiday lights display.
...Your eco-friendly lunch box full of health food is bigger than your book bag. ...All your driving directions include “the Big Chicken.” This local landmark is famous throughout metro Atlanta. You have to see it for yourself.
...You know, and love, the “Gorilla Foot” look. ...You never miss an issue of Vital Source. LIFE’s student-run newspaper
...You eat corn, with corn. All utensils in Socrates Café are 100% compostable cornware!
...You stand in line at the hydration station between classes to refill your reusable water bottle.
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THE MISSION OF THE COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES The Mission of Life Universityâ€™s College of Undergraduate Studies is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet employment demands as well as provide a foundation for advanced studies and personal growth. Life University offers a vitalistic philosophy incorporated in the learning process with a focus on transformational leadership, incorporating the Eight Core Proficiencies and preparing students for an ever-changing society.
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Life University Office of Enrollment 1269 Barclay Circle SE Marietta, Georgia 30060 USA 770-426-2884 800-543-3202 Admissions@LIFE.edu
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