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Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia. It is best known for its doctorate degree program in chiropractic, but it also offers a number of undergraduate programs.

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History

Life University was founded in 1974 by Dr. Sid Williams as Life Chiropractic College. The school was established on the site of a placer gold mine, next to Southern Technical Institute (now Southern Polytechnic State University). 22 students attended the first classes in January 1975. They became known as "Day one class". Since this time Life University has had issues with accreditation through a recalcitrant Sid Williams.[1] By 1990, the school had grown to become the largest college of chiropractic in the world. Appointed in March 2004, the university's current president is Dr. Guy Riekeman, former Chancellor of the Palmer Chiropractic University System. In 2006, Life University remains the largest school in the chiropractic profession.[2]

Education programs

Life University is divided into three distinct colleges: The College of Chiropractic (D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic), The College of Graduate Studies (M.S. Sports Health Science), and The College of Undergraduate Studies (Certificate Life Coaching, A.S. Computer Information Management and Life Coaching, B.S. Biology, Biopsychology, Business Administration, Computer Information Management, Dietetics, Exercise Science, General Studies and Nutrition).

Life University offers a curriculum for pre-chiropractic that is not a degree program but may lead to an undergraduate degree.

Accreditation

Life University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. CCE's Commission on Accreditation accredited the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University College of Chiropractic. The university is accredited by the CCE through 2012.[3] Further, the "Didactic Program in Dietetics" and the "Dietetic Internship Program" at Life University have each been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.[4]

Athletics

Life's most notable sport is rugby, which began in 1980. Along with UC Berkeley it is one of two varsity rugby programs in the United States, and the only one that offers scholarships. In 1982, Life lost to UC Berkeley in the collegiate National Championships. Since 1986, Life has played at a senior level rather than collegiate with considerable success, including a stint in the Rugby Super League from 1997 to 2002. In 2000 Life won the Rugby Super League National Championship, and in 2007, Life University's rugby team was ranked number one of the Division 1 clubs in the nation.[5]

The men's team won the Division 1 national championship in 2008, and returned to Rugby Super League in 2009.

The men's ice hockey team are 5 times ACHA Division II National Champions.

Other sports include basketball, volleyball, cycling, soccer, hockey, tennis, golf, powerlifting, racquetball, and triathlon.

Other

Each year the campus is decorated with Christmas lights from just before Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve. The Lights of Life display goes until 10 or 11 each evening. Tens of thousands of C7 bulbs are used, mostly in numerous Christmas light sculptures. In 2009, many of these (about 30%) were replaced with screw-in LED bulbs.

References

  1. ^ http://www.chirobase.org/03Edu/revocation.html
  2. ^ About Life, Historical Information, Life University—Fulfilling a Vision. available online
  3. ^ DIRECTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC DEGREE PROGRAMS AND SOLITARY PURPOSE CHIROPRACTIC INSTITUTIONS HOLDING ACCREDITED STATUS, THE COUNCIL ON CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION (CCE). available online PDF
  4. ^ Life Universite website, "About Life", Accreditation Information
  5. ^ ERugbyNews, Division I Clubs Get Ranked, April 13th, 2007. available online

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Coordinates: 33°55′57″N 84°30′52″W / 33.9325°N 84.5145°W / 33.9325; -84.5145

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