Jul 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Student Handbook & University Policies 
2020-2021 Student Handbook & University Policies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Campus/Metro Area

Life University Campus


The Life University campus is situated on a tract of land encompassing approximately 110 acres. The campus consists of approximately 18 buildings that provide more than 435,000 square feet of space. LIFE’s beautiful campus has highly sophisticated facilities with the potential to add new programs and majors at the University.

The University is located at 1269 Barclay Circle in Marietta, Georgia. The main campus is approximately 15 miles northwest of the heart of Atlanta. Life University joins a host of other educational institutions in the Metropolitan Atlanta area, including Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Mercer University, Oglethorpe University, Agnes Scott College, and the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morris Brown College), as well as many business, technical and art schools.

Life University Facilities

William M. Harris Center for Clinical Education - The Harris Center contains a 23-room Assessment Center, a computer Mastery Testing Center and Diagnostic Imaging and Alignment area, as well as the Dr. Sid E. Williams Center for Chiropractic Research and the Campus Center for Health & Optimum Performance (CC-HOP), funded by Foot Levelers, a student practical teaching facility where early-quarter D.C. students begin their hands-on training to become skilled chiropractors.

The LIFE Village Retreat — Also known as the LVR or simply “The Village,” this building is a four-story student housing facility for students. It is located next to the Harris Center and was completed in fall 2009. It contains 300 beds in primarily two bedroom, roommate-styled suites.

There are furnished units that include living areas, kitchens with refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink/garbage disposal, dishwasher and feature reserved parking. The buildings have community rooms, quiet study spaces, elevators, a mail kiosk and use proximity card access.

The LIFE Village Retreat is Gold Level certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the authority in sustainable and “green” construction.

The Parking Garage is located immediately adjacent to the LVR and contains a 600-car parking deck. The University has installed video surveillance in all the public areas of the LVR buildings, as well as the parking deck, for additional safety.

The Commons — The New Commons is a 360-bed student housing and dining facility designed to enhance the first-year experience for our incoming students. Special emphasis is placed on the holistic development of the student that includes activities that enhance the living-learning community.

Learning Resource Center — The Learning Resource Center (LRC) houses the Student Affairs Advocacy Desk– a one-stop-shop for all student administrative needs (Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Career Services, Student Conduct, Community Living, Engagement and Leadership, etc.). The LRC also houses the Drs. Sid E. and Nell K. Williams Library named after the founders of Life University. The 20,000+ square-foot facility contains stacks for 100,000 books; computer areas with more than 50 student-available computers; study and conference rooms for student and faculty use; and an audio-visual support area. Enrollment Management can also be found in the LRC.

Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies — CGUS is the primary location for the educational facilities and departmental faculty  offices for Undergraduate Studies. The building also houses the PAR Center (Preparation, Analysis and Record Keeping), the Virtual Anatomy Lab and faculty offices for two of the College of Chiropractic divisions (Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences).

The building contains amphitheater-style and standard lecture classrooms; computer lab and training facilities; and various chiropractic technique and lab rooms. This building also houses standard and specialized laboratories for Basic, Clinical, Natural and Nutrition Science Departments.

Linking the Learning Resource Center and the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies is a plaza with landscaped gardens, a vine-covered arbor and a reflecting pool. Bricks inlaid in the plaza pave the Walk of Honor in recognition of alumni and loved ones of Life University.

Socrates Café — Located at the north end of the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Socrates Café was opened to students, staff, faculty and visitors in January 2010. The 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility and outside patio and seating areas integrate leading-edge design with world-class sustainability features. The Café was built to a LEED Gold standard. Socrates Café features many “green” initiatives, serving locally and organically grown food and minimizing waste through responsible recycling, biodegrading and composting. The Café also provides a meeting place for students late into the evening for study, conversation and special events.

The Café area also includes the administrative offices, food preparation laboratory and display cooking area for the Nutrition Program in the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, as well as the Life U Shop and Plato II Go, a tex-mex counter service eatery.

Celebration Plaza — In the area connecting the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the Center for Chiropractic Education lies Celebration Plaza, site of many of LIFE’s on-campus events. It is a fitting place for the LIFE community to gather for fun and fellowship. In the north end of the plaza are monuments honoring the life and work of Drs. D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer and Sid Williams.

Center for Chiropractic Education — CCE is the primary location for most of the educational facilities, some of the departmental faculty (Chiropractic Science) and the administration offices for the College of Chiropractic. This building also houses Postgraduate Education, an A/V production support satellite office and the Student Success Center. The building contains a 360-seat amphitheater-style, auditorium lecture center; two 200-seat classrooms; four 125-seat classrooms; two 40-seat classrooms; and nine dry labs, which are available for instructional and student needs. These classrooms provide for lecture and lab facilities, including radiology, diagnosis and dry anatomical instruction.

Center for Health and Optimum Performance (C-HOP) — C-HOP, LIFE’s outpatient clinic, is located just inside the east entrance to the campus (1415 Barclay Circle). This 28,000 square foot clinic, open to the public, is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and is fully staffed with chiropractors and board-certified specialists who serve as mentors to students. C-HOP services more than 60,000 patient visits per year with expert chiropractic care, wellness coaching, nutritional counseling and functional kinesiology.

NeuroLIFE Institute — This public facility is on the leading edge of research in Applied Clinical Neuroscience, which builds on basic neuroscience and uses various strategies to help improve or re-establish optimal neurological processes. For many individuals who have dealt with neurological or cognitive impairments, the clinical neuroscientist can provide carefully determined, cautious and safe care that holds the prospect of potentially improving neurological function.

Marketing Department; Human Resources; Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research (OIEPR); Facilities Management — These departments are located in the two buildings at 1075 & 1085 Barclay Circle near the entrance from South Cobb Drive.

Center for Athletics and Sport Health Science (SHS) —

This building houses two gymnasiums, health and wellness facilities, the Life U Athletics Department and CGUS administration offices. It is located across the street from the primary academic buildings. An elevated walkway provides safe passage over Barclay Circle (the main street running through campus).

The main gymnasium seats 1,800 spectators for sports activities with the potential to seat more than 2,500 using additional, temporary seats for graduations, assemblies and other special events. The University installed ceiling-mounted, remote-controlled lighting equipment, certain audio-visual equipment in the existing gymnasiums, as well as staging, removable chairs and floor covering in the fall of 2008 for use as a gymnatorium. These improvements permit the University to use both of the existing gymnasiums as dual-use facilities – as both auditoriums and gymnasiums.

A popular feature of this building is the Fitness Center, which is being renovated with new and state-of-the-art weight training equipment and cardio-fitness equipment. Membership to the Fitness Center is free for all students, faculty and staff, and many specialized fitness classes are available on a weekly basis.

The Sport Health Science program’s research facilities include laboratory space for biomechanics, exercise physiology, product research and rehabilitation, and the LIFE Center for Seniors. This facility is designed to assess and expand the limits of human performance potential.

Sports Complex — Lupo Family Field is home to our men’s and women’s soccer and rugby teams, as well as the women’s lacrosse team. The Upper Athletic Field was used as a training complex during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. An 8,000 square-foot Stadium Field House provides concession areas and restrooms.

Ian Grassam Treehouse — Located across from the Center for Athletics and Sport Health Science, the Treehouse is set amongst the trees and the pond and serves as a student retreat and a peaceful setting to study during the week or to hang out on weekends.

Walking/Hiking Trails — Approximately five miles of wooded trails wind through campus, providing opportunities for recreation, reflection and connection with the natural environment.

19th Century Historic Village — Take a walk down the wooded path and be transported to a different time and place. This tranquil village contains actual 19th century structures, including a fully functional gristmill. Students, staff and visitors come here to relax and reflect on simpler times.

Bell Tower — This campus landmark is a monument to the early pioneers of Chiropractic. In the early days, chiropractors were sometimes jailed for practicing “medicine” without a license. The names inscribed on the interior walls of the Bell Tower honor all those who suffered the indignity of imprisonment for helping their fellow man.

Eternal Flame — Dr. Sidney E. Williams, LIFE’s first President, and defender of the chiropractic principle, is memorialized with an eternal flame located directly behind the Bell Tower.

Tolerance Monument — This monument resembles the Olympic Torch from the 1996 Summer Games that were held in Atlanta. The monument reminds the LIFE community that one of the highest and noblest aspirations a human being can attain is tolerance for other peoples’ beliefs, values, ideals and creeds.

Lyceum Park and Standard Process Amphitheatre — A central park that replaced acres of concrete and parking lots, Lyceum Park serves as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff. Designed with natural acoustics and a state-of-the-art audio system, the Standard Process Amphitheatre provides a unique venue for outdoor concerts, lectures, movies, plays and other events, such as the quarterly LIFE Involvement Fair Experiences (L.I.F.E. event). The natural stone seating, serene gardening, quiet alcoves and idyllic beauty makes the park a popular place for students who come to study, socialize, enjoy lunch or pause for a break between classes.

Safety Pin — The Safety Pin at LIFE remains open as a daily reminder of our commitment to educate and care for the world by correcting nervous system interference through our chosen disciplines, thus reconnecting the individual with his/her innate potential and the environment that nourishes us.

Metro Atlanta and Surrounding Area

The University is located in Cobb County, a thriving suburban community with a population of more than 760,000. Many shopping malls, day-care centers, schools and other basic services are located throughout the area. A public bus system with connections to the Atlanta transit system stops just outside the campus, though many students find it more convenient to own their own transportation in order to take advantage of the recreational opportunities in the metro Atlanta area.

Metropolitan Atlanta (which includes Cobb County) has a strong, diversified economy. Atlanta is a major convention, financial and transportation center. Many service jobs in hotels and restaurants are available.

One of the best features of the metro Atlanta area is the climate. In January and February, the average daily temperature is approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit; the average nightly temperature is approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit. One or two light snowfalls during the winter are the norm. During the summer months, the average daytime high is in the 90s and the average nighttime low is in the 70s.

Leisure Time

Atlanta is ideally located in northern Georgia within easy reach of a variety of recreational activities. An hour north is the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain range where the Appalachian Trail and some of the best hiking in the country begin. The mountains offer many kinds of recreational opportunities including camping and water sports on lakes and rivers. Georgia’s Atlantic seacoast with its beaches, unspoiled barrier islands and historic port towns is just four to five hours southeast of the city.

The location of Life University in metropolitan Atlanta offers a number of unique advantages. This city offers a blend of Old South charm and New South progress and growth. There are outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities ranging from world-class museums to theater and symphony to professional sport teams.

Life University’s campus is located just a few miles northwest of Atlanta, in the city of Marietta, Georgia.

Our Main address is:

1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, Georgia 30060

Our Campus Safety Office, where we request all visitors check in and obtain a visitor parking pass, is located in Mod 2 behind the Learning Resource Center.

General Directions to Campus:

Take Interstate I-75 to Marietta, GA.

Take Exit 263 (SR 120) WEST.

Travel WEST on SR 120 (South Marietta Parkway SE).

Turn LEFT (South) on Cobb Parkway.

Turn RIGHT (West) on Barclay Circle.

Enter campus.


Map of Life University with interstate and street names including Marietta and the surrounding area