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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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Date of establishment 1974 (1974)
Type private
University president Dr. Guy Riekeman
Location Marietta, Georgia, Georgia, United States
Former names Life Chiropractic College

Life University is a private school located in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, that offers a number of undergraduate programs. Life University is best known for its doctoral degree program in chiropractic medicine.


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.
Life University Summer 2011 Graduation
Life University Summer 2011 Graduation.
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.

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, Psychology, 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.


Life University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees.[1]

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program of Life University College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).[2]

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and Dietetic Internship (DI) Program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).[3][4]

Temporary loss of chiropractic accreditation in 2002-2003

There has been much conjecture surrounding the CCE's revocation of Life's chiropractic accreditation in June 2002. The actions by CCE had no bearing on the university's overall accreditation by SACS, its official regional accrediting agency. SACS accredits the university as a whole, while CCE governs eligibility for chiropractic licensure.

The CCE did not disclose the precise grounds for which they based their decision, but indicated noncompliance with instructional requirements and failure to maintain a suitable educational environment among their findings.[5]

Life University challenged the legitimacy of the CCE's revocation in federal court in January 2003.[6] In February 2003, after the court reviewed evidence that suggested the CCE's decision was politically motivated, the University's accreditation was retroactively restored by a temporary injunction while the case went to trial.[7] In June 2003, both parties reached an agreement whereby the University maintained its accreditation while completing a special accreditation process over the following 19 months.[8]


Life University teams, known as the Running Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I level, primarily competing in TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC). Men's intercollegiate sports include basketball, rugby, and wrestling; while women's intercollegiate sports include cross country.

Undergraduate Rugby

Life's most notable sport is rugby. Life's rugby program had originally begun in 1980. In 1982, Life reached the finals of the collegiate national championships, losing to UC-Berkeley. Life's undergraduate rugby program was reintroduced as a varsity sport and began play during the 2010-2011 season. The Running Eagles have been led since 2009 by Dan Payne, who has both played for and been an assistant coach for the U.S. national rugby team. The Running Eagles reached the national quarterfinals in 2011 in its first season. Life reached the national semifinals in the 2011-12 season, and finished the season ranked #2 in the country.[9] Life won the USA Rugby national championship in 2013, beating St. Mary's with a come-from-behind win in the final.

  • National Champion: 2013
  • Runner-up: 1982
  • Semifinalist: 2012
  • Quarterfinalist: 2011

Life University has also been successful in rugby sevens. Life won the 2011 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships.[10] Life won the spring 2012 Las Vegas Invitational, earning a berth at the June 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championship,[11] where Life went undefeated in pool play and reached the semifinals. The CRC tournament, played at PPL Park in Philadelphia, is the highest profile college rugby tournament in the US and is broadcast live every year on NBC.[12] Life won the fall 2012 South Independent 7s tournament.[13] This victory earned Life an automatic berth and a chance to defend its title at the fall 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, where Life went 5-1 and finished second in the tournament, losing in the Cup Championship match to rival Arkansas State. In 2013, Life went 5-1 at the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships to finish 5th.[14]

  • USA Rugby 7s
    • Champion: 2011
    • Runner-up: 2012
    • Fifth: 2013
  • CRC 7s
    • Semifinalist: 2012
    • Runner-up: 2013

Men's Senior Rugby

Since 1986, Life has also played at a senior level with considerable success, including a stint in the Rugby Super League from 1997 to 2002. Life rejoined the RSL in 2009.[15] 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.[16]

  • Men's Super League Champions: 2000
  • Runner-ups: 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Men's D1 Club Champions: 2008, 2013
  • Runner-ups:

Other Sports

Other intercollegiate sports and club sports include basketball, volleyball, hockey, wrestling. Life won the NAIA Men's Basketball Championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000, and were runner-up in 1994. In 2012, Life University announced the addition of collegiate wrestling to their athletic program.[17]


  1. SACS-COC accreditation of Life University
  2. CCE accreditation of Life University
  3. CADE accreditation of Life University DPD
  4. CADE accreditation of Life University DI Program
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  6. "Life files suit against CCE", Dynamic Chiropractic, February 10, 2003
  7. "Judge Charles Moye Jr. Ruling Against CCE",, March 6, 2003
  8. "Life University Reaches Agreement With Council on Chiropractic Education", Dynamic Chiropractic, July 28, 2003
  9. Rugby Mag, Final 2012 D1-A College Rankings, May 20, 2012,
  10. Paki's Corner, College 7s National Championship - Life Takes Overtime Thriller, Dec. 22, 2011,
  11. Deseret News, Utes finish second in Las Vegas 7's, Feb. 12, 2012,
  12. USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship,
  13. Rugby Mag, Life Wins Berth in College 7s Championships, Sep. 29, 2012,
  14. Rugby Mag, Men's 7s Final Brackets, Standings, Scores, 25 November 2013,
  16. ERugbyNews, Division I Clubs Get Ranked, April 13th, 2007. available online

External links

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