Life University
Life University Logo
Life University Logo
Former names
Life Chiropractic College
TypePrivate university
Established1974 (1974)
PresidentRobert Scott
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

33°55′57″N 84°30′52″W / 33.9325°N 84.5145°W / 33.9325; -84.5145Coordinates: 33°55′57″N 84°30′52″W / 33.9325°N 84.5145°W / 33.9325; -84.5145
ColorsLife University Green, Bolt yellow,
NicknameRunning Eagles

Life University is a private university focused on training chiropractors and located in Marietta, Georgia. It was established in 1974 by chiropractor Sid E. Williams.[1]


Life University was founded in 1974 by Sid E. Williams as Life Chiropractic College.[1] The school was established on the site of a placer gold mine, next to Southern Technical Institute (later Southern Polytechnic State University and now Kennesaw State University - Marietta Campus). 22 students attended the first classes in January 1975.[2]

Life University summer 2011 graduation
Life University summer 2011 graduation

In 1989 the name of the school was shortened to Life College, as the school recently had opened an undergraduate program and was no longer purely chiropractic. This undergraduate program allowed Life to establish an intercollegiate athletic program. By 1990, the school had grown to become the largest college of chiropractic in the world.[1] In March 2004, Guy Riekeman, former Chancellor of the Palmer Chiropractic University System, was appointed as the President of Life University.[2] In 2017 Rob Scott took over as President of the university and Riekeman became Chancellor.[3]


The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor, master's and doctoral degrees.[4] The doctoral degree program is also accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.[5] Two programs in dietetics are accredited by the American Dietetic Association.[6][7]


Life athletic teams are the Running Eagles. The university is a member of the Division I level of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference since the 2014–15 academic year; after years competing as an Independent from the inception of its athletic program (with its tenure of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) from 2008–09 to 2011–12, and during the 2013–14 school year), alongside only one season in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) during the 2012–13 school year. Their nickname is the Running Eagles.

Life competes in 20 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, rugby, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; and co-ed sports include cheerleading.

On 16 December 2020, Life announced that they will leave the Mid-South Conference to join the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC), effective beginning the 2022–23 academic year.[8]

Intercollegiate Rugby Program

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] In 2018 and 2019 Life U beat the California Golden Bears to become back to back national champions.[10]

Life University has been successful in rugby sevens. Life won the 2011 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships.[11] Life U won the spring 2012 Las Vegas Invitational, earning a berth at the June 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championship,[12] where Life U 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.[13] Life U won the fall 2012 South Independent 7s tournament.[14] 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 U went 5–1 and finished second in the tournament, losing in the Cup Championship match to rival Arkansas State. In 2013, Life U went 5–1 at the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships to finish 5th.[15]

Men's senior rugby

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


  1. ^ a b c Shaw, Michelle E. (28 December 2012). "Life University Founder Dies". The Atlanta Constitution. pp. B1. Retrieved 23 September 2021 – via of an open green padlock
  2. ^ a b Scott, Thomas Allan (2003). Cobb County, Georgia and the Origins of the Suburban South: A Twentieth Century History. Marietta, Georgia: Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. pp. 565–566. ISBN 0-9743646-0-6.
  3. ^ "Life University announces Guy Riekeman, DC as chancellor and Rob Scott, DC, as president". Chiropractic Economics. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Life University". 2021.
  5. ^ "CCE accreditation of Life University". Archived from the original on April 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "CADE accreditation of Life University DPD".
  7. ^ "CADE accreditation of Life University DI Program".
  8. ^ Life U Athletics Headed to Southern States Athletic Conference in 2022-23
  9. ^ Rugby Mag, Final 2012 D1-A College Rankings, May 20, 2012, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ USA College Rugby,
  11. ^ Paki's Corner, College 7s National Championship – Life Takes Overtime Thriller, Dec. 22, 2011, Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Deseret News, Utes finish second in Las Vegas 7's, Feb. 12, 2012,
  13. ^ USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship,
  14. ^ Rugby Mag, Life Wins Berth in College 7s Championships, Sep. 29, 2012, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2012-11-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Rugby Mag, Men's 7s Final Brackets, Standings, Scores, 25 November 2013, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2013-11-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ [1][dead link]