Reporter: Sally Delta
Lynchburg, VA - It's been four years in the making, and now Liberty University has its very own zip code.
If you plan on sending a package or letter over to Liberty University, the zip code is now 24515. The old 24502 will still work, but it will eventually be phased out of Liberty's system over the next couple of years.
The zip code has become pretty popular over the years. One was given its own TV show - 90210. And locally it's been featured in songs and T-shirts for the O-Foe. Now, Liberty University has its very own to talk about.
"It's exciting," said Phillip Ganzfried.
"I figured it would happen sooner or later and I'm glad it did," said Lisa Worley from the LU Post Office.
Worley has worked at LU's post office for four years.
"I think it's going to make things run a lot smoother and help us get our mail a lot quicker," said Worley.
She says the new zip code is going to ease a lot of confusion for those sorting the mail as well as those sending it.
"For a few years there we were having to use one zip code for anything going through the post office. We were having to use a different zip code for anything going through FedEx or UPS -that was confusing for a lot of students and parents," said Worley.
Externally, the 24515 now stands as a marker for Liberty. As the school continues to grow and build, no matter where Liberty goes the 1-5 will go with it.
"It almost makes Liberty its own entity with the U.S. Post Office. It's almost like a small town," said Bob Boyer, director of LU Postal Services.
But it wasn't an easy process. The university had to get approval from the local, regional and national level post offices to make this change.
"I think it is a proud accomplishment, this is something that the US Post office doesn't do anymore, they've really phased out the program giving unique zip codes, unless there's a big reason why and that's why it took 4 years," said Boyer.
"I think it'll be a lot of fun to boast our own thing. Liberty's gotten so big now that it takes up its own zip code," said Ganzfried.
Boyer says going from several zip codes to one will also help the school better communicate as an organization.