Liberty University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (189)
I started Liberty University because of the great military benefits because they surpass many other schools with the criteria I wanted which was non-profit and private. The biblical worldview and aspect is within each and every course you take, but when you sign up for a Christian University this should be expected. Individuals who complain about this wonderful education establishment did not fully research what they were about and founded from. This school integrated modern education with biblical integration and you receive more of an education having to challenge yourself to do work including both aspects of the requirements rather than just typical textbook research. I am very grateful I decided to pursue this place and more than grateful I was there at graduation and met other people as committed as I am to faith and education.
I decided Liberty University Online was the best option for me because it allows me to travel and still further my education. (I originally lived in Virginia, now I am in North Carolina) I will try to give the most unbiased view of the university that I can. For starters, I do not think Liberty university is the best school for everyone. I feel as if biblical principles are sometimes stretched far in order to meet the "Christian worldview" checklist they have for every class and their classes are disappointing to me. I feel that LU is a perfect fit for the working Christian full time worker, but not for myself. I am 19 years old, was in advanced courses all of my life, and even skipped a year of college because I started when I was 14 and completed the college classes in conjunction with my high school courses. To me, I wished LU was more challenging. I wished they offered honors programs. I wish they called for discussions that provoked more thought than they do. For the student who is average or who has a busy schedule, the assignments will give you all of the rigor you need. I do not work full time anymore, so I really wished my courses were more academically challenging. However, Liberty Online does offer annual, voluntary research seminars for both online and residential students. I am so happy they offer this as the contestants are invited to have their research findings published in their academic journal; which looks great on a resume. The admissions for Liberty is the BEST. There is not another school on the face of this Earth that has a better one. My professors do not answer my emails. Most ignore them all together. I do not know if that is my fault because I am sending them incorrectly however, so please keep that in mind. In the end, LU is not the greatest but it is far from being terrible.
Save your money! Their online program is a joke. They'll tell you what you want to hear, but won't deliver. Academic advisors don't return calls, or you get one that knows absolutely nothing about your degree program. If you're on an old completion degree program, they'll set you up to fail just so they can get rid of you. God would not approve of the way they treat people. Stay far away from this university. They only care about taking your money!!
I have attended two previous private Christian schools. Liberty is non-profit and has the best Christian worldview of any of the Christian colleges I attended. It added to my spiritual growth as well as my educational fulfillment. The instructors are uplifting and helpful but tough and make you do the work. Going to school online is challenging because you miss out on the classroom learning experience but Discussion Board Forum does help. I was assigned a student advisor that called me whether I needed him or not just to see if I had any questions for the semester or anything I needed assistance with.
First of all, this school isn't a scam. It is most definitely a real and honest school. It is a Christian school, and I knew that going into it, however I think religion is incorporated too much into the classes. I think professors are encouraged to incorporate, but some professors expect much more out of it. I can understand some, but it is far too much. I previously attended a Christian 4 year university, and there was never integration. We were expected to take a religion class and there were some Christian aspects incorporated into a couple other seminar classes we had to take, but that was it. You can definitely learn a lot in the classes, but I would say most of the students are below average compared to my previous 4 year university. It was pretty clear in grammar and other areas of writing. My biggest problem with the school, however, is how few transfer credits they were willing to accept. Now, I have already received a BS from a different Christian university. It was also a liberal arts school, so many other classes were expected. I believe there a benefits of a liberal arts education, but I have already seen those benefits, and I really don't need to be taking an extra year worth of classes that have nothing to do with my major. They refuse to understand this, so I am still stuck taking 2 English and writing classes, despite that fact that I took English classes at my previous school. I also have to take an intro to computer class, when I have absolutely no need for it. I have all the classes I need related to my major to graduate, but I still have 8 classes (and about $10,000 more) worth of classes that I really don't want to waste my time on, since they won't provide any benefit to me.
I had an excellent experience overall. With online education there will always be one or two courses that could have handled in a better way by the school, but Liberty tried exceptionally hard to avoid any pitfalls. I had many instructors I rated as excellent and only one not as well rated, so I can only give it an excellent based on excellent instructors, good customer service when calling the school for any reason and in their handling of my records. I believe I received an excellent education while at Liberty, rigorous coursework but excellent program.
I have read many negative reviews and I must say that I am convinced that if you are negative that is the only perception you can really see. I can not say more positive things about this school and I would like to address some of the negative comments left by others by saying...This school is not a cake walk and the degrees are definitely challenging, I have had not so friendly professors and super friendly ones, It has on average the same kind of tuition rate as any other online school, there have been multiple times that I have needed extensions and they were granted, and last but certainly not least this is a Christian College as it was started just as our country was on the foundations and principles of God, which is Jesus Christ and it seems to me as a Christian the first thing that anyone wants to throw at you or even a school when they are in any way displeased is the "THEY CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS". If anyone writing a review that wants to throw that out there, I would have a really hard time believing that they are a Christian themselves. Please note that being a Christian doesn't mean that your perfect. In fact, we know how flawed we are that we need a savior that let the world beat Him to death and that was still not good enough. Any institution that one might choose could have potential issues, but I must say that Liberty University has been nothing but a wonderful experience where I have grown in intellect and in my walk with my Father Jesus Christ. I am dual enrolled this semester transitioning into my masters in counseling and if I am more than pleased that I am at Liberty University.
I am transferring out of Liberty University Online next month. I started in the summer of 2016 with high hopes of this college being worth the investment. First of all, this is a Christian University, which I understood coming into this program as someone who is not a devout Christian. I was honest with admissions by telling them that I was not very religious, although I have Christian values, and I asked if there was a substantial amount of religion incorporated into the curriculum. I was told that religion would be incorporated, but not to the extent that it would take away from the education aspect of the M.Ed program. The first two classes I took contained a moderate amount of religion. However, the third class I signed up for and subsequently dropped forced students to incorporate Christianity and the bible into every single assignment. It was taking away from the education and counseling aspect of a school counseling degree. This class required a discussion in which you were to answer "How will you incorporate Christianity into your classroom lessons?". It is both unethical and illegal to express your religious values in public schools. Not to mention, some of the assignments were unethical themselves. A class I withdrew from included an assignment that required students to locate a mentally handicapped individual and interview them. I was uncomfortable will discriminating and profiling mentally disabled individuals in such a way. One professor I had generated robotic feedback to each student's discussion. He would write the same responses and not provide any thoughtful or unique feedback. He would also give 100's on everything. This class was not challenging at all for a Graduate level class. The work was easy and barely required a brain. You're also assigned an "advisor" on your first day. There is a phone number provided with the adviser's information but, of course, the number goes straight to LUO's advising center. It's not a direct, personal number for your advisor...just a very odd system. For the M.Ed. in school counseling you're also required to attend 4 intensives on campus. Which are 5 days each and hotel costs around the area are not cheap. The admissions team told me initially that I could attend the "off-campus" intensives if the designated location was closer to where I lived. This was something that I appreciated and planned on doing. What they didn't tell me was that it costs an extra $1,000.00 to attend off campus intensives and sometimes the classes you need to take are not even offered at some locations. Thanks for being upfront Liberty. This school is not worth anyone's time or money. Find a school that is not going to force you to include religon into each assignment, that has quality professors, and that treats you like an individual. For those of you considering LUO, I am writing this for you. I wish I had known all of these things ahead of time so I wouldn't have wasted my time and money. Unfortunately, I can't get either of those back.
Terrible university....sends relentless spam to people over and over again...low ethics. Do not go here....they have poor ethics and have caused me pain How would you like to receive spam over and over and over again....they one of the worst businesses I have come across is my life.
My experience with LUO was phenomenal! The knowledge I gained from this school enabled me to perform at my internship with confidence. I was offered a position before I graduated. They were willing to wait for me to pass the national exam and apply for my associate-level license.