Student & Graduate Reviews
Master's student - 3/9/2020
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2022
"Currently very frustrated. Technical support is either 0 or 100%. I just spent 30 minutes on hold at first in place to get a recording saying there were technical difficulties and a hang up. All of my professors have been great but some do not have IA support and let's say if I weren't a very good student I wouldn't become a good one through feedback and constructive criticism. I am learning from the materials presented but am very disenchanted with the program right now."
Carla - 2/5/2020
Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"I HATE LAMAR UNIVERSITY!!! They call you everyday when you are starting and when they want to recruit you then they drop you like a hot potato after you graduate. The school failed to inform me of deadlines that will have a great impact on my future and my career, not to mention cost me lots of extra money. They have no excuse for their actions with all of the technology in today's world. STAY AWAY!!"
LaCoya Bagley - 12/11/2019
Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Beware: I graduated from Lamar with my Masters in Educational Administration on Aug 17, 2019 and I started the program in June of 2018. I was told that we needed to hurry and take the 068 Principal exam because T.E.A would be changing the requirements. We were told to take the exam by 12/31/2018. Several professors that I had within the program (Dr. Thomas Harvey, Dr. Donna Fong, Dr. Cindy Cummings, Dr. Daryl Ann Borel, Dr. Christina Puente, etc were great professors but they were often confused about the deadlines for this change. They waived the score requirements and all we had to do was take a practice 068 exam through Lamar, and apply to be recommended to take the test through the TK20 system. I did that around October or November of 2018 and was finally approved to take the test. I took the test and passed it on 12/20/2018. I was told by those same professors that I would have to wait until my coursework was finished on 8/16/2019 to apply to ADD this certification to my teaching certificate. Our last day of coursework was 8/16/2019 and we were allowed to "graduate" on 8/17/2019. I turned in all of my work, maintained a 4.0 GPA and I graduated. We were also told that we had to wait until we had our final course grade before we could apply to add it to our certificate and that did not happen for me until around 8/30/2019. I applied through TK20 to add my new Principal certification to my degree (I don't remember the date on this) and I applied through the TEAL system on 10/29/19. I paid the fee to add the Principal Certification to my teaching certificate in TEAL and I was told that I had to wait on Lamar University to process it. I heard that it took several weeks and days for them to process so I did not worry about it. I am also a full time teacher, mother and wife so it did not cross my mind to continue checking on it because I was told that I had met all of the requirements and deadlines by my professors and the Graduate Studies department at Lamar University when I called them. I checked on 11/20 and it still has not been accepted from Lamar University. TEAL told me to contact my University directly. I called the Graduate Studies office and was given a number and email to Dimple Jones. I emailed Dimple Jones and an automatic reply told me that she is out until Jan 6, 2020, and a woman named Debra Hayes is filling in for Dimples Jones. I forwarded my email to the Graduate Studies office and Mrs. Hayes. Mrs. Hayes responded and told me that I applied too late (even though the deadline was 10/30/19 and I applied on 10/29/19 and that I have to take the 268 and PASL 368 in order to be recommended and have this Principal certificate added to my teaching certificate. If the deadline to apply was 10/30/2019 and TEAL says that I applied on 10/29/19 which still meets the deadline why am I having to do everything over? If I had been made aware of this deadline by my professors, the Graduate Studies and/or Department of Education I would have applied way before the deadline!!! I was NOT told this from numerous professors as I have graduated almost 6 months ago and received a diploma saying that I completed the coursework and requirements. I have a transcript, a diploma and proof that I passed the 068 a year ago. Mrs. Hayes says that she did not find a record of me applying through TK20 for certification and apparently her word is gold. Then, Mrs. Hayes said that I needed to apply to TEAL which I did and I sent screenshots showing that I did so. I am now having to pay 200 extra dollars to take the 268 exam and the 368 PASL is only offered in Oct and March so I have to wait on those as well. I was punished for the unorganization and miscommunication between the professors, the Graduate Studies, Texes Office at Lamar and the Online Educational Administration department. This is my life and the University DOES NOT CARE!! Who was supposed to tell me that 10/30/19 was the deadline to apply to add it to my certificate? No one told me that while I was in the program. Also, I met the deadline and TEAL says it- Lamar just did not approve it on time because they say that there is not any record of me filling out a form that they changed several times. At first it was TK20, then they changed to FormStack and I never heard about any of these changes as they told us TK20 was where we needed to apply. Once you graduate they are DONE with you and will not help you with anything needed after this. I graduated on Aug 17, 2019, and I already have my diploma from LU. All of this should have been addressed while I was still in school. ** The TEA website said that programs should advise their students to study for and take the 268 exam if they enrolled in a program after 1/1/2018. I ENROLLED AND STARTED CLASSES AT LAMAR ON 6/4/2018 AND I WAS NEVER TOLD THIS. ALL OF OUR PROFESSORS RUSHED US AND TOLD US TO HURRY AND TAKE THE 068 EXAM ASAP SO THAT WE COULD BEAT THE DEADLINE. I WAS NEVER MADE AWARE OF THE STATEMENT THAT WAS ON THE TEA WEBSITE..."
Tangela Spencer - 12/11/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1996
"Lamar was a great place to attend college. The professors knew me by name and cared about my success. What I really loved about LU were the small class sizes. I was always given the opportunity to ask questions and seek help from my professors when I needed it. I also liked that there were so many opportunities to join student organizations and get involved."
Anonymous - 11/6/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"Lamar University's online counseling program is a joke. The professors and IAs (graders) are unprofessional and unresponsive. You feel like you are being ghosted by your own faculty. Advisers never answer emails, professors never answer emails, IAs never answer emails. Grading is completely random and based solely on your IA's discretion and style of grading. Do not expect any feedback on why you received the grade that you did. Papers and assignments are rarely marked, just given a grade. You also get the sneaking suspicion that most of the time , your assignments are not even read. The IAs seem to pretty much be on the lookout for citation errors and seem to care very little about content. The professors' lectures are lackluster and uninformative. I have straight A's in the program and have attended exactly 1 webinar."
Brandon - 7/15/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"The online degree's are a bit of a joke, don't believe the advisor when they tell you about college credit for prior learning or life experience etc. Its a lie. You will spend 40 hours attempting to create a paper they may get you 3 to 6 college hours, much easier to just two classes online, again the online classes are a joke, just a ton of busy work and some classes dont even require proctored exams.."
Grad to be - 6/17/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2022
"Went there one year -- awful school -- awful location -- transferred out - yea it is fairly cheap, there is a reason for that. -- go to a better college if you can possibly afford it -- you will not regret it -- theater and dance schools are not good -- there are a ton better in Texas"
stevi braswell - 3/8/2019
Graduation Year: 2011
"Lamar university is a wonderful university for any student to attend. I attended Lamar University from 2007-2011 where I pursued and obtained my bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN). The core classes were well rounded and meaningful. I still remember much of the valuable information I learned from my classes. Nursing school was intense. There's no better word to describe it. It was two and a half years of no life other that school and a little bit of work here and there. I felt very well prepared to work as an RN by the time I graduated. The program is hard and they are strict. II am proud to be a Lamar University alumni."
Fred j - 2/9/2019
Degree: Legal Studies
Graduation Year: 1965
"I went on to law school and had a very long, successful career. Lamar prepared me for the next step, the law school experience. I look back on my Lamar years proudly and fondly. It has grown now to continue its service to students. I met some wonderful other students there."
Ryan Litchfield - 10/24/2018
Degree: MBA in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2014
"Lamar is a small-medium sized school with the resources of a larger university. The professors knew me by name and cared about my success. What I really loved about LU were the small class sizes. I was always given the opportunity to ask questions and seek help from my professors when I needed it. I also liked that there were so many opportunities to join student organizations and get involved. My resume is now overflowing with experience that I gained while attending LU."