Liberty University Reviews

  • 369 Reviews
  • Lynchburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
66% of 369 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 369 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Jessica
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2022
  • Degree: History
"I attended Liberty University online for my undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D program where I am about 70% done with my Ph.D., I need 2 more classes and then dissertation research begins. Undergrad and Master’s were fine; they did give me a minor pay bump at my job which has nothing to do with History. First, the professors are adjunct and it is dizzying to have one adjunct tell you one thing and another adjunct tell you another about the exact same type of item in another class at the same level. I also noticed that none of the professors have their Ph.D. from Liberty. Maybe that is a requirement to have obtained it elsewhere? I have two professors actually recommend (!!!) I attend another school for graduate work so as to be apart of a better community for grad work with better libraries and association with graduate professors in person, and another Ph.D. professor said there is no way to write a great dissertation in the timeframe Liberty allows (like a semester or two of research) and stated that most Liberty University Ph.D. students are vastly unprepared for their dissertation research, and that other universities allow a more hands on approach with an advisor with a greater length of time and better access to libraries. (I have none except local in my area). To have two professors at Liberty say this to me made me conclude my gut feeling was correct and that I am better off transferring to another school. Another really negative aspect that you will notice is that videos made will be outdated as in filmed 5 or 6 years prior. I have also had professors apologize for the course content being mixed up due to the template for the course being mixed up with another course. Financial Aid and Advising are students and you never get the same person. You will be told to email xyz person for a question and that person will never respond. Courses are added to the Ph.D. program. Overall I am bailing from Liberty for my Ph.D. I am barely making it with a B in two of my courses due to the sheer lack of relevant course material, lack of grading (taking 5 weeks to grade in some instances), lack of communication, lack of visual cues such as videos or slides, etc. My professors have also said I should have chosen a dissertation topic and be writing it now. Isn’t that what dissertation research is for according to the course catalog? Very confusing. Overall very disappointing with the Ph.D. program. Also, it has not improved my career prospects. Undergrad and Master’s fine, Ph.D. a big no. Already on transferring to another school."
MattT
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"As with any endeavor in life, the more you invest, the more significant benefit of the outcome. I completed the online MSCJ program in one year due to the construction of the program. Semesters are divided into 8-week segments, allowing intense work on a specific subject. Books are insanely expensive (as usual), but I recommend you get the electronic versions. The quizzes are an open book, and you can query the online version to find specific subjects or keywords to complete the quizzes. Always do the reading on the subject for the week; it makes the narrative quiz questions much easier to answer. Most of the graduate-level work is research and writing of the subject matter. You are expected to complete your work with a biblical perspective on the subject. Equally, students are expected to form an idea of their own regarding the week's reading. This is not an easy program, and many online students dropped out because they didn't manage their time well. You should afford 10-12 hours for each paper (usually at least 1 per week, sometimes 2). You must also interact with other students on the discussion boards with researched answers. Do not do the undergraduate norm of cramming and regurgitating what you read. You should come up with your own well-researched ideas. By the end of the program, you will know more about the subject matters than you ever expected. The MSCJ is great for aspiring criminal justice leaders of tomorrow."
Paul
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I am doing online school and it was going ok but they updated the online class now it takes twice as long and you can not submit some homework I would recommend going to a different school! and teachers do not really help with classes at all or make videos to learn from."
Isabel
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I've read the other reviews and I'll just say the online degrees are not for everyone. It's a lot of reading and self teaching. For me this is perfect because I don't like being micromanaged and I can divide my time and learning according to my own schedule (mom of 3 here). I also have 9 years experience in my field (sales, banking, customer service, finance) so the material is interesting and repetitive for me so far. I like the 8 week terms because even though it's more rigorous, I only have to worry about 2 classes at a time instead of 4 or 5 at a time. It also motivates me to follow through; I'm better with mini goals instead of long term commitments. I do like the incorporation of biblical world view. This is one of the main reasons I chose this college. It is a bit of extra work on top of the rigorous 8 week terms, but it's important for me in my personal life to include God in everything. For people complaining about response times from professors and difference of opinions, this is actual real life experience you are getting. I've worked in the corporate world where there are deadlines, slow response times, and different personality types. You need to find what works best in helping you navigate each class and each professor. It this isn't possible, accept your average grade and do better next time or move on to a different college that better fits your needs (and I mean this in the nicest way possible <3 )"
Peach
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2022
  • Degree: Education
"There is a myriad of choices for students in terms of choosing a college or university. Some universities and colleges are Christian in nature. However, not all manage to adequately exemplify their Christian beliefs and values to their students who are their consumers. Observation and experience illustrated that Liberty University course work and content need work. Sometimes course materials may not match the subject matter and correlate to real-life or work experience and challenges. The majority of the professors at the graduate level are adjuncts and do not seem to have time to communicate with students and therefore they may refer you elsewhere for assistance. Communication is needed at all levels of education. Academic advising needs to be more personal to give the student reassurance and guidance. The tuition may be cheap in comparison to other universities, however, the need for more feedback and interactions among classmates is needed. Besides mix and mingling in professional settings, networking in education settings is important. The support services within the institution need to be more direct and professional to encourage retention."
Ph.D Stident
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2022
  • Degree: Public Policy
"I attended this university for my M.A. and Ph.D. I completed my M.A. in 2016 with no hiccups. I began my Ph.D in 2018, and decided that I needed to take a break for the 2021-2022 academic year. Well, apparently taking off for an academic year gets you dropped and requires you to reapply to the school. Mind you, the school supposedly allows 7 years to complete the Ph.D program that I was enrolled in. I told them what they can do with their "reapply!" They wanted me to reapply to finish up 3 classes and a dissertation, and they don't even offer my Ph.D program to new applicants. A new program would require 5 to 10 more classes and God only knows what else to get more money out of me. Christian values, my tush!!! This school has become a money hungry business that uses the Christian worldview and "non-profit" as a mask. If I do decide to finish my program, I will transfer credits to a different school that is more honest about it's intentions. Attend Liberty University at your own risk, and DO NOT set any expectations for your experience."
KALI
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am enjoying learning at Liberty University. It is a great school. I would recommend this school to anyone, plus the tuition is low and affordable. I was reading some of the reviews, and some of them must be from first-time college students who are/were not prepared to attend an institution of higher learning and education. Liberty University is not a high school or a community college. The professors are not supposed to hold your hand but rather guide and point you in the right direction. It is the student's responsibility to follow their recommendations. I read one person's review, and they complained about having to write papers in APA format. Of course, one must write academic papers in APA/MLA format. Again, Liberty University is an institution of higher learning, and one should expect or want to write scholarly papers that showcase high academic proficiency. Liberty University is a good school. The university/institution is regionally accredited, and most of its educational programs are accredited. Another student complained about writing or incorporating Christian views in assignments. What did they expect? After all, Liberty University is a Christian school – with the motto "Training Champions for Christ." Maybe college is not everyone."
Alonya Thompson
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2022
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"I can not express in words how happy I am about completing my education at Liberty University! It has been a long and challenging journey. The classes prepared me for my board licensure and I passed!! I was just hired at a private practice with a great salary and benefits. Once you begin this program you must be willing to engage your heart and mind during the whole process, it isn’t for the weak! I met a lot of wonderful people and they have graduated too. I keep in contact with them and they have passed their licensure examinations as well. I am excited about what the future holds. I will be attending Liberty University in the fall for my third degree from this institution! I recommending consulting with academic advisers to promote your success when finding programs that will fit your goals. They are accredited counseling programs available. I pursued the MA in Clinical Mental Health (professional counseling, LPC). Blessings to you on your journey and your networking skills!"
Megan
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2022
  • Degree: Counseling
"You will be expected to intigrate biblical/spiritual beliefs into every assignment regardless of your beliefs. This creates extra and uneccesary time and effort from the student on non academic work that does not pertain to subject matter of the course. Leaving after 3 courses."
Ryan John
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2022
  • Degree: Finance
"This school claims to have Christian values, but I only saw it in their emails. There's no difference in Liberty and a regular university. Save your money and go else where. I was hit with fees on top of fees for dropping my classes one week in because I was put on assignment for the Army. Obviously I couldn't keep up with the classes and I knew this. Thus the reason I dropped the classes only two weeks in, but because I did one homework assignment I now have to pay 25% of the tuition cost of the classes. On top of that though, if I didn't do the one homework assignment I wouldn't owe anything. It doesn't matter that the Army took me away from my classes, they still want their money. Exactly what I'd expect from a so called Christian University."
Frustrated
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2022
  • Degree: Engineering
"Liberty University Online is a decent school if, and only if, you are part of a social science or liberal arts program. For an engineering major, you may wish to look at other options, for the sake of your sanity, and stress level, more than anything. With respect to the online graduate degrees in non-STEM programs, you read a lot, write a lot, but as long as you incorporate key points in your weekly learning and follow APA, you'll be okay. For engineering? No way. The online engineering courses are posted to Canvas/Blackboard on the first day of class, coupled with a class greeting giving an overview of the course from the professor. That will probably be the last time you ever hear your professor's voice throughout the entire semester. There were no lectures on topics of engineering mechanics or whatever courses you take; the assigned course load is way too heavy to allow comprehensive learning to take place, especially without a lecture. I may only assume most professors don't care about the quality of education the online students experience, why else NOT TEACH CLASSES? Most of us are paying a lot of money, from pocket, and it is very, incredibly, annoying to waste funds for very low quality standards, or possibly what appears to be, at worst, a scam; Liberty, if you want ABET accreditation, YOU NEED PROFESSORS WHO TEACH (at the very least, have slides), have lesson plans (weekly strategies of how the course will flow) and engage the class, even if by homework review (and for the love of God, please, for the sake of students, break the week into manageable lectures, not just a laundry list of due dates). The engineering program is salvageable, but a TON of work is still needed to not only retain students, but encourage them to actually learn something; I can buy a book and teach myself, I'm paying for actual teaching, not reading. I understand it's a relatively new program, but I lost a lot of money in a degree I placed "faith" in."
Ed D.
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2022
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I earned specialist and doctorate degrees from LUO. I worked hard but enjoyed the journey. The professors were approachable and helpful. I know from experience that it is mostly under-performing students who complain. Engaged students discuss issues and work them out along the way. That is how relationships work. Relationships with professors at LU helped me land a position of assistant professor at a private university. I encourage my own children to attend LU."
Chad
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2022
  • Degree: Divinity
"Simply put they are a business not a Christian University. Professors will not be merciful, kind or understanding in my experience. If you ask for an extension they will want to know why, if you say its a for a private matter you will get a copy paste "It may be private but I need to know for policy matters". Finical aid is very helpful when enrolling but very unhelpful when you want to leave. Further more the quality of education is meh at best. It is far from a beneficial or enlightening experience. You would be better off attending a more expensive but higher quality school. We are after all Serving God and the quality of education here is meh at best inept at worst. Don't fall for the "but its cheap and continent" route that I did. Go somewhere else and save yourself a headache."
NS
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Should have read these reviews first, but I didn't. I thought LU was a solid Christian college despite their moral leadership problems. Their admissions team is very nice and will constantly encourage you to sign up for more classes, which is the only 2 star review I gave. My first classes online I struggled a bit to figure out the system, but worked it out and made my own degree plan. The teachers are "experienced working professionals" who didn't seem too engaged with the class beyond canned messages and copy-pasted comments on all assignments. I had a teacher grade me negatively on an opinion assignment and when I explained why I had chosen that option, his words were, "I'm struck by your failure". Okay, maybe that was that class and that teacher...but no. I made it to 18/36 hours and noticed a problematic trend in the online classes. The working teachers are only men, already working and have no time (or desire?) to read their own assignments or make any effort to give feedback on content of assignments or the classes. The class content is all rolled over from previous teachers and classes. The teachers ONLY rely on Turnitin to assign grades (not content, effort, etc.). For online classes, the deadlines are Thursdays and Sundays, Fridays for end of semester. For me, I would turn things in before the deadlines for that reason, and what do you know, I was punished for following the instructions, turning it in before the deadline AND using my own researched and properly sourced work. This gets worse as you progress in your degree. I cannot imagine the students who choose the thesis route instead of electives. They rejected my application for first responder tuition discount three times despite proper documentation that I was a full time volunteer during covid. This "Christian" college does not believe in volunteer, clerical or chaplaincy as first response despite course content that says otherwise. Beware... When I tried to withdrawal, I was encouraged to fill out a student complaint for the student advocacy board. There is a character limit on the complaint form, I know because I used them all and submitted documentation of my concerns. Without any sort of reaching out to me or followup, they reviewed and closed my case. One of my complaints was addressed in a very defensive and CYA way "Federally, we didn't do anything wrong" and I will not get my financial aid back. The rest of my concerns were not even discussed. Wonderful advocacy, there. Once I started looking at reviews, I saw that this a very common and unfortunate theme for LU. I think they target military, first responders and law enforcement, and students hoping for a Biblical worldview. Don't fall for it...this was a very expensive benefit of the doubt experience for me. The moral leadership problems are still alive and kicking at LU and hypocrisy is their defining characteristic. 2 Timothy 3 says they have an appearance of godliness, but deny its power. Have nothing to do with such people."
Rachael Ambrose
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2022
  • Degree: Counseling
"I absolutely love everything about the school and highly recommend it to anyone whether they come from a faith based background or not. In 2016 I completed my BS online there in interdisciplinary studies focusing on psychology and early childhood education and I returned last year to complete my masters in Human Services Counseling- Executive Leadership. The faculty and professors have all been extremely helpful and supportive. I’ve even spoken to a couple of professors over the phone that helped walk me through specific assignments that I was having trouble with. The classes are very much applicable to the real world and are packed into 8 weeks of intense coursework but that is to be expected for quality education. The cost is comparable to any other university and just like any other university they expect payment… I know that’s a real shocker for some. I’ve noticed multiple negative reviews from the same individuals on this site which makes me wonder what their real motive is behind the review."
Gary S.
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I love Liberty University! I am not religious in the slightest (atheist) but I can't argue with the quality of the education Liberty provides. I completed my BS in Information Systems with Liberty, went to another school for my MSIS, then returned for my Doctorate in Info. Systems. Do you have to relate SOME of the material/classes to the Bible? Yes. Do they omit educational material and substitute it with the Bible? NOT AT ALL! If anything, you complete MORE work at Liberty because you're required to provide a biblical perspective on certain topics. Also, as a military veteran, they do an amazing job supporting our troops (me) and offering reduced tuition at all levels. I'm currently paying under $1,000 per class to complete my doctorate after my GI Bill funds ran out. Other schools charge 3, 4, and 5 times that amount. You won't find a better brick-and-mortar school that has such high-quality online classes. I will forever be a LU fan! Go Flames!"
CJ
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Biology
"I'm impressed with LU Online, and the school in general. To save money I decided to complete my general studies online then transition onto campus. My professors/instructors have been excellent, for the most part. They're positive, encouraging and knowledgable. They challenge me to be a better student. Extra help is available, if needed, and they respond to questions in a timely manner. I like the mix of backgrounds, ages, professions, etc... in the students I interact with online. Students are kind and encouraging, as well. Like everything else, you get out of it what you put into it. I haven't had any trouble finding guidance with regard to my degree path. I feel like everyone genuinely cares. Looking forward to transitioning to campus in a few semesters."
Spencer Boyd
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2022
  • Degree: Aviation
"The admin of this score do not care and will not help in anyway. This has been the most frustrating experience. I have received zero guidance or instruction regarding registration and my degree. I am unable to register for any classes as well and the staff refuses to tell me why or adequately address my concerns. Horrible examples of a Christian school and completely unsatisfactory."
Jacob
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2022
  • Degree: Engineering
"Liberty is horrible if your undergrad or not a great reader amd writting. (20% of us are dyslexic) As a people person Registration was easy and fun... But once I have problems there is no way to resolve them I spent 15 hours on phone 8 on hold and talked to 20 different people all because before I started I wanted all books in audio readable format I had 300 pages of reading a week assignments discussions and quizes weekly. For 3 classes. Instructors respond once a day VIA email. And classroom videos are stupid college freshmen level class project on presenting ideas I think this could be a great way to do correspondence college if all you want is a degree and you are a good written learner and communicator. When I see people in education recommend this it scares me.... This was the worst educational expierence of my 40 years.... of life Send an instructor a question and reference the page and copy paste actually paragraph in recerence and luterally professor responds with telling you to read the chapter this subsection was pasted out of.... As a dyslexic person who has been very successful in and out of school dealing with their staff made me question my actual ability to even write basic questions... IF THEY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED or your a great reader and writtergreat school I am sure.. If you need verbal cues want to verify whatyou think your suppose to be learning or actually want books to have digital read options on them so you can listen while doing other things. DONT BOTHER... called 15 times talked to 20 people never the same person the students at liberty actual run the phone banks nice people great way to pay for college but no real customer service or accountability.... I really was excited and looked forward to my liberty expierence and once there I wasnt impressed. Liberty has its place but I would never recommend it as a primary educational expierence...."
RR
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2021
  • Degree: Counseling
"I had a great experience at Liberty. I did the masters in counseling program while I was working full-time and finished in just over two years. It was intense, but the 8 week class structure made it doable. I had some really stellar professors who went above and beyond. I also had some mediocre professors. Fortunately, my practicum and internship professors were wonderful. I learned a ton from them. You do need to know what you're signing up for with an online program. Most of your learning will be from books and from personal research, not from lectures. That will be the case with any school's online program. If you're not comfortable with that, then you need to do a residential program. For me, it was a perfect fit."