Liberty University Reviews

  • 347 Reviews
  • Lynchburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
66% of 347 students said this degree improved their career prospects
60% of 347 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Logan Much
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I have read the various reviews posted here, and I thought I would chime in to express my personal experience. I do not plan to give many details for the sake of space, but I would say that the school was an overall great experience for me, with a few exceptions. Matriculation was a breeze, and they made it easy for me to enroll online and receive help for those parts of the process that was a bit ambiguous. Registration, thereafter, for classes was also easy to complete, and so was the process of buying my books because the school has invested in software that streamlines those services. Completing the classes was fun and challenging because the workload was generally hefty, with reading, writing, and coursework to complete simultaneously at times. The difficulty of completing all of the assignments in a seven-day school week, even if one is not working, is tremendous; however, I anticipated this because it is a postgraduate degree program designed to test and extend your knowledge. I feel that I came out better for it. Financial aid (FA) is not a rigid system of Liberty to maneuver if you stay on top of it, ask questions, and ensure that you are not using more than you have to complete your degree program. I called and emailed both the FA office and MBS Direct (the online bookstore) to make sure that all my ducks were in a row, doing so, on several occasions, multiple times. The only dissatisfaction I have is with the student services office responsible for the pricing and freezing of accounts once money is owed. I wish they would change the way they penalize students, especially those who have to leave school due to life-altering events. Otherwise, I cannot complain about anything else because I was treated with respect and appropriately advised. However, I was still left with the final decision to choose one option over the other. On another note, students enrolling in any university or college should know that there will not be much coddling after you have registered because it reflects the real world: you are expected to be a responsible young adult. So, keeping that in mind, you should go in prepared to be self-advocating, self-reliant, and self-motivated, and proactive when it comes to everything. Plain and Simple. Do not expect handouts; get a job as soon as you can, if you are not wealthy, and do what you have to get the grade and get out."
Pleasantly Surprised and Not Religious
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I recently graduated with my doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction. First, I am a female minority and not religious. Although this institution has its notorious controversies, I owe it to the faculty to write this review. I was extremely apprehensive about attending Liberty due to its views, but I want to remind you that I am a woman of color navigating a system that was not intended for me and I don’t have the same choices of schools at the doctoral level that others have. I refuse to allow a system to limit what I can and cannot do. Although Liberty required scripture in a majority of the assignments, I approached those assignments as a researcher and got a refresher on the Bible. The faculty is fantastic! They were patient and gave me grace when I asked for it. I graduated from this institution with my doctorate in two calendar years while working full-time. It can be done, but I had to practice an insane amount of self-efficacy, self-motivation and self-discipline. I read reviews that the degree requirements may not be very rigorous. The capstone requires three data collection methods both quantitative and qualitative. Also, the research is not generalizable and focuses on a problem of practice. This was a blessing in disguise. From what I gathered, of original cohort of 13 candidates in the capstone courses, I was the only person to graduate in the university’s recommended timeline. I say this to illustrate how rigorous this program actually is. It’s a wonderful program if you are a very independent learner who does not need a great amount of assistance or direction. In the end, it was a great experience from start to finish!"
Pleasantly Surprised and Not Religious
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2021
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"I recently graduated with my doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction. First, I am a female minority and not religious. Although this institution has its notorious controversies, I owe it to the faculty to write this review. I was extremely apprehensive about attending Liberty due to its views, but I want to remind you that I am a woman of color navigating a system that was not intended for me and I don’t have the same choices of schools at the doctoral level that others have. I refuse to allow a system to limit what I can and cannot do. Although Liberty required scripture in a majority of the assignments, I approached those assignments as a researcher and got a refresher on the Bible. The faculty is fantastic! They were patient and gave me grace when I asked for it. I graduated from this institution with my doctorate in two calendar years while working full-time. It can be done, but I had to practice an insane amount of self-efficacy, self-motivation and self-discipline. I read reviews that the degree requirements may not be very rigorous. The capstone requires three data collection methods both quantitative and qualitative. Also, the research is not generalizable and focuses on a problem of practice. This was a blessing in disguise. From what I gathered, of original cohort of 13 candidates in the capstone courses, I was the only person to graduate in the university’s recommended timeline. I say this to illustrate how rigorous this program actually is. It’s a wonderful program if you are a very independent learner who does not need a great amount of assistance or direction. In the end, it was a great experience from start to finish!"
Elliott C
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I am currently completing my doctorate in Education with Liberty. I've attended 2 other large, highly touted universities and frankly I think that Liberty is as good or better than anything else I am aware of. My experience at every level of the process has been positive. I did not read the reviews prior to enrollment and now that I have I can't help but wonder where the fault lies; with the student or with the school. I've experienced none of the negative behavior I saw in the comments. I also noticed that there were duplicate negative comments from the same students. Everyone I've dealt with has been kind and helpful. Do they contact you for financial check-in, of course they do. Every university expects payment. I'm an online student, but I've visited the campus and absolutely love the vibe there. The students are happy, the staff is helpful and the campus is beautiful. I would absolutely recommend this school to anyone."
Anne
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I just completed my MSN online. For the most part, the professors were knowledgeable and helpful. I was pleased with the coursework- but it requires a lot of lengthy APA papers. As far as some of the advising issues mentioned, there is a degree completion plan that shows you exactly what classes need to be taken (and is updated as you complete them!) I’m not sure where all of the advising issues stem from with this available. Overall, the program is regionally and ccne accredited & affordable (especially for military). I can’t recommend this school enough"
Anon
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2021
  • Degree: Public Health
"Active Duty, using TA. They're so helpful, at first, they'll expedite your admissions and enrollment and when you're a student you're on your own. No actual advisor, you get a different "advisor" who puts you on hold to confer with someone else if they can't help you. Currently a non-degree student, when enrolling the person pointed out that I have to take 12 units before getting regular student status, otherwise I would have to wait another term. It doesn't matter because the classes I'm taking are part of the curriculum, they just wanted me to take as many units as possible this term. Especially considering TA FY cut-off is end of Sep, and I was trying to use all my TA for the year in this term as a 1st time, online, grad student. Because I was rushed to enroll, my four 8 week classes overlap in a 12 weeks span! Explained my situation to a 600 level instructor and she gave me an extension, a 500 level instructor had no mercy- said it would be unfair to the class and I would fall further behind. And they really integrate their values into their assignments, so if you're don't share them, don't enroll here. I'm already looking into transferring. So far the classes are busy work, take 1 class at a time to get an easy A. Not a school to stress about, just sucks I used my TA here."
The Texan Gyrl
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"BEWARE: Would have not even given 1 Star in many of these areas! Completed my Masters in CMHC and after my first year realized this school was going to be a disappointment. Advising should be trained for all programs OR each program should have their own advising. Class recommendations according to the degree plan was a pure pain. Liberty also allow their faculty to be emotionally and verbally abusive; given NO support even after its reported!!!!!! Their expectations for the students to remain professional and Godly DOES NOT apply for their faculty staff!!! Awful experience and very unnecessary! No one should pay for an education that’s toxic!!!!! I Would Not Recommend This University To Anyone!!!!!!!!"
Erica Posey
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2021
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"I have completed 4 online classes for an MFA in Creative Writing. The professors have been accommodating, informative, and encouraging. The material that I am learning does prepare me for a future in writing, as I have been published as a result of the work in one class. I am very pleased with the school and the teachers. Don’t let the negative reviews push you away from this school. It is a wonderful school, even for an online school."
Lisa Grimes
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"Run, run, run from this school. This is a horrible school. They just want your money. They could care a less about your goals, aspirations, needs, and so much more. I graduated from University of Michigan with a 3.7 GPA. At this school I got a D+, and when I tried to withdraw from the school they named off all of these consequences. I wasted a good $7,000. at this school with 0 credit hours earned. Now my FAFSA is all messed up. I have never been so angry and stressed out in my entire life. The coursework is ridiculous. Hundreds and hundreds of text due every week on top of 6 writing assignments. They told me I would spend about 10 hours a week on my classes, it was more like 40+ and not learning a damn thing. They don’t care if their school is a good fit for you, if you’re in the right program, they don’t ask about your goals. It’s just give me your money!! For a Christian University, they’re far from Christian. We’ll pray for you, we’ll probably at for you, just do your Financial Check in. They hounded me every single day for my money, and once they got it, I didn’t hear a word from them. DO NOT go to this university unless you’re a champion at dealing with intense stress. They will, without a doubt, stress you out. Find another school, any school but this one."
Lexi
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I find this school to be average, AT BEST. The courses are rigorous for the 8-week classes. But many times, the assignments are pointless and time consuming, almost like “busy work.” I dont think this degree adequately prepares me for the education field. As an online student, the worst part of the program is the lack of support. You do not receive an actual advisor. The advising office for the online programs is call-center style. Meaning, you talk to someone different each time. So, while you’ll almost always get to speak to someone, these “advisors” are NEVER (emphasis on NEVER) helpful. Be prepared to get different answers each time you talk to someone, false information, and the runaround. The entire degree program, I had to juggle classes and being my own advisor. The lack of support can make the experience of getting your masters even more daunting than it already is. If I could do it all over again, I would no go to this school."
Lisa Grimes
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2021
  • Degree: Developmental Psychology
"I will never recommend this school to anyone. I feel that all they wanted was my money. They would call me multiple times a day and pressure me to enroll for next term and do my financial check in. The grading was so unfair. My first semester doing online, I withdrew from one class and got a D+ in another. I graduated from University of Michigan with a 3.7 GPA, so I know I’m not stupid. The course load was very heavy, 300 pages of text and 2 journal articles, plus 2 papers per week. I did not have any access to my professors. I would e mail them and get no answer. Just recently, I handed in a paper which I thought was very good, and the professor gave me 36/50. I worked a lot harder than that and expected at least a B. Do not go to this University. There is fraud there, and virtually no academic support. You could save yourself a lot of money if you just bought the text and learned it on your own. Please run from this place. They claim they’re Christians but they don’t treat you as such."
Cathrine
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2021
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. The admissions process is very easy and their admissions team will sell you on it, but once you are actually enrolled it becomes a nightmare. Advisors are not much help in navigating your degree requirements. It is so disheartening as a teacher to have my professors do everything they teach us not to do. Assignments are mostly busy work, and professors do not care about taking time to get to know students (even though they preach this). For a Christian institution they are severely lacking in compassion and mercy. The university clearly only cares about taking your money, and they will actively make it more difficult for you to advance in your program in order to make you spend more on extra semesters. To say I am disappointed in the program is an understatement."
Sue
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Liberty is my 8th higher education experience and has been far better, academically and administratively. All issues, the few I had, were handled fairly and promptly. Wonderful professors. Awesome four years. I am going to miss it. Highly recommend."
Nathan
  • Reviewed: 4/3/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"First, I would like to make comment on the "racism" comment from "Stella". My first professor was female and African American, I am sure that comments says enough. Aside from a few minor gripes I had on how the professors conducted the courses I found the experience really rewarding. For those who have never experienced a graduate program, their will be very little instruction and a lot of reading, writing, and possible tests and quizzes. The course-work is designed for you to absorb the information and make your own conclusions and theories. Rssentially you are learning how to think for yourself, not being told what to think. If you expect coddling or hand-holding then you may want to decide if you are mature enough to take on such a program. I found online coursework to actually be more difficult than in-person classes. Anyhow, take what you will of this review, but Liberty has been attentive to my needs when I needed assistance and their faith-based coursework makes an education from this university more rewarding and deeper than you may find anywhere else."
Kay
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2021
  • Degree: Science Technology
"Terrible school. They do not care about the students, they only care about your money. I was threatened by my housing advisor (not an RA, an adult with a degree who was hired by the school). No one would help me. Became depressed. Moved to a new college. Much better experience. I cannot describe how terrible this school is; just go anywhere else!!!"
T Wright
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2021
  • Degree: School Counseling
"I ran across this site while looking for information on my upcoming intensive week and I must say that I'm a bit surprised at the negative reviews of Liberty University. It has been my experience to have quick responses from all of my professors, when I email them with a question. I have also found the material presented in class extremely informative and helpful. Whenever I have called the counselors for assistance, they were patient and helpful, answering each and every one of my questions, and leaving no room for confusion. The video teleconferences with the professors and students always stayed on topic and when the students would try to veer off topic, the professor would ask them to hold those questions until the end, once they dismiss the other students. So far, I have nothing but positive comments about the school. I will come back to this site and update my comment after every few semesters, until I graduate."
Marcus
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2021
  • Degree: Ministry
"Horrible experience after horrible experience. They talk a good game but fail in the communication department. I’ve spent months with an advisor only to be told that I have a hold on my account that I have to resolve prior to resuming courses. Why hadn’t i been told this by the multiple advisors that i spoke with is beyond me. My advise is to spend your money elsewhere, you’ll thank me later."
William D.
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2021
  • Degree: Aviation
"Save your money and time!!! Find another institution that won't waste your time and that will actually work with you. They are full of smiles and lies. I have nothing but bad experiences here and this is coming from a person that has taken classes and received nothing but A's. They give you the run around and have many excuses. I've talked to and been purposefully mislead by their over the phone academic advisors. Please realize that this "institution" is nothing more then a joke that they only cares about taking your money. Do yourself a favor and due your research before choosing a university/college. Dive deep into the reviews and find a credible university/college that is truly there for their students. I write this review to warn others and to hopefully deter anyone that was unsure about this deceitful school."
STELLA
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I HAD SOME GOOD PROFESSOR AT LIBERTY ONLINE. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST SHCOOL EVER. AFTER COMPLETING 112 CREDIT HOURS MY CLASS COME TO A COMPLETE STOP, BECAUSE OF RACISM. MY CLASS WAS CANCEL FOR NO REASON. THE COUNSEL ANGELA ASK ME TO LIE AND SAY THAT I WAS SICK. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS SCHOOL WAS PLAYING THE RACE CARD DURING MY LAST 12 CREDIT HOUR BEFORE GRADUATING. THEY ASKED ME TO PAY 1200.00 AND LATER 1900.00 FOR CLASSES THAT THEY CANCELED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION DURING CLASS SIGN-IN WHEN RECOGNIZING THAT MY VOICE WAS OF AN ARFRICAN-AMERICAN. I AM SURE THIS RACE CARD HAVE BEEN PLAYED BEFORE, AND WILL SOON COME TO LIGHT WITH OTHER STUDENTS OF COLOR. I'VE NEVER HAD FINANCIAL AID PROBLEMS. I AM STILL STUGGLING TO PAY THE LAST 600.00 TO GET MY TRANSCRIPT MOVE TO ANOTHER SCHOOL."
Lisa
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I would not recommend this University to anyone. I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and this school has been a nightmare ever since they received my Financial Aid. Before they received my Financial Aid they were calling me multiple times a day, then after they received my money, they never bothered to return any of my calls. I asked for help from the Disabilities Department and they kept telling me that my therapist needed to sign the letter. She e-mailed it, faxed it, signed it multiple times and still, I got no help. As a grad student, you're on your own. Tons of reading and paper writing and no instruction. I was lucky and fortunate to have 1 awesome professor. If it weren't for her, I would've quit. She allowed me extra time without marking me down and did several Zooms with me and a personal phone call. Thank God for her. Otherwise, this school is a joke! They sure do want your money! After that, you don't really exist to them. I guess I just didn't do my research because I feel I could've chosen a much better online school. My friend who goes to Capella says she loves it, and is nothing like what I've gone through at Liberty. Besides, my awesome professor, this school sucks."