Liberty University Reviews

  • 361 Reviews
  • Lynchburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
66% of 361 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 361 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

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."
Joe
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2021
  • Degree: Management
"Liberty University is a money trap. I attended online. Their curriculum is not sufficient for real world, it is only good in academia. You will find yourself with a very expensive piece of paper. My experience was not good. The assignments do not align with the course reading and material. The grading rubrics are different from the assignment instructions, leading to confusion. If you need assistance, your professor has 36 hours to reply to your email. With a rigorous 8-week schedule and tight assignment deadlines each week, you don't have 2 days to wait for an answer (if you are lucky to have a professor that replies in that timeframe). Some of the assignments were expected to be completed prior to the week the material for the assignment was learned. Confusion and chaos. Once you complete the first assignment (requirements checklist) you are unable to back out of a class without financial and academic penalty -- and trust me, it is expensive. Graduate level is heavy paper writing with rigid requirements on the format of the paper (APA, MLA), peer reviewed sources, and utilizing their online library. The grading rubric is mostly geared to those items. If you stray from that, plan to receive a bad grade. One bad grade can change your overall course grade drastically. Be cautious!"
Not Quality Education
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2021
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Waste of money and time. Many of the professors do not appear to have actual experience in the subject they are teaching. In several classes I felt like I was teaching the instructor, or fellow classmates. There is a disconnect between the different departments you have to interact with. Some people are fantastic, but others are not. They have a tough policy when it comes to dropping a course. Once you complete that first check-in assignment, you are out of viable options. I completed my Bachelor's degree at LU (2017). The 8 week courses are tough due to the weekly workload. I am a working professional, with a family. I was able to get through it by dedicating most of my free time to school work (means you have no life for a while). Most UG teachers were responsive and helpful. I’ve taken two graduate courses since then, and both were a joke. The course material didn't align with the assignments. The teachers took longer to respond, if they responded at all. They have several assignments that are “busy” work and add no real value for the student. The graduate level courses are heavy with writing papers. In my opinion, this is due to the fact they have not found ways to test the student's knowledge of the course material any other way because they assume that everyone is cheating. They also put excessively high value on whether a student can write in the proper format (ie: APA, MLA) and have peer-reviewed sources. My two cents: LU is good for UG courses and students that might have more time and flexibility; but not that great for masters level or for students that are more mature in their life/careers/families. If you are not a paper writer, use caution as LU requires it and they are usually a substantial part of your overall grade. Not completing one, or not doing that great on one will severely impact your overall grade. They have a tough policy when it comes to dropping a course and it can cost you both financially as well as academically. Their student advocate office is not that great either."
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."