Liberty University Reviews

3.17 out of 5 stars
(323 Reviews)
65% of 323 students said this degree improved their career prospects
60% of 323 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Brian - 10/25/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"Liberty is not perfect, but they're getting better, in many ways they are still going through growing pains. Unfortunately, their graduation rate is low because they still haven't quite figured out how to handle the on-boarding of transfer students. I attended a private catholic university from another state, for 1 year, and during the transfer process I was told all 27 of my credits had transferred. I stupidly took their word for it but about 2 years later I realized NONE of the courses transferred. When I confronted them, they said that my courses transferred but only into my "fall through" courses. If I wanted those courses as credit toward my degree, I needed a course syllabus from the university, a synopsis of what was taught in each course and which book they used. I reached a point during the program where those courses were pre-requisites for my remaining courses, so I either needed those courses for transfer credit, or I was going to take the courses all over again. I had to take a semester off so I could file all the paperwork and request the information from my previous university (major headache). I ended up taking about 2 years off out of utter disgust and fatigue from dealing with the university staff (that was no more than a bunch of children) and when I returned I ended up having to take 5 of the 9 courses over again which cost me another semester in time and $$$ in tuition. On the flip side of this experience, a very close friend of mine started at Liberty University from scratch and had absolutely no issues whatsoever. I think my bad experience only relates to being a transfer student, if Liberty can figure this out, they'd probably graduate more people and have a better rating. It also doesn't help that the academic staff seems to be a bunch of students, I could be wrong, not helpful though. I became a cop fresh out of the military, and was a patrolman for nearly 10 years before getting my degree; it was a relief to finally finish it. In the end, my diploma helped me secure a management position, and another promotion a few years later. I have deeper understanding of the psychology and social aspects of criminal justice which is needed in my current role; I'm glad I didn't give up on it. In hindsight, I should have stayed at my first university to finish my degree but I recommend to anyone considering a transfer to make sure your courses get transferred to your degree program before you start."
1.8 out of 5 stars
LU2020 - 9/23/2019
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"Prepare to be disappointed if you plan on transferring to LU. The university loves to sell itself as a "free-thinking" institution that is free from the bias of secular school, but falls into the trap of being completely biased the other way. Groupthink is key to great grades here. Tow the Conservative Christian line and you will receive an A. If not, prepare for the instructor to openly challenge you and to be graded on a much harsher scale. There are some fantastic instructors that do really want you to succeed, but this is overshadowed by how often they are required to shove their faith down your throat. Every single class will require Biblical quotations in some manner. If this is not something you are comfortable with/willing to do, avoid LU at all costs."
5.0 out of 5 stars
SarahS - 9/20/2019
Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2017
"I had a wonderful experience at Liberty University. At Liberty, I was provided with a variety of career, academic, and spiritual opportunities. The staff and faculty are supportive of every student. I could not imagine a better university experience."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Donotenroll - 9/14/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
""It was a terrible experience and the school was very political. I found the admission department very uncaring, disorganized and hypocritical. They spoke to me rudely, was a bit racist and they never could explain anything to me, They discourage me from wanting to attend school at all, A friend told me to reapply, I came to this website to see if the reviews could win me over, But nothing has changed. To be fair, someone told me if you have to go though all that to attend these people school, DO NOT APPLY. I will not. I'm leaving this review to let people know, the hassle isn't worth it."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Begood1234 - 9/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Overall my experience with Liberty was a good one. I attended entirely online. The classes are 8 weeks long %26 I found the coursework to be incredibly manageable. Some of the professors are significantly harder than others but all of my courses were designed equally %26 everything flowed nicely. Communication with all parts of the university were thorough and prompt. They also have a generous military discount, even for spouses. The only thing I did not like was that there was always religion roped into the assignments."
1.2 out of 5 stars
CTB - 8/21/2019
Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"This program is focused more on police administration and management, offering very few forensic psychology/criminal psychology courses. The course-work was not difficult but required more writing than traditional classes. The 8-week terms are tolerable, but starts to blur together. Even though I had a few more classes to complete it seemed logical to start inquiring about employment opportunities, I even contacting law enforcement agencies. It became apparent that this degree is a "check -in-the-box" for sworn police officers, and there are very few job opportunities for civilians with a graduate-level degree. I was using a post 9/11 GI Bill for an exclusively online program, which required taking 2 grad courses every 8-weeks to maintain a full-time status. My courses were paid in full, but my BAH was considerably less than a school with a hybrid or brick %26 mortar option requiring me to take a loan to cover living expenses. My decision to leave LU was solidified when the university, that boasts about supporting the student, failed to do so. I attended other schools for my associate's degree and BS, in that time I never encountering an issue with a professor- or any university employees, until I attended Liberty. I should preface that I found the majority of the professors at LU to be true educators that want students to succeed. However, a particular Criminal Justice professor has diminished the efforts of an entire department. Please understand, it was more than just a negative experience with a professor, it was how LU handled the situation. There was an issue that occurred at the end of my first semester with a certain professor- despite our seemingly positive rapport. I contacted academic advising a few times but, was told the instructor has ultimate jurisdiction of the class. I accepted it and moved on. I considered it a life lesson, reasoned it was something I should have foreseen, and felt determined to work harder. As I became more seasoned and experienced other professors, I realized there was something unsettling with the first semester occurrence. I contacted academic advising, I explained the situation that unfolded in the fall, and requested that I not be placed in with that instructor. Unfortunately, Liberty University could not accommodate my request instead, I was told to call when the class info was available, and academic advising can switch my enrollment to another section. When summer term course info was available, I contacted academic advising as the professor from fall was my instructor. I immediately contacted academic advising- they were unable to help because it was the first day of the course. I could not drop the course because I would no longer be full-time. I reasoned that the previous experience better prepared me, and I could thwart further issues. I was wrong. Again, the problem occurred within days of the semester end. I emailed the professor 4 times in 3 days, and he did not reply until 5 pm, on the last day of the semester. He told me to contact academic advising and after some back-and-forth I was advised to file a complaint. Days after the complaint was filed, I was notified the complaint was denied. More shockingly, the reason in the explanation was incorrect. I appealed, mentioning a decision of such importance required thorough fact checking and provided the correct information. The registrar that reviewed my complaint, and appeal began a barrage of emails that were increasingly aggressive. At one point, I had to remind the registrar to be professional. I was in shock. The only option I had was to contact academic advising, which I did multiple times to no avail. The only option I had was to file a complaint, against the person that reviews complaints- I could not believe that was suggested. I am still in disbelief over the entire situation. Liberty University failed to respond to my initial concerns over the professor, then subjected me to further harm because they failed to post information in due time to allow a change. When a second problem occurred, academic advising sat on their hands- it took more than 5 attempts before I was told to file a complaint. I was urged and encouraged to complain because I was told, the complaints are significant and are used to improve the system. When I filed a grievance, I was harassed by the seemingly only person who dealt with complaints. I have never experienced anything like this before- it has been distressing. Ultimately, any institution that fails to protect students is not a worthy of my tuition. Liberty University failed to provide adequate support for a situation that could have been easily resolved, clearly the student is not a priority, but is instead penalized and made to believe I was the problem. The treatment I received was abusive, and there was no avenue for proper mediation. I had read unsavory reviews of Liberty University and assumed the author's negative experience was rare and would not be mine. As I have attended other schools without experiencing any problem, I thought LU would be the same. I have become abrupt aware of the facade created by Liberty University, academic advising and student advocacy only exist in name not obligation, knowledge or professionalism. If you are seeking an online program, do yourself a favor, enroll at University of Phoenix."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Christina - 8/12/2019
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2021
"If you are a transfer student, don't waste your time with this university. I was transferring with an Associates degree from a reputable community college and LU only took two out of all of my computer science courses. L U requested for Syllabus, textbook information, specific description of the courses and Professor's written summary for these two classes. I invested many hours chasing down all of the LU's required proof of syllabus etc. and after I submitted ALL of their required documents, they did not even respond and It's sad that LU still did not finalized my evaluation as to what credits will be transferred towards my computer science three days from start of school! All fees were paid for and it was too risky to just show up hoping that they would somehow get their act together and allow me to sign up for classes towards my degree. I had no choice but to withdraw from LU and pursue another option. Thank God my state University took every credit towards Computer Science degree and offered me an academic scholarship."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Jeff - 7/30/2019
Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2010
"As a student, I had a mostly excellent and challenging experience in the two MA’s I did there. I went on to get my doctorate and teach for liberty. Reading some of the negative comments from disgruntled students brings back memories of lazy fellow students (when I was in the program$, and lazy students (when I taught in the program). I could work as tirelessly as I possibly could and for some lazy and discontented students It was never enough. I am grateful for my time there and it truly changed my life."
2.3 out of 5 stars
CutThroatBee - 7/25/2019
Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have never encountered a problem with a professor in all of years of school until arriving at Liberty. Sadly, the other prof. in the department were great, caring and genuinely wanting the students to succeed. One prof changed my entire experience with the school. When I encountered an issue with him in my 1st sem, I was upset but just thought I learn a lesson and I would work harder. I had him again- and I am still tormented by the experience. He knows how to manipulate the system- at times avoiding contact with the student until after student surveys are submitted. He pretends not to know school policy. I had to submit a complaint (which he suggested). I had emails from him showing a history of his behavior and his admission of not knowing school policy. What I presented did not make a difference. First the the complaint was denied for one reason, when I confronted the explanation or submitted evidence to the contrary, there was another reason why my complaint was denied. This happened 3 times. Finally the explanation stated- the professor just is not willing. Even though I encountered an issue with the prof after the first semester- I asked not to be placed with the prof, the Univ could not help me. They failed to protect me from the torment, and failed to support me as a student. The Univ blindly supported that prof regardless of the evidence I supplied. The complaint review began to contact me directly by email, and harass me because I countered his explanation. At one point I directly told him, do not insult my intelligence as I have been respectful enough not to insult yours. I could not believe the situation and how it unfolded. I feel as if the university fed me to the wolves. The prof- felt I did not belong in the class because I was not in law enforcement, and he just wanted me gone. The complaint was worthless and I had to endure the destress all over again. Writing complaints, and preparing evidence is time consuming- and as a criminal Justice student- I thought the system in the school would work for me- as I did nothing wrong. I can not recommend a school that fails to support their students."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alicia - 7/24/2019
Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2021
"Worst school I ever came across with uneducated advisor such as Melanie. Only after money and far from being or claiming to be Christian. Glad I didn’t give them my business! The whole admission process does not make sense at all! Zero stars! A SHAME. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!"
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