Liberty University Reviews

  • 328 Reviews
  • Lynchburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
65% of 328 students said this degree improved their career prospects
60% of 328 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

CTB
  • Reviewed: 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."
Christina
  • Reviewed: 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."
Jeff
  • Reviewed: 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."
CutThroatBee
  • Reviewed: 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."
Alicia
  • Reviewed: 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!"
Retired Veteran
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2019
  • Degree: Theology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Liberty University was an awesome college for my field of study (theology)! I recommend any non - veterans attend and get your education while receiving spiritual growth as a byproduct. The only issue I had (as well as other Vets I've spoken to) with Liberty over a 3 yr period of time was always financial aid issues. I would just caution veterans transitioning from active duty to become full time students utilizing Post 911/housing benefits. Even though the education was paid for with VA benefits, there were always issues that the University seem to have an answer for internally but financially didn't add up for myself as a student or the VA reps. My monthly stipends were not consistent, which caused me to have garnishments from the VA due to the way they process monetary benefits. Throughout my career, I attended various colleges and absolutely NEVER had issues that I had with Liberty concerning my financial aid benefits. Great school for academics but for veterans trying to maximize on their education benefits not so good."
FuturMathTeacher
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"If you are planning to become a teacher don't ever go to Liberty University. Their system is so confusing and lots and lots of requirements. You can only talk to an advisor that knows nothing other than ask you to send emails to people that they answer after a week with a broad answer that doesn't match your question. You contact them with questions about requirements to finish on time, everyone will say you are right on track and after a couple of months you figure out that there were courses and exams you were supposed to take nobody told you about."
Tamika Taylor
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Liberty University is truly the Chik-fil-a of education! From start to finish, help was always one call (and now one text) away. I will say the programs are rigorous but you learn so much from some really amazing people. The intensives are truly an invaluable experience. I highly recommend Liberty to anyone. The customer service is second to none!"
Matthew Runyon
  • Reviewed: 6/17/2019
  • Degree: Religious Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Religious studies at Liberty University is world class. The professors are pastors, teachers, and disciples of Jesus. 8 week online courses are idea for those who do not have time to sit in traditional classrooms. If you are a pastor, youth leader, or genuinely interested in growing your faith, Liberty is right for you."
Christine Brown
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2019
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"The School of Communications and Creative Arts at Liberty University was an impactful degree program. The courses challenged me to move beyond my comfort zone and expand my knowledge base. Expanding my knowledge base began in my undergraduate program with my advertising professor informing the class that in order to succeed as a Communications professional, we must first learn how to sell ourselves. Throughout my semesters attending Liberty Universitys School of Communication and Creative Arts classes, this proved true. The idea of selling yourself was even tested in my Sales Pitching course, which drove my classmates and I door-to-door, canvassing for small business owners to place advertisements in our universitys newspaper. The Public Relations side of my degree program raised the stakes. A series of group presentations on brand marketing, mock public relations conference briefings and the development of integrated marketing communications campaigns became the norm. As enlightening as all of the experiences were, one stands out the most. As a senior in my undergraduate program, I took lead on a major campaign known as The Fish and Bread Project. My team of three partnered with a humanitarian initiative to bring funding to the local not-for-profit organizations that support youth camps and medical clinics. My team rallied around our universitys campus to start a social media campaign for awareness, forming hash tags for Wear-It-Wednesday to encourage the student body to purchase shirts with the Fish and Bread Project logo. We challenged our peers to wear the shirts each Wednesday in support of our ongoing efforts to fundraise. In addition, my team commenced a two-month process to plan a 5K-trailrun. We immediately began by setting up a Go Fund Me website account to encourage individual fundraising and the creation of team runners for the live event. The entire experience awakened my passion for project coordination and unraveled a hidden aspiration for not-for-profit work. I currently work as a program manager for a non-profit organization with a career aspiration of brand management in the near future."