Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10 (154 reviews)Liberty University offers Christian-centered degree programs online and on site in Virginia. High school students are welcome to earn college credit, and adult learners can pursue online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Online learners are invited to the school’s 5,000-acre campus for intensive one-week classes and optional commencement ceremonies.
Accreditation: SACS & TRACS
Liberty University Reviews:
36 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Accused of Potential Fraud
August 16, 2012
I agree with the person who was accused of potential fraud by Liberty University because the same thing happened to me and members of my family last year. They send the email and request the student to provide them information and make sure to include a color copy of your driver license or state issued identification card. Once they have every bit of information that they requested, they do not review it all but say that your ID has been compromised and then proceed to send your grants and loans back to the department of education. They refuse to talk by phone and will only respond to emails. However when you email them to ask them specific questions or ask about this compromised ID, they fall back on “we can’t divulge that information but will be sending it to other government agencies.” They will not allow you to view the information, dispute it and cut off all forms of communication leaving you with a balance for something that was already paid for. The Dept of Education doesn’t really help because they are aware that Liberty University picks “certain” students to randomly put in their system for this so called fraud prevention alert. Although the majority of these students are Black, the Dept of Education says this is not discrimination. Liberty University also black lists you from going to other colleges as they have a hold of your transcripts along with sending your account to a collection agency. This has been a horrible experience. I believe the only way to stop Liberty is to have a class action lawsuit brought against them for this practice they have. People if you have complaints please follow up with someone. We must not suffer in silence and just put it on reviews. We need to come together and file a complaint against the unjust things Liberty University is doing and getting away with.
32 of 109 people found the following review helpful
TOTAL JOKE AND WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
April 25, 2012
This is the worst institution a student can come across. For one , they incorporate religion into every course and I mean EVERY COURSE, when it has nothing to do with the subject matter. It is ridiculous. For me to have to spend an additional half hour to hour FINDING SCRIPTURES to incorporate into EVERY discussion board and every paper is a joke. In fact, it is sending the wrong message to students because this is an EEO violation in the real world. If you do this in the real world, and on a real job, it is an ETHICS PROBLEM. It has discredits this school in my view, being that their focus is minusha that has nothing to do with what you are paying for – an education in BUSINESS is what I want, NOT in Christianity. To add insult to injury, many professors have a dominating attitude and post announcements upfront that their teaching style is “dominant” and they expect grown adults with life experiences – paying for their education to succumb to this superior silliness. Not I. To coincide with this, they post ridiculous deadlines that defeat the entire purpose of online learning, which is supposed to be flexible, allowing GROWN PEOPLE to handle school around their lives. They are SUPPOSED TO post weekly assignments and deadlines, allowing the entire week to get projects completed. Instead, many post weekly assignments with deadlines within the week (this is due Monday, this is due Wednesday, this is due by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, etc.). THIS DOES NOT WORK. They won’t take a late assignment either (though I have waited WEEKS for my grades they seem to get to at their convenience) and as far as I am concerned, assignments completed within the week SHOULD NOT BE MARKED AS LATE. Also, I was told by admissions that they do not assign team projects, which is a lie. DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. I have been stiffed in many group assignments that were RIDICULOUS, because you have a 40-year old who works, coupled with a kid in a dorm who has all day to monitor Blackboard for updates, and a 60-year old somewhere else off in the hospital. THIS PHILOSOPHY DOES NOT WORK ONLINE – PERIOD. People live in different time zones, people are on different schedules, people take vacations, THIS DOES NOT WORK. THEY KNOW IT DOESN’T WORK, and it’s a convenient way for these professors to “let the dogs run wild” and kick back even more than they already do (much of nothing because most assignments are auto-graded on the system) and get paid for disengaging themselves from the fiasco(s). They do not help, they do not mediate, they do not care about team-related problems, so you end up with a lower grade if you are the “outcast” AND HAVE A JOB, unable to sit on a email device all day making unnecessary posts to your teammates, as many assign a participation grade, which is insane. I have better things to do than send pointless messages to students I do not know about nothing when I know what my assignment is. I was finally driven off the plank this week when I received an email 3 semesters later from admissions that they still don’t have my official transcripts, when I personally sent them 2 times via USPS, and they have my unofficial transcripts. I had to BEG them to order my transcripts because they placed a hold on my account, preventing me from registering for classes until they are received. Well, it is late for registration as is for the next semester and they do not care. After many email complaints, no one there has yet to offer to lift a finger to get on the phone and order the one transcript they are still waiting on. So, it appears that my time with Liberty is up, because if I do not register for summer courses, I am then in default on my student loan, as I must remain enrolled PT for federal aid. THEY COULD CARE LESS. Rather than be helpful and close the matter out, someone decided to take the time in the admissions office that is, to send me an email that my correspondence has been “ungodly and harsh,” and that “I need to be mindful that they are a religious university and they do not tolerate such emails.” This is after I have WAITED 3 SEMESTERS AS IS – PATIENTLY SO, and I had to take my time to deal with the matter when it should have been dealt with upon enrollment. For as long as it took admissions to send me this ridiculous email (as if I am some child they are scolding) – they could have ordered my transcript and removed the block from my registration, but they continue to choose to be difficult, scolding me in the process as a paying customer as if I have no options. The final kabang with this whole saga is that the one transcript they did enter was entered with NO GRADES. They have my courses transferred over as “P” for “pass” without the grades I received for each, which is most of my GPA. I am not transferring credits over without receiving credit for my hard work – most are A’s and I am supposed to get no credit? CRAZY. According to Liberty University, the only GRADES that matter are the ones from them, which AREN’T GOOD due to the overall b.s. This is unethical and I am complaining. I AM DONE! BUH BYE LIBERTY UNVERSITY – WHAT A TOTAL SCAM AND JOKE OF AN INSTITUTION YOU WANKERS. If you think me INQUIRING ABOUT WHY MY TRANSCRIPTS WERE NEVER ENTERED was “Ungodly,” wait until you read my complaint that I am sending to the Department of Education. JERKS.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
If your expecting an easy degree look in other places
July 24, 2012
I am almost finished with my MBA. To those people who complained, they more than likely quit. We all know people like that in life. It's never their fault. It is tough, because as a student you are required to learn. The online quizzes, sorry google search is no help. Many people expect that an online class will be easy. I must say it was harder than actually going to school like I did for my BS. In the end there is no one to blame but yourself for not trying hard enough. If you can't learn it don't blame the instructors or the schools. Same textbooks as all of the other schools. The youtube recommended videos are posted by the people that wrote the book!! I learned that if I did my homework early in the week then I had plenty of time to ask questions. The Instructors don't reply back fast enough on the weekend, but HELLO, you had 5 previous days to ask questions about the assignment due Sunday night. Unlike attending college in person the major differences were. 1. You complete 100% of the book 100% of the time. 2. There is no review. No teacher to give hints as to what will be on the test. No areas, wink wink, to focus your studies on. No study groups. 3. If you wait till the week end, it's your problem. You are just too late. Most of the time the instructor will still reply during the weekend. 4. You either get it or you don't. Grad GPA grading scale is tough and they warn you from the beginning. If you want a free degree Liberty is not the college for you. If you want to learn and devote yourself to completing the classes, then you'll learn a lot. John
25 of 47 people found the following review helpful
June 10, 2012
I was a female seminary student and I was treated with disrespect and given failing grades. Do not go to this school if you are female. I got out as soon as I could without dropping classes. I will never have anything to do with any association that is baptist. I do not believe what they did to me and how they treated me was Christ like.I would never have anything to do with a baptist church now or anyone associated with it. I had a positive attitude toward baptists until I enrolled in seminary at Liberty. I am sure they will never make it right or ask my forgiveness, but I would warn you to stay away from the churches and men in the church if they condone the mistreatment of women just because they were born female. Do not attend Liberty if you are a woman, they are extremely prejudice against women.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Update after 2 years and finishing my bachelors in 5 weeks!
September 3, 2013
The sources of negativism toward Liberty seem to all have two things in common - an aversion to being taught at a college-level with a Christian worldview perspective, and a varying degree of ignorance when speaking on the topics of the mental and technical requirements of achieving an online degree involving the personal responsibilty in matters such as financial aid and self-monitoring. In this day and age, anonymity and ignorance are powerful weapons in the process of posting information for all to read. The negative comments that are posted here about Liberty are all exclusively confined to issues that resulted from the individual in question and their decision to post situations that were their own fault. I can only speak for myself on these topics. I will be graduating in five weeks after pursuing a management information bachelors degree - of which I will have achieved in two years by going extra full-time. It has not been easy! I have pulled countless all-nighters. I have taught myself more than I would have to if I had chosen to be an attendee of the brick-and-mortar campus. I have had no problems with financial aid - because I am thorough with keeping up on what is expected of me personally in the process - and Liberty has done what they were supposed to do as a result of my actions. If you want a solid, economical, and satisfyingly spiritual online education - and you are strong enough mentally as well as diligent in your personal schedule-making - Liberty is AWESOME!
23 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Accused of Potential Fraud
July 19, 2012
I just recently started classes on June 25 2012 for the summer D term and I have had the worst experience at this college ever. About two weeks shortly after I received my award notice emailed to me from Liberty I received an email saying there was a potential fraud hold on my account and that I wasn't eligible for any financial aid at liberty. Also in the email they said that in my case there was several situations in my case that forced them to remove all of the aid off of my account but could not tell me what the situations was. Now I am stuck with a balance on my account that needs to be paid all because of they thinking that I am not who I am hell I even sent a copy of my photo id stating who I was and what the hell I look like faking like I am someone else anyway please save your time and money and do not go to this school
22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Please rethink attending this Institution
January 20, 2012
The PhD Counseling Department discriminate among students once you are enrolled. The committees and faculty pick and chose whom they want to support and graduate from this program, in spite of your hard work. They have a poor grading system. They use the rubric system that consists of points. The professors uses this system against the student. They only allow two to three students to graduate from the program at a time. In spite of how well you do. If they do not like you for whatever reason you will never reach doctoral candidacy or dissertation status. They will allow you to get to certain point in the program and ruin your GPA. Inturn, dismiss you from the program, after they have taken your money from during your enrollment. They are ruthless.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
They treat you like an adult!
May 2, 2013
Yes, they expect you to apply yourself and be responsible for yourself. It's Christian, get over it. They are very open about that, it's no secret. If that bothered you, then you did a poor job of researching where to get your degree from. Might be an early sign that you may not be able to complete your degree with such poor research abilities. Many negative posts I have read make me wonder if people expect a degree to just be handed over? You have to work for your grades and the instructions for the entire course is given before the course starts. For those who are upset that there wasn't enough time to complete assignments, you started too late. You also signed up for a compressed 8 week class, did you think it was going to be easier since it was shorter? For the complaints about quizzes, yes they have quizzes just like every other class I have taken for the past 30 years. The instructors do not give out the answers but will be happy to tell you what page in the book the answer is on. Too much cheating going on online. It's an ONLINE class, seems like some people are expecting the instructors to be online 24/7. The online part is your benefit, sitting at home taking the class. Instructors give great feedback when you ask questions in a timely manner. However, if you procrastinate and are asking a question on Saturday about an assignment due on Sunday, remember it is the week end and the instructors have lives too, you should have asked on Wednesday! I found the work, very time consuming, challenging, very in depth, and right on par with what they said it was going to be. It's college and a Masters Degree, so I wasn't expecting easy and simple. Liberty did frustrate me many times. That's life, oh well. Nothing major at all, because I was responsible for my work, papers, grades, etc.. Follow the directions to the T, and you will do fine. Liberty does not sugar coat the classes. Grow up people, except the challenge and excel. Late assignments are not excepted, Liberty makes that very, very, very clear. Accept it, it is their rule. You had weeks of notice. Quit complaining and just go somewhere else. Too many people want to blame their problems on a school, their boss, or anyone but themselves. Bottom line, great school, you will learn, but YOU are expected to be responsible for yourself. Imagine that, they treat you like an adult!
20 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Stay away from LUO
May 27, 2012
I am attending LUO and wished I had never even considered it. Why? The other posts in which describe all of the terrible issues there are SPOT ON in every aspect,i.e., faculty members are rude and not knowledgeable, every time you confront them with lying to you they pass the buck, professors will not even consider a quiz was miss-graded by a software program, takes almost two weeks to hear from a professor, financial holds money beyond federal law limits, etc. LOU should be shut down. Think more than twice about this school. Oh, I have a 4.0 so don't think I can't handle an online environment!!!
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
It has been a nightmare!
October 22, 2011
My son has been an on-line student of Liberty University for two years. He needs 20 credits to graduate but the financial aid and its supervisors have been nothing but joke! Semester after semester myself, my husband and my son have spoken with the financial aid reps and their supervisors in order to register for classes. Each rep and supervisor gives us different erroneous information. It is unbelievable! This has caused delay and so far our son has lost 3 semesters due to misinformation. When you request for supervisors, you must wait for 3 days to get a call. You normally have to keep calling because they don't call you back. You have to repeat the process. My husband had to write a letter to the president of the school but it never got answered. The school has become too big and is no longer people oriented. When calling and get placed on hold, there is a message that announced Liberty as being trainers of champions for Christ. This is a joke! They cannot even get their paper work correct. Loans get delayed or lost. This is a shame for a Christian University. Their testimony is very poor. They are very incompetent.
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