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| I have so many mixed feelings about this school. I fell in love with it at age 15 during, yes, CFAW. I just knew this was where God wanted me to be.|
In the end, I only spent a semester here before getting myself out. I know, many will probably say I wasn't there long enough to have such strong feelings about my experience. And to whoever may think that, I disagree.
I had never before experienced so much struggle and decline in my faith than when I was here. The majority of the Christians are lukewarm, as I myself became. That passion for Christ that you see when you first get there began to feel so fake, so forced. No one was truly friendly or kind. No one really cared about you as an individual. I felt so alone while I was there that I began to feel depressed. I began therapy with my psychology professor, and I didn't feel like s/he truly cared about my spiritual growth at all. During our first session, s/he threw a book in my face and told me to buy it, study it, and come back to him/her. It was all about money. S/he straight up said that day that before we "truly began" therapy, s/he was "testing me to see if I was truly ready to begin to heal" before we progressed. I'm not even making that up. I came back for our next scheduled session and there was a sign on the door; s/he was not available.
I don't want to hate this school, but I couldn't stay. We as Christians need to be out in the world preaching the Good News, not hiding in Lynchburg being full of ourselves.I suppose I can't say much about the educational aspect/financial aid/ etc. because I really wasn't there long enough, but the fake atmosphere and downright cruel people ruined what I thought would be a beautiful experience. I will also say that after taking a year off, I had considered going back, but the school really is far too expensive. The school had many positives, and I am glad for everyone who has a good experience here, but the negatives outweighed it for me.
|May 17 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I have had mixed feelings about Liberty University. I am a student and I am employed as full-time staff so I have had an opportunity to see things from both sides of the fence. I have been impressed overall with the academic portion of my time at Liberty. In my major, I have been challenged and have enjoyed having the professors available to discuss theory. They have truly been mentors, friends, and excellent examples of how Christians should live and work. The department is small but growing and this has helped to build that sense of caring and family. I have heard rumors of other academic departments not having as good of fortune. |
I am purposely not mentioning my major for fear that if I am discovered it will cause the loss of my job which I need to support my family while I am here at Liberty. That is how it works here at Liberty. If show any hint of independent thought or originality you are dismissed as a trouble maker. You are expected to just keep your head down and do what you are told. No questions asked. It has been suggested that slavery is not dead but rather has changed forms. A lot of the comments that I have read show dissatisfaction with financial aid, LUO, and other departments. This is due to the fact that there are no real-world training programs in place and if there are any it really doesn't matter because the turnover rate is so high due to oppressive micro-management and unrealistic goals for people who are paid only a few dollars above minimum wage that there are not many people who have experience. Those that do are supervisors and it is not likely that you will get to speak to one.
I have also had experience with the athletics department and I am not impressed. They lack integrity and will sacrifice doing what is right just to maintain the charade of Christian excellence. Rumors of football "keggers" are true and drug issues are swept under the rug. At Liberty it is all about the image. This is also shown at CFAW (college for a weekend) where big name Christian bands and extra-curricular activities abound. It is nothing more than a sales pitch to lure those who are considering attending into thinking that Liberty is one non-stop Christian party. It is marketing at its finest and Liberty does it well.
That leads into my next point. Money. Liberty, in my opinion and from what I've seen, serves money. It is there god. I cannot go into details but they steal money from there employees through coercion. When a Christian university begins to minimize its residential programs including its seminary programs in favor of online classes you have to ask the question why? It is because online programs make million whereas residential programs often struggle to break even. The quality of the academics are sure to suffer as teachers begin to leave to go where they can shape the minds of young students through real physical interaction. I have been greatly concerned as to how long my degree will hold its value due to this.
In closing, The faculty, generally, are excellent, caring individuals. I have only had one professor that whom I thought should reevaluate his choice to be an instructor. The administration is a joke. It is an institution where the "brother-in-law" syndrome is running rampant and non-spiritual people are attempting to do spiritual things. People in leadership are prideful and suspicious. Control and manipulation rule the day. It is an oppressive environment where managers go on power trips and lord their authority over their subordinates. The administration is not spiritually healthy. In short: It can be very difficult at most times to identify what Liberty does that is different from the world. Liberty needs to make a decision about where they are heading. If it is going to go the way of Harvard and Yale then do it. Stop riding the fence. Liberty, you are the epitome of "luke-warm"
|Apr 01 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Liberty University gives Christians a bad name it's indeed a waste of money the staff is uncaring if you ever get into a personal problem they don't know you, please check out the reviews or do some homework t financial aid staff are horrible nasty and mean I trusted them once you are enrolled you are history I truly believe they are using Christ name to conduct their money schemes over all my experience with LUO has been a nightmare with both the staff and instructors. |
|Mar 20 2012|| Male --
Class 2000 |