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Feb 03 2005Psychology
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If you are seeking to go into ministry work or overseas missions, Liberty is the school for you. The theology profs I've had were excellent. However, if you are seeking any other career and expect an education that will give you the best opportunities in your field, please do not pay the enormous tuition for a second-rate education and disappointing facilities. And don't, under any circumstances, enroll in the Honors Program, it is a joke. Rather than provide a challenge, the program simply dumps an extra load of busy work into your schedule. Also, unless you wish take a semester to review the Bible stories you learned before you were 10, do not take a literature class. Mine nearly made me cry. Most maddening of all, excuses for the school's shortcomings are built into the philosophy of most of the faculty and infect the attitudes of the students. It's sickening when students leave a school expecting less from themselves and less from the world than when they went in.
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
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Perceived Campus Safety: A-, University Resource Use: F
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Jan 30 2005History/Histories (art history/etc.)
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I am a pretty typical person, though perhaps a little nerdier than some. I love computer games, movies, and socializing with my friends. Generally I am not overly picky, though I do demand at least acceptable quality in the services that I pay for. Unfortuantely, Liberty has failed to meet any of my requirements.

1) Entertainment - There is almost nothing to do here. The campus supplies nothing for leisure. No cable, poor internet, and very little in the way of sports.

If you like watching sports, you will never be able to watch a championship game here. The only places that get the games are the Student Lounges, and they close at 11:30. You can always try to find away around curfew so you can watch the game in one of the town's sports bars, but don't tell any Liberty adminstrators, they'll blast you for going to an establishment that serves alcohol.

Outside of campus is the pitiful city of Lynchburg. I maybe spoiled, having spent my whole life in a big city, but Lynchburg sucks. The weather is absolutely horrible and there is nothing to do. Even the Liberty supporters that I've met don't like the locale.

In short, Liberty University is very dull and miserable as a whole.
2) Campus Services - The services of Liberty University are about on par with those in the USSR around the time the Berlin Wall was torn down. I have never in my life seen a more poorly run company. Nothing works right. They build brand new dorms with faulty wiring and flickering lights. They don't build sidewalks so before your first month is up you'll find yourself covered in mud.

The food services are awful. They close early and don't even open when it's snowing. Even when they are open, the food is disgusting. Truly disgusting. They cook well during College for a Weekend, but don't be fooled!! I was and I'm regretting it now.

3) Network Services - The internet connection at Liberty is horrible. There are almost always connectivity problems. There have been several instances in the past semester in which I, and my entire dorm, have been totally cut off from the internet for days at a time. Two of my friends had no connection for over two weeks. They submitted a request for tech support on day one, and it took a week and a half before anyone even looked into their problem even with the pair calling in for support every single day.

Even when the network is up, the speeds are below par. I can't begin to tell you the amount of games I have lost because of lag. Recently, they have begun to work on the issue and it is improving, however the means they used to solve the problem are overly drastic and nearly as annoying as the speed problems themselves.

First, they installed a traffic shaper which almost totally restricts all forms of filesharing. That is a huge problem in a place that provides no cable, and has terrible tv reception. Downloading tv shows is the only way for me to enjoy shows like The O.C. or Lost.

Secondly, they forced everyone to install a program called CleanAccess that forces you to install certain Windows Updates and run a particular antivirus. While in principle the program shouldn't be an issue Liberty's standard of low quality continues. Every night at midnight the whole system goes down to update itself...a huge problem if you're in the middle of an instense game of Counterstrike.

Basically, if you have any interest in the internet, filesharing or multiplayer gaming DO NOT COME HERE.

4) Administrator's Attitude - More frustrating than any of the issues of already stated is the general unwillingness to do anything about it. Blame-shifting is king at Liberty University, I can't tell you the hundreds of times I have been redirected in circles here. The support personnel blame their bosses, their bosses blame the administrators, and the administrators blame the support personnel. No one will actually do anything though!

As a customer I expect the attitude of a company that serves me to be something along the lines of "You pay $XXX for a certian product or service and we will do our best to provide you with what you require, if we fail you we will do our best to make it right or we will compensate you." If I buy a TV at BestBuy and it flickers I expect them to replace it. That is not the case at Liberty. If you tried to return your tv here they would tell you to fly to Asia and give it to Samsung, upon further complaint they would not apologize they would tell you that maybe God is trying to teach you patience and that you should pray. But you would never get a new TV.

In summation, do not come here. If you expect any sort of quality in your college experience you will find yourself frustrated. Life is miserable here for anyone who actually pays their own bills. You will not get what you pay for no matter who you appeal to. Unless you hae a lot more patience than I do to deal with the sort of runaround that would make any inurance agency proud, do not come here. And on another note, the girls here are not nearly as pretty as everyone says; and for you girls, with a few exceptions the guys here are total pansies...unless you want to do the asking out you'll be dateless for a long time.

Liberty has a monopoly on it's industry...it's the only lenient christian school I know, but for your own sanity I would advise against coming here.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
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Jan 30 2005Business - Management and Administration
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Liberty University offers very little value for your 18,000 dollars. The Internet is unreliable and slow, the food feels like a middle school cafeteria, the post office loses packages constantly, and there is no cable TV in the dorms.

Besides offering very little in the way of luxuries my biggest complaint with Liberty University is that total lack of morale on campus. I grew up watching ESPN and hearing about how great college life is. At Liberty everyone leaves on the weekend, very few people enjoy their daily lives and the sports are awful. The Liberty Marching Band is another laughing stock. I can barely tell one song from another and students randomly chant(at least the minority of students who attend our crappy football games) "GO LU".

If you are into any kind of internet gaming or even casual surfing avoid LU. The internet is down consistently. AOL instant messenger works even worse than web pages. Gaming is especially out of the question. My games work probably 70% of the time. The other 30% I spent an hour playing, then at the end I lag out. in 80% of my games there is evenpresent lag. If you don't know what lag is imagine playing Mario and when you press jump, its jumps 2 seconds later.Don't come here.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2006
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