I have attended Liberty both as an online student and as a residential student, and have enjoyed both. The University is true to its standards- if you are a sold out Christian believer who is concerned with excellence in worship and quality education, then the University is a great choice for you. The University expects you to act like an adult- not a high school student with harder course work. Because of the attendance policy, you are expected to attend class daily- just as you will be expected to show up to work on time everyday as an adult. Because of the dress code, you are expected to be modest, classy, and presentable- just as will be expected of you in the workplace as an adult. I am someone concerned with personal style, and not once did I feel like I had to dress like a shrub to fit the dress code. Trust me, it's annoying to those of us who take the time to present ourselves well and as adults to see girls walking around campusses in leggings, tight t-shirts, and uggs. The University has rules about physical touch on campus, so people worry that they won't be able to conduct relationships with other students. Not true. Again, this has to do with where you are in your faith. My husband and I had never slept with each other before marriage. This is a standard of Christianity that the University holds itself to. You can't kiss on campus, but the Universitry could not be more pro-relationship. Plus, who wants to walk around campus seeing couples making out everywhere? The University expects you to keep a clean dorm- and they check it- just as you, in order to be respectful to your spouse, will have to clean up after yourself in your home. All of the rules the University puts on its students benefit them for their lives in the future. Also, the accademics are challenging. As someone with a 4.0 gpa and an honors student, I was challenged in my courses. The professors are relational, helpful, and are strong Christians. They pray with you, encourage you, and ask you to encourage them, but they definitely challenge you. The course work is extensive and difficult, but isn't just busy work- it's actually helpful to your education. It's also great that the University requires all students to take certain courses like Old and New Testament, Theology, and courses on how Christianity relates to different religions. As students who will be entering the work force as sold out Christian believers, having those tools under our belts is extremely helpful to get you started on the right track in the work place. Student activities is great about bringing some awesome things to the University for students to do- and if you have any ounce of creativity, you won't be bored- especially if you spend time studying. Campus transportation is great, and since LU has one huge accademic building where most classes are held, there's not too much stress put on you about getting to your next class on time. Trust me, having a car is great when you want to get off campus, but you don't need one to attend school and get to where you need to go. Convo is great, some really awesome speakers including presidential candidates, top-rated buisness owners, famed pastors, artists, and military veterans speak reguarly. Not to mention the music is good. As far as personal spiritual growth is concerned- you have to WORK at Liberty not to grow spiritually. You are required to go to prayer groups and fellowship with Prayer Leaders, Spiritual Life Directors, and mature Christian RA's and RD's. Personal bible study is encouraged, and as a side note- Worship Majors are required to attend some kind of church each week.
Having said all of this, the basically any of the "registration" stuff is a nightmare. Housing, finantial checkin, and online registrations are all huge headaches. Getting people on the phone is pretty bad, and you normally have to hold for 30 minutes to an hour.
With all of this said, I would encourage anyone of strong faith who wants to make a difference in a working environment towards a Christian worldview to attend Liberty. I've been challenged, grown in my faith, faced my share of typical university-headaches, made great friends, and feel prepared for my job because of LU.