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Loma Linda University

Total Grad Surveys 20
Females 14
Males 6
Avg years at University 2.4
Research Quality B- (6.3)
Research Availability B (6.7)
Research Funding C- (4.2)
Graduate Politics B- (6.5)
Not Errand Runners B (7.2)
Degree Completion B+ (7.7)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C+ (5.7)
Sufficient Pay C- (3.7)
Competitiveness B+ (7.4)
Education Quality B- (5.9)
Faculty Accessibility B- (6.4)
Useful Research B+ (7.6)
"Individual" treatment B- (5.9)
Friendliness B (7.0)
Safety A- (8.8)
Campus Beauty B (6.5)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.3)
University Spending B (7.1)
Extracurriculars C+ (5.7)
Scholastic Success B- (6.4)
Surrounding City C+ (5.4)
Social Life/ Environment C- (4.1)
Sufficient PayC-
SafetyA-
This school is an absolute jokeAug 23 2017Pharmacy
This school is an absolute joke. The faculty is extremely unhelpful and condescending. You will overpay to learn very little relevant information to your career field. Majority of the professors are pushing retirement age and could care less about the quality of education you receive and are in it for your money. This school is run by politics and administrative nonsense where they are "encourage" students to give feedback yet are unable to accept constructive criticisms and instead tries to harm your future career and make your life a living hell. Majority of the classes are so pointless and uninteresting to a degree where it starts to suck out your soul and question your life. This school is very bad at preparing you for exams and ridiculously ambiguous on what you need to prepare for and why you need to know those materials to benefit you in your career. It's so bad to the point where you have to go out of your way just to clarify what topics are "important" and will most likely be tested on. Majority of the professors are technologically deficient and will waste a lot of time just to get class started and the tone of the lectures are so boring/unexciting to the point where you will question why you applied to this school in the first place. On top of the low quality education, the exams are fairly difficult and 100% does not match the level of teaching. You will also drown in impractical almost daily quizzes with having no clue as to why you need to even know the information in such depth. You will go to your professors to ask why the information you memorize is important to where they will have no response or make up nonsense just to establish their power over you. You will also be bombarded with so many marketing emails to buy their products and volunteer (be a slave) for various organizations and paint it as being noble and beneficial for your future while robbing you of all your money. Eventually after you figure out what is really going on, you will find yourself trapped in a pyramid scheme where they just want your money and will provide you very little support to achieve a successful future. This school also constantly goes about the notion of promoting physical/mental wellness which is contradicted by the culture and reality of what you will do at this school. Your health will deteriorate and they will respond by saying that you need professional help which is ironic because the school essentially is the cause of your health decline. Yet even though that's extremely obvious, they will do nothing about it and instead put it all on you for not taking care of yourself. This is a health professional school, but nothing about the food they serve you is healthy and are mostly empty carbs and junk (donuts, haystacks, etc.) This all makes you wonder where all your tuition money goes and makes you realize how ridiculously you are overpaying for such a poor education and quality of life being at this joke of an educational institution. I am telling you to beware and seriously consider any other schools before choosing to come to this third rate school.
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Horrible school DO NOTMay 16 2017Other
Horrible school DO NOT WAISTE YOUR MONEY GOING HERE! Faculty is arrogant and don't care about students just money and prestige. Discrimination against shy less confident students!
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For graduate school, when the stakes are highMay 06 2016Other
For graduate school, when the stakes are high already, they add drama and discrimination against people they don't like to the mix as well.If you're not one a Seventh Day Adventist you'll most likely hate it. Some professors have unfair grading methods and enjoy making life hell for students. If students are struggling with subjects they look for ways to kick you out instead of helping you succeed. Testing methods are often deceptive and they are vague about what to study for. If students give negative feedback about the program faculty become vindictive and make life even more difficult for the students.
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NOT A GOOD SCHOOL STAY AWAY!Mar 10 2016Other
NOT A GOOD SCHOOL STAY AWAY! The school does not put students first. Students are no encouraged to express their own opinions they are expected to go online with faculty opinions. Some of the faculty are shockingly very arrogant. This school is way over-priced and you can get a better education somewhere else!
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Loma Linda University staff are preoccupied with religiousNov 05 2015Psychology
Loma Linda University staff are preoccupied with religious legalism and compliance with outdated religious superstitions. The school environment is irreparably contaminated by dysfunctional personalities and internal institutional politics. Don't waste your money and time on a third rate institution and a degree you won't actually be awarded or can't use if you are.
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The physical therapy program is excellentJul 21 2015Physical Therapy/Exercise Science
The physical therapy program is excellent. Faculty really care about you as a person, not just a number. Excellent teaching styles by the faculty. Most of them are still working in the clinic so you get up to date knowledge. Students move through the program as a group so you make lifelong friends. Many student groups to help in the learning.
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Very disappointingJun 06 2015Other
Very disappointing. Five specific learning objectives were established in the initial entrance interview. Not a single one was accomplished. The workload is challenging, in fact at most times demanding and unrealistic. Definitely does not support the school view of " making man whole". I gained 30 lbs in 22 months sitting 16 hours a day in front of a computer.There was very little feedback at all...poor instructor communications. Most times you could be involved with a course for up to 8 weeks and receive no grades or feedback solicitations from the instructors. The main professors are too self absorbed in their own research to have any feelings or regards for their students. Your may make research proposal and have it approved and then never hear anything from anyone. Each enrollment period was like pulling teeth to register. And beware their flat tuition rates...they try and charge $9000-11000 dollars for 3 credits, knowing you are not being offered the promised course load. It takes about 2-3 weeks to reverse that mess and subsequently they always manage to screw you out of another $200.00 as late registration fees even though you registered early. They do this because they are an SDA institution. If you belong to the cult, you keep your mouth shut and pay, if not you pay anyway and serves you right for being an outsider. Stay away from this school. The average age of a graduate (masters level) student is 26 years. Most schools are late 30's or 40's. That is because of the SDA affiliation...the students want to stay because it is a religious experience. For all others, it can be a miserable mistake.
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LLU is a great school for public healthSep 03 2013Public Health
LLU is a great school for public health and the program is really what you make of it! I have seen people graduate with little direction and having got only a little from their two year MPH degree... and yet others (most of them) go on with immediate jobs and very successful! These are the folks that started clubs, after school programs, asked for help, and made a way for themselves in partnership with the faculty. This school may not be for everyone but it has the degree I want, the values I hold (though I am not SDA), and has not been a bad experience. The price is very high for little parking, non-improved buildings for the SPH, and could use more support from staff. I like to think the SPH has character up on the hill and the all the teachers are very approachable. Choosing a school is a personal experience! Find what works for you!
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School lies to students and is run byJul 20 2013Unknown
School lies to students and is run by an administration that makes decisions based entirely on emotional whims and personal feelings. The student handbook is poorly written providing poor protection of student rights and enabling administrators and teachers to do whatever they feel like to students. There is no sense of competence or professionalism and to expect it from them is unreasonable. They target students they perceive as offensive and hassle them to no end. They do not support their students and give them no benefit of the doubt. They do not mean to hurt people but their extreme incompetence hurts students and physicians and the community as a whole. I spoke with a local lawyer who said they do so many illegal things it is tragic. They are struggling for survival so do not run things well at all. They pulled an old dean out of retirement because so many students were having difficulty. It is extraordinarily poorly run. Spare yourself.
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STAY A WAY FROM THIS SCHOOLJun 20 2013Nutrition
STAY A WAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. WHY?
1) VERY PARTIAL ATMOSPHERE, IF YOU ARE NOT A SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST THEY WILL GIVE YOU A VERY HARD TIME , YOU ARE PERCEIVED AS "OUT OF THEIR GROUP"

2) THIS IS A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL AND MORE THAN 90% THE STUDENTS WHO CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL ARE SDA THEMSELVES, THEY WILL OF COURSE ADVERTISE FOR THIS SCHOOL AND DENY ANYTHING AGAINST IT BECAUSE ANY NEGATIVE STATEMENT ABOUT THIS SCHOOL IS PERCEIVED AS A THREAT FOR THEIR BELIEFS

3) THEY SCHOOL IS RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. THEY DO NOT GIVE YOU ANY BREAKDOWN OF THE COSTS AND TRY TO CHARGE YOU EXTRA MONEY IN ANY WAYS THEY CAN.

4) MOST INSTRUCTORS ARE VERY OLD AND NOT UPDATED ABOUT THE THE NEW INFORMATION AND THEY ARE VERY SELECTIVE TOWARDS THE TRUTHFULNESS OF THE INFORMATION THEY PRESENT.

5) THEY CAN EASILY SINGLE YOU OUT AND GIVE YOU HARD TIME IF YOU TRY TO STAND FOR YOUR RIGHTS. I HAD CLASSMATES WHO WERE PROMISED TO GET THEIR TUITION REDUCED IF THEY WOULD TA for a class. THEY SPENT ALL THEIR SUMMER TAing AND AT THE END THE DIRECTOR OF THE NUTRITION PROGRAM WHO WAS CINDY KOSCH AT THAT TIME NOT ONLY DID NOT PAY THEM A PENNY BUT THE STUDENTS WERE SENT TO THE MOST REMOTE PLACES FOR THEY CLINICAL ROTATIONS WHEN THEY SPOKE OUT.

6) IF YOU SEARCH THE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE SCHOOL, YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF CASES INCLUDING A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THIS SCHOOL.PIECE OF ADVICE: DO YOUR SEARCH WELL BEFORE DECIDING TO APPLY TO THIS SCHOOL.

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I completely agree with the other review ofApr 17 2013Physical Therapy/Exercise Science
I completely agree with the other review of the physical therapy program completed by another student. This program is terrible and would recommend going ANYWHERE but LLU for a PT degree especially the DPT degree. The DPT program is setup so that you are a good at taking written tests and no where near as much emphasis is placed on being a good clinician or practicing physical therapist.

The other review is correct that the grading system is ridiculous and you do not get the grade that you deserve. They accept a high number of students (70+) in order to make up for losing 10 to 15 out of their program once it is completed. Once you do get a letter that you are below their 3.0 GPA which is graded on a curb that really is NOT a curb you are like a horse with broken legs. Prepare for not finishing your education at LLU at that point. The school is also very expensive and there is no tutoring program or help from other peers when you are struggling in a class that such school as the University of St. Augustine has. All and all if you do choose to go to Loma Linda University prepare to be frustrated and angry about your education and the way you are treated by your professors.

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This school is very expensiveAug 24 2012Public Health
This school is very expensive. LLU is famous for research and mission work and that's all. Check US News rankings of LLU #164 for psychology, not ranked for medical or pharmacy, #99 for nursing, #86 in physical therapy, #94 in physician Assistant. I was in public health program which is ranked #36. For the price you can choose a better school for cheaper. The atmosphere is not that great. The campus looks horrible compared to other private colleges. They really school rebuild the whole school instead of mixing extremely old buildings with new ones. Plus there is no parking. I really wish LLU would do more for the students, instead of collecting all that money.
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I love my experience at LLU!Jul 18 2012Other
I love my experience at LLU! LLU is a private institution that upholds the SDA biblical beliefs. This is definitely ideal for SDA christians even for other christians so if you are not at least Christian this may not be the place for you. LLU has it's problems just like any other universityl it is not perfect however, I was very pleased with the MFT master's program and in comparison to other students in other programs in California war are accredited and well prepared to compete in this growing field. There is a lot of politics at LLU no different from other schools but I will say those that are SDA professors are protected and sometimes to the detriment of students that are unfairly treated. There needs to be a stronger push for research and reprimands to professors who are blatantly not doing the right thing or not supportive or teaching in a clear manner for students to comprehend. Also new professors applying should have a research background or focus to enhance LLU. The one concern I have is how rapidly tuition is increasing and the scarcity of opportunities to get scholarships and grants.
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The psychology program is really sadApr 18 2012Psychology
The psychology program is really sad....why didn't I see these reviews sooner. So many empty promises. I cry every week because I am so miserable here. There are no research opportunities. I have tried transferring, but many schools are wary because they feel I don't have a desire to do research, due to a lack of it on my CV. If I could do one charitable thing while on this Earth, it would be to dissuade any prospective applicant from applying and accepting admission to Loma Linda University - Psychology Department.Two years in and I am in $70,000 of debt already.
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Research Topic(s): None - there was no support for a thesis
Consider this option carefullyFeb 12 2012Other
Consider this option carefully...facilities are outdated, professors are unclear and often condescending, and most departments are unorganized. It's very expensive and in my opinion, not worth a quarter of the tuition you'll be paying. I wish I would have done better research about this school before I started classes...I'm sure all departments are different and this school is not for everyone. I have never been one to complain but this school is horrendous. My grad date cannot come soon enough, probably the one reget of my life is being at this school to finish out my program : /
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This institution is run by a religious organizationDec 27 2011Psychology
This institution is run by a religious organization which is prone to religious legalism and hidebound social traditions. If you are not already a 7th Day Adventist you are better off somewhere else.

You might get through if you shut up, keep your head down, and don't question anything, no matter how unprofessional or unethical it may seem. This is confusing, since they are so eager to talk about professional and personal ethics. They even have an ethics department; however, this public image doesn't filter down to the level of staff and faculty.

Because they are Adventist, they give preference in hiring to fellow Adventists resulting in internal nepotism and inconsistent quality of service. In other words, some staff and faculty are hired for their religious affiliation, not for their professional competence. Some of the faculty and staff are, in fact, well-qualified. Unfortunately, these people are overshadowed by others with serious personal problems and professional deficits. There are plenty of academic institutions with better facilities and opportunities. Honestly, your time and money are better spent somewhere else.

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This is definitely a worthless schoolOct 11 2011Public Health
This is definitely a worthless school. Don't go here if you are not SDA. They will always give preference, when it comes to acceptance, grades, anything, to SDA students and the non-SDA are only there to give them money. Apply to other schools that care! They are self-absorbed in promoting their own religion and nothing else. Basic statistics knowledge will tell you that their data is garbage and that is why they never publish in high tiered journal. Don't bother with this crap.
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I'm in the MFT program at Loma LindaAug 02 2010Other
I'm in the MFT program at Loma Linda and it's an awesome program. I went through the master's and the doctorate. Most of the teachers are great and there's only some politics that if you keep your head down and stay below the radar, you can bypass without it hurting you. LLU isn't a school for arguing your own point of view. You have to keep your mouth shut and get your degree and then you can start arguing. However, you will learn a huge amount of information and you will be way more qualified than most other therapists. One negative about LLU's program (and I've heard this in other programs) is that you feel totally incompetent when you leave even though you're actually more competent than most of your peers. A few years of experience and some looking at reality and you'll get over this. I learned to look at life in a whole new way, made a ton of friends and professional contacts and I feel like I have sooooo many options for my career. I would choose this program over again despite the few problems that do exist.
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Apr 01 2010PreDent and Dentistry
AMAZING University, with an AMAZING D.D.S. program. But be aware that it is a very religious school!
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Jan 04 2010Psychology
This has to be the worst psychology program in the country! I've wasted 5 years here....biggest mistake of my life. DONT DO IT!
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Sep 20 2009Psychology
The psychology program is simply horrible and their conduct is unethical in almost every way imaginable!
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Research Topic(s): NONE!!!!
Please please please please do not come toSep 20 2009Psychology
Please please please please do not come to this school!!! Especially, if you are coming into the psychology program. Trust me please, I want to prevent others from making the same mistake as I have in selecting this school. There is no research to be done here...all the labs are full with 4th years, and only one 4th year student has completed her thesis through the program!!!! Review the faculty CVs if you would like, pay close attention Lou Jenkins, he has practically no research on his CV - and he is the department head! The website lies about average PhD completion...most students are there for 9+ years. There is not a loan repayment option as they claim. In addition, many of the students did not match on match day this last year. Stats are heavily emphasized in the first year which is great, unfortunately there has been a huge cut in faculty so our stats teacher was a student who had just graduated from the LLU program. Most of us do not feel at all competent in this area which is hugely detrimental. There is not a sense of confidentiality, and the faculty and students have a vast disconnect. The department is very dated as we are still operating on Windows 97, and have a computer lab worse than you local public library. Most of us use our the library resources from our undergrad institutions since we can barely access electronic journals through the LLU database. The faculty are stuck years behind, as most of them never even attend APA conferences, and few have subscriptions to journals. There are two good professors in the program, however they are both too busy doing other things. The program makes many promises to entice students to come. Please do not believe them!!! The will not stay true to these promises. I am not the only student that feels this way. Many do, but are afraid to speak up. To corroborate all I am saying, the APA accreditation committee has not granted LLU the 5-7 year accreditation most psychology programs are given...they have been allowed a 3 year accreditation (probation) pending numerous program and educational changes. Many of us fear we will not graduate with an APA approved degree. They are a money mill!! The program is on block tuition which they try and make you believe is beneficial to you...it is not!!! You will never take overload on your course schedule because they simply never provide you with enough classes to even take. Most of the 2nd years are only being offered two courses this quarter, however, we must pay block tuition! They accepted more students then they should in terms of capacity, and as a result there is not enough lab spaces for us. Please please please listen to what I am saying! This school is extremely expensive, and what you will get in return for you money will deeply trouble you. There are so many universities in this great country, I strongly urge you to consider the hundred of others. Again, I can only speak to the psychology department...In closing the psychology building is a converted business office from the 60s and there are only 3 classrooms.
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Research Topic(s): You cant have one
This is a good university for students whoFeb 04 2009Public Health
This is a good university for students who have no practical experience. Ask good questions: how many people get employement after graduation, what is the average age of students, how many students do you accept who have at least 2 years in the field. Student body is friendly, most teachers are friendly and helpful. Remember this IS a religous school, do not think it isn't.
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The school of public health has a goodJun 18 2008Public Health
The school of public health has a good reputation, the on-campus courses were fair, and some of the faculty are excellent. The distance program (online) had potential but was very poorly implemented. More than half the courses had minimal interaction with the instructor, leading me to believe the school is more interested in the income from online students than providing a good education. Courses were not developed according to the published timetable, and therefore specific courses I intended to take were never available. The director of the distance learning program changed in the middle of my degree, and the new director is a significant reason to avoid the program. Communication with the office of distance learning is nearly impossible, which is a serious problem for an online program.If the distance program at LLU is revamped and they hire a new director, this could be a program to consider. Otherwise, spend a little bit more and get a great distance education from Johns Hopkins.
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Sep 08 2007Biology
Great program with great faculty.
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Most of the university is excellentJan 21 2006Unknown
Most of the university is excellent. In my department, teachers are generally friendly and helpful. However, there's always the few that mess things up. Overall I feel I'm getting a good education. There's a few classes that seem worthless, a few classes that almost kill you with the amount of work. But the department wants you to succeed and they're willing to help you out.
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Very little support forDec 15 2005Psychology
Very little support for students. Faculty is aloof and uninterested student welfare. Must be very careful about politics. No support whatsoever for thesis or dissertation.
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