Prospective Liberty University Online Programs Students FAQ

Prospective Liberty University Online Students FAQ

Why Choose Liberty University for Your Online Education?

For more than four decades, Liberty University has been redefining success by molding leaders who believe in living out their calling with integrity. With more than 500 unique programs of study, Liberty University is committed to providing both residential and online students with a quality education with a biblical worldview. Whether you are pursuing a degree online or on campus, you will have the opportunity to connect with students and professors from more than 85 countries around the world. We are excited that you are considering Liberty University for your education and look forward to meeting you in the future!

Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about online learning

1. Will a college degree make a difference in my career?
2. Is an online format comparable to the traditional residential, on-campus format of classes?
3. How do online classes work?
4. How fast can I complete my degree?
5. What happens if I move to a new location?
6. When and how often do I have to be online for class?

Questions about taking courses through Liberty University Online

7. What is the cost of attendance at Liberty University?
8. How do I apply for admission?
9. What are the admissions requirements for Liberty University Online?
10. Where should I send my documents?
11. Which degree programs are offered online?
12. What is the difference between online and residential class formats?
13. Is financial aid available?
14. What is your school code for FAFSA?
15. Does Liberty University Online undergraduate program accept transfer credit?
16. How long has Liberty University been in existence? Is it accredited?
17. Do Liberty University Online faculty hold masters or doctoral degrees?
18. Will my actual Liberty University diploma say "Online"?
19. Do you accept International students?
20. How do I get started?
21. How do I get my books and materials?
22. When is the next start date?

Questions about technology and Liberty University Online websites & tools

23. What type of computer do I need?
24. What should I do if I have a technical problem with my computer?
25. My password doesn't work, what do I do?
26. What is ASIST?
27. What is Blackboard?
28. What is Webmail?
29. How do I submit my work on Blackboard?
30. My Blackboard exam timed out, who do I contact?
31. When will my courses show up on Blackboard?
32. How do I check my grades?

1. Will a college degree make a difference in my career?

In our increasingly competitive marketplace, employers are placing greater value on education than ever before. Today, college graduates earn on average an income of 75 percent more than high school graduates. Over the course of a career, that means a college graduate will earn on average almost $1 million more than a high school graduate, while individuals with a master’s degree will earn on average an income of 110 percent more than high school graduates. (1)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Education is essential in getting a high-paying job. … In fact, for all but one of the fifty highest paying occupations, a college degree or higher is the most significant source of education or training." (2)
 

2. Is an online format comparable to the traditional residential, on-campus format of classes?

Yes. Numerous studies have demonstrated that students pursuing online degrees perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. In the book, The No Significant Difference Phenomenon, author Thomas L. Russell cites 355 research reports, papers, and summaries that found no significant difference between online and in-class learning. Where a difference was identified, it generally favored the online student. (3)

Many employers look very favorably on the fact that online students have the discipline to manage their schedule and work simultaneously. Employers typically support online programs and their employees’ enrollment in an online degree with Liberty University's online programs. Also, Liberty University has identified that its 8-week online format is the most effective vehicle for distance education

3. How do online classes work?

Please see the Blackboard orientation and tutorials for a demonstration of how Liberty University’s online courses work.

4. How fast can I complete my degree?

Degree completion time greatly depends on the chosen program and the amount of transfer credit you may have. For undergraduate online degree programs, the more credits you transfer in, the faster you will complete your degree online. You may be able to earn credit for professional training, through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Institutional Challenge Examinations (ICE), or by utilizing credit from previous college courses, you have taken. For online graduate and master’s programs, it depends on the program and the amount of time you have available to spend on your classes. Most undergraduate and online graduate degree programs have a certain number of courses that must be completed through Liberty to graduate. Please contact our Admissions Department to learn more.

5. What happens if I move to a new location?

The benefit of Liberty University Online is that it does not make a difference where you are located while completing an online degree program. Liberty’s online classes can be continued from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the Internet and a computer that meets Liberty's technology requirements.

6. When and how often do I have to be online for class?

When and how long you log in during the week is completely up to you. Liberty University Online offers you the flexibility to complete assignments at the time of day that is most convenient for you. With the exception of a few programs, there are no specific required login times during the week. As long as you meet the deadlines specified by the professor for turning in assignments, you can complete your coursework at any time of the day or night. This level of flexibility allows you to fit school into your busy schedule, rather than attempting to fit your schedule around school, while at the same time providing enough structure to keep you on track to ensure successful completion of your degree.

7. What is the cost of attendance at Liberty University?

Please refer to Liberty University’s website regarding our current tuition and fees.

8. How do I apply for admission?

You may either apply online or over the phone. Since every online student has unique needs and questions, Liberty University’s Online Admissions Team will help you throughout the admissions process, and then the New Enrollment Team will help with registration in your first online classes and financial check-in. To get started today, please call (800) 424-9595.

9. What are the admissions requirements for Liberty University Online?

Please visit the admission requirements page for the requirements specific to your program.

10. Where should I send my documents?

Fax/scan all unofficial college transcripts to (888) 301-3577 or luoadmissionsverification@liberty.edu.

Please send all official college transcripts to:
Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA  24515

Note: International transcripts must be translated into English before submitting.

Do you need to request a college transcript? Let us request it for you!

11. Which degree programs are offered online?

Please view Liberty’s website for a complete list of online degree programs.

12. What is the difference between online and residential class formats?

Online degree programs are completed at a distance from the Liberty University campus through a variety of venues, featuring primarily online instruction. Most online courses last eight weeks, while a select few are 14 and 17 weeks. A few select programs require minimal one- or two-week on-campus intensives.

Residential degree programs are primarily completed through participation in face-to-face, lecture-format courses on Liberty University’s campus. These residential experiences occur in a variety of formats including:

  • Semester-long courses
  • Two-week intensives
  • One-week intensives
  • Weekend intensives
     

13. Is financial aid available for online students?

Yes, there are several ways to finance your education. Please visit the website to learn more about and the financial aid process and Liberty's monthly payment plans. (Edge and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.)

14. What is your school code for FAFSA?

Our school code for FAFSA is 010392.

15. Does Liberty University Online accept transfer credit?

Yes, Liberty University Online accepts transfer credits from regionally and nationally accredited institutions of higher learning. Visit our transferring credit page to learn more. Be sure to send in all your official transcripts so that Liberty may evaluate all potential credit and award you the maximum amount possible.

16. How long has Liberty University been in existence? Is it accredited?

Founded in 1971 and pioneering distance education since 1985, we offer a unique and proven approach to online education.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Many of our programs also hold additional accreditation and approval from organizations specific to their field. Our accreditation ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Liberty University will be accepted by other institutions that are also accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

17. Do Liberty University Online faculty hold masters or doctoral degrees?

To ensure the value of your education, all of our faculty members have either master or doctorate degrees. Also, many faculty members hold high-level positions within the fields they teach. Liberty University is devoted to ensuring the academic integrity of our classes and the educational foundation of the professors instructing them.

18. Will my actual Liberty University diploma say "Online"?

No. All of our diplomas state “Liberty University” with no distinction between residential or online degree programs. Liberty University’s name is well respected in the business community. You can be sure your online degree will help you obtain the career you desire. To ensure that our programs provide the skills and expertise that are in high demand, we develop our curriculum based on the current needs of each industry they relate to. We then draw our faculty from among the leaders of that industry to provide the most valuable, real-world education possible. Our academic instruction is continually updated to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods, and practices.

19. Do you accept International students?

Yes. Liberty University Online has students studying from countries all around the globe. Through our convenient online program, students can complete their online programs without residency requirements. (4)

20. How do I get started?

Apply online now! If you have any further questions, please speak with an admissions counselor immediately by calling:

Undergraduate
(800) 424-9595

Graduate Studies
(800) 424-9596

Office hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST

21. How do I get my books and course materials for my online degree?

Visit our Textbooks & Software page to learn about purchasing books and materials through MBS Direct, our online bookstore.

22. When is the next start date?

To check for the deadlines for this academic year, please check our academic calendar

23. What type of computer do I need?

View computer requirements and recommendations.

24. What should I do if I have a technical problem with my computer?

Our online classroom experience is extremely user-friendly. However, should you have any questions or experience any difficulties, Liberty University offers online technical support as well as assistance by phone by calling (434) 592-7800.

25. My password doesn't work, what do I do?

If your password does not work when you try to log in to ASIST, click on My Login and enter your username and password again to make sure you have entered it correctly. If you still cannot log in, you may either choose to change your password by clicking on Forgot Password on the login page, or you may call the IT HelpDesk at (434) 592-7800 or (866) 447-2869 for technical assistance.

26. What is ASIST?

ASIST is an online tool that allows online students to make payments, check their student accounts, check grades, and review transfer credit. Students must set up their ASIST account to be able to use Blackboard and Webmail.

27. What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is the online learning platform that Liberty University uses to offer online courses. Blackboard serves a variety of purposes, allowing professors to make announcements, post assignments, and interact with students. Both residential and online students will use Blackboard to submit coursework, complete online tests, and interact with their classmates. Students must first set up their ASIST account to have access to Blackboard.

28. What is Webmail?

As a Liberty University online student, you have been provided with a school email address that you will need to check weekly for announcements provided by the university or your professors. You can access Webmail when you log in to our website by clicking on Webmail and then enter your username and password.

29. How do I submit my coursework on Blackboard?

Assignments Manager is the system students use to submit online coursework, which is found within Blackboard. Your class syllabi/professor will provide you with more details as to where to submit your course assignments online.

30. My Blackboard exam timed out, who do I contact?

You must contact your assigned course instructor to reset your test.

31. When will my courses show up on Blackboard?

Your online courses should be available the week before your start date (Week Zero).

32. How do I check my grades?

Final grades can be found by logging into the new ASIST account. Once logged in, select Student and Financial Aid, then Student Records. Here you can access your grades by term or view your full transcript.


1) The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-life Earnings (July 2002 Issue) U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Surveys, March 1998, 1999, and 2000.
2) Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, June 2, 2004.
3) Russell, T. L. (2001). The No Significant Difference Phenomenon: A Comparative Research Annotated Bibliography on Technology for Distance Education: As Reported in 355 Research Reports, Summaries and Papers. IDECC.
4) For most programs. A few programs require minimal one- or two-week on-campus intensives at times convenient to the student. Students residing outside of the United States with intensive requirements should speak with resident admissions about VISA eligibility.