Liberty University Online Reviews
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This University is very incompetent when it comes to Financial Aid Disbursement. They have me wait 25 days for a stipend. On the agreed release date for the funds, Financial Aid Office and Student Accounts Department gave me a round about about the disbursement. It has been a month now since I started my course and they are still holding the money for their own interest! Stay away from Liberty University! This school is a Bog Joke!
I took CSIS 100, 111, and 330. My intent was to work towards an undergraduate certificate. I already have my bachelor's degree in a loosely related field, so I'm not completely new to the topic of information technology or computer science. The classes are relatively straightforward, and nothing is so difficult it can't be done within ~8 hours of work each week (though I probably got up to 12 a couple times). If you can commit more time than that, awesome. The course length is only 8 weeks, so if you're looking to snag a degree and get out, in a short amount of time, Liberty seems like a decent place for that. If you're looking to learn, that is - fully understand and comprehend the topics your studying - outside of the 8 week window, I personally found it difficult because we raced through the material. There wasn't enough time devoted to any one topic. We might have 100 pages of reading, and a discussion that was 300 words long. In my opinion, I think the classes ended up being okay (so, 5/10). The instructors are a different story. My first class was straightforward, so I didn't have to ask a lot of questions. I did ask for clarification on a final project, however, and despite being told my submission was a good project, it ended up getting a sub-par grade because I had "missed something," which my instructor had never mentioned when I presented it to him for early feedback. My second instructor was fairly good about getting back to me on questions, but the answers I received were mostly no more than a sentence along the lines of: "That's just the way it is." or "Your understanding is incorrect." (no corrections made, just telling me my understanding is wrong without any further commitment to helping me understand). My last instructor finally broke the scale for me. I sent emails almost weekly. And almost weekly, it took 3-4 days to get a response. The answers continued to be basic, "No, that's wrong" type of answers, and when I submitted an assignment for early feedback, he provided minimal guidance and told me to try a very, very basic concept (which was nowhere near being a good solution). Based on his interaction with me, I question whether he was actually qualified to teach the course. The instructors here have been sub-par (3/10, overall). Lastly, I understand this is a Christian School, but the only "Christian" part of the classes ended up being awkwardly worded prompts about how IT concepts look like biblical concepts, and a bible verse every week from the instructor (they provide a weekly update, which is really just them saying "God is good! Here's a bible verse. My job is done." Regarding the prompts, people managed to provide good answers, but it ended up looking more like a "How do we check the block on bringing Christ into our courses?" move than a legitimate "How do we glorify God with this course?" move. No rating on the Christian side of the house; I'm sure their on-campus practices are better. For the sake of Christians going there, I hope they're better. (3/10). The price is great. Military discount is great. But I felt like I was just paying for them to hand me some credits after I had satisfied their list of requirements for each class. No real learning, no development, just checking the box on requirements. That being said, several thousand dollars later, I have 9 credits that are now just sitting here, and I'm looking for a different school so I can actually learn and walk away with an understanding of what I'm studying. (10/10 on price, 4/10 on value) Admissions was great. They're super helpful. People were quick to answer questions. They were enthusiastic, and sounded like they were interested in you. Always quick to walk me through anything. Everyone outside of the academic faculty was great. (10/10) (too bad they're not the ones teaching you...) I really wanted to like Liberty. I heard good things about their other programs. They have great designs for their IT programs, and I was always super excited to start taking each of my classes. But each class caused me to grow more cynical towards the school. I've contemplated giving the school one more chance, because I still want to believe the comments I read from the other programs. At this point, though, I'm taking a break, because my money is better put towards other pursuits.
I am a busy mother of five (four of those are under four), so it was crazy to think I could go back to school for my masters degree. LUO offered me the flexibility I needed, while also supporting the Christian education I wanted. I was nervous to attend an online school because I was concerned that it would be a diploma mill that would reward a worthless degree for minimal effort. I am happy to say that my experience at Liberty has been the opposite of my fears. From the first course, I have learned so much - not just about my field of study, but also about my own spiritual journey. I have attended traditional schools in the past, one that is a very well known state school, and I believe that my education at Liberty rivals that instruction. I feel like the work is WORK, but once the work is complete I feel the satisfaction of a job well done. I do not, in any way, feel my professors are disconnected or uncaring. They are all PhD's, they are all responsive, they all give feedback on assignments. In fact, this quarter I have a very tough professor who graded me very harshly. My first response was to be upset, but instead I contacted him and asked how I could improve. Not only did he give me helpful feedback, but he also sent me encouraging emails to congratulate my efforts to improve. My other professor this quarter has written me extensive feedback on my case studies and pushed me to think outside the "textbook" box. My experience at Liberty is second to none. I do not think I will go out into the workforce with this degree and make a million dollars. A degree is just the beginning - from here, it will take hard work and elbow grease to obtain experience and prove my worth. That's what its all about and I look forward to the challenge. I will walk into any interview confident that I bring something special to the table. Liberty has given me that confidence and I look forward to that day. And I am using the post-9/11 GI Bill. I have paid nothing for my classes. I have had to pay out of pocket for books (over the book voucher amount for the VA).
I am about halfway through completing my final class at Liberty University and will be graduating with a Masters in Accounting within a few weeks. Liberty has been a decent online experience. The assignments aren't overwhelming and the online library is top notch for ease of performing research. That said, the classes are overly focused on scholarly research. One should expect a good dose of research assignments in a masters program, but there should be a balance between theory and application. Most of the assignments in the Liberty MSA, including discussion board posts, are theoretical in nature and call for heavy examination of peer-reviewed literature. While these tasks have been challenging, they provide very little in the way of practical skills that can be transferred over to the real world. I was a career-changer when I started the degree and hoped that I would build more technical accounting skill in this program. Unfortunately, I've gotten more material that I can apply to my job from accounting websites than the academic research assignments at Liberty. I have read other reviews indicating that instructors aren't very involved and, while this is true, it is no different from any other online program in that regard. I have taken many online classes at multiple institutions over the years and fact is, the majority of the instructors in the online format are hands off regardless of school. You have to be comfortable learning material on your own if you choose the online format. If you are new to the accounting field and need to gain practical skills that you can apply on the job, I would not recommend this program. Do some research for yourself and find a program that builds those skills through assignments that involve application of the material. You should also consider whether or not you will need an accounting internship, which will be the case if you want to get into big public accounting. If you need an internship, take a look at programs that have strong ties with public firms. If you are already in the accounting profession and want a masters to bolster your resume or provide enough hours to sit for the CPA exam, Liberty can be a cost effective option for you.
I've been practicing law for 20 years and am currently part of the executive of a public agency. I checked out a number of online Masters programs and then decided on LU to develop my executive leadership skills. The eight week classes are more rigorous than I expected. They do a great job of blending Christian worldview with the academics. I highly recommend LU online if you are serious about learning and want to start and finish your program. They do indeed focus on making Champions for Christ. Great job Liberty!
If you are looking for a Masters of Accounting program that will help you build practical job skills that are valued by employers, look elsewhere. I am close to graduating with a 4.0 GPA and have developed very little in the way of true accounting skill (at least as a result of my classes). Virtually all of the assignments involve heavy scholarly research, which while challenging, does nothing to help prepare you for an accounting career. All of the classes follow the same general format: 1. Discussion board posts which require scholarly journal references 2. 10-12 page individual research paper on a theoretical topic, again requiring an unreasonable amount of research. 3. Group project which is usually a 10-12 page paper with a high number of required scholarly references. Of course, this is a graduate level program and one must anticipate a healthy dose of research. However, I was a career changer into the accounting field and expected to find a better balance between research and useful skill development that would translate into job success. I am now working in public accounting but most of the knowledge I've developed has come from OJT and personal research on sites such as accountingcoach.com and accountingtools.com. Other posters here have talked about the lack of communication from online faculty at Liberty and while this is true, it is the same as most other online programs in that regard. You really have to be comfortable without supervision in order to succeed anywhere in the online format. My advice is simple. If you are already well established in the accounting field and just want a masters degree to build your resume or fill in the 150 hour requirement for the CPA, then Liberty University could be a viable option for you because of affordability and low barriers to entry. If like me, you need a program that will help you develop real world accounting skill that you can apply on the job, this is not a program I can recommend. Even if you have to pay a bit more or jump through some hoops like the GMAT, carefully research your options and find a program with assignments and exercises that require application of the material. You also need to consider the degree to which the school can help you find that first job if you have no accounting background. Liberty does not do much in the way of name recognition with accounting employers.
I was very pleased with the instructors and the learning material. The courses were thorough and challenging. The few times that I have needed to contact the advising department, they were courteous and responsive. I have heard that many people have had issues with the financial aid department, but I have not had the same issues.
I have had a great experience with LU. The eight week courses are great for anyone with a regular working schedule. It allows you to manage your work life and school life. I highly recommend Liberty University.The communication with the professors is excellent, and the online learning experience is great.
The college is as good as any other college out there. Some of the professors are great and some are horrible. The worst professors you will encounter are in your undergraduate classes. This information is strictly for accountancy graduates and possibly other disciplines if applicable. I wanted to get my degree in accountancy because there are thousands of accountancy positions available through the job boards. My story is that I was transitioning from a completely different professional field of study with very limited "real-world" accounting experience. From an educational standpoint, this made me take every undergraduate course in accounting as they were prerequisites for the Masters program (big money). I maintained a 4.0 in 17/17 classes. From a job seeking standpoint, I could not have made a worse decision. You MUST have or go through an internship to even hear back from a company. Without this, you will not even get entry level A/P or A/R jobs which are essentially $12-$15 data entry jobs (imputing source document info into the CRM). This is not even discussed by advisors or anybody at the school. Experience is the ONLY way to break into this industry. Companies will not hire to train and I'm speaking from the greater Phoenix area which has hundreds of accounting jobs. The cut-off age (which is unspoken) for the big 10 is 31 years old. I found this out after speaking with a multitude of employees at these firms while Ubering. I would check to see if your degree requires internships and experience before going to an online school (very limited practical knowledge regarding certain disciplines). Everyone that I have spoken to that went to a brick-and-mortar school understood that internships were the industry standard. I wish I knew this before I wasted 65K on a worthless online degree. You would think that your personal academic advisor would have had this conversation with the students before applying. Christian or not, education is all about money. If it were not, I would not have received 30 calls and e-mails from 2 months in advance of class start date until the deadline date to register. Please check to see if your discipline needs experience (even at entry level; which now means 1-2 years of experience) before even thinking about going to on of these schools. I now have a worthless piece of paper that I am willing to sell. Best of luck and do not let the Christian thing fool you! MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!!!!
I like this school. I originally wanted to do my undergraduate here but wasn't able to attend because my Mother thought it was too far away from home. As an online graduate student I believe whether the professors attend to me or not I am going to succeed with this degree. My program only offered 30 credits, but I need 48 to get my Chemical Dependency License in the state of Texas. This was a bit of a set back because I did not want to attend classes anymore, however, as a military wife I was able to supplement tuition with a fee reduction from the school and attend for 18 credits more in order to get my licensure. I currently hold a Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern license and am still able to work in my desired field. I recently was able to get a job with the Department of Family and Protective Services with only a bachelor's in Psychology so I am confident that even with an online master's degree I can get a decent position in the field of my choice. One bad aspect to this university's online programs is that the professors do not push ALL of the students to perform at graduate level. Many of the other student's assignments were sub-par when it came to simple things such as APA formatting, but somehow I ALWAYS seemed to get points taken off when I skipped instructions for assignments.