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Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2010
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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary at Liberty University offered me the flexibility needed to complete an M.A.R. while also working full time and serving in my local church. The Classes were rigorous, with vast amounts of reading and writing per course and I am thankful for the extremely high quality of the education offered. Support from advisers and course instructors was constant, with questions being answered in less than 12 hours in nearly every case.

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Seven classes remaining and the policy police w...
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 0000
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I am an older adult student who was attending Liberty University Online toward a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When I chose the school it was for the personal service and help they offered. I loved the biblical classes and how Christ was woven in and out of subject matter. Some of the professors are phenomenal. I was thrilled with the first discussion board post for each new class introducing ourselves and learning how God was working in each person’s life and what their degree was going to allow them to do. However, as the school began to expand dramatically, the discussion board introduction posts became “I am a military student who does not know what I want to do so I decided to go to school”. There was the atheist and the Muslim and suddenly discussion board posts were no longer encouraging and learning experiences but antagonistic and empty. There are very few places in the world where Christians can go anymore where they can just be themselves and talk freely about their faith without the interference from the world. When I first started at Liberty, that aspect was there, but at the end when I was forcefully kicked out, it was a different school. My GPA is 3.76 and I was continuously on the Dean’s list while attending the school. My husband took on two full time jobs in order for me to concentrate on my degree so that I could finish more quickly so that he could retire. I was SEVEN classes from graduating when I took a semester off to help a prodigal daughter. I filled out the SAP (appeal form) and was still not allowed to return to school. On the appeal form it states, “In addition to this appeal form, you must submit documentation from an objective third party professional to support your appeal statement. These are examples of an objective third party professional: physician, counselor, lawyer, social worker, teacher, religious leader, and death certificate, divorce decree, etc.” Not every circumstance requires third party documentation such was ours. It was a family matter that involved no one else. Additionally, what this form requires is to violate HIPPA and privacy laws of another person if I were to provide what they wanted. I talked to various people in the categories required on the SAP appeal form and no one would help because of fear of being sued. The reason I left school was to help another person. Isn’t that what the bible teaches? I talked with the highest levels of people to try to reason with them. From the bottom up they read from the same script – policy, policy, policy – the human aspect is gone and Christ is completely absent from their policies. Months later I received a call from advising that they were letting me back in to finish. After 2 ½ hours of being transferred from one person to another to complete the process to get back in (all very helpful) I reached the end where I was told “oh, I did not realize there is a hold on your account, we cannot let you back in”. I owed $300.00 and was told I could return to school once it was paid. Wrong, I put the $300.00 on a credit card (I had been paying it off monthly prior to that) and was still told no, the hold was staying put. Financial Aid does not talk to Student Accounts and neither talk to Advising. It is like many separate parts of the same school with NO communication between them. They are policy zombies with the human Christian aspect completely absent! I have shared the appeal form with well over a dozen Christian colleges and universities and likely nearly one hundred secular schools explaining the situation. None of the schools can believe the inflexibility of Liberty University and the unreasonable policy especially as I explain the circumstance of taking a semester off while trying to find another school where I can finish my degree without starting over and doubling my student loans. With SEVEN classes left, I cannot find another school to transfer to where I do not start back at the beginning of sophomore year! What Liberty University has done to my family is financially devastate us. Having been out of the work force for a few years to finish school as an older adult and then not be able to finish has made me unemployable. Incidentally, I did have a job lined up to start once I had completed my degree but I lost that too. My husband is still working two full time jobs. I now have student loans for a degree I almost acquired and am unable to pay so I have to keep putting them on deferment. This is being “Champions for Christ”? I think not! While I was attending LUO, the books changed and Humanism and propaganda took the place of Christian learning. I did some investigating and discovered that Liberty University is a part of the American Council on Education, a United Nations Humanist, Agenda 21 organization http://www2.acenet.edu/ACEMemberDirectory/

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been attending Liberty University for just over 2 years. Some classes have been better than others, for example the Human Resource Management class was wonderful, I learned a lot from the Excel class, but what I have learned is in most cases you receive little to no instruction. You are given books to read, assignments to complete and tests to take. Many of the tests are worded poorly and are really confusing. Many times I've brought this to the attention of the instructor and they have adjusted my grade. The worst experience was the Project Management classes (I've taken all but 1 of them). They give you assignments in Microsoft Project but do not educate you on how to use the tool. Their assignments have little direction and you have to make assumptions on what the instructor is looking for. The instructors are not very helpful when you ask for help. Once I called LU to make a complaint and the person I spoke to said that she dropped the same class for the same challenge I was experiencing! I emailed my classmates to share my concern and see if we could help each other. Many of them expressed they were either planning to drop the class or struggling. Although LU was compassionate in taking my complaint, there was absolutely no action, no follow-up. Unacceptable. If I wasn't 75% complete with my studies I'd find another University. Although I don't mind adding a Christian integration to each discussion board post, they have a new rule where you have to add it to every assignment. It does not make sense at all and it is distracting from the flow of the project or assignment. What I found interesting is in the lower level classes, there were many more PowerPoints and supporting materials in addition to the text, the higher level classes have less supporting materials but are more challenging. In the Project Management classes there are these really cheesy videos that you watch and have no application to the class. Although the speaker is probably a good project manager, these videos should be removed from the curriculum, they are very poor. I have learned through personal reading from the textbooks things that I have been able to take into my career and have been very helpful, but, the stress and anxiety over the assignments and poor teaching I have experienced has been much worse than I ever expected. One good thing about Liberty is the CLEP testing option. I have been able to take a few CLEP tests and avoid the class altogether. I'll be glad to get through it but I am dreading the last several classes I need to get to completion.

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This is where I am supposed to be
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am a first year online student currently approaching my 5th week of classes. I am a single mom with 2 children, a Pre-Schooler and a Junior in High School. I work a Full time job and up until last week worked a part time as well. I am taking 9 Credits in this sub-term and have not missed one assignment the readings have not been overwhelming. Time management is extremely important. We make time for the things that we really want to do. I love the fact that I do not have to water down my faith in order to be successful at Liberty. Every school is not for everybody it just so happens that this is the perfect place for me. Also I got my funds disbursed in a timely manner. My academic adviser is extremely helpful all of my instructors have been accessible. I am loving my experience thus far

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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 15
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I had to drop my classes in fall semester because my workload at home was too much with classes because of a situation at work. When I went to re enroll for the spring term I was told my aid had been suspended I would have to appeal, I went through an appeal and it was denied because work wasn't a good enough reason. I am a single mother to a four year old and my work load had increased due to losing our General Manager, I had to step in to do GM work and take care of my four year old obviously this school wants to be your number one focus so if you are a working adult with children don't chose here. They treated me like crap and would let me talk to anyone to fix the situation it all had to be handled through email, and very impersonal I was very disappointed. Not to mention all the classes I took only focused on the Godly aspect of everything I never actually learned anything.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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Liberty University's online degree program has been one of the most life-changing experiences of my life. As a returning student and seasoned single-mom of three, with a full-time job, I knew I would face challenges. From the very first conversation with my personal Academic Advisor I was assured that whatever I faced during my tenure at Liberty would be addressed with compassion, understanding, and knowledge. The professors are always readily available to answers questions, by phone and email. The courses are challenging and you feel you are getting the most up to date education possible. The personal attention that you get with this school tops that of any on campus university that I have attended. Even my experiences with financial aid have been wonderful. There is a wealth of supports in place to help you reach your academic goals. Liberty accepted most of my credits from previous schools so instead of the expected 2 1/2 years it would have taken me to finish my degree it's only taken 1 1/2. Liberty offers just about any degree programs in all fields and almost all of them can be completed online. Liberty also offers study abroad educational tours that can be taken in lieu of certain classes. So instead of taking a 16 week internship or 8 week humanities class, you have the option of traveling to Greece or Spain or Rwanda. And financial aid can be used to cover the cost of these trips. With full academic schedules offered through the summer, Liberty makes it easy for you to reach your goals faster. I could go and and on, singing the praises of Liberty University. But let me leave you with this, if you're an adult with a busy life and you feel like you just cannot fit school in anywhere, Liberty may be the perfect fit for you.

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Really Good Christian University but not for Ev...
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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Liberty University is a good school for transfer students and for those looking to attend a good Christian University. The professors are responsive and all of the support given by the university, be it technical, financial, or administrative, is really good. Saying all of that, would I recommend Liberty University? My answer would be yes and no. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable university, anyone looking to transfer credits from one or more universities, or to those looking for a full Christian learning experience. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't prepared to be taught principles of Christianity in every single class and subject. Although I'm a Christian, I wasn't prepared for it and struggled to accept some of the content presented. I fully expected Christian content in the requisite biblical and theological courses but not in every course. For example, the English and Natural Sciences classes that I took contained much Christian content and the studies and assignments didn't leave any room at all for personal opinion or critical thought. As I said, if expected, it wouldn't have been too much of an issue for me and I'm sure won't be an issue for anyone else. However, although a Christian, I wasn't expecting it and was hoping for an opportunity to learn more about the non-Christian subject courses and to be able to apply more critical thinking in those particular subjects. Overall, it's a good university but you have to know what to expect in order to have a good learning experience.

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Russ Jacquay - about 1 month ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career opportunities, etc.) This is no different from non-Christian schools. They give you only one side, (unbelief) and leave no room for Biblical considerations.

Mo Money Mo Problems
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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In my experience with Liberty, they care more about their money than they do you as a student. I am being charged $1000 as an oversight of theirs and have been bounced around from person to person trying to fix this. There are hidden fees to the online program and you will be held responsible for knowing these hidden things if you withdraw or hit any snags in financial aid. Be warned.

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LIES LIES LIES
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Everyone you may talk to on the phone at this school is NOT on the same page. Admissions has no idea about financial aid and will tell you whatever makes you happy, and visa versa about financial aid and admissions. I was told I received a grant and wouldnt have to pay it back, lie. I was also told I would go all the way up to my doctorate in psychology, lie. They only offer bachelors in psychology. I didnt even complete applying to the school and they called me and made sure I finished it, I thought that was helpful esp. because they waved the admission fee. Once again a lie, from a "Christian" University. I feel cheated and lied to. This school full of liars led me to believe everything was going great only to have all my future plans crushed down. I do not recommend this school, especially if you feel it completely fits your need.

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Sola Babatunde - about 1 month ago

Hello! I'm am sorry about you. But I have a question. I was told about financial aid, and I got it, I was told I got a grant, and I did, I just finished my first psychology masters, and now I'm in the middle of my doctorate. My full ride still seems to be working by the way. Do you recommend I leave this school?

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Lisa - about 1 month ago

Depending on what state you are in, and what you want to use your degree for, their masters and doctorate isn't in psychology and it won't work for the state of Texas. If it works for you, great.

HUGE Mistake Going to Liberty
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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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Let me start off by saying I LOVE the Lord. I've attended Christian schools for elementary and high school so I am very familiar with the routine. What I wasn't prepared for was EVERY subject laced with Christian teachings even when it wasn't applicable. I feel you are forced to purchase these Christian textbooks to earn the authors more money and to make the class unnecessarily difficult. The readings from three different text AND a Christian text was overwhelming and added NOTHING to my education as far as I could see...busy work. I became deeply depressed at this school and kept comparing it to my legit undergrad where I learned so much. Eventually I just gave up and couldn't take it anymore. I am now on probation with the school not that I care since it will be a cold day in hell before I return. I also need to add they play games with financial aid. Do NOT count on them dispersing funds in a timely manner.

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