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Degree: Religion/Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
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When I started Liberty Online I already had an Associates from a former college. I had six years active duty Navy before I attended any college. Liberty Online has been the best experience I have had with education. Liberty took my associates and Navy experience and used them toward college credit. I have finished my Bachelors and am now working on my Masters also at Liberty and all online. The environment is excellent and the support is great. I have never had a question or concern that was never answered or taken care of. I recommend Liberty to everyone.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
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I attended a 2 year college 2003-2005 and needed just 3 more classes to complete my AA degree. It took me another 7 years to go back and complete those classes but once I decided that I wanted to do it....Liberty University offered the best value for money and their support was incredible. A few key points for someone looking at completing their degree. 1. Time (you will need to dedicate hours each day to be truly successful). 2. Interest and stamina (it's a tough path). 3. Money (college will always cost you). Well I knew that I had the time, I definitely had the interest (motivated by ego and a sense of failure for never having completed my degree), but the money....always tough. I was eligible for a 25% First Responder discount as an EMT and that was an excellent incentive. Once enrolled at Liberty University I chose a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice degree. I worked hard because I thought it would help me get into a police department. I completed my 3 classes needed for the previous AA degree, submitted my transcripts and collected my AA Arts degree in May 2013. I was then hired by a large city police department and put my BSc degree on hold for the 6 months of Police Academy. Fulfilling my dream of becoming a police officer did not hinder my desire to complete that BSc degree. Liberty was fantastic and very understanding of my 6 month break and helped make sure I didn't have to start repaying my FAFSA loans during that time. 6 months later as a fully sworn police officer, I went back to completing the degree and on March 2015.....dream came true, hard work paid off and I was awarded my BSc degree. My experience was amazing at Liberty. Classes were very interesting, work was hard with a high standard but that made me proud to be a student and now alumni. It should not be easy! The school and my professors responded to emails within 24 hours. Classroom format was not unlike social media...smart, easy to use, and very user friendly. I HIGHLY recommend Liberty University to anyone looking to finish that degree. A nice little bonus came this month due to my BSc degree. I got a 7.5% pay increase because of my advanced education. If I was to put all of that extra money towards my education, my BSc degree will have paid for itself in 5 years and I will have another 20-25 years of benefiting from those 2 years of hard work. Total financial benefit throughout my career will be approximately $250,000. That's $250,000 for doing the same job but with a BSc Degree. Do yourself a favor and apply. You CAN do it and you WILL succeed and Liberty WILL help you succeed.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2009
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Great school built on excellent standards. I attended longer than I hoped because of starting a family and career but am so glad I went back and finished. I loved convocations while on campus. Professors are of high standards. Campus is truly amazing and we'll managed. Leadership is phenomenal.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
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To all veterans: Stay away from Liberty online. I attended two different online universities during my time toward my bachelors degree. As a former US Army solider and current veteran, I can honestly say that Liberty is basically a "for profit" university under the disguise of a Christian name. Liberty assignments are much too easy, professors are adjuncts (which means they are really not real professors and spend very little time interacting with students), and the school has a massive recruitment agenda to try to enroll as many students as possible (think University of Phoenix). (The admissions center itself is the size of a basketball arena on campus). Most, if not all of my graded assignments could be found online by simple "google searches." Also, I found real hardship using my degree after graduation, and finished with 20K of debt, and no real prospects of using the degree. After two years there, it basically feels like a waste of time and effort. Really, any growth on campus at Liberty has been financed by online learning. The only reason, I humbly believe, that Liberty has grown is because Christian students are looking for an alternative to other secular universities, while studying online. The only difference between Liberty and Phoenix is that Liberty claims to be christian. You would be better served going to an online university someplace else, where the accreditation is stronger with a better image globally.

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Don Korb - 29 days ago

GREAT TV ADD VIEWED ON BILL O'RIELY/FOX 8/5/15 - Ending with: " I want to be just like my dad"

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Annette - 26 days ago

I was wondering what kind of aid did the veteran use? For example I used my 9/11 GI bill and got my degree in one year. The only money I pad out of pocket was for my graduation. I am a retired veteran and I can honestly say without Liberty I never would have finished. I attended other Universities online AMU and Strayer and I can honestly say they were out for money. It is a shame your time at Liberty has been so bad.

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Natasha - 2 days ago

Really not sure how you ended up with $20K in debt. I've decided to pursue my Master's at Liberty because with TA (Federal and State) my only out of pocket expenses will be text books. I have no intention of borrowing money. They charge veterans a significantly lower tuition rate which is pretty much what sold me on the school.

Annette's question is good - what aid did you use?

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John - 1 day ago

I used the money to pay for my undergrad; you used it for grad school. Different situations. Also, I had the regular aid offered to veterans. Besides, the school preys on veterans (just like Phoenix) because veterans are the ones with guaranteed money.. We have the government paying our school education. That is not right..

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Natasha - about 12 hours ago

I used Federal TA (and State TA as I'm Guard) to pay for my Undergrad (at ODU which is more expensive). I do not get the awesome 9/11 GI Bill that Active Duty has. Even without that and just using TA I don't foresee incurring any additional debt to obtain my Masters.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
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Do your research and choose wisely and here is not it. I can tell you of 2 professor that seemed to actually care. The rest my enemies are friendlier. Most jobs laugh at your degree from here, still no work after 1 year of graduating. Looking to go back to school but it will not be here. I will not even go into their financial department when dealing with the VA. All they want is numbers and money that is all.

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Annette - 26 days ago

That's too bad you have not found a job. I know veterans with 20 plus years in the military that cannot find jobs as well, I was one of them. Things changed for me once I completed my Bachelors degree at Liberty. A degree that goes along with 20 years of experience looks better to and employer. How much experience do you have? But finding a job is tough for everyone. I have friends with experience and degrees from UMW, GMU and Rutgers and they cannot find work. I guess it easy to blame someone. A bachelors degree is the same as a High School diploma now days. To compete and be marketable you need a Masters degree which is why even after getting a good job I'm working on my Masters degree. Just something to think about instead of trying to find someone to blame for our short comings. ijs

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Chris - 25 days ago

Annetta,

First Semper Fi.

Second as far as blaming someone else you need to stand down. You do not know me. I have years of real life experience. Military, fire service, owned my own company, raised 5 kids and now enjoying grandkids. This was a review on my experience with this school and the degree I earned from them. Not yours or anyone else's. My experience and if I can let others come into something with a broader view then I feel I should. You may have a different one and good for you. But your judgemental additude that you presented in your reply will fit well here as long as you go with what they say and don't have an opinion base on real life experience.

I was not blaming but only sharing my thoughts and experience I encountered here.

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Chris - 25 days ago

Annetta,

First Semper Fi.

Second as far as blaming someone else you need to stand down. You do not know me. I have years of real life experience. Military, fire service, owned my own company, raised 5 kids and now enjoying grandkids. This was a review on my experience with this school and the degree I earned from them. Not yours or anyone else's. My experience and if I can let others come into something with a broader view then I feel I should. You may have a different one and good for you. But your judgemental additude that you presented in your reply will fit well here as long as you go with what they say and don't have an opinion base on real life experience.

I was not blaming but only sharing my thoughts and experience I encountered here.

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annette - 24 days ago

Chris

I'm not judging and I apologize if that is how it seems. I guess my degree has nothing to do with my success. I just haven't has the same reviews of people laughing at my degree. I do know quite a few graduates from Liberty that are in the workforce with good careers too. Maybe the degree is laughable but I am glad to be an alum. I wish yours could work for you as well. I guess Liberty is not for everyone. I'll stand down Ghost rider, good luck in your career, your job search and God Bless you.

Semper FI

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Degree: Religion/Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2015
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I'm about to enter my final semester here at LU; and will be receiving my bachelors when it's finished, I've already received an AA. The school is pretty easy if you can follow directions and know how to write a paper with proper formatting. Sure there's a learning curve, but once you figure it out, everything else will fall into place. I most definitely will be going for a Masters here at LU.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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I am a surprised at the negativity regarding Liberty. One person complained because worksheets did not follow the reading exactly. For others who may find this concerning keep in mind that this is college, not high school, and critical thinking is expected. If you cannot read the material and explain it in your own words while including your own thoughts on the topic, then you need a community college that expects rote learning, not a university. I earned a B. S. in Psychology at Liberty and took all classes online. Before choosing an online program, make sure that you are willing to do the work required. Liberty's psychology program provides video lectures as well as reading and writing assignments. Liberty professors are always available to answer questions via email or telephone. If you have a personal issue, such as the woman who said she was suspended after giving birth, you only need to keep your professors informed and you will be given extra time to complete assignments. I went through a divorce and moved out of state at the beginning of a semester. I notified my professors in advance of the move and advised that it would take a few days before I would have internet access at my new address--all the professors were gracious and allowed extra time for me to complete and submit assignments due to my circumstances. Liberty offers tutoring for English as a second language students or those who have difficulty with sentence structure in general. Students who have difficulty understanding APA or other required writing styles can submit their papers for review and help through the writing lab. I am multiracial and never experienced discrimination of any type at Liberty. Psychology students working on a Bachelor's degree will complete an internship. The student must find his or her own internship site and I appreciated that. Some students completed internships at daycares, working with church groups, etc. I completed my internship at a Crisis Mental Health Hospital. The internship is an excellent opportunity to put into practice what has been learned. Liberty is a non-profit school with a good reputation. In addition to a quality education, they have one of the lowest tuition fees in the U. S. The school is active in the community and has a supervised home for unwed and pregnant teens. They counsel these young women and if the mother chooses to put her child up for adoption, Liberty staff assists the mother with adoption. If the mother chooses to keep the child, they assist in helping the young woman find work, suitable housing, childcare, etc. While at the home at Liberty, the girls are given high school classes and if they do well they are provided a two year scholarship to attend the university upon graduation. Everyone I know who has graduated from Liberty with a decent GPA has found work suitable to their degree. If you are considering Liberty, call them and ask questions. There is an equal distribution of secular and Christian material within classes and the residential and online campuses are culturally diverse. I was impressed enough to return to Liberty and am currently working toward a Master's.

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Annette - 26 days ago

Well put!

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Degree: Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Graduation Year: 2014
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Beware of Liberty University I have attended many Universities but this school is very unfair and very discriminating to their online students. it is my belief that I was treated unethical because of my class introduction and my rank in life. My professor, at the beginning had a lot to say about my class introduction and her comments made me feel that my advisers had placed me in the wrong program… My professor gave me a very hard time she contantly made me feel as if I had no right to make an attempt to improve myself she constantly sent emails that was very hurtful. Now these emails were causing me to lose focus, messed with my mind. Now I’ve been an online as well as taken many classes face to face and I have never been treated so badly. This is how it all started, during my very first week of the course we had to summarize an article and write a summery, but we had to also submit our article with our paper. At first I had submitted my summary, but then I remembered that I was supposed to have submitted my article that I pulled my ideas to write about so I contacted my professor and told her that I had forgotten to download my article with my paper. The professor deleted my original paper so I can download my article so I made the mistake of downloading the wrong paper which was my fault with the article. Furthermore, I forgot that I can download my original paper for work which means that I had downloaded a draft from my home computer and this draft contained the ideas that I had copied and paste from my article that I used to write the summary. This paper wasn’t due until Sunday night this was only Wednesday because the professor had grade that paper right after it was downloaded and gave me a zero and reported me as being a plagiarizer with in the same day. What I could not understand was how this was happening so fast and the class had just begun. I log in and viewed my summary in my haste I downloaded the wrong paper, however it was a draft and I had several drafts on my home computer, but I did not complete my summary until I was at work which means that my original paper was saved on my computer at work. Please understand me I was wrong and it was my mistake and I contacted my professor to allow her to know that I had downloaded the wrong paper, but she stated that she was going to have to report me and may even bring me up on charges. So after several attempts to reach me advisor to find out what I was suppose to do and get some advice because all of my years of attending Universities I have never been through anything like this. Actually, I did not know what to do or how to talk with about this situation. I sent emails to my adviser and even sent my work phone numbers because I wasn’t at home to speak with my adviser, but never heard anything from him because I did not know what to do. After not hearing anything from my adviser, I sent him an email asking him to get me out of this class “meaning” switch me to another class because I did not feel that I was going to be treated fair and this is money that I borrowed to go to school and have to repay I don’t have time for professor that have formed wrong opinions and this can happen because professors are humans as well and they can make mistakes also. My adviser withdrew me out of the Whole course without even speaking to every time I made an attempt to speak with him he was available. So I end up speaking with a lady that was an adviser and I told her what had happened to me and she stated that I had been dropped from the course and it wasn’t anything I could do about and I was going to owe the school money unless I resend the withdrawal and get back into school that would be the only way I could fight the fabrications that was placed on me. So I resented the withdrawal and within 24 hours was placed back into my class. The professor had failed me for the first week and the second week has been just like the first week constantly talking points from me she even add my introduction to the bottom of my paper and graded that along with my seconded article summary for the 2nd week after being reinstated in the class. So I made an attempt to call her, but could not reach the professor and I sent the professor an email asking why was I losing so many points I just was reinstated back into the course she stated that she had to do because the advisory told her to do this for any work that I missed. The only work that I had missed was a quiz and I was one day late completing that. After being reinstated in my course I caught up all of my work. The professor would constantly find fault in everything and these actions made me nervous and fearful on completing my assignments online. So I began to make simple mistakes that I would not ordinarily do, I was afraid to read the professor comments, but I knew that it was something I had to do to complete this course. Before we could get to the end of the course the professor was telling me that I wasn’t going to pass and she kept me at a very low grade at one point I was raising my grade after doing one assignment, she would take 12 points from me if I got one thing wrong and say that this answer wrong cost me 12 points she did this to me several times. And everything I question her, she stated this is what she was told to do with the lady the resent my withdrawal. Finally, at the end of the course she failed my final exam and I know for a fact that I did not fail my final exam because I followed the format of what I was suppose to do and what our text books stated. Furthermore, I did my observation and test of my students and submitted work to my professor and I completed my 22 page report and submitted it to livetext. I knew my way round my online class found my paper and did everything I was asked to do and my professor sent me an email and told me she was going to fail me and but she will be happy to register me for the class again. I was suppose to receive my certificate with this graduation class and now I don’t when I will receive it and the advisories stated that I was going to have to pay $3600 dollars to retake the course over. I don’t have this type of money to pay liberty for a course that I never failed. It was as thought my professor wanted me to know all that was in that course without help if this was true I wouldn’t need to go back to school. Now my gradual failure and plagiarizer were two different situations. Now Liberty Online support is supposed to be appealing my grade, it has been almost four weeks and I haven’t heard anything and probably never will. If you are looking for a university that cares about you as a human being please don’t choose Liberty University.

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Clive Fru Achu - 3 months ago

HI Nora,

It is such a sad situation you had to go through all that experience. I graduated from Liberty University in May 2015 (MA Human Services Counseling/Executive Leadership). Of all my professors, only one acted inconsiderate. I did not let his attitude hold me down. He accused me of plagiarism and threatened to report. I fought him with prayers and assistance from my academic adviser. I knew I studied hard to make every assignment my originality. He was the only one of my many professors to come up with plagiarism. He gave me a humiliating C+, but it did not stop me from graduating with a 3.7 GPA. My advice for you is do not let one person bring you down or influence your impression about Liberty University. It is a great school and every year thousands of student graduate from this institution. If something went bad for you, fight back. We all have those moments we feel the world is against us. How we survive, will depend on how we fight back. Guess what! He gave me a C+, yet I scored 7 A's and 2 B+s. So the problem was not me. This is my peace of mind. Sometimes when it is not your fault, just keep fighting.

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Chris - 3 months ago

Based on the review you wrote, I can see why the Professor was constantly deducting points from your grade. I by no means have perfect grammar, but I don't cry about it when my teachers take away points for my mistakes. And how do you upload the wrong paper and not realize it? Take responsibility for yourself, it's college not high school. Your Professor isn't there to hold your hand, he/she is there to facilitate your learning. And if your papers and posts have the same spelling and grammatical errors as your complaint you deserve to lose lots of points.

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Angelena Spillman - 3 months ago

The only courses at Liberty that even come close to the cost of $3600 is JD courses or MD courses, and they are not online. So, I find it hard to believe that your course was that price. Another issue I have with your story is the plagiarism issue. You and I both know all papers are submitted through safeassign, and the professor goes by the score generated by the safeassign system. So, if you were accused of plagiarism, it was by the safeassign database and not your professor. Many times students fall behind and then want to accuse their Christian scholar professor for their short-comings, when in actuality they have no one to blame but their selves. I'll pray for your success in the future. God bless.

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Ryan - about 2 months ago

Nora,

People often assume that online programs are easier, and most are. Standards are often relaxed and admission is as easy as walking through the door. While this may be true at Liberty, you are still required to work, pay attention to directions, and communicate with your professors. It seems as if you, according to your review of Liberty, feel as if you have been wronged. Here are a couple of thoughts. First, stop crying and take responsibility for your actions. The world is not out to get you and your entitled attitude is both degrading and embarrassing. Second, learn how to write, proof read, and edit your work. Obviously, you did not apply any of these basic writing skills when submitting this review. Finally, Liberty does not owe you anything and the amount of money that you claimed to be entitled to is ridiculous. You are obviously not a student who is trying to become a doctor (the MD type). In regards to your closing comment, I will state that Liberty cares for their students and is willing to work with their students to ensure that they have the best experience possible.

Hope you stop blaming everyone else and own your mistakes,

Ryan

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annette - 20 days ago

Nora,

Your situation is very sad. As I was reading your entry I realized how blessed and fortunate I am. I just signed up for 5 classes for my MA degree at Liberty and those five classes came to 4100 bucks. The military benefits at Liberty are remarkable. You may want to make certain you were charged the right fee. It seems a little high for one class, in my humble opinion I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for you to continue to pursue your education. God's will can bring you through many trials. I know it may seem hard at the moment but keep the faith.

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I attended Liberty online for 13 months while pursuing a Masters degree. I first attended University in the 1970' and 1980's when I received a BA English and an MBA from the University of Texas and the University of North Texas. What I found at Liberty was a significant difference in teaching methodology, which one would expect after nearly 40 years. With online courses, the impetus is on the student to independently complete the reading and the assigned papers and other homework - and, there is a lot of reading to be done. It required a big shift on my part to realize that if I was going to learn anything, it would be up to me as there is very little interaction with instructors. Overall, it was a great learning opportunity for me and I enjoyed the experience. Also, because it was fast paced, there was no need to take longer than necessary to accomplish the requisite goals and finish. I really like the school and the approach. May not be for everyone, especially if you are used to a lot of interaction with the professors or do not have the time to do all the reading on time.

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anita - 24 days ago

It was refreshing to read your comments since I have a very similar experience.I am currently pursuing a Master's degree online with Liberty. I also attended college way back in the 1970's, so starting over has been challenging. I understand that the amount and depth of reading required is vital to success in this program/school. It is fast paced, and I hope to finish in a year. I have only completed 4 courses so far. By the way, I lve in North Texas, so I am very familiar with the universities you stated, although I did not attend undergraduate school in this state. Thanks for the comment.

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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
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This University makes a lot of promises with no follow through. There is very limited interaction with the professors. The only people you can talk to via phone are the academic advisors and they can't answer the majority of the questions. The other departments force you to email them, even when you need an answer right away. It is typical to not get responses to emails for days at a time. I am an independent learner and found the majority of the classes informative. Yes, there is a lot of reading and writing involved; however, I learned well. However, when I got to the point in the program in which I needed contact with their staff to complete the process, I was left without help. I know they claim to be non-profit; however, it seems the main focus is getting the tuition money and leaving the student high and dry.

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Earleen Young - 4 days ago

I attended this school last year...they pulled my financial aid in the middle of the semester for "verification"

Then attached a 2500.00 account, turned it into the credit bureaus and basically halted my chance to attend another school until that money is paid.

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