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Liberty is a poor online university
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I would say that this school is really bad in a lot of ways. You think you are going to have the opportunity to finish a degree completely online, but if you look at there post-graduation employment statistics, they do absolutely nothing for you. they have no real alumni to think of, and their growth has been built mainly through online learning. Basically, as a "christian university," they have been taking students money for years and building their main campus up. they may say that they have huge student enrollment, but that is misguided. Students have chosen the school because they are looking for an online university, but most online graduates are unemployed or cannot use their degree. Also, the classes themselves are really like correspondence courses. It is a very poor program overall; and in the end, you graduate with all this debt, even with a good GPA, and cannot find a job.

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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
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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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Not the School for Me
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I found Liberty University while doing my research on going back to school. I have not been to school since 97, so when I found this program I was excited to be attending a school where Christ was incorporated into my studies. Let me just say that if you are not good at doing alot of reading with miminal teacher interaction then this school is not for you. Each semester my professors assigned chapters, and chapters of reading, with no discussion, videos or anything to follow up with. When they gave worksheets to follow along they were never worksheets that followed the reading exactly, you had to hunt and find, and assume answers. I am not the type of person that can learn that way so I didnt do well. Also academic advising is ok depending on who you get on the phone. I was put on suspension after I had my daughter and could no longer keep up. I tried appealing the decision they flat out denied me. I was very frustrated and discouraged, because I really want to finish my degree. They told me in order for them to reinstate my financial aid I had to pay for a semester out of pocket, which is $3000. Who has that just laying around. Now I am forced to look into other universities and possiblily start over.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am a retired Army Vet of 22 years service to my country and a Lt at the state Dept of Corrections, I applied to LU after some research when a school I was attended was charging me and the VA, double dipping. Everything was going great until my I took the Lt position at another prison and was put on 2p-10p shift, moved, and my wife got terribly ill. I had received 60+ credit hours for all my work in the military and the DOC and was just under 2 years into my studies when this all happen and I fell behind for one and a half 5 1/2 week course and was put on academic suspension, while still taking my money and then told that I was on a suspension and would not be allowed to re-enroll for 2 years. I tried everything I could to have that reversed, to no avail. I understand with my GI bill i have to maintain a certain GPA to receive the grant and since the school could not receive my VA benefits I believe they then decided to suspend me. I feel as if nothing was done to help me be able to continue at LU and finish my degree considering I was not that far from my degree, only a small fraction of hours were needed to complete it. I had to enroll into another degree program at a different college that offers on line degree program in my field and lost several hours of work because I was not awarded the same amount of credit hours from my training and schooling with my job in the military and my current job in the state DOC. I basically started over with the same credit hours i was awarded with to start with at LU. But, this is important to me and also my wife. We want to help victims of Human Trafficking and I need to continue my education in CJ with concentration on cyber crimes in order to do that. So I started over with another University because I will still have it completed and graduate before I would be allowed to re-enroll in LU. I am a United States Veteran and feel I was not afforded the opportunities at this school to help during my time of need, it is a Christian college and to me I believe the Lord helps those who are in need but this school sure does not. They just want your money. Maybe actually going to the university is a different experience than the online studies. I heard and read great things about this school, but thinking back most were from students enrolled at the actual university, not online. I guess us online students are not that important to Liberty when you have a financial issue.

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Liberty Online
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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I took classes for the universities, Human Services Counseling program in substance abuse. I liked my fellow students, but the school had some issues. First, my classes were online and only reading and writing, with minimal video. I had some issues with my classes: first and worst, they made us do bulletin board posts and use those as discussion (done in APA style writing) and these had to be done on Wed at 11:59 p.m. for that weeks reading. This meant, I had to read all the material for the week on Monday and Tuesday. I could not do that! Sometimes it was 70 pages of textbook reading, and to read at a graduate level you have to be able to really know your text, which means making notes, re-reading, and learning professional vocabulary and values. I could not do that in two days! If you can, LIberty Online might be for you, but if not, you're likely better off elsewhere.

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CACREP needed for Counseling Masters
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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I love Liberty and actually found it more rigorous than University of Texas at Austin. The only thing that concerned me was my degree was not CACREP accredited. Other programs at Liberty are though. This pushed my NCE credentials a little post graduation. I would push that your degree get CACREP if applicable. It's not a deal breaker but it's better to be CACREP.

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John Doe - about 1 month ago

Actually, Liberty just got CACREP accredited, and I THINK its retroactive, as well. Link from official CACREP website: http://www.cacrep.org/program/clinical-mental-health-counseling-186/

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onija - about 1 month ago

I would like to know how many students have lost their financial aid at this school and now owe them because of their fraud prevention verification. Let's get together and get a class action suit started because it doesn't seem like this school's financial aid office is doing things by the books.

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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have attended Liberty University for the past 6 years through the on-line program. I have been in various leadership roles over the past twenty five years and found the degree format to be very applicable to real world experience. While the University is Christian based I have personally seen no issues with students in my groups who are diverse and whose beliefs differ from the University. I have seen no professor’s grade down because you do not believe the way they do. I have found the on-line format to be very different from the class room structure. It is basically a requirement that you can take material, review it and comprehend it on your own. If you struggle learning under this format then the on-line program is not for you. There is very little professor tutorials or video lectures; just reading, self-practice and testing. I transferred into Liberty and have attended several public universities prior to enrolling. The quality of the education from a secular standpoint is just as good or better at Liberty. The main difference is that you will be forced to apply every course spiritually as well, along with Biblical references as to how this principle applies. That is a real concern for those who are not Christians; as they do not feel that it applies. A portion of you grade depends on this and if you do not do this you will receive a lower grade. The instructors I have encountered have varied. All were adequate, a few were good and several were great. The amount of time and effort that was put in varied for each, but it was the same case for me at the University of Alabama as well. Some were great professors; others were not so great. Lastly the level of learning was comparable. Liberty courses were no easier than other universities that I have attended. The quality of the education is outstanding and the same statistics that you learn at Liberty is what is taught any other college. It is not like Statistics principles change at Liberty compared to other schools. I would highly recommend Liberty University, I have truly enjoyed my time here and I have received a quality education. But if you struggle with religion mixing with standard subject matter you better avoid Liberty; because here it is viewed as an essential part of your professional development. .

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Liberty U Online
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016
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Liberty is a great online school to attend. I was not sure when I started, but it has proved to be great. I have visited the campus, and it is absolutely amazing. I really want my boys to go to school here on campus. It is so refreshing to have a Christian perspective in the college setting. I have been to secular Universities, and this is so much better for me personally. I am able to work at home on my own schedule, and not be away from family. The work load is rough at first. The reading load, and learning APA was tough, but after a few classes I caught on. Most classes have a research paper. It 's definitely not easy street, but you don't want it to be. It's a little tough, but you feel good for the accomplishment. I would SO recommend Liberty U Online.

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Better and more instructive than my State Colle...
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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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Phyllis Lyday - 24 days ago

Many of the comments involve being terminated from school and loosing all the course credit (and therefore money) invested. Appears to be a very big risk to attend this school.

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