Liberty University Online Reviews
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I recently completed my Business degree with Liberty Online. I was able to transfer over some credits from LSU that I had from years ago, but basically started from scratch. Due to being off of work due to a medical disability, I went year-round and finished my Bachelors in less than three years.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I am a Christian, and thoroughly enjoyed the Biblical worldview woven throughout the instruction. The complaints about that issue on this review board are out of line, in that Liberty makes no apologies for its foundational principles and is very upfront about the Biblical slant of the instruction. All one has to do is read the syllabus of any course and it is clear.
That being said, if you are expecting to be significantly challenged with the coursework, you may want to look elsewhere. Frankly, only about a third of the coursework I had was particularly difficult, but even those assignments were easily completed with good time management and planning.
Although I went full-time, Liberty is set up for the person going to school in addition to a job and for the stsy-at-home squeezing in classes as time permits. The two most significant advantages are the cost per credit hour and the ability to work at whatever pace suits you in pursuit of your degree.
I thouroughly enjoyed my time at LU Online and woukd strongly recommend it. I finished up my studies in December and will be traveling to Lynchburg, VA in May to attend Commencement Exercises.
Liberty Financial Aid department will make you pull your hair out. The dept. is run by students, NOT by trained professionals which means you end up with a whole lot of fingers milling about your account and personal information.
Honestly, I have attended several universities and I actually planned to transfer back to the University Of Alabama but I am mere classes from graduation with my BS in education from Liberty and most schools DO NOT accept Liberty transfer credits.
If you want your degree from Liberty then go for it, just keep an eye on your account and be prepared to spend about 5-10 hours per semester on hold trying to get your accounts fixed because of someone in financial aid touching a button they cant figure out how to fix.
At this point I am honestly considering quitting because I just don't have time for the hassle. The education is mediocre. Its really not difficult. The sociology courses have amazing instructors, most teachers (not all) really care about the students and others are more hung up on themselves and are really interested in your praising their latest book (which will be your mandatory text book). The financial aid department will really ruin the school.
Liberty University has been a great online school and I must say that their online support staff is second to none. I am also a veteran and I have had wonderful dealings with their VA reps as well.
I would recommend this school to anyone looking to learn more about the Bible and enhance their Christian worldview. The quality of the instructors is solid and the level of feedback that I have received has been great on submitted assignments.
The work is challenging, but rewarding to say the least. I have attended other online schools in the past but for me personally none of them have compared to Liberty.
The cost versus the education that you will receive is good, and I have yet to have an issue that hasn't been resolved to my overall satisfaction.
I took several classes with this school and decided it was just not a good fit for me. Everyone is different. I understand this is a christian school but every single class places a high emphasis on biblical studies. While I am aware of its importance, I am not studying to be a minister. So i feel my education was being steered more towards their biblical studies than the actual class. DF had to have biblical references tying into the subject, papers had to have biblical references etc etc. It took me more time researching all this than i did my actual book work!
If this is your interest: I will say.... The school has been great with my financial aid, helping me along to fix any issues. I only had one class where the instructor was hard to contact and assignments were shady (instructions were found on two different areas) and nothing was clear.
I have just finished my first 2 classes online and I am very disappointed in the instructor involvement. For my accounting class, a video was placed on the website of an instructor standing along side a road giving a 5 minute lesson on the multiple chapters for the week. There was a new video every week and I feel they were a waste of time recording them. I got absolutely nothing out of those videos. I feel the instructors are basically graders and not teachers. If you have questions they will answer them but it is basically up to the student to teach the lessons to themselves. I had to go on youtube and find videos about the lessons that were being covered for the week in order to fully understand what was suppose to be taught in the class.
I LOVE Liberty University. Yes, it's a Christian school. Yes, they are quite efficient in the way they collect the money one agrees to pay for their product. No, they aren't perfect.
This will be my fourth college degree, my first online. I believe I have enough experience to tell a decent school from a bad one. I am very satisfied with Liberty.
I don't think the quality of the faculty can be questioned. Sure, some are better than others, just like anywhere else. Still, I have had professors who earned their doctorates from places like Oxford University, or were accomplished professionals, such as a former assistant state Attorney General.
I have experienced spiritual growth while at Liberty. Their business acumen is solid, for sure, but so is their spiritual support network.
The one major weakness I see at Liberty is with the "academic advisers" one reaches when calling the school. This really could use improvement, because it is totally hit or miss whether you will get correct information. My recommendation is, when told you cannot take certain courses or receive certain discounts or whatever, simply nod to yourself, say thank you, then hang up and wait a few minutes. Call back. Chances are you will get an adviser that will help you with whatever you're trying to do.
You have to do your part. Classmates and professors are not in the same room with you. However, in this day and age, the very technology that makes online learning even possible also offers instant access to any help any online student could ever need.
Liberty University is a quality institution offering a quality product at minimal cost. They are an excellent value and I recommend them to anyone.
Since I have started attending my classes, I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. The curriculum has been challenging, and it has broadened my view of scripture, as I am a religion major. My professors reply to my e-mails promptly, if I have any questions for them pertaining to assignments. Also, Liberty University has regional accreditation, which means their degrees are accepted by all higher level educational institutions (if one chooses to transfer to another university), per federal law. This means that I have the potential to be accepted into any other university, to obtain a graduate or doctorate degree, as long as I possess a bachelor’s degree from Liberty; credits are also transferable. So yes, Liberty University degrees are recognized as valid degrees.
I do not understand why people complain about Liberty’s Christian based curriculum. Liberty University is a Christian University. Therefore, their curriculum is going to be based on their Christian beliefs. If you disagree with their curriculum, you should not attend a Christian institution. As far as their theological view is concerned, I believe they teach sound doctrine. I could not be happier with the application of their theological methodology.
One of the greatest things about Liberty University, outside of the above mentioned qualities, is that they offer trimesters. This means I can accrue credits at an expedient rate. I should be able to obtain my bachelor’s degree in under three years. This is not feasible at most universities, based upon their traditional semesters. Based on everything I have mentioned, I would rate Liberty University as a top-notch university. As for others with bad experiences at this particular institution, I have to question why they attended Liberty in the first place, if they felt it was such a bad institution. Personally, I could not see myself attending a better university for my bachelor’s degree.
Lastly, Liberty University is an extremely veteran friendly institution. They have reduced the cost of my tuition, as I am a veteran. Many universities do not offer the same benefits for veterans. They really do care about the men and women who have served.
I earned an associate degree at a local community college before enrolling at Liberty. As such, I enrolled in Liberty's online program having previously experienced a traditional academic classroom environment. I attended Liberty full-time and did every class online. I earned my B.S. in Religion in May of 2012.
I'll be honest, I was skeptical about online education at first but after the first semester I was highly satisfied - so I continued on. I must say I am very impressed with Liberty. My classes were rigorous and fun.
Comparing both a classroom and online environment is not easy - both have their pros and cons - however, I believe that my online education at Liberty was just as good, if not better, that my classroom education. It seems that most people put this school down because of it's religious stance.
However, the school is blunt about it's Christian faith so it's difficult to feel sorry for those who attended knowing full well what they were getting in to. Go somewhere else if you're not a Christian. It's that simple.
Do not attend this school whatsoever. It's a big joke. The instructors do not provide you any information or feedback about your assignments until you have completed. All they do is criticize you rather than teaching the actual class. They are about money.
I have completed several assignments for one class and did not get a review/ input until several weeks later. They are preoccupied with other activities and do not attend to student's concerns in a timely manner.
I am new to Liberty, just working through my first class. The content is solid. However, you can get great content today from a variety of books or even iTunes U, or Youtube. What I look for in a great online program is a great course design and a great mentoring relationship the the instructor. My experience in this first course is that the instructor is just a grader, not a mentor. In addition, the grading is based upon standard rubrics that put more weight on form than the actual substance of the paper. In my first paper, ever point that was taken off was related to form (and this is coming from a person with four degrees and has studied at 20 different Universities). What I need/want is feedback about whether or not I am learning and growing with regard to the content. Instead, the grade is really a hoop-jumping measure rather than a measure of learning about the content.
Also, the course has a number of closed book quizzes and exams that make you feel like you are back in middle school, high school, or one of those giant first year Freshman lecture classes. In my opinion, this is more about educated guesses regarding how you think the author of the quiz likes to word things than it is about testing your knowledge of the content.
Again, the content is good and the price is great. Unfortunately, it seems to be run a bit like a factory with outdated pedagogies and rigid protocols for instructors (ones that do not allow them to devote their time to what they most have to offer, strong mentoring that helps students grow in their mastery of the discipline / content).