Liberty University Online Reviews
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I enjoyed the classes that I took at Liberty. I did learn a lot. However, once I started dealing with the administrative/financial offices, my enjoyment of this school ceased to exist. First, I was making automatic payments that for some reason, would never make it to my bank. It would show on my student account that I had a returned payment fee of $35/$70 at times but my bank would have no such proof of a transaction. Upon contacting my bank, they said they did not show a transaction attempted from LU. So the first time that happened, I questioned LU. After many days of waiting for a reply, and sending emails back and forth (several days to a week in between replies from LU) I got my fee returned and I made a payment. This went on to happen two more times. Then I tried to just make the payment online and that was a no go. So I wrote a long letter with my payment included. Of course, they accepted that and wrote back a letter of apology. My final payment went through successfully. Imagine that. The communication was so frustrating and ridiculous that I finally decided to just transfer. Another fiasco. It has taken over a month for them to send my new school my transcript and I am still waiting for them to acknowledge receipt of the request after three attempts. Odd, right? This of course, has taken over two weeks to confirm because their communications are so slow. During this time, my boyfriend has gotten frustrated as well and has actually signed up to receive info from LU just to see how quickly they would respond to a new prospect. I promise you that less than two minutes after he clicked submit, LU was calling his cell to recruit him. Someone please explain that one. It's very disheartening.
I have read previous reviews about how the school has gotten too big, which it has grown a lot. one thing that I can say about Liberty is that they listen to there students complaints and work hard to solve the problem. An example are the intensive classes during the summer. I complained once that all the classes filled up too quickly and by the next summer they had more then enough spaces. I feel that Liberty gave me the opportunity of stay at home with my children and at the same time I earned a Masters degree. During my practicum and internship I was able to find a job in a private practice working with children. My supervisor hired me during my practicum and I worked full time as a counselor until we moved. Now I am working in a private Christian school as their guidance counselor and college counselor.
I am looking into their education specialist degree because I enjoy working in the schools and the hours that working in education would provide. I also have heard wonderful things about the education department!
I think one of the reasons that some have stated bad comments is because online learning/distance learning is not for everyone. In order for Liberty University to have their accreditations for licensure they have to follow strict guidelines which means it is not an EASY school and requires discipline to do the work. The faculty and courses that I have taken have been great! Every once and a while you may get a professor that doesn't click with your style, but that only happened once during my degree and in the end it worked out! Go for it!!!
As is true with all institutions of higher learning, Liberty University is first and foremost a business. The school is looking to make money. This being said, be prepared for the onslaught of financial aid emails and phone calls that will be sent your way. The school rushes you toward payment, without explaining charges or fees that are involved. If you need to switch classes or drop a class, the financial aid and registrar's office will be sweet as pie helping you. However, when you end up with an enormous bill because of those changes, the school will deny responsibility for outlining those potential charges. Another issue is that the professors are hit and miss. I have had wonderful, responsive professors and I have also had professors that rarely, if ever, respond to my emails or phone calls. I completely regret attending this "school". Do yourself a favor: save your time and money and attend a real school with a real professor. For the (lack of) quality of instruction, this school is overpriced.
This school on the surface appears to have it all together, but I think it's become so large population wise, particularly in their online courses (upwards of 80,000 alone) that they have lost control of their mission- "Knowledge aflame". My fire has burned out. The quality of education in a select few of the courses are excellent, while most are mediocre at best. It is not difficult content per say, but the amount of coursework given is beyond possible to manage if you have any kind of outside responsibilities like a life, a job, or anything else for that matter. If you enjoy spending 6 hours a day and still not being able to keep up, go for it. The course loads are so condensed that you feel as though you can hardly catch your breath, and are always grasping to absorb what you'd just learned before moving on to the next thing. I have committed huge amounts of effort to the learning process, I am no slacker, and I still can not really fathom what it is I have truly learned. The pace is just too frantic. If you have no work or children to raise, this is probably a good school for you. Again, realize you will be investing as much time as a 40 hour work week to stay on top of things. I have not once in three years spoken to an academic advisor or received a phone call just to find out how I was coming along. I am reluctant to call them because I know I am no more than a number to them and it is impossible to speak to the same person twice. Financial aid disbursements are taking 25 days now when in the beginning they took 10. I appreciate the Christian slant, I am a believer, but I feel that they use it as a crutch to answer everything by. Critical thinking is in short supply here. Rather, you just look up a relevant Scripture and no thought is needed. After 2.5 years, I'm transferring. I've seen enough.
This program was done on line and was quite expensive. The classes have prefabricated assignments and there is very little teaching or guidance provided by instructors. Most professors are lost to spite the initials behind their names and many do not even know what is going on from week to week. I liked the Christian perspective the college provided but this ended up being more of a marketing tactic that true Christian principles as evidenced by the attitudes of many professors. Reading the blackboard posts and responses is a joke and rather amusing as these Masters level students can not write to save their lives.
Most of my experience at Liberty was positive. The negative experiences were; however, very negative. One major problem of the university is that you can never speak to a person. If you do place a call you will wait a minimum of 30 minutes on hold. The statistics courses need to be taught by a qualified instructor or they need to allow you to take the course through another institution. Throughout the doctoral program you are encouraged to write papers on the topic of your dissertation. Your final intensive is your research course and a review of your topic.
If Liberty wants to have quality research then they need to follow the lead of other institutions and have student have their dissertation proposals approved very early in their program. Quality dissertations take time and Liberty fails in this regard. If they could improve the statistics courses and dissertation process, and have real people talk to you on the phone the program would be greatly improved.
Plan on using a statistical consultant for your dissertation even if Liberty says that it is not required. It is necessary if you want to get out of the program.
I find LU online to be a very good college. The school is based on Christian beliefs which I have no problem and the class are fast and challenging which I also love.
I have only one problem and that problem is the same with all online universities, that problem is u don't have that relationship with the school as u would if you where a resident student. That's pretty much the only problem I have everything else about the school is fine.
Liberty is a great school. The professors and lectures were top notch, many were from the top of their field. The course work was challenging and informative. I loved attending Liberty, everyone was so helpful and nice.
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.