Liberty University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (189)
I began attending Liberty Online in May 2009, in the M.Ed. program. I should start by saying that yes, this is a Christian university, and when I applied, I was assured that there would NOT be religion forced down my throat-- this is not true, at all. You will be required to complete assignments based on Biblical principles.
Anyway, when I first started there, the experience was a good one. The instructors were good (although it was quite easy to tell the ones who had just attained their advanced degree), the coursework was good, I felt like I learned a lot.
However, as the semesters passed, it got worse and worse. I think, honestly, the online school is just too large for the support staff they have employed there. Forget about getting a timely response from academic advising. If you call, be prepared to wait at least an hour, sometimes up to two. And when you are taking online classes, who has time to sit on the phone and wait for 2 hours? If you email advising, be prepared to wait at least 2 days to receive a response. Do not expect them to be helpful, AT ALL.
I know more than they do, honestly. Perfect example-- June 15th was the scheduling deadline for summer classes, the office closed at 11:45 on June 15th, so anyone who didn't call before then, missed the scheduling deadline. Now here's the kicker-- the deadline was extended to the 17th, but that was not on the message that played when you called on the 15th, so if you were traveling or did not have access to the internet for those 2 days, there was no way to know the deadline had been extended. Forget about requesting to get into classes a day after the deadline, they are as inflexible as can be.
I would not call this school "friendly" for online learners at all. Stay away from Liberty. Plus, I heard at an intensive course that employers do not put a lot of "faith" in a degree from Liberty-- there's something to think about.
July of 2004 I joined the Liberty University family as a graduate student.I could not have found a better university to accomplish my goal of acquiring my M.Ed. The Online university could actually serve as a model for other online programs.
Liberty University actually care about their students and how well each student succeed in their individual program of study. The Advisors and Counselors actually call you individually,to find out if you are having problem that need to be addressed.If you need additional assistance,be it financial or academics,instructors, are always just a phone call away.
Liberty University is an excellent choice for accomplishing your educational goals.It was a wonderful experience for me.
I've taken several classes at LUO. Overall the experience is very positive and I recommend it. Some instructors are better at on line teaching than others to be sure. I'd rank 70% of those I have had as outstanding in their ability to teach and give meaningful feedback too online students.
If you are assigned an instuctor you find less than acceptable, you can withdraw from the class and re-enroll the next term with little financial penalty if you do it early in the term. Overall a very good experience.
I made the awful mistake of attending here. Not a day goes by that I don't regret it. The rules smother you. The students are horribly stuck up and all the faculty cares about is getting more students in. Don't fall for this. STAY AWAY from Liberty University. I couldn't make any friends there. And if you're a free thinker, neither will you.
This is a great online school to attend. It is very challenging academically, but also very convenient. Liberty University comes highly recommended!!!
I attended on campus at Brenau University and Piedmont College (both were great schools) but life got in the way and I had to drop out and go to work. Wanting to complete my degree I attending UMUC and the University of Alabama distance educational programs - and both were horrible. Neither school cared anything about me except "where is the money". After dropping out of both schools I had no hope of finishing my undergraduate until I found out about Liberty through a friend at church. I applied and here I am today 9 hours from having my BA.
Also I am in the National Guard- and one thing that is true - Liberty is military friendly. They have their own military affairs department that puts us first. Apply for TA/VA and they will get right on it.
In closing - no college is perfect. but Liberty is by far the closet to it. So stay away from other poorly run online colleges and go to the best. And yes - Liberty U is accredited.
I started liberty with good faith, that a christian university would have their prioritys in line, unlike most other colleges. I was way wrong. I went through till my last semester and the addmissions rep. told me that i never took my math classes, that somehow they got overlooked and so it will be another year before i can graduate.
Then on top of that, they do this audit thing where even after you apply and get accepted they randomly choose students to "prove" their income once again with more info. Well i got chosen. I turned in all my info, and kept getting letters saying it wasnt turned in. I would call, they would say oh, we got all your 1040 except page 1, will you please send it. So i do, they again say, we didnt get it, so i would send it again, then next time i would call they would say we have all except page 2. The financial aid people have no idea what they are doing.
And i forgot to mention everytime i would call and have a rep. register me in classes i would later find out they were classes that we not the right level, so they would have to change them. I am a mother of two, a wife of 8 years. I have a full time job and attend libery full time. I would not recommend this university to anyone. If you attempt and end up needing help the dean or none of the other employees will help, they all blame it on everyone else.
I have attended Liberty, electronically at least, and I would recommend it. As with any online education, there are advantages and disadvantages compared to on-campus education. LUO was always very accommodating, and on more than one occasion I either uncovered an oversight on my part or one on theirs which could have threatened my graduation and subsequent commencement of law school. They were very gracious in making exceptions and allowing me to graduate.
Someone up above mentioned "gall" at "mingling science and religion." To that, I must ask: who do you think created science if not God? I must further ask, as relates to the specific example of parenting, who gives us the only existing example of perfect parenting style if not God? I would even further question the "heterodox" comment in this way: 1Cor 1:10; Col. 2:16-19; and without question most importantly tjhe words of Christ to the Samaritan woman in response to a challenge of religiousity in John 4:23: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."
What someone calls heterodox in a protestant, non-liturgical church is simple the non-liturgical nature of how that church chooses to worship, not their interpretation or application of core, meaningful Biblical teaching. This "heterodox" mentality expressed is exactly the type of divisiveness that the Bible warns against.
The online classes are terrible. The classes are very demanding, and take more time than any other program I know of. The professors don't give feedback. When I have emailed them they take forever to reply and usually don't reply with any level of genuine care. Everything about the professors has been half hearted. Taking classes at Liberty massively painful, and I would seriously recommend going anywhere else.
Liberty does have its advantages. I am currently a Senior in the psychology program and the secular part of the education has been fine so far. The problem is I am a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is quite conservative in its own right, but Liberty is fanatical about integrating their view of Christian thought into everything. It makes me bristle at times since we view most of their doctrine as heterodox. It isn't just the required religion courses, but every lesson of every class.
I had a psychology course once that was on parenting styles and the instruction said to incorporate a bible verse into the support of your thesis statement. I told the professor I would not do so as I objected to the mingling of science and religion. It cost me an A on my term paper. I lost a full letter grade.
Once you decide to swallow your gall though and go with the flow on this you receive a very good education. It is relatively inexpensive, I have decent interactions with classmates, and instructors have been responsive. Liberty will not hold your hand though. It is up to you to read all policies and keep up with your workload and keep yourself on track with required classes to graduate. I am very pleased with the fact when I present my credentials to my future employer he/she will have no idea I went online, since they have such a large resident student body. Next year I will be going in the Master's program for clinical counseling, which is the 60 credit hour licensure track and not to be confused with the 48 credit hour track in Christian counseling. I may even get my PhD. in counseling as I would love to teach at the university level.