Liberty University Online Reviews
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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.
My experience with Liberty was a very positive one. The religious views of the University could be a factor for some. The only problem throughout my undergraduate work was in the beginning. After receiving an "official evaluation" of what was needed for degree completion and working on it for a year, I was informed that I needed two more classes after submitting my graduation application. When I questioned this I was apologized to but was told I had to take the classes. Other than that the coursework was challenging. Do not attempt an online school if you are not self motivated. Also, if you do not have real world experience it may not be a wise choice. Most of my classes drew from my work experience.
I attended a LARGE, let me say it again, L A R G E public college in Georgia for my undergrad degree in English. Though I'm now in a freelance writing career, i wanted to open up my opportunities in the future by getting a Masters in Teaching English. I have read many of these reviews honestly concerned with the potentially overwhelming admissions/financial aid/ect departments at Liberty. I am glad that you don't have my experiences in undergrad to compare Liberty to. My school posed as one of the most challenging obstacles for my husband and I to ever overcome, and we didn't even start the semesters with potential problems!! I couldn't imagine ACTUALLY having a problem, b/c my undergrad school couldn't handle it.
I tried to return to this "local" school for grad school, but was not informed that this school of thousands and thousands only accepted ten students into the education grad program. Ten. After I paid WELL OVER $200, they confess that because there were hundreds of applicants, I wasn't selected as one of the ten. Tears of loss.
For several months I kept a spreadsheet of possible online or regular ed schools. I had so so many schools on this list, and I didn't like any of them. First of all, I couldn't even find out about many online programs without signing up for more information, and unfortunately doing this w/ Kaplan cause me 5 missed calls from them every day for about two weeks. Other programs were too vague, too expensive, non-licensed for teacher certification. WHAT?! I scored them on a scale from 1-5. Nothing ranked higher than a 1 in HORRIDness. Then, one day, I decided that I just couldn't do grad school. I was too frustrated. Plus, I wasn't even inspired to go back into school, because of my undergrad experiences. I felt directionless. That same day, somehow, I got an email "about" Liberty from an online subscription I'm a part of. I deleted it, and then went back for some pointless reason. It turned out to be the best thing I've ever done. From the MOMENT, I went to their website, each second of this school became better and better and better. I applied that very same day.
I don't even know where to start. The advisers have been really amazing. I've been getting emails (sure, they're blast emails, but they have important information I need), and EACH one recommends calling an adviser. Why not? I called them once right before 9pm. Most admissions offices are out the door at 4:59p. When I had everything together and submitted, I spent over 45 minutes w/ one poor adviser. He was so patient, pleasant, and professional in helping me make sure they had received all of the paperwork, signed me up for classes, walked me through EVERYTHING. I had called before and spoke with someone different, but it didn't matter b/c I had different questions.
I have taken online classes before, and what I love is how Liberty uses uniform programs that my GA public college used for online classes and record-keeping. Even w/ some uncertainty you can play online, and when a question arises, chat an adviser! Do you know what a blessing that is!?
I will start classes in a few days, and I can't express more how happy I am that I have found this school. I'm overjoyed with the concept of returning for grad school primarily b/c it's NOT what I've done before. It's a new school, w/ definite values, and promises rigor and challenge.
I began attending Liberty after I could no longer afford the tuition at another institution. I did some checking around and a couple of friends recommended Liberty's business program. Of course, like any other school, Liberty has it's pros and cons. I've read a lot about lost transcripts, etc.... I guess I've been lucky in that department. The admissions process was fairly smooth for me. The online classes were without a doubt challenging, which I'm happy about. I didn't want a degree that was going to be a breeze and would not pay off in the future.
I attended Liberty for three years and finished my BS degree 10/16/09. It's been a great accomplishment. I'm now looking at a masters program. As we all know, Liberty is a Christian university. Maybe it's because I was attending online, but no one ever tried to FORCE their views down my throat. Views were shared and examined, but that didn't mean I had to follow those views. I am a Christian, but I cannot say I always agree with views of other Christians. It's all part of life. Whether in school or the workplace, people will always have different views. We need to get used to this fact and learn how to work together to achieve a common goal, regardless of how we feel about certain things. I never let it bother me.
The only thing I really struggled with while in this program was some of the professors. There were times where I needed assistance right away. Because I was not in a classroom setting, I had to email (or leave a voice mail) and wait for the professor to respond....which could hold you up (especially if you had a question about a project etc)...so don't wait until the last minute to start working on assignments!
All in all, it was a good program. As stated previously, I have now completed my degree. Despite the economy, I have been getting calls about jobs, etc. I would not change my undergrad experience.
I am in my last 9 weeks of the M.A. in Human Services program and have been quite pleased with the course content. The textbook choices are excellent, and the standardized instructor's notes/course materials are, too.
If you register as early as possible (the first week term registration opens), you will generally get the best professors. One of my friends applied for an online teaching position and was only offered $2000 per course, meaning about $100 per student, and many of the professors teach six to eight courses at a time via several universities (on-campus and online), the equivalent of 36-48 credits per semester. This means many professors simply don't have time to offer detailed input and criticism. The 'worst' teachers just give you a grade without explaining why... on any assignment. The best teachers ask insightful questions about your posts and papers. Of my 8 professors so far, four were amazing, two were okay, and two were 'meh'. The quality of course content more than made up for the lack of quality teachers, though.
One of my major complaints is the quality of *student* work. With the exception of higher-level courses (with prerequisites), about HALF of all students in my classes could barely write, did not follow posting guidelines, and did not demonstrate graduate-level academic skill or thought in their posts. Until Liberty requires more of entering students, I fear this will continue to be a problem.
You can work around the incompetent online financial aid office by calling the campus financial aid number (NOT toll-free). After a financial nightmare through the online financial office, it took mere days to clear everything up through the campus office. They have access to online student information and can remove holds immediately. You can also ask to talk to the same person each time you call and reach them!
If you are considering an online degree, you should know that about 1/2 of employers view this negatively. Liberty does have an 'interesting' reputation, so if you do not yet have a job in your chosen field, you should pursue an internship or entry-level position toward the beginning of your studies so you have more than a somewhat controversial piece of paper to show potential employers.
I completed a master in special education from LU and am currently in their doctoral program in education leadership. The on campus intensives are a requirement of their NCATE accreditation. This school is highly accredited and your course work will be recognized nationally. My experience with the online and on campus courses is very good. Their focus is on extensive reading, research, and dialogue with professionals in your field. (Two pieces of advice: follow the grading rubrics exactly for each assignment and never plagiarize, as they will catch you.)
You are required to produce high quality APA papers and communicate knowledgeably with classmates at least three times each week. The professors read your discussion boards as well and you are expected to post substantially to the discussion - not just a few terse comments. Liberty provides access to online library databases where you may research your topics. Be prepared to work consistently for your degree. In the end, you will find yourself very well prepared to handle new positions in your field or to publish scholarly materials. Personally, I became so used to the high quality standards at Liberty that I am disappointed when I encounter professionals with lower expectations.
On another note, the school is growing so rapidly that their infrastructure, i.e. academic advisors and financial aid staff, are going through training as well - meaning you may have to guide them in order to get answers that you need. If you are aware that their staff is probably younger than you are, you will explain your requests more fully and be more patient.
Regarding the accreditation issue, you will find many online universities with regional accreditation, but only a handful with national professional accreditation like National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, Liberty University has an unapologetic Christian philosophy of education, but they do not ram their views down your throat. You will be welcomed no matter what your personal philosophy.