Liberty University Online Reviews
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I had an excellent experience overall. With online education there will always be one or two courses that could have handled in a better way by the school, but Liberty tried exceptionally hard to avoid any pitfalls. I had many instructors I rated as excellent and only one not as well rated, so I can only give it an excellent based on excellent instructors, good customer service when calling the school for any reason and in their handling of my records. I believe I received an excellent education while at Liberty, rigorous coursework but excellent program.
I have read many negative reviews and I must say that I am convinced that if you are negative that is the only perception you can really see. I can not say more positive things about this school and I would like to address some of the negative comments left by others by saying...This school is not a cake walk and the degrees are definitely challenging, I have had not so friendly professors and super friendly ones, It has on average the same kind of tuition rate as any other online school, there have been multiple times that I have needed extensions and they were granted, and last but certainly not least this is a Christian College as it was started just as our country was on the foundations and principles of God, which is Jesus Christ and it seems to me as a Christian the first thing that anyone wants to throw at you or even a school when they are in any way displeased is the "THEY CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS". If anyone writing a review that wants to throw that out there, I would have a really hard time believing that they are a Christian themselves. Please note that being a Christian doesn't mean that your perfect. In fact, we know how flawed we are that we need a savior that let the world beat Him to death and that was still not good enough. Any institution that one might choose could have potential issues, but I must say that Liberty University has been nothing but a wonderful experience where I have grown in intellect and in my walk with my Father Jesus Christ. I am dual enrolled this semester transitioning into my masters in counseling and if I am more than pleased that I am at Liberty University.
I am transferring out of Liberty University Online next month. I started in the summer of 2016 with high hopes of this college being worth the investment. First of all, this is a Christian University, which I understood coming into this program as someone who is not a devout Christian. I was honest with admissions by telling them that I was not very religious, although I have Christian values, and I asked if there was a substantial amount of religion incorporated into the curriculum. I was told that religion would be incorporated, but not to the extent that it would take away from the education aspect of the M.Ed program. The first two classes I took contained a moderate amount of religion. However, the third class I signed up for and subsequently dropped forced students to incorporate Christianity and the bible into every single assignment. It was taking away from the education and counseling aspect of a school counseling degree. This class required a discussion in which you were to answer "How will you incorporate Christianity into your classroom lessons?". It is both unethical and illegal to express your religious values in public schools. Not to mention, some of the assignments were unethical themselves. A class I withdrew from included an assignment that required students to locate a mentally handicapped individual and interview them. I was uncomfortable will discriminating and profiling mentally disabled individuals in such a way. One professor I had generated robotic feedback to each student's discussion. He would write the same responses and not provide any thoughtful or unique feedback. He would also give 100's on everything. This class was not challenging at all for a Graduate level class. The work was easy and barely required a brain. You're also assigned an "advisor" on your first day. There is a phone number provided with the adviser's information but, of course, the number goes straight to LUO's advising center. It's not a direct, personal number for your advisor...just a very odd system. For the M.Ed. in school counseling you're also required to attend 4 intensives on campus. Which are 5 days each and hotel costs around the area are not cheap. The admissions team told me initially that I could attend the "off-campus" intensives if the designated location was closer to where I lived. This was something that I appreciated and planned on doing. What they didn't tell me was that it costs an extra $1,000.00 to attend off campus intensives and sometimes the classes you need to take are not even offered at some locations. Thanks for being upfront Liberty. This school is not worth anyone's time or money. Find a school that is not going to force you to include religon into each assignment, that has quality professors, and that treats you like an individual. For those of you considering LUO, I am writing this for you. I wish I had known all of these things ahead of time so I wouldn't have wasted my time and money. Unfortunately, I can't get either of those back.
Terrible university....sends relentless spam to people over and over again...low ethics. Do not go here....they have poor ethics and have caused me pain How would you like to receive spam over and over and over again....they one of the worst businesses I have come across is my life.
My experience with LUO was phenomenal! The knowledge I gained from this school enabled me to perform at my internship with confidence. I was offered a position before I graduated. They were willing to wait for me to pass the national exam and apply for my associate-level license.
School is a joke. Classes are too easy and the professors are all interchangeable automatons. At the end of the day, it's my fault for not doing enough research before enrolling in this fake college. So in that sense, I suppose I got what I deserve. Please stay away from this place.
Liberty University is a big scam! Please do not make the same mistake I did. Do not enrol in this school! They will force you to enroll for 7 credits instead of the required 6 credits. They will have you buy books promising that they will buy it back after the semester and you will be surprised that the 85$ book called "Breaking Ground" for freshman is not available for buyback after all because of the stupid CODE. Financial Aid will hold your stipend for more than 21 days they are posting in their website. They will transfer your call back & forth from Financial Aid Ofc and Student Services when you inquire about your funds. They will give inconsistent information daily regarding the cause of delay of your own money! They are claiming that they are a Christian University but they are not practicing what they are teaching. Hypocritical School!!!
I took CSIS 100, 111, and 330. My intent was to work towards an undergraduate certificate. I already have my bachelor's degree in a loosely related field, so I'm not completely new to the topic of information technology or computer science. The classes are relatively straightforward, and nothing is so difficult it can't be done within ~8 hours of work each week (though I probably got up to 12 a couple times). If you can commit more time than that, awesome. The course length is only 8 weeks, so if you're looking to snag a degree and get out, in a short amount of time, Liberty seems like a decent place for that. If you're looking to learn, that is - fully understand and comprehend the topics your studying - outside of the 8 week window, I personally found it difficult because we raced through the material. There wasn't enough time devoted to any one topic. We might have 100 pages of reading, and a discussion that was 300 words long. In my opinion, I think the classes ended up being okay (so, 5/10). The instructors are a different story. My first class was straightforward, so I didn't have to ask a lot of questions. I did ask for clarification on a final project, however, and despite being told my submission was a good project, it ended up getting a sub-par grade because I had "missed something," which my instructor had never mentioned when I presented it to him for early feedback. My second instructor was fairly good about getting back to me on questions, but the answers I received were mostly no more than a sentence along the lines of: "That's just the way it is." or "Your understanding is incorrect." (no corrections made, just telling me my understanding is wrong without any further commitment to helping me understand). My last instructor finally broke the scale for me. I sent emails almost weekly. And almost weekly, it took 3-4 days to get a response. The answers continued to be basic, "No, that's wrong" type of answers, and when I submitted an assignment for early feedback, he provided minimal guidance and told me to try a very, very basic concept (which was nowhere near being a good solution). Based on his interaction with me, I question whether he was actually qualified to teach the course. The instructors here have been sub-par (3/10, overall). Lastly, I understand this is a Christian School, but the only "Christian" part of the classes ended up being awkwardly worded prompts about how IT concepts look like biblical concepts, and a bible verse every week from the instructor (they provide a weekly update, which is really just them saying "God is good! Here's a bible verse. My job is done." Regarding the prompts, people managed to provide good answers, but it ended up looking more like a "How do we check the block on bringing Christ into our courses?" move than a legitimate "How do we glorify God with this course?" move. No rating on the Christian side of the house; I'm sure their on-campus practices are better. For the sake of Christians going there, I hope they're better. (3/10). The price is great. Military discount is great. But I felt like I was just paying for them to hand me some credits after I had satisfied their list of requirements for each class. No real learning, no development, just checking the box on requirements. That being said, several thousand dollars later, I have 9 credits that are now just sitting here, and I'm looking for a different school so I can actually learn and walk away with an understanding of what I'm studying. (10/10 on price, 4/10 on value) Admissions was great. They're super helpful. People were quick to answer questions. They were enthusiastic, and sounded like they were interested in you. Always quick to walk me through anything. Everyone outside of the academic faculty was great. (10/10) (too bad they're not the ones teaching you...) I really wanted to like Liberty. I heard good things about their other programs. They have great designs for their IT programs, and I was always super excited to start taking each of my classes. But each class caused me to grow more cynical towards the school. I've contemplated giving the school one more chance, because I still want to believe the comments I read from the other programs. At this point, though, I'm taking a break, because my money is better put towards other pursuits.
I am a busy mother of five (four of those are under four), so it was crazy to think I could go back to school for my masters degree. LUO offered me the flexibility I needed, while also supporting the Christian education I wanted. I was nervous to attend an online school because I was concerned that it would be a diploma mill that would reward a worthless degree for minimal effort. I am happy to say that my experience at Liberty has been the opposite of my fears. From the first course, I have learned so much - not just about my field of study, but also about my own spiritual journey. I have attended traditional schools in the past, one that is a very well known state school, and I believe that my education at Liberty rivals that instruction. I feel like the work is WORK, but once the work is complete I feel the satisfaction of a job well done. I do not, in any way, feel my professors are disconnected or uncaring. They are all PhD's, they are all responsive, they all give feedback on assignments. In fact, this quarter I have a very tough professor who graded me very harshly. My first response was to be upset, but instead I contacted him and asked how I could improve. Not only did he give me helpful feedback, but he also sent me encouraging emails to congratulate my efforts to improve. My other professor this quarter has written me extensive feedback on my case studies and pushed me to think outside the "textbook" box. My experience at Liberty is second to none. I do not think I will go out into the workforce with this degree and make a million dollars. A degree is just the beginning - from here, it will take hard work and elbow grease to obtain experience and prove my worth. That's what its all about and I look forward to the challenge. I will walk into any interview confident that I bring something special to the table. Liberty has given me that confidence and I look forward to that day. And I am using the post-9/11 GI Bill. I have paid nothing for my classes. I have had to pay out of pocket for books (over the book voucher amount for the VA).
I am about halfway through completing my final class at Liberty University and will be graduating with a Masters in Accounting within a few weeks. Liberty has been a decent online experience. The assignments aren't overwhelming and the online library is top notch for ease of performing research. That said, the classes are overly focused on scholarly research. One should expect a good dose of research assignments in a masters program, but there should be a balance between theory and application. Most of the assignments in the Liberty MSA, including discussion board posts, are theoretical in nature and call for heavy examination of peer-reviewed literature. While these tasks have been challenging, they provide very little in the way of practical skills that can be transferred over to the real world. I was a career-changer when I started the degree and hoped that I would build more technical accounting skill in this program. Unfortunately, I've gotten more material that I can apply to my job from accounting websites than the academic research assignments at Liberty. I have read other reviews indicating that instructors aren't very involved and, while this is true, it is no different from any other online program in that regard. I have taken many online classes at multiple institutions over the years and fact is, the majority of the instructors in the online format are hands off regardless of school. You have to be comfortable learning material on your own if you choose the online format. If you are new to the accounting field and need to gain practical skills that you can apply on the job, I would not recommend this program. Do some research for yourself and find a program that builds those skills through assignments that involve application of the material. You should also consider whether or not you will need an accounting internship, which will be the case if you want to get into big public accounting. If you need an internship, take a look at programs that have strong ties with public firms. If you are already in the accounting profession and want a masters to bolster your resume or provide enough hours to sit for the CPA exam, Liberty can be a cost effective option for you.