Liberty University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (179)
Quality of education to me was subpar. Teachers generally were unfamiliar with online technology. Syllabi were recycled year to year. A handful of professors cared greatly. Majority appeared over-worked and apathetic. They have a habit of assigning non-Christian topics and asking us to write about the Christian-ness of that topic, which was very awkward.
Let me start by saying this school is perfect for full time college students or full time mid level job holders. I found the online program to be a lot of work which is a good thing but what I found discouraging was the lack of professors involvement. When I had questions or concerns I would e-mail each professor only to get either a response after the assignment deadline or no response at all. Writing a passage Scripture every week shouldn't be the only form of communication. I didn't really enjoy my first semester but decided try one more semester needless to say this will be my last semester. I will attend my local university and finish my MBA. Besides corporate America prefer local degrees then online degrees it is sad but so true.
Liberty University Online was great. I chose to go to Liberty while taking time off from work to deal with a health issue. The online classes gave me the opportunity to progress with limited physical capabilities at the time. This was the 3rd university that I attended and the first that focused in on teaching you how to think instead of only giving you facts. Regardless of the field of study, our worldview shapes how we receive and understand information. Liberty's encouragement to evaluate and develop awareness of your foundational worldview equips their students with the ability to maximize their best gift to the world........an authentic self! This experience was priceless!
I just started at Liberty and I must say I Hate this University. The people their do not take the time to help new students. All they do is give students the run around. The advisors tell you one thing and the instructors tell you something different. Please do not attend to school, I wish I had stayed at Ashford university.
Liberty University introduces a professional graduate degree program that requires you to work diligently, interact with other students and your professors in this online format. Where else could you earn a professional degree online for this price and get a PhD's who offer insight and encouragement? I looked at Wake Forest and their online program was $75,000! Sure you may have a professor who is balancing their private practice and is teaching 4 courses but as a graduate student you are expected to immerse yourself in higher education! So, suck it up and quit complaining! Do you wish to advance your knowledge base with the same texts used at Harvard and Penn? I think so...but you are paying 1/4 of the cost so there are some trade offs. Liberty University has high standards....I graduated with distinction (3.9 GPA) and that's a high bar for any University. I had my papers professionally bound resulting in three volumes (650 pages) of which I am very proud. This program stretched me to high levels of performance which increased my capacity to augment the lives of others.
They are a very Christian school UNTIL it comes to money. I sincerely feel that Liberty University robbed me of over $3,500.00. Let me explain. I had entered the Master's Program and did complete financial check in, but before the semester started my father was injured bad and required around the clock care. I notified my instructors and attempted to withdrawl but LIBERTY's system was down. After a while I started getting collection calls from what sounded like Liberty on campus students. I attempted to explain the situation and that I had in fact withdrawn from the classes before the semester started. I was informed I could appeal. I appealed and got nothing. Finally I went into my account and saw where the appeal had been denied. Denied by who? No idea. It simply said "DENIED". So i have had to make $386.02 a month payments for a year with having nothing to show for it. I even told the people calling I would send my Father's medical records to prove I wasn't trying to take advantage of them. Nothing! Liberty is all about God and your fellow man, until it comes to money.
Simply put, Liberty Online offers a rigorous and beneficial graduate experience. As a senior pastor of a busy church, a husband, and father of five, the ability to obtain a degree in this format is invaluable. Of course, each instructor has their own personality, but all in all, the responsiveness and grading was very reasonable and helpful. Accreditation at a seminary is important in my estimation, so Liberty opens the door to spiritual growth and career progress. Most importantly, I am far more equipped with the knowledge I have obtained at this outstanding institution. I would recommend the online program to anyone without hesitation.
I had a terrible time with Liberty University. I started school there in 2009, and when I had about 90 credits, I had to take a class for the finance concentration. I had a professor, S.H., who failed me on two occasions, because he clearly had a personal problem with me. I had a 3.3 or 3.4 at the time. After I took the class a third time, due to his unprofessional and deliberately antagonistic ways, I decided I would leave Liberty and go to another school. I sent several emails that the school ignored, and I decided I would not pay the balance owed until they rectified the situation. They have done NOTHING to help me. The only thing this school cares about is MONEY. The Christian aspect is a joke. STAY AWAY.
I can not sing Liberty University's online praises higher. Not too many schools offer a science degree in psychology instead of arts, not to mention the fact that this military specific degree is great for working with the military population. I've never had any issues with financial aid and was offered a lovely discount being a veteran's spouse (He was active duty when I first started), I am able to get ahold of my academic advisor easily, and the professors are first rate. Being Catholic I was nervous about going to a Southern Baptism university for a minute, but I really like that even though faith is part of the learning process I am not torn down about being Catholic. I am applying to USC's MSW program now and they tell me that a lot of their students graduated with their bachelors from Liberty's online programs. Fantastic education, you won't regret your choice in Liberty.
As I read the all negative reviews about Liberty, I just write it off as an online campus so large, you're bound to have so many dissatisfied students, and some professors who aren't on top of their jobs. There's always a margin of error for human beings, or even the equipment we use. But, speaking from my experience, Liberty University is a wonderful school! As an older student, and one who has experienced on-campus learning, Liberty does an excellent job. If someone had a class that didn't challenge them or a professor who didn't grade papers with any concern, they should complain! Financial aid can be a problem at any school. The ongoing request for documents is real, but it's procedural and basically form letters, and you can upload the documents. I remember the long lines to see your bursar, only to be told you needed to do something else. Liberty uses the same name college textbooks as a brick and mortar school, McGraw Hill, Pearson, APA, etc. and some written by Liberty professors. Liberty partners with Straighterline where you can significantly cut your tuition cost by taking courses online through them and transfer the credits! It takes an incredible amount discipline for online learning. It is becoming more and more pervasive with colleges and universities offering online or distance learning programs. Make sure to check with your State for any licensure requirements because your online degree may not be accepted. But, if you're looking a great education, one where you get what you put into it (it's not a cake walk) and want to have degrees for jobs that use not having them as a weeding out process or a reason for lower salaries, Liberty University is the ideal place to learn. If you're looking for a brick and mortar, prestige with no better job options necessarily, and pay $600 and more a credit hour, there're plenty of schools! It's a Christian School, so no surprise with some of the required courses or the religious interface. I have found that with any professor that I've had at Liberty that if you let them know in advance; before any action is taken that you're experiencing problems, most I believe will work with you. Falling behind is so easy to do, and things do happen in our lives. But, the goal is not only to enroll, but to retain students. I had maybe two that I felt weren't on par or fair. I experienced grading errors or using the plagiarism tool that can be misleading or faulty. I had another professor who was horrible at giving feedback, but I still did well and didn't rely on her for much assistance, and did complain about her. At the same, I have received incredible confidence-building feedback from professors that will remain with me! But, that was only two out of over 20 courses. If you want to save money, get a high quality education and do it from your own home, Liberty will work for you!