Liberty University Online Reviews
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I attended Liberty online for 13 months while pursuing a Masters degree. I first attended University in the 1970' and 1980's when I received a BA English and an MBA from the University of Texas and the University of North Texas. What I found at Liberty was a significant difference in teaching methodology, which one would expect after nearly 40 years. With online courses, the impetus is on the student to independently complete the reading and the assigned papers and other homework - and, there is a lot of reading to be done. It required a big shift on my part to realize that if I was going to learn anything, it would be up to me as there is very little interaction with instructors. Overall, it was a great learning opportunity for me and I enjoyed the experience. Also, because it was fast paced, there was no need to take longer than necessary to accomplish the requisite goals and finish. I really like the school and the approach. May not be for everyone, especially if you are used to a lot of interaction with the professors or do not have the time to do all the reading on time.
This University makes a lot of promises with no follow through. There is very limited interaction with the professors. The only people you can talk to via phone are the academic advisors and they can't answer the majority of the questions. The other departments force you to email them, even when you need an answer right away. It is typical to not get responses to emails for days at a time. I am an independent learner and found the majority of the classes informative. Yes, there is a lot of reading and writing involved; however, I learned well. However, when I got to the point in the program in which I needed contact with their staff to complete the process, I was left without help. I know they claim to be non-profit; however, it seems the main focus is getting the tuition money and leaving the student high and dry.
I found Liberty University while doing my research on going back to school. I have not been to school since 97, so when I found this program I was excited to be attending a school where Christ was incorporated into my studies. Let me just say that if you are not good at doing alot of reading with miminal teacher interaction then this school is not for you. Each semester my professors assigned chapters, and chapters of reading, with no discussion, videos or anything to follow up with. When they gave worksheets to follow along they were never worksheets that followed the reading exactly, you had to hunt and find, and assume answers. I am not the type of person that can learn that way so I didnt do well. Also academic advising is ok depending on who you get on the phone. I was put on suspension after I had my daughter and could no longer keep up. I tried appealing the decision they flat out denied me. I was very frustrated and discouraged, because I really want to finish my degree. They told me in order for them to reinstate my financial aid I had to pay for a semester out of pocket, which is $3000. Who has that just laying around. Now I am forced to look into other universities and possiblily start over.
I am a retired Army Vet of 22 years service to my country and a Lt at the state Dept of Corrections, I applied to LU after some research when a school I was attended was charging me and the VA, double dipping. Everything was going great until my I took the Lt position at another prison and was put on 2p-10p shift, moved, and my wife got terribly ill. I had received 60+ credit hours for all my work in the military and the DOC and was just under 2 years into my studies when this all happen and I fell behind for one and a half 5 1/2 week course and was put on academic suspension, while still taking my money and then told that I was on a suspension and would not be allowed to re-enroll for 2 years. I tried everything I could to have that reversed, to no avail. I understand with my GI bill i have to maintain a certain GPA to receive the grant and since the school could not receive my VA benefits I believe they then decided to suspend me. I feel as if nothing was done to help me be able to continue at LU and finish my degree considering I was not that far from my degree, only a small fraction of hours were needed to complete it. I had to enroll into another degree program at a different college that offers on line degree program in my field and lost several hours of work because I was not awarded the same amount of credit hours from my training and schooling with my job in the military and my current job in the state DOC. I basically started over with the same credit hours i was awarded with to start with at LU. But, this is important to me and also my wife. We want to help victims of Human Trafficking and I need to continue my education in CJ with concentration on cyber crimes in order to do that. So I started over with another University because I will still have it completed and graduate before I would be allowed to re-enroll in LU. I am a United States Veteran and feel I was not afforded the opportunities at this school to help during my time of need, it is a Christian college and to me I believe the Lord helps those who are in need but this school sure does not. They just want your money. Maybe actually going to the university is a different experience than the online studies. I heard and read great things about this school, but thinking back most were from students enrolled at the actual university, not online. I guess us online students are not that important to Liberty when you have a financial issue.
I took classes for the universities, Human Services Counseling program in substance abuse. I liked my fellow students, but the school had some issues. First, my classes were online and only reading and writing, with minimal video. I had some issues with my classes: first and worst, they made us do bulletin board posts and use those as discussion (done in APA style writing) and these had to be done on Wed at 11:59 p.m. for that weeks reading. This meant, I had to read all the material for the week on Monday and Tuesday. I could not do that! Sometimes it was 70 pages of textbook reading, and to read at a graduate level you have to be able to really know your text, which means making notes, re-reading, and learning professional vocabulary and values. I could not do that in two days! If you can, LIberty Online might be for you, but if not, you're likely better off elsewhere.
I love Liberty and actually found it more rigorous than University of Texas at Austin. The only thing that concerned me was my degree was not CACREP accredited. Other programs at Liberty are though. This pushed my NCE credentials a little post graduation. I would push that your degree get CACREP if applicable. It's not a deal breaker but it's better to be CACREP.
I have attended Liberty University for the past 6 years through the on-line program. I have been in various leadership roles over the past twenty five years and found the degree format to be very applicable to real world experience. While the University is Christian based I have personally seen no issues with students in my groups who are diverse and whose beliefs differ from the University. I have seen no professor’s grade down because you do not believe the way they do. I have found the on-line format to be very different from the class room structure. It is basically a requirement that you can take material, review it and comprehend it on your own. If you struggle learning under this format then the on-line program is not for you. There are very few professor tutorials or video lectures; just reading, self-practice and testing. I transferred into Liberty and have attended several public universities prior to enrolling. The quality of the education from a secular standpoint is just as good or better at Liberty. The main difference is that you will be forced to apply every course spiritually as well, along with Biblical references as to how this principle applies. That is a real concern for those who are not Christians; as they do not feel that it applies. A portion of you grade depends on this and if you do not do this you will receive a lower grade. The instructors I have encountered have varied. All were adequate, a few were good and several were great. The amount of time and effort that was put in varied for each, but it was the same case for me at the University of Alabama as well. Some were great professors; others were not so great. Lastly the level of learning was comparable. Liberty courses were no easier than other universities that I have attended. The quality of the education is outstanding and the same statistics that you learn at Liberty is what is taught any other college. It is not like Statistics principles change at Liberty compared to other schools. I would highly recommend Liberty University, I have truly enjoyed my time here and I have received a quality education. But if you struggle with religion mixing with standard subject matter you better avoid Liberty; because here it is viewed as an essential part of your professional development. .
Liberty is a great online school to attend. I was not sure when I started, but it has proved to be great. I have visited the campus, and it is absolutely amazing. I really want my boys to go to school here on campus. It is so refreshing to have a Christian perspective in the college setting. I have been to secular Universities, and this is so much better for me personally. I am able to work at home on my own schedule, and not be away from family. The work load is rough at first. The reading load, and learning APA was tough, but after a few classes I caught on. Most classes have a research paper. It 's definitely not easy street, but you don't want it to be. It's a little tough, but you feel good for the accomplishment. I would SO recommend Liberty U Online.
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary at Liberty University offered me the flexibility needed to complete an M.A.R. while also working full time and serving in my local church. The Classes were rigorous, with vast amounts of reading and writing per course and I am thankful for the extremely high quality of the education offered. Support from advisers and course instructors was constant, with questions being answered in less than 12 hours in nearly every case.
I have been attending Liberty University for just over 2 years. Some classes have been better than others, for example the Human Resource Management class was wonderful, I learned a lot from the Excel class, but what I have learned is in most cases you receive little to no instruction. You are given books to read, assignments to complete and tests to take. Many of the tests are worded poorly and are really confusing. Many times I've brought this to the attention of the instructor and they have adjusted my grade. The worst experience was the Project Management classes (I've taken all but 1 of them). They give you assignments in Microsoft Project but do not educate you on how to use the tool. Their assignments have little direction and you have to make assumptions on what the instructor is looking for. The instructors are not very helpful when you ask for help. Once I called LU to make a complaint and the person I spoke to said that she dropped the same class for the same challenge I was experiencing! I emailed my classmates to share my concern and see if we could help each other. Many of them expressed they were either planning to drop the class or struggling. Although LU was compassionate in taking my complaint, there was absolutely no action, no follow-up. Unacceptable. If I wasn't 75% complete with my studies I'd find another University. Although I don't mind adding a Christian integration to each discussion board post, they have a new rule where you have to add it to every assignment. It does not make sense at all and it is distracting from the flow of the project or assignment. What I found interesting is in the lower level classes, there were many more PowerPoints and supporting materials in addition to the text, the higher level classes have less supporting materials but are more challenging. In the Project Management classes there are these really cheesy videos that you watch and have no application to the class. Although the speaker is probably a good project manager, these videos should be removed from the curriculum, they are very poor. I have learned through personal reading from the textbooks things that I have been able to take into my career and have been very helpful, but, the stress and anxiety over the assignments and poor teaching I have experienced has been much worse than I ever expected. One good thing about Liberty is the CLEP testing option. I have been able to take a few CLEP tests and avoid the class altogether. I'll be glad to get through it but I am dreading the last several classes I need to get to completion.