Liberty University Reviews - Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
Review of Criminal Justice Bachelors Degrees
Although I did visit the Liberty University Campus a few times, I took all of my courses 100% online. The professors seemed very helpful to me as a working professional. I was working full time and taking 12 credits each semester with 6 credits during each summer session. I was familiar with most of the material so it wasn't difficult (for me) and I did learn quite a bit more than I was expecting. Once I proved I could handle multiple courses and maintain a high GPA, they were flexible on allowing me to take 18 credits during a couple of the semesters but I wouldnt recommend it. I was working full-time it was challenging to keep up with the assignments, but overall I'd say the difficulty is average. I have four minor complaints. One, I had no issues with tuition or financial aid, but I did have an issue with credits transferring from another institution. Liberty refused to transfer some of my CJUS credits because the previous school I attended would not send them a syllabus for the courses; apparently, it was against their policy. Unfortunately, I had to take those five courses over again. Two, sometimes the Christ Centered philosophy can be a bit overwhelming; believe it or not, there are some strong differing opinions amongst Christians from moderate to extreme. Three, the weekly message threads that we were required to weigh in and comment on were tough to muscle through. At times, the message threads were difficult to deal with because there was such an enormous disparity in writing ability from clearly uneducated and unintelligible to highly educated/intellectual. It really made me wonder how some people even got accepted. Four, I got tired of the Liberty Administrations sycophantic Republican political messages and the clear intolerance to anyone associated with the Democratic party. For a Christian school who exercised intolerance toward other religions and preached devout Christianity, it seemed very hypocrital to be endorsing a Mormon political candidate (Romney) and a serial philanderer and liar (Trump). Honestly, it is what I expected from Liberty though. It was a good experience. I ignored the things that bothered me, kept my eye on the prize and finished my degree a bit earlier than expected.
I received my Bachelor's from Liberty University in Criminal Justice in 2015. It was by far the best school that I have been too. I have went to other 3 four year universities and by far Liberty University was the most enjoyable to deal with as well as it prepared me for my current degree. It prepared me for my master's degree that I am currently working on in a field that I don't have any experience in.
I love Liberty University it is the second University I have attended. The staff is caring and helpful. This school has been a blessing from God for me. I have faced some challenges while attending but, with the guidance of God I was able to succeed and I am thankful there are University that enable people that don't have a lot of money afford a good education. Thank you Liberty I would recommend this University to anyone that is trying to further their education.
I attended a 2 year college 2003-2005 and needed just 3 more classes to complete my AA degree. It took me another 7 years to go back and complete those classes but once I decided that I wanted to do it....Liberty University offered the best value for money and their support was incredible. A few key points for someone looking at completing their degree. 1. Time (you will need to dedicate hours each day to be truly successful). 2. Interest and stamina (it's a tough path). 3. Money (college will always cost you). Well I knew that I had the time, I definitely had the interest (motivated by ego and a sense of failure for never having completed my degree), but the money....always tough. I was eligible for a 25% First Responder discount as an EMT and that was an excellent incentive. Once enrolled at Liberty University I chose a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice degree. I worked hard because I thought it would help me get into a police department. I completed my 3 classes needed for the previous AA degree, submitted my transcripts and collected my AA Arts degree in May 2013. I was then hired by a large city police department and put my BSc degree on hold for the 6 months of Police Academy. Fulfilling my dream of becoming a police officer did not hinder my desire to complete that BSc degree. Liberty was fantastic and very understanding of my 6 month break and helped make sure I didn't have to start repaying my FAFSA loans during that time. 6 months later as a fully sworn police officer, I went back to completing the degree and on March 2015.....dream came true, hard work paid off and I was awarded my BSc degree. My experience was amazing at Liberty. Classes were very interesting, work was hard with a high standard but that made me proud to be a student and now alumni. It should not be easy! The school and my professors responded to emails within 24 hours. Classroom format was not unlike social media...smart, easy to use, and very user friendly. I HIGHLY recommend Liberty University to anyone looking to finish that degree. A nice little bonus came this month due to my BSc degree. I got a 7.5% pay increase because of my advanced education. If I was to put all of that extra money towards my education, my BSc degree will have paid for itself in 5 years and I will have another 20-25 years of benefiting from those 2 years of hard work. Total financial benefit throughout my career will be approximately $250,000. That's $250,000 for doing the same job but with a BSc Degree. Do yourself a favor and apply. You CAN do it and you WILL succeed and Liberty WILL help you succeed.
Do your research and choose wisely and here is not it. I can tell you of 2 professor that seemed to actually care. The rest my enemies are friendlier. Most jobs laugh at your degree from here, still no work after 1 year of graduating. Looking to go back to school but it will not be here. I will not even go into their financial department when dealing with the VA. All they want is numbers and money that is all.
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.