Liberty University Reviews of Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

  • 12 Reviews
  • Lynchburg (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
75% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

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RichardF
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Reading some of the reviews, I can't believe the audacity of some people. The new generations simply do not know how to read the black and white they sign. Part of the admissions process, you are required to sign that you understand this is a Christian College and that is is integrated into the assignments and classes. If you did not understand this going in, then you probably shouldn't be going to college. I loved my time with this school. I took my classes online, as I have been in the Navy for the past 9 years and Liberty has been a part of my journey for the past 5 years. Yes, I think they institute God, the Bible a little too much, but it is a Chrisitan school and that should be expected. Only thing I did not like was the amount of classes outside your degree are required for the degree completion that are purely religious courses. I did grow up in a Christian home, and thought those were too much and steal from the focus of one's degree. Just my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed the experience here, and the professor, most of them, were very understanding and looked to help as best as they could especially with the military lifestyle I've had."
S. A.
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"Unless you are a bible thumper do NOT go to this school. I knew it was a Christian school going into it (honestly, it was the only school I could find with a Criminal Justice Bachelors degree with a focus on Crime Scene Investigation) but I had NO idea everything would be taught through a Christian perspective. I don't want religion forced down my throat and feel as though I wasted a HUGE amount of time and now I am on financial aid suspension and have to file a appeal before I can attend another school. Just be warned."
Brian
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Liberty is not perfect, but they're getting better, in many ways they are still going through growing pains. Unfortunately, their graduation rate is low because they still haven't quite figured out how to handle the on-boarding of transfer students. I attended a private catholic university from another state, for 1 year, and during the transfer process I was told all 27 of my credits had transferred. I stupidly took their word for it but about 2 years later I realized NONE of the courses transferred. When I confronted them, they said that my courses transferred but only into my "fall through" courses. If I wanted those courses as credit toward my degree, I needed a course syllabus from the university, a synopsis of what was taught in each course and which book they used. I reached a point during the program where those courses were pre-requisites for my remaining courses, so I either needed those courses for transfer credit, or I was going to take the courses all over again. I had to take a semester off so I could file all the paperwork and request the information from my previous university (major headache). I ended up taking about 2 years off out of utter disgust and fatigue from dealing with the university staff (that was no more than a bunch of children) and when I returned I ended up having to take 5 of the 9 courses over again which cost me another semester in time and $$$ in tuition. On the flip side of this experience, a very close friend of mine started at Liberty University from scratch and had absolutely no issues whatsoever. I think my bad experience only relates to being a transfer student, if Liberty can figure this out, they'd probably graduate more people and have a better rating. It also doesn't help that the academic staff seems to be a bunch of students, I could be wrong, not helpful though. I became a cop fresh out of the military, and was a patrolman for nearly 10 years before getting my degree; it was a relief to finally finish it. In the end, my diploma helped me secure a management position, and another promotion a few years later. I have deeper understanding of the psychology and social aspects of criminal justice which is needed in my current role; I'm glad I didn't give up on it. In hindsight, I should have stayed at my first university to finish my degree but I recommend to anyone considering a transfer to make sure your courses get transferred to your degree program before you start."
Stephanie Tucker
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Liberty University provided me with an amazing, top-of-the-line education. My professors were (and still are) well-experienced in the subjects they teach. I did not have one professor who did not first begin with real-world experience prior to becoming a professor. If I were to complete my degree all over again, I would not change schools or programs or professors."
Stephanie Tucker
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Liberty University provided me with an amazing, top-of-the-line education. My professors were (and still are) well-experienced in the subjects they teach. I did not have one professor who did not first begin with real-world experience prior to becoming a professor. If I were to complete my degree all over again, I would not change schools or programs or professors."
lvp74
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 1900
"At first it was ok, but the closer I got to getting my degree, it went sour. I had to withdraw. I was going with federal student loans, so tell me how do they get to keep the student loan money that was granted to them and still send me a $5000 plus bill?"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
Mike
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
shanta hardy
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
Chris W.
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."