Liberty University Reviews - Bachelor's in Psychology
Review of Psychology Bachelors Degrees
I attended Liberty University online from 2015 to 2017. The flexibility the program provided me was invaluable as I worked throughout my studies and moved several times with the military. I can confidently say without the flexibility, I would not have been able to graduate in a standard amount of time. With that said, anyone considering the program should know that there is a very strong Biblical element to all of the classes, as one would expect from a Christian University. Additionally, my guidance counselors called me more often than I appreciated. While this may be helpful to some, it was not to me. I dont have any complaints regarding the professors. They did not stand out as good or bad to me. I was always satisfied with the speed at which they put grades in and their willingness to explain why I received the marks I did and/or correct grades if necessary. Overall, it was a great school for my undergraduate work.
Liberty University is an excellent school. The staff is amazing, very knowledgeable and are actively involved with the students. The school is also very generous with needs of active duty personnel and do their best to accommodate. The book stipend is a great help, which most schools do not offer.
I finished my bachelors degree in psychology/Christian counseling in August 2017. I completed all of my schooling online and honestly, overall everything went well. All of the online professors (except for maybe 1 or 2) were fabulous and understanding. If you want help or have questions, you yourself have to be proactive in getting your questions answered. Yes it is online, so you have to be willing to put in the time to read, study and do your work without anyone prodding your or holding your hand to get it done. All of the course requirements are available before you sign up to take the class, IF YOU READ THE SYLLABUS. I have had no problems with financial aid at all. The student academic advising for the undergrad department has always been very helpful in answering my questions and concerns. Overall, I would recommend this online university and education program to anyone. The best part for me was that the classes also incorporated my faith into my education. My relationship with Christ has continued to grow as well as my learning. I am continuing my education with LUO for a masters degree in counseling.
I attended Liberty University online. I pretty much taught myself everything. The curriculum was great and I felt prepared for graduate school. I've used a great amount of what I learned in undergrad in my current graduate school. The cons are that there is no interaction with the professors (meaning it is difficult to get letters of recommendation) and little interaction other students and there are very few organizations designed for online students.
At Liberty University Online, I was able to pursue my degree while being at home and taking care of my wounded veteran husband and our son. I felt that I was supported by the faculty and staff. Liberty also helps military families reach their academic goals by offering tuition discounts.
I completed the first two years of my degree at a public University (UWF) but had to transfer to the online format when we moved to another state. The classes were challenging and I did feel adequately prepared to transition into a different professional field. Initially I was skeptical about the need for an internship, but once completed I was better able to see its value. I am not a fan of discussion boards. Discussion boards expose one of the areas where I feel Liberty is most vulnerable to legitimate criticism. Many of the students simply cannot write well. I don't think this issue is confined to LUO as the same could be said about other colleges I've attended. Still, I believe that the standards should be higher with regards to written assignments. If you cannot write a cohesive sentence, you should not be admitted to college. It is that simple. I am also not a fan of the new trend that integrates "E Books" within the course. Students should have the choice, and should not be forced to purchase an electronic version if that is not compatible with their learning style. I've grown in my faith and my love for God since attending LUO, and just started classes at the Graduate level. I highly recommend LUO.
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!
I am a surprised at the negativity regarding Liberty. One person complained because worksheets did not follow the reading exactly. For others who may find this concerning keep in mind that this is college, not high school, and critical thinking is expected. If you cannot read the material and explain it in your own words while including your own thoughts on the topic, then you need a community college that expects rote learning, not a university. I earned a B. S. in Psychology at Liberty and took all classes online. Before choosing an online program, make sure that you are willing to do the work required. Liberty's psychology program provides video lectures as well as reading and writing assignments. Liberty professors are always available to answer questions via email or telephone. If you have a personal issue, such as the woman who said she was suspended after giving birth, you only need to keep your professors informed and you will be given extra time to complete assignments. I went through a divorce and moved out of state at the beginning of a semester. I notified my professors in advance of the move and advised that it would take a few days before I would have internet access at my new address--all the professors were gracious and allowed extra time for me to complete and submit assignments due to my circumstances. Liberty offers tutoring for English as a second language students or those who have difficulty with sentence structure in general. Students who have difficulty understanding APA or other required writing styles can submit their papers for review and help through the writing lab. I am multiracial and never experienced discrimination of any type at Liberty. Psychology students working on a Bachelor's degree will complete an internship. The student must find his or her own internship site and I appreciated that. Some students completed internships at daycares, working with church groups, etc. I completed my internship at a Crisis Mental Health Hospital. The internship is an excellent opportunity to put into practice what has been learned. Liberty is a non-profit school with a good reputation. In addition to a quality education, they have one of the lowest tuition fees in the U. S. The school is active in the community and has a supervised home for unwed and pregnant teens. They counsel these young women and if the mother chooses to put her child up for adoption, Liberty staff assists the mother with adoption. If the mother chooses to keep the child, they assist in helping the young woman find work, suitable housing, childcare, etc. While at the home at Liberty, the girls are given high school classes and if they do well they are provided a two year scholarship to attend the university upon graduation. Everyone I know who has graduated from Liberty with a decent GPA has found work suitable to their degree. If you are considering Liberty, call them and ask questions. There is an equal distribution of secular and Christian material within classes and the residential and online campuses are culturally diverse. I was impressed enough to return to Liberty and am currently working toward a Master's.
Liberty University's online degree program has been one of the most life-changing experiences of my life. As a returning student and seasoned single-mom of three, with a full-time job, I knew I would face challenges. From the very first conversation with my personal Academic Advisor I was assured that whatever I faced during my tenure at Liberty would be addressed with compassion, understanding, and knowledge. The professors are always readily available to answers questions, by phone and email. The courses are challenging and you feel you are getting the most up to date education possible. The personal attention that you get with this school tops that of any on campus university that I have attended. Even my experiences with financial aid have been wonderful. There is a wealth of supports in place to help you reach your academic goals. Liberty accepted most of my credits from previous schools so instead of the expected 2 1/2 years it would have taken me to finish my degree it's only taken 1 1/2. Liberty offers just about any degree programs in all fields and almost all of them can be completed online. Liberty also offers study abroad educational tours that can be taken in lieu of certain classes. So instead of taking a 16 week internship or 8 week humanities class, you have the option of traveling to Greece or Spain or Rwanda. And financial aid can be used to cover the cost of these trips. With full academic schedules offered through the summer, Liberty makes it easy for you to reach your goals faster. I could go and and on, singing the praises of Liberty University. But let me leave you with this, if you're an adult with a busy life and you feel like you just cannot fit school in anywhere, Liberty may be the perfect fit for you.