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The Pre-law & Paralegal Studies are a joke and do nothing to prepare students for the realities of how law is actually applied and practiced in our American jurisprudence system today. The school is exclusively focused upon Jesus and how Christians are to "correctly believe." I know a few things about the legal system in our nation and the crap that Liberty pushes will not fly in a court of law. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere; I am in the process of initiating a transfer and sincerely feel Liberty was and is a waste of money and time.
In the process of transferring from LU. Although the flexibility and ability to customize schedule is great, the lack of help and overall learning experience has not been great. As others have stated, the process is a circus and a huge hassle. Financial aid department was very unhelpful as well as my instructors. I have previously taken online classes elsewhere and never had this much of an issue.
Please be aware that the Bachelor's Health Informatics program is not an accredited program. You will not be able to sit for exams offered Commission of Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This program is will be accredited with their school of business. This is very important due to the fact that it affects student employment opportunities in that career field. Please future students steer clear of this program at Liberty University. There are other programs that are online and accredited. Please visit www.cahiim.org for information on accredited health informatics program.
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 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.
My main issue at this point with Liberty is not related to the financial aid department but the Disability office. I am blind and during the first two years of my education worked with a wonderful and helpful women that made my work at Liberty enjoyable. After she left the school her replacement remains terrible at her job. She is rude, dismissive, and down right lazy. I am in my last semester and a class I am taking ends in three days and I still have yet to get my books for the class because she was off for several weeks and they had no one to take up that responsibility. I purchased and submitted my books request 2 months before the semester started (which is part of their policy). Thankfully I have had an understanding professor that has let me do most of the assignments using outside materials but now I have 8 quizzes to make up with no book. When I email the department it takes weeks for them to reply or a generic email is sent stating that I will receive my books through fedex with no ETA. It is also almost impossible to speak with them by phone. They should remove the term Christian from their title because of how people with disabilities are treated.
I enjoyed the classes that I took at Liberty. I did learn a lot. However, once I started dealing with the administrative/financial offices, my enjoyment of this school ceased to exist. First, I was making automatic payments that for some reason, would never make it to my bank. It would show on my student account that I had a returned payment fee of $35/$70 at times but my bank would have no such proof of a transaction. Upon contacting my bank, they said they did not show a transaction attempted from LU. So the first time that happened, I questioned LU. After many days of waiting for a reply, and sending emails back and forth (several days to a week in between replies from LU) I got my fee returned and I made a payment. This went on to happen two more times. Then I tried to just make the payment online and that was a no go. So I wrote a long letter with my payment included. Of course, they accepted that and wrote back a letter of apology. My final payment went through successfully. Imagine that. The communication was so frustrating and ridiculous that I finally decided to just transfer. Another fiasco. It has taken over a month for them to send my new school my transcript and I am still waiting for them to acknowledge receipt of the request after three attempts. Odd, right? This of course, has taken over two weeks to confirm because their communications are so slow. During this time, my boyfriend has gotten frustrated as well and has actually signed up to receive info from LU just to see how quickly they would respond to a new prospect. I promise you that less than two minutes after he clicked submit, LU was calling his cell to recruit him. Someone please explain that one. It's very disheartening.
Liberty Financial Aid department will make you pull your hair out. The dept. is run by students, NOT by trained professionals which means you end up with a whole lot of fingers milling about your account and personal information.
Honestly, I have attended several universities and I actually planned to transfer back to the University Of Alabama but I am mere classes from graduation with my BS in education from Liberty and most schools DO NOT accept Liberty transfer credits.
If you want your degree from Liberty then go for it, just keep an eye on your account and be prepared to spend about 5-10 hours per semester on hold trying to get your accounts fixed because of someone in financial aid touching a button they cant figure out how to fix.
At this point I am honestly considering quitting because I just don't have time for the hassle. The education is mediocre. Its really not difficult. The sociology courses have amazing instructors, most teachers (not all) really care about the students and others are more hung up on themselves and are really interested in your praising their latest book (which will be your mandatory text book). The financial aid department will really ruin the school.