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I am transferring out of Liberty University Online next month. I started in the summer of 2016 with high hopes of this college being worth the investment. First of all, this is a Christian University, which I understood coming into this program as someone who is not a devout Christian. I was honest with admissions by telling them that I was not very religious, although I have Christian values, and I asked if there was a substantial amount of religion incorporated into the curriculum. I was told that religion would be incorporated, but not to the extent that it would take away from the education aspect of the M.Ed program. The first two classes I took contained a moderate amount of religion. However, the third class I signed up for and subsequently dropped forced students to incorporate Christianity and the bible into every single assignment. It was taking away from the education and counseling aspect of a school counseling degree. This class required a discussion in which you were to answer "How will you incorporate Christianity into your classroom lessons?". It is both unethical and illegal to express your religious values in public schools. Not to mention, some of the assignments were unethical themselves. A class I withdrew from included an assignment that required students to locate a mentally handicapped individual and interview them. I was uncomfortable will discriminating and profiling mentally disabled individuals in such a way. One professor I had generated robotic feedback to each student's discussion. He would write the same responses and not provide any thoughtful or unique feedback. He would also give 100's on everything. This class was not challenging at all for a Graduate level class. The work was easy and barely required a brain. You're also assigned an "advisor" on your first day. There is a phone number provided with the adviser's information but, of course, the number goes straight to LUO's advising center. It's not a direct, personal number for your advisor...just a very odd system. For the M.Ed. in school counseling you're also required to attend 4 intensives on campus. Which are 5 days each and hotel costs around the area are not cheap. The admissions team told me initially that I could attend the "off-campus" intensives if the designated location was closer to where I lived. This was something that I appreciated and planned on doing. What they didn't tell me was that it costs an extra $1,000.00 to attend off campus intensives and sometimes the classes you need to take are not even offered at some locations. Thanks for being upfront Liberty. This school is not worth anyone's time or money. Find a school that is not going to force you to include religon into each assignment, that has quality professors, and that treats you like an individual. For those of you considering LUO, I am writing this for you. I wish I had known all of these things ahead of time so I wouldn't have wasted my time and money. Unfortunately, I can't get either of those back.
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.
Terrible university....sends relentless spam to people over and over again...low ethics. Do not go here....they have poor ethics and have caused me pain How would you like to receive spam over and over and over again....they one of the worst businesses I have come across is my life.
My experience with LUO was phenomenal! The knowledge I gained from this school enabled me to perform at my internship with confidence. I was offered a position before I graduated. They were willing to wait for me to pass the national exam and apply for my associate-level license.
School is a joke. Classes are too easy and the professors are all interchangeable automatons. At the end of the day, it's my fault for not doing enough research before enrolling in this fake college. So in that sense, I suppose I got what I deserve. Please stay away from this place.
Liberty University is a big scam! Please do not make the same mistake I did. Do not enrol in this school! They will force you to enroll for 7 credits instead of the required 6 credits. They will have you buy books promising that they will buy it back after the semester and you will be surprised that the 85$ book called "Breaking Ground" for freshman is not available for buyback after all because of the stupid CODE. Financial Aid will hold your stipend for more than 21 days they are posting in their website. They will transfer your call back & forth from Financial Aid Ofc and Student Services when you inquire about your funds. They will give inconsistent information daily regarding the cause of delay of your own money! They are claiming that they are a Christian University but they are not practicing what they are teaching. Hypocritical School!!!
Liberty University is the most rewarding college I have attended. They keep you motivated by encouragement and prayer. The course work is challenging yet intriguing. The instructors are eager to put forth extra effort to each student who asks for it. Every week begins with a motivational message and has your coursework lined up for you. The resources are easy to use and thoroughly put together. The staff at the help desk are polite. The academic advisors contact you every term to see how you are doing and help you choose your courses and help with financial aid. Liberty University has it altogether.
Liberty University Online has made it possible for me to get my bachelor's degree. I am a single mother of two small children and work full time. This school is phenomenal with how they structure classes. I highly recommend this university to anyone that is looking to further their education.
I am about to begin my Masters program in August. After looking at many schools this was the best decision I ever made. The instructions on the courses were direct and there policy off emailing the instructor made easy any questions one may have. I clearly focused on counseling and theology and gave gained a new perspective that will carry on to my grad school work.
I took CSIS 100, 111, and 330. My intent was to work towards an undergraduate certificate. I already have my bachelor's degree in a loosely related field, so I'm not completely new to the topic of information technology or computer science. The classes are relatively straightforward, and nothing is so difficult it can't be done within ~8 hours of work each week (though I probably got up to 12 a couple times). If you can commit more time than that, awesome. The course length is only 8 weeks, so if you're looking to snag a degree and get out, in a short amount of time, Liberty seems like a decent place for that. If you're looking to learn, that is - fully understand and comprehend the topics your studying - outside of the 8 week window, I personally found it difficult because we raced through the material. There wasn't enough time devoted to any one topic. We might have 100 pages of reading, and a discussion that was 300 words long. In my opinion, I think the classes ended up being okay (so, 5/10). The instructors are a different story. My first class was straightforward, so I didn't have to ask a lot of questions. I did ask for clarification on a final project, however, and despite being told my submission was a good project, it ended up getting a sub-par grade because I had "missed something," which my instructor had never mentioned when I presented it to him for early feedback. My second instructor was fairly good about getting back to me on questions, but the answers I received were mostly no more than a sentence along the lines of: "That's just the way it is." or "Your understanding is incorrect." (no corrections made, just telling me my understanding is wrong without any further commitment to helping me understand). My last instructor finally broke the scale for me. I sent emails almost weekly. And almost weekly, it took 3-4 days to get a response. The answers continued to be basic, "No, that's wrong" type of answers, and when I submitted an assignment for early feedback, he provided minimal guidance and told me to try a very, very basic concept (which was nowhere near being a good solution). Based on his interaction with me, I question whether he was actually qualified to teach the course. The instructors here have been sub-par (3/10, overall). Lastly, I understand this is a Christian School, but the only "Christian" part of the classes ended up being awkwardly worded prompts about how IT concepts look like biblical concepts, and a bible verse every week from the instructor (they provide a weekly update, which is really just them saying "God is good! Here's a bible verse. My job is done." Regarding the prompts, people managed to provide good answers, but it ended up looking more like a "How do we check the block on bringing Christ into our courses?" move than a legitimate "How do we glorify God with this course?" move. No rating on the Christian side of the house; I'm sure their on-campus practices are better. For the sake of Christians going there, I hope they're better. (3/10). The price is great. Military discount is great. But I felt like I was just paying for them to hand me some credits after I had satisfied their list of requirements for each class. No real learning, no development, just checking the box on requirements. That being said, several thousand dollars later, I have 9 credits that are now just sitting here, and I'm looking for a different school so I can actually learn and walk away with an understanding of what I'm studying. (10/10 on price, 4/10 on value) Admissions was great. They're super helpful. People were quick to answer questions. They were enthusiastic, and sounded like they were interested in you. Always quick to walk me through anything. Everyone outside of the academic faculty was great. (10/10) (too bad they're not the ones teaching you...) I really wanted to like Liberty. I heard good things about their other programs. They have great designs for their IT programs, and I was always super excited to start taking each of my classes. But each class caused me to grow more cynical towards the school. I've contemplated giving the school one more chance, because I still want to believe the comments I read from the other programs. At this point, though, I'm taking a break, because my money is better put towards other pursuits.