Liberty University Reviews
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Let me start by saying this school is perfect for full time college students or full time mid level job holders. I found the online program to be a lot of work which is a good thing but what I found discouraging was the lack of professors involvement. When I had questions or concerns I would e-mail each professor only to get either a response after the assignment deadline or no response at all. Writing a passage Scripture every week shouldn't be the only form of communication. I didn't really enjoy my first semester but decided try one more semester needless to say this will be my last semester. I will attend my local university and finish my MBA. Besides corporate America prefer local degrees then online degrees it is sad but so true.
Liberty University Online was great. I chose to go to Liberty while taking time off from work to deal with a health issue. The online classes gave me the opportunity to progress with limited physical capabilities at the time. This was the 3rd university that I attended and the first that focused in on teaching you how to think instead of only giving you facts. Regardless of the field of study, our worldview shapes how we receive and understand information. Liberty's encouragement to evaluate and develop awareness of your foundational worldview equips their students with the ability to maximize their best gift to the world........an authentic self! This experience was priceless!
I just started at Liberty and I must say I Hate this University. The people their do not take the time to help new students. All they do is give students the run around. The advisors tell you one thing and the instructors tell you something different. Please do not attend to school, I wish I had stayed at Ashford university.
Liberty University introduces a professional graduate degree program that requires you to work diligently, interact with other students and your professors in this online format. Where else could you earn a professional degree online for this price and get a PhD's who offer insight and encouragement? I looked at Wake Forest and their online program was $75,000! Sure you may have a professor who is balancing their private practice and is teaching 4 courses but as a graduate student you are expected to immerse yourself in higher education! So, suck it up and quit complaining! Do you wish to advance your knowledge base with the same texts used at Harvard and Penn? I think so...but you are paying 1/4 of the cost so there are some trade offs. Liberty University has high standards....I graduated with distinction (3.9 GPA) and that's a high bar for any University. I had my papers professionally bound resulting in three volumes (650 pages) of which I am very proud. This program stretched me to high levels of performance which increased my capacity to augment the lives of others.
They are a very Christian school UNTIL it comes to money. I sincerely feel that Liberty University robbed me of over $3,500.00. Let me explain. I had entered the Master's Program and did complete financial check in, but before the semester started my father was injured bad and required around the clock care. I notified my instructors and attempted to withdrawl but LIBERTY's system was down. After a while I started getting collection calls from what sounded like Liberty on campus students. I attempted to explain the situation and that I had in fact withdrawn from the classes before the semester started. I was informed I could appeal. I appealed and got nothing. Finally I went into my account and saw where the appeal had been denied. Denied by who? No idea. It simply said "DENIED". So i have had to make $386.02 a month payments for a year with having nothing to show for it. I even told the people calling I would send my Father's medical records to prove I wasn't trying to take advantage of them. Nothing! Liberty is all about God and your fellow man, until it comes to money.
Simply put, Liberty Online offers a rigorous and beneficial graduate experience. As a senior pastor of a busy church, a husband, and father of five, the ability to obtain a degree in this format is invaluable. Of course, each instructor has their own personality, but all in all, the responsiveness and grading was very reasonable and helpful. Accreditation at a seminary is important in my estimation, so Liberty opens the door to spiritual growth and career progress. Most importantly, I am far more equipped with the knowledge I have obtained at this outstanding institution. I would recommend the online program to anyone without hesitation.
I had a terrible time with Liberty University. I started school there in 2009, and when I had about 90 credits, I had to take a class for the finance concentration. I had a professor, S.H., who failed me on two occasions, because he clearly had a personal problem with me. I had a 3.3 or 3.4 at the time. After I took the class a third time, due to his unprofessional and deliberately antagonistic ways, I decided I would leave Liberty and go to another school. I sent several emails that the school ignored, and I decided I would not pay the balance owed until they rectified the situation. They have done NOTHING to help me. The only thing this school cares about is MONEY. The Christian aspect is a joke. STAY AWAY.
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 attended Liberty online for 2.5 years. Having attended several colleges, including Miami University (OH) and St. Johns River State College, I found Liberty to be every bit as academically rigorous as secular schools. However, I found learning at Liberty to be more enjoyable and retained the information better. The professors were always pleasant, fair, and understanding; although, there is little interaction with them. The online courses are designed to have you read and review the material, sometimes watch online videos, and then take tests or write a paper. There are also discussion boards, but these take up little time and are easy (although plenty people lose points for not doing this simple amount of work). Being a Religion major, there was a lot of writing. We used Turbian format, which I found to be much better than other formats. For my major, most papers were between 5 and 10 pages (with the upper level courses requiring the most research and writing). I believe the bad reviews are mostly because people didn't put in the effort or expected someone to make an excuse for them. My son is autistic and due to some complications I was going to be a day late getting in an assignment. I emailed the professor and they were very understanding an accommodating. The good thing about going to a Christian university is that, strangely enough, the professors act and react like Christians should. Most, if not all of them, have a PhD. Look at the job postings and that's typically the minimum requirement. They also accepted all of my transfer credits without any issues. It should be noted that I completed my degree (attending full-time) while working full-time as a police officer. I have a wife and five children, one with special needs. Yes, it takes time to do the work, but it wasn't so much that I didn't have a good family life. Yes, the math sucks. Yes, math sucks up a lot of time. Yes, writing a 10 page paper takes time. But, it's not impossible and when you finish that degree it is a great feeling. If you can't manage your time or apply yourself without outside motivation, then learning online isn't for you. If you are a self-starter and have discipline, this could be the thing you've been looking for. As a veteran, I found the school to have an amazing Military Affairs office. I received $400 a semester for books via a free voucher. I also received a 25% tuition discount for being a police officer. I never had any issues with paperwork or using my GI Bill. My refunds always came in on time and my monthly stipends were deposited without any issues (attendance records to the VA were done without any effort on my part). Due to their programs, I was able to receive my B.S. without spending any money out of pocket. Completing my degree entitled me to an 8% pay raise at work and another $80 per month incentive from the state (both of which apply for my entire career). I can't speak to whether the degree is respected or not. People I have met who thinks of it as a "University of Phoenix" degree usually feel that way because it's a religious school. Frankly, I love Jesus and I'm not ashamed to have gotten an education from a university that teaches creation. The school is fully regionally accredited, which is the best kind of accreditation. Liberty is accredited by the same agency as Auburn University, Appalachia State, Clemson, Duke, and the lists goes on...... I had planned on pursuing the ministry, but due to a prior divorce, those plans likely won't happen. However, I intend to pursue my Master's in History through Liberty, with the hopes of teaching at a local 2-year college. Beware, a Master's is very reading and writing intensive (as with every school). Overall, I think Liberty is a good school. Is it a money making machine, yes. So is Arizona State University... they have the same enrollment numbers and a heavy online student base. All college are money making machines. The question is... Can I get a degree that means something (accredited)? and How much will that cost me? Liberty is very affordable, especially if you're a veteran.