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I had to drop my classes in fall semester because my workload at home was too much with classes because of a situation at work. When I went to re enroll for the spring term I was told my aid had been suspended I would have to appeal, I went through an appeal and it was denied because work wasn't a good enough reason. I am a single mother to a four year old and my work load had increased due to losing our General Manager, I had to step in to do GM work and take care of my four year old obviously this school wants to be your number one focus so if you are a working adult with children don't chose here. They treated me like crap and would let me talk to anyone to fix the situation it all had to be handled through email, and very impersonal I was very disappointed. Not to mention all the classes I took only focused on the Godly aspect of everything I never actually learned anything.
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.
Liberty University is a good school for transfer students and for those looking to attend a good Christian University. The professors are responsive and all of the support given by the university, be it technical, financial, or administrative, is really good. Saying all of that, would I recommend Liberty University? My answer would be yes and no. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable university, anyone looking to transfer credits from one or more universities, or to those looking for a full Christian learning experience. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't prepared to be taught principles of Christianity in every single class and subject. Although I'm a Christian, I wasn't prepared for it and struggled to accept some of the content presented. I fully expected Christian content in the requisite biblical and theological courses but not in every course. For example, the English and Natural Sciences classes that I took contained much Christian content and the studies and assignments didn't leave any room at all for personal opinion or critical thought. As I said, if expected, it wouldn't have been too much of an issue for me and I'm sure won't be an issue for anyone else. However, although a Christian, I wasn't expecting it and was hoping for an opportunity to learn more about the non-Christian subject courses and to be able to apply more critical thinking in those particular subjects. Overall, it's a good university but you have to know what to expect in order to have a good learning experience.
In my experience with Liberty, they care more about their money than they do you as a student. I am being charged $1000 as an oversight of theirs and have been bounced around from person to person trying to fix this. There are hidden fees to the online program and you will be held responsible for knowing these hidden things if you withdraw or hit any snags in financial aid. Be warned.
This was my first experience with an online University and from the first call, I was provided excellent customer service! The academic advisor's and financial aid services have been fantastic! I have experienced challenging and rigorous courses that have prepared me well for my current career change. I have had only great professors who want you to be just as successful as you want to be in your academic pursuits. They truly understand the challenges of balancing family, work and academic life. Overall very happy that my first call to continue my education was to Liberty University!
The most important factor in receiving a quality online education is the quality of the instructors. While at Liberty I can honestly say that 8 out of 10 of my professors were "Excellent", one was good and one was poor. The one that was not very effective was a new hire and I do not think he realized the effort involved in class instruction. Through most of my other instructors I learned something unique that helped me in my doctoral studies, my business or my career. Much of this learning came in the form of paper evaluations which were very detailed. Grading at LUO is very stringent and it requires much work to get an "A" or 4.0. For those who try for top grades the scoring system requires the student to work very hard and to be detailed oriented to achieve an 3.7 or higher. I entered a doctoral program at a state school after Liberty that was quite competitive for admissions. Liberty prepared me very well for this program as I have done very well in the program as I am one of the top students in my cohort. The entrepreneurial class was probably the most useful and enjoyable as one project was to complete a business plan for a fictitious business. Global management was a another excellent class that was tailored to the modern global economy. A final thought is in regards to the application of the Bible to the coursework. In my opinion this is a tremendous benefit to the student as it allows for another level of thinking. Personal opinions are not discounted by the instructor (at least in my case) as often I was critical of certain writings by Paul. The Biblical aspect allows one to learn by applying an outside source to the subject matter which would be valuable to Christians and non-Christians alike. Overall my experience at Liberty was very good and I found liberty to be a good value for my money. I would like to see Liberty expand into more entrepreneurial type degrees like adding a MBA specialization or even an independent degree because even if no one is hiring knowing how to effectively run your own business can put food on the table and pay the bills.
I have had some really distant, uncaring instructors at LUO. However, I have also had some very caring ones also. My main issue is that the time frame for receiving my degree is longer due to all of the bible courses. I know it is a Christian school, but there are a lot of biblical courses that are not relevant to my degree, but required. That is more money!
Some professors are really caring and kind hearted. However, the bad ones believe they are little gods and if you don't believe their dogma they will fail you. I have graduated with a masters and doctorate at other universities and this school really has to be the worst for support. Don't plan of being anything but a number. If you need help you will talk to a student advisor how is a student just like you who can't help you. If you file for a grade appeal you must wait until the instructor posts the final grade. Further, Liberty does this so that you will be halfway through your next set of classes and the money does not stop. If a problem occurs like errors in grading from the first assignment you are will suffer through the entire course with nobody to help you. Then plan on Liberty siding with the professor. As a Seminary student I could not believe some of the most Christian things I have seen. I would rather go to a school that does not believe or preach about God then go to Liberty and be treated like crap! Further, plan on getting a few professors that have no idea what they are doing. Liberty seems to recruit these people because they can pay them lower wages.
Liberty is a great school. Perfect, no but name a school that is perfect. Classes are hard but not impossible for the working adult. I have read probably 100 reviews on Liberty and almost all negative reviews are related to non-Christian students who are offended by the Biblical integration in most every class. Look, it's a Christian school so expect that and if you can't handle that go somewhere else. I personally think most of the negative comments referring to Liberty as conservative are just liberals trying to keep people from attending. If you are a Christian, serious, and honest you will enjoy your time at Liberty. There are lots of military personnel attending and are very professional. I have attended three on-line schools over the last 15 years and Liberty is by far the best. They are fully accredited and now have full business school accreditation. They also have a law school and a medical school. How many other universities can say claim those credentials?
Starting over with a new career and going back to school to advance in the career has been as wonderful as it has been daunting. The great thing about going to Liberty University and attending online is so I can weave my educational experience around my life. The second great experience is there are students from all ages and from all around the states (and even from other countries); they have much to contribute. The third great experience are the professors. They are all very interesting and also very helpful and interactive during the class session. The fourth great experience is the financial aid office. Every one of them is knowledgeable, helpful, and full of great suggestions when I have thrown a unique situation on them. Finally, although the work is hard, it is not unreasonably difficult and the workload is manageable. I also want to mention that Liberty University has a great program for military persons and they will work with you regarding you TA (tuition assistance) or the GI Bill; my daughter is now taking advantage of this. Interestingly, even though I am not resident student, I would say that my college experience this time around is much better and more memorable that the first time. I not only recommend studying online, I recommend attending Liberty University to achieve your academic goals. I'm glad I took advantage of my educational benefits and I'm especially glad I'm attending Liberty University.