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As an agnostic at an evangelical Christian university, I initially thought I would never be able to complete my degree. That said, I am very upfront about my secular views, and have received nothing but support in response to my transparency. The professors are amazing!! I've completed 7 classes so far, and all of the professors have been very responsive, warm, supportive, helpful, and understanding, especially when I was struggling with work / school balance. I attended an on campus counseling intensive and met some amazing people, who were very welcoming and supportive. No proselytizing like I expected. What I learned about myself was that I was turned off by organized religion and the hypocrisy I've seen in the past. At Liberty, I witnessed believers who lived their lives as true Christians, not people who ran to religion to save themselves from hell. In the United States, a majority of the people I will be counseling do hold a Christian worldview, so it is helpful to know what that means. I can still be a secular counselor, but will have more tools to treat people holistically. I very highly recommend LU. It's been an amazing journey.
I chose to get my MBA through Liberty University and was very happy with my experience. The classes were fairly difficult and I was challenged by implementing a Christian view throughout each class. Honestly, I think that having a Christian perspective in business gives people greater morals and values when practicing business. Regardless of where you go to school, Christian or not, you will have lazy people, group projects with people you dislike and professors you do not like. There were a few classes that I struggled with some of these issues but ultimately enjoyed my experience getting my degree.
Liberty was a good school. I recently left because trying to incorporate the bible & Christianity was not easy for me. If you don't know the bible then this school is not for you. I was mislead about the Christian eduction I didn't realize I needed a bible along with my textbooks. One of my instructors didn't seem friendly on the phone but her emails were. I don't think the instructors are bad but that one just didn't seem interested to me. This school just didn't work for me....
Liberty University is the most amazing college anyone could go to. The instructors and staff are positive and supportive. The classes are inspiring and and full of important information
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.
The financial aid department at Liberty University is dragging down my view of the University. I enjoy the instruction. If you plan on attending this college than you should begin the financial aid process 6 months ahead of time. They have many hands your information goes through. Many steps of review before they simply give you your financial aid. Each time you ask about it, they will say they submitted your student number for review and it should take 1-3 days. It's more like a month. I worked on my financial aid with them starting in January. It will not be completed until June.
So far my experience at Liberty University has been positive, and with no issues. I've been attending the school for the last year and I have not experience any negativity as some people have stated. I served in the military and Liberty is good at taking care of Veterans and their unexpected circumstances. Liberty is a Christian school and theological blend will be mixed into teaching. My wife attends St. Peters University a reputable school in the northeast, I've compared some of the books and notes as she attends on campus, and it similar to that of Liberty's curriculum. College is what you make of it. Stay positive in your studies and you will succeed.
I spent a year and a half at Liberty to complete my master's program. Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I never experienced any issues with the financial aid department. My funding was always released promptly. Every representative I spoke with over the phone, email, or live chat was always courteous and helpful. My husband also currently attends a graduate program with Liberty, and neither one of us have ever encountered a rude professor or staff member, and we have had hundreds of instances of communication with people at Liberty. Professors were helpful as well. A few professors were more strict than others, but that is not a bad thing. Quality of instruction was very good. A few professors are slower than others to respond to emails and grading feedback, but you'll find that in any school. My experience with the school as a whole is very positive. The only reason for giving 4 stars for my degree satisfaction is that I was unhappy with the selection of available cognates for my degree. The Health & Wellness cognate for the Human Service degree is very policy-oriented, which I feel is not helpful in a social service type career. I was also pleased with the integration of the Christian worldview into the classroom and assignments. It was refreshing to experience after attending a university where faith was absent. Overall, I feel it deserves the 5 stars. Tuition is very affordable, professors are knowledgable, instruction is good, staff is very friendly and helpful, program selection is good (but could be better), and the values and worldview of the school is a refreshing change from the constant, faithless drab of most schools. Not to mention, this school is going places. They are constantly growing, gaining new accreditations, and will likely add more programs in the future. If quality education with a strong Christian foundation is important to you, then this is the place for you.
Overall, I feel as though I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge. However, preparing for graduate school, I feel I may have difficulties in programs outside of Liberty University. While the majority of courses in my major have provided valuable information, the focus has been more theology oriented. I understand this is a Christian university, but I did not expect the program to be more bible oriented than knowledge based. I have had a few courses that provided me the secular side of psychology, but the majority are books writen by ministers and not psychologist. Again there are a few courses that do not focus as much on religion, but the majority are about scripture and not proffesional information. Test are knowledge based, but all other assignments can be slacked on if you know how to use google, and can find enough scripture to sound like a minister. My biggest concern is when I have to take my LPC (Licensed Proffessional Counselor) exam. I fear I have learnt more scripture than facts and case studies. The main problem arises when attempting to cover psychological issues in research papers, and the case studies found do not support biblical principles; and in return you have to distort the information (politician style) to fit biblical principles, in order to avoid low grades due to opposing the adjunct professor's beliefs. Overall if you are focused and dedicated you can gain a valuable education, but only if you can take in the information while adding a biblical twist to it without losing the integrity of your work. The majority of degrees seem to be more so productive to the individual seeking employment with a biblical based orginization. My wife graduated from LU as well for special education and tells me the same thing. However, she does say her graduate school experience was a different story. It was more along the line of information, and not the bible. So I presumme the expectations are for people seeking licensures to attend graduate school as well, and for undergraduate programs to build a moral character. I will add that you are mandated to take bible, theology, and apologetic courses for any degree. It was unfortunate because I did loose my faith through these courses, which made the next few semesters psychologically difficult to support the bible. However, I was able to structure my thinking around helping people where they are at (religion wise). Overall for an online program it is fairly simple and a great place to earn a degree, but requires a lot of work. Your not sitting in class to ask things as they present their self, so reading is important, and some not all professors are good at responding, whereas others simply copy and paste the same statement you questioned to an email to respond to you, which doesn't help at all. I do however enjoy the 8 week subterms online, it allows me to finish courses faster, which motivates me to keep going. I would suggest if schooling online and working fulltime to never take more than 2 courses at a time, and that can be strenuous at times. Look up the course syllabus and difficulty ratings to match courses accordingly. At the end of the day it depends on your reasons for going to school, and if your going to pursue a graduate degree.
Do not have a degree but....I am 43 years old and am attempting my first online distance course. I quickly realized that after only hours into the class that I was going to have a very, very difficult time with their online format. I have never taken a computer class in my life. Less than one day into the class I attempted to withdraw but was told that there would be a $351.25 penalty in doing so. As you can imagine, I was completely stunned that a Christian University would have this kind of policy. They quickly escorted me to the fine print section which I was not interested in. The reason I could not withdraw without a penalty was because I already "participated " in the class by leaving an introduction of myself, where I'm from, ect. to the class (which had nothing to do with the class that I was taking). I am a military veteran so I wanted to take advantage of every discount that I could. One of those discounts was a book voucher for $100. I was told that this voucher number would be available after 3-5 days so instead of spending $208 on my books (which in itself is outrageous) I though $108 sounded much better so I decided to wait. That 5th day has come and gone and still no book voucher. I am a week into the class now and still have no book. I will withdraw from this class and eat the $351 but I can tell you one thing. If Jesus himself was in charge of admissions, I would have my $351 dollars back. This is not a Christian college. Its all about money. I may not be the best Christian out there but I would rather be a struggling Christian willing to admit my shortcomings that a hypocritical Christian. Shame on Liberty University. JF would be ashamed of what this place has turned into. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COLLEGE!!!