Liberty University Reviews
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LU is the first online school I have attended and it has been fantastic. I have no idea what those who gave LU a bad review expect of any university. First off, don't attend a Christian school if you are going to be offended. The same would apply to Notre Dame, Boston College, BYU, etc. Secondly, yes, pursuing any degree requires time management and you are going to by busy--all the time. Every program I looked at said virtually the same thing. This is the 4th school I will be acquiring a degree from, so I hope I know what I am talking about!
Liberty University is a great-accredited school. If you are an individual, looking for a faith Christian based education this school is for you. If you are not a follower of Christ then do not attend Liberty University or complain if you take a few classes at Liberty. Liberty is very up front in telling all prospective students that this is a Christian school and that the professors and supporting staff will talk about Jesus Christ and their Christian beliefs. All schools financial aid department have some type of problems. Even though this is Christian school, they are still human and they will make mistakes. Nobody is perfect as the Bible tells us in Romans 3:10 “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one;” and in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NKJV). People will make mistakes no matter what school you attend. I have blessed to have great professors and great support at my time with Liberty University.
I loved my educational experience at Liberty. It was so refreshing and invigorating for me to get back into the academic arena. Distance education is always going to be a bit of a challenge, because it lacks the face-to-face interaction between fellow students and professors. Despite that, I believe Liberty did an excellence job of offering a full, well balanced educational experienced. I loved my experience!
Liberty University Online is only a good school if you are already a follower of Jesus Christ and on a spiritually mature level that's the same as the Professors/Instructors. If you are a new Christian or not one at all, this school is not for you. They will attack you on the required class Discussion Boards and even the Professors will attack you through email and even on your research paper reviews if you are not on their spiritual level. They do not display the love of God at all. Also, be ready to teach yourself by watching videos and reading books and internet articles. You are not actually "being instructed" you are teaching yourself. Plus, no matter what your major is, you are required to take Bible classes for which the tuition is the same as all of your other classes. There are no limited enrollments for their programs, their are 80,000 students enrolled online.
I just started attending Liberty University 2013 and every session there's been an issue with something needs to be submitted in order for the release of funds, which makes it impossible to have funds released to buy books, etc.This is supposed to be a Christian school and I don't see anyone acting as a follower of Christ. I'm moving on to try different school. They're cheap as far as tuition, but full of themselves!!!! Don't waste your time!!!
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.
I have read previous reviews about how the school has gotten too big, which it has grown a lot. one thing that I can say about Liberty is that they listen to there students complaints and work hard to solve the problem. An example are the intensive classes during the summer. I complained once that all the classes filled up too quickly and by the next summer they had more then enough spaces. I feel that Liberty gave me the opportunity of stay at home with my children and at the same time I earned a Masters degree. During my practicum and internship I was able to find a job in a private practice working with children. My supervisor hired me during my practicum and I worked full time as a counselor until we moved. Now I am working in a private Christian school as their guidance counselor and college counselor.
I am looking into their education specialist degree because I enjoy working in the schools and the hours that working in education would provide. I also have heard wonderful things about the education department!
I think one of the reasons that some have stated bad comments is because online learning/distance learning is not for everyone. In order for Liberty University to have their accreditations for licensure they have to follow strict guidelines which means it is not an EASY school and requires discipline to do the work. The faculty and courses that I have taken have been great! Every once and a while you may get a professor that doesn't click with your style, but that only happened once during my degree and in the end it worked out! Go for it!!!
As is true with all institutions of higher learning, Liberty University is first and foremost a business. The school is looking to make money. This being said, be prepared for the onslaught of financial aid emails and phone calls that will be sent your way. The school rushes you toward payment, without explaining charges or fees that are involved. If you need to switch classes or drop a class, the financial aid and registrar's office will be sweet as pie helping you. However, when you end up with an enormous bill because of those changes, the school will deny responsibility for outlining those potential charges. Another issue is that the professors are hit and miss. I have had wonderful, responsive professors and I have also had professors that rarely, if ever, respond to my emails or phone calls. I completely regret attending this "school". Do yourself a favor: save your time and money and attend a real school with a real professor. For the (lack of) quality of instruction, this school is overpriced.
This school on the surface appears to have it all together, but I think it's become so large population wise, particularly in their online courses (upwards of 80,000 alone) that they have lost control of their mission- "Knowledge aflame". My fire has burned out. The quality of education in a select few of the courses are excellent, while most are mediocre at best. It is not difficult content per say, but the amount of coursework given is beyond possible to manage if you have any kind of outside responsibilities like a life, a job, or anything else for that matter. If you enjoy spending 6 hours a day and still not being able to keep up, go for it. The course loads are so condensed that you feel as though you can hardly catch your breath, and are always grasping to absorb what you'd just learned before moving on to the next thing. I have committed huge amounts of effort to the learning process, I am no slacker, and I still can not really fathom what it is I have truly learned. The pace is just too frantic. If you have no work or children to raise, this is probably a good school for you. Again, realize you will be investing as much time as a 40 hour work week to stay on top of things. I have not once in three years spoken to an academic advisor or received a phone call just to find out how I was coming along. I am reluctant to call them because I know I am no more than a number to them and it is impossible to speak to the same person twice. Financial aid disbursements are taking 25 days now when in the beginning they took 10. I appreciate the Christian slant, I am a believer, but I feel that they use it as a crutch to answer everything by. Critical thinking is in short supply here. Rather, you just look up a relevant Scripture and no thought is needed. After 2.5 years, I'm transferring. I've seen enough.
This program was done on line and was quite expensive. The classes have prefabricated assignments and there is very little teaching or guidance provided by instructors. Most professors are lost to spite the initials behind their names and many do not even know what is going on from week to week. I liked the Christian perspective the college provided but this ended up being more of a marketing tactic that true Christian principles as evidenced by the attitudes of many professors. Reading the blackboard posts and responses is a joke and rather amusing as these Masters level students can not write to save their lives.