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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!!!
I am now in my second year at Liberty University, and the experience has proven to be quite wonderful. The course load can be quite challenging if you are a full-time student and are working full-time, but it is nonetheless manageable, provided you put forth the effort. I am nearly finished with my primary degree – a Bachelor’s of Science in Religion – and, I will have just 1 1/2 more years of studies before I complete my secondary in psychology. I feel the courses in my chosen majors have been well-rounded and conducive to professional work environment application; these factors are indicative of a solid education. There is some merit to claims made by others that Liberty University’s undergraduate courses are more research oriented than not, however, for those who aspire to pursue graduate degrees, I can think of no better preparation. In fact, some of the knowledge acquired is comparable to things learned at the graduate level, as evidenced by my conversations with individuals who hold their professional degrees. While I cannot say I share similar experiences to those having difficulties with the financial aid department (I have personally had no problems whatsoever), I believe a university’s overall qualities are not solely based upon the speed at which they disperse aid refund. Furthermore, I know several people who attend universities with exceedingly high tuition rates, and very rarely do they receive significant refunds, if any. Liberty University provides a quality education at low cost, offers great services to military veterans, and it has opened up so many avenues previously unavailable to me. I have already referred degree seeking people to Liberty University and, I will continue to do so in the future.
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.