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Since I have started attending my classes, I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. The curriculum has been challenging, and it has broadened my view of scripture, as I am a religion major. My professors reply to my e-mails promptly, if I have any questions for them pertaining to assignments. Also, Liberty University has regional accreditation, which means their degrees are accepted by all higher level educational institutions (if one chooses to transfer to another university), per federal law. This means that I have the potential to be accepted into any other university, to obtain a graduate or doctorate degree, as long as I possess a bachelor’s degree from Liberty; credits are also transferable. So yes, Liberty University degrees are recognized as valid degrees.
I do not understand why people complain about Liberty’s Christian based curriculum. Liberty University is a Christian University. Therefore, their curriculum is going to be based on their Christian beliefs. If you disagree with their curriculum, you should not attend a Christian institution. As far as their theological view is concerned, I believe they teach sound doctrine. I could not be happier with the application of their theological methodology.
One of the greatest things about Liberty University, outside of the above mentioned qualities, is that they offer trimesters. This means I can accrue credits at an expedient rate. I should be able to obtain my bachelor’s degree in under three years. This is not feasible at most universities, based upon their traditional semesters. Based on everything I have mentioned, I would rate Liberty University as a top-notch university. As for others with bad experiences at this particular institution, I have to question why they attended Liberty in the first place, if they felt it was such a bad institution. Personally, I could not see myself attending a better university for my bachelor’s degree.
Lastly, Liberty University is an extremely veteran friendly institution. They have reduced the cost of my tuition, as I am a veteran. Many universities do not offer the same benefits for veterans. They really do care about the men and women who have served.
I earned an associate degree at a local community college before enrolling at Liberty. As such, I enrolled in Liberty's online program having previously experienced a traditional academic classroom environment. I attended Liberty full-time and did every class online. I earned my B.S. in Religion in May of 2012.
I'll be honest, I was skeptical about online education at first but after the first semester I was highly satisfied - so I continued on. I must say I am very impressed with Liberty. My classes were rigorous and fun.
Comparing both a classroom and online environment is not easy - both have their pros and cons - however, I believe that my online education at Liberty was just as good, if not better, that my classroom education. It seems that most people put this school down because of it's religious stance.
However, the school is blunt about it's Christian faith so it's difficult to feel sorry for those who attended knowing full well what they were getting in to. Go somewhere else if you're not a Christian. It's that simple.
Do not attend this school whatsoever. It's a big joke. The instructors do not provide you any information or feedback about your assignments until you have completed. All they do is criticize you rather than teaching the actual class. They are about money.
I have completed several assignments for one class and did not get a review/ input until several weeks later. They are preoccupied with other activities and do not attend to student's concerns in a timely manner.
I am new to Liberty, just working through my first class. The content is solid. However, you can get great content today from a variety of books or even iTunes U, or Youtube. What I look for in a great online program is a great course design and a great mentoring relationship the the instructor. My experience in this first course is that the instructor is just a grader, not a mentor. In addition, the grading is based upon standard rubrics that put more weight on form than the actual substance of the paper. In my first paper, ever point that was taken off was related to form (and this is coming from a person with four degrees and has studied at 20 different Universities). What I need/want is feedback about whether or not I am learning and growing with regard to the content. Instead, the grade is really a hoop-jumping measure rather than a measure of learning about the content.
Also, the course has a number of closed book quizzes and exams that make you feel like you are back in middle school, high school, or one of those giant first year Freshman lecture classes. In my opinion, this is more about educated guesses regarding how you think the author of the quiz likes to word things than it is about testing your knowledge of the content.
Again, the content is good and the price is great. Unfortunately, it seems to be run a bit like a factory with outdated pedagogies and rigid protocols for instructors (ones that do not allow them to devote their time to what they most have to offer, strong mentoring that helps students grow in their mastery of the discipline / content).
I am trying to achieve an Ed.D at Liberty. I find the coursework challenging as I am working and recently moved. The one thing that you don't want to do is to get behind on any coursework. The instructors are understanding regarding your situation and will give encouraging words. As other have posted, this school is ranked with the other schools concerning the intensity. My particular program is based on the Bible. I have no problem with that since I am a christian. However, I don't specifically agree with all the authors opinion and have viewed that in one of my papers. I wasn't taken to task concerning that at all. I took an 8-week course so I expected the level of coursework given.
I referred a friend of mine who will be starting shortly. I wish the students had more interaction with each other in the course. I did connect with one of the students and we help each other with peer reviews. He was able to help me with my review of several papers I had to submit to my instructor. I wish the other students will allow group (peer) interaction.
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Liberty online is great. I was a little hesitant to do online classes, but after been there I have realized that I have learned more than going to a classroom.
It is intense and you have to be dedicated but at the end you leave with so much knowledge. If you are looking to just get a degree, Liberty is not for you. If you are looking to truly learn and become an expert and knowlegable professional then Liberty Online is for you.
I am currently doing my Master's degree in Accounting. It is a great program and I feel very confident with the knowledge I have received by attending Liberty Univeristy Online. Great school!
I had many, many, many reservs about attending, Liberty University Online. I went through all the reviews and came up with 44 pros and 25 cons. And the cons were part too much religion incoperated and part not being able to contact an instructor.
Well, this is a Christian university, therefore they MUST incoperate Bible Based courses with their curriculum. I have yet to start, but so far the university sounds A-ok. After I start, I will be better able to recommed from a personal stand point.
First let me say, people are acting surprised that "Liberty is shoving the bible down your throat." This is a Christian university. The school does not hide this fact, but instead proudly displays it. If you are just finding this out after starting your classes- then you did not do enough research on the school you chose to attend. This is your fault and not the schools. If you go to a Catholic private school, then you will get an education slanted toward Catholic perspective.
If you go to a non religious public university, then your classes will still be slanted toward whatever views (conservative, liberal, normal, weird, etc) that your professor has. No school is going to be unbiased, because people are biased. I found that I have learned a lot at Liberty. IT is not a cake walk. This is not an easy road to a degree. I transferred to the online school from being a traditional student at a public university (LSU), and liberty was just as challenging, if not more so. You are expected to do your work, and if you don't, then you will not pass. The professors were all helpful. Yes, I had some i liked more than others, just like at any other school. I didn't agree a hundred percent with my professors with everything, just like at any other school.
However, my professors were always fair. IF you want an easy A or do not want spirituality in your education, then this isn't the school for you. IF you are a Christian who would enjoy not being alienated in a "secular" classroom setting, then check Liberty out. You still learn everything that you would in a traditional public university- but you also learn what the bible says about it.
So far I've only taken 3 classes but although I have learned quite a bit, I find that their online program is lacking in many areas. First of all, their expectations for students are unrealistic. Each class gives you so much work that there is no way you can take more than one course at a time and expect to do well. Online courses are supposed to be convenient for those people who are working at the same time, but not with Liberty. I don't see how you can be working at a full-time job and keep up with all the work each class requires. I personally don't have a full-time job, I work part-time as a pastor and help my kids with their home schooling, but still it is too much work that I can barely be able to do it.
Their grading scale is not standard either, ie. 100-90 is typically an A, but for Liberty it is 100-92, B is 91-84, C is 83-76 so they do have a higher standard. The only thing Liberty has going for it is its low unit cost and you can get a federal student loan for it. I don't expect graduate courses to be "easy" but distance learning or online learning is meant to help working professionals get their degree, it should be more realistic in the course work expectations and have a standard grading scale.
I'm a current student with LUO. I was also a residential student as well... so after a few years I've been able to really get to know the school. I'm a business major with a minor in psychology.
This is a Christian school. I see a lot of reviews stating that they were angry that the instructors incorporated a Christian perspective into their teachings. The goal of this school is to build Christian professionals. If you aren't a Christian, have a closed mind or don't agree with a lot of what the Bible says- this isn't the school for you. I personally have grown in my faith while attending. At one point there were a lot of things I didn't agree with but Liberty taught me how to understand the word of God. Even if the subject material seems far away from God- it actually isn't. You can reference the Bible for almost every topic and LU just teaches you how to connect real life (in my case, business and psychology) to biblical scriptures. If this isn't okay with you- then don't go to this school. If you have an open mind, or really love Christ and His word- you will love it!
As far as the financial aid department, haven't had one issue. EVERY school is going to have issues though and I'm sorry some have had issues with liberty. Unfortunately, just because this is a Christian college- not everything will be perfect. Don't forget that every school will have its issues- esp in the financial aid department. People are writing some horrible things about the "customer service" and I have NEVERRRRR had any of the financial aid people treat me with disrespect. I've left 2 other schools before BECAUSE the staff didn't seem to care. I'm a person that loves when I'm around nurturing, caring people and this is the reason I chose Liberty. I have the feeling the people that have issues with the financial aid department are the ones that become hostile right away when something doesn't go right. I've learned that getting angry over something that can be fixed doesn't getchya anywhere. If an issue arises, calm down, figure it out, pray and focus on your studies.
The teachers are all great! Really understanding. There will always be a few that aren't to your liking. Right now I have an international business teacher who isn't exactly very friendly with his announcements or emails. But hey, you take it with a grain of salt!
I read some people complain about how the classes are laid out and how they hate that they have to teach themselves. ITS AN ONLINE SCHOOL.. you HAVE to teach yourself. Newsflash: In college, it's all about teaching yourself in the end. You have to be disciplined to read every page of that book assigned, listen to all the online lectures/power points, take notes and study your behind off. Its about HARDWORK! Promise.
Overall, it's an amazing school. I wasn't a fan at first but after a few years of growing up, growing in my faith, and putting in my really hard work- I'm thankful that I'm a flame. I have learned SOOOOO much.. even more so online then I have as a residential student.
Please consider LUO and know that almost every person that works at LUO (Teachers and staff) all aim to treat the students as Christ would. They are very friendly, helpful, respectful and honest people that are there to serve you!