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My time with Liberty University was a positive time in my life. I had attended a number of different online colleges, since I was in the military at the time. Each college prior to this felt like I was just checking a class off the list and not really taking anything away from it. After a few semesters at these other colleges I realized that I hadn't learned anything that stuck with me. When I switched to Liberty, I felt completely different. I was excited about the classes I was taking. The level of involvement was completely different as well. Even though I was an online student I still made connections with my fellow classmates. I found myself excited about was I was learning and felt like I was getting a true education for the first time with a college. On top of that the support staff was amazing. They were always available when I needed them, and ensured I was prepared for each semester. I graduated in 2016 with my BA from Liberty and would highly recommend their school to anyone who is looking to continue their education.
Do not go to this school! Its a fake school and they take your money! A total waste of time and financial aid is a mess. Your masters degree will not get you anywhere and you're better off going to a real legit school, not this diploma mill. You will regret.
Liberty University has a highly regarded business school which has assisted me greatly in my pursuits due to name recognition and reputation. The faculty at LU are extremely giving of their time and are always willing to help. The curriculum was challenging and the student body is competitive which makes for a great learning environment. The use of technology is what impressed me the most at LU. I was exposed to various aspects of online technology that has helped me tremendously in the workplace. The topics are current and timely.
I attend Liberty University Online. The undergraduate experience was phenomenal. I loved learning how to manage my time and study habits in the mandatory introductory course which is designed to lay the foundation for excellence. Liberty is a faith based school. Their professors pray with you and promote the development of critical thinking every step of the way. They encourage their students to be champions for Christ and to adhere to a set of moral principles that promote integrity. Liberty has many programs of study that give students the opportunity to work at their own pace of development for academic success. I encourage you to call and speak with an academic advisor. They are available to assist and answer any question you may have in every step of the journey.
At first it was ok, but the closer I got to getting my degree, it went sour. I had to withdraw. I was going with federal student loans, so tell me how do they get to keep the student loan money that was granted to them and still send me a $5000 plus bill?
Overall, I really enjoy this school. I finished my undergrad with Liberty and continued with them for my Masters (working on now). Thinking about a PhD, but will probably switch schools. I do enjoy the courses, but feel its missing something. The PhD courses are slim to none.
I enrolled and began a course with Liberty. I feel completely tricked by the University. I logged onto Blackboard on my first day and found that the course was completely different than it was described. I realized in about 5 seconds that I did not want to take this course and called to drop it. Apparently you cannot drop a course once you have seen the content....for 5 seconds. So they made me withdraw and pay a large percentage for the class that I barely looked at and did not get anything out of. It looks great on paper, but is very different once you start classes. They definitely only have money in mind. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ENROLLING AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY IN VA.
Liberty University is a Christian school on the surface, however the school is just a money machine like any other school. They are extremely difficult to deal with, they constantly lose papers, erase files, and fail to notify the student about important things. The academic advisors will put you in classes you don't need, and will end up having you mostly online, even though in my case I paid specifically for residential, because the classes were full, both years. The classes I did have, were very poor in student to teacher ratio, usually large auditoriums with hundreds of students, or 40-50 students a teacher in smaller rooms. Liberty University also adds random charges to my account for things I didn't do, like a parking pass I supposedly bought, even though I paid for that in cash. Thy also have hidden scams, like the book dollars, where they say they give you money for books, but actually they charge your account, and if you don't spend the money on books, they keep it. This all can be found in the fine print, however I did not read the contracts in full, and took they on their verbal word. Their food plan is also deceptive. I have been served cold, and under cooked food several times. The dishes are frequently dirty. They also leave the food out at room temperature for long periods of time at the sushi counter. The health service is also very deceptive, I was charged several times for the same visit, even though before entering they assured me multiple times it was "free" because they charge the student health fee in the tuition, however after I left, I received several bills claiming I owed them money. They even tried to say that it was form the radiology department off campus, but that was a lie, because I had a separate bill stamped and labeled from the radiology department directly. Their military friendly advertisements are also a deception. I was active duty, and am now in the reserve. Liberty was not helpful or even cooperative with any of the times I had to leave for Reserve training. This year as well many GI bill students did not receive their benefits on time, and liberty took longer than all of my friends at other schools, who received their benefits on time. even though this was an issue beyond the scope of the school, liberty still seemed to be behind compared to the other schools. Experience may vary, this is just my experience. I have friends here who don't have these issues, so take this with a grain of salt.
Overall Liberty is an excellent school and you will receive and excellent education. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's there but am not able to continue with my Doctorate with Liberty because they don't have a program available that I could go into without completely changing my career path and area of concentration. I started with Liberty when they were a little smaller and you felt as though you received more attention from your instructors. Now the school is so big and the professors are so overwhelmed (and many are not really that qualified) that you barely get any attention at all and you feel more like a number than a student being trained to be a champion for Christ. I graduated with a Master's in Human Services Counseling - Marriage and Family and have had ZERO assistance with career search. I am very honored to be a Liberty graduate but if you need attention and need to feel special, this is not the school for you.
I had a great experience with the educational aspect of this program. I worked part-time while doing the program and was able to balance work and classes. I also received affirmation from practicum and internship supervisors about how highly prepared I was coming from this program. The biggest challenge was finding a practicum site, which students are required to do on your own. The university will find you two internship placements. The M.Ed. School Counseling program is CACREP accredited (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), which is an asset in applying for jobs. I had four interviews and received two employment offers within six weeks of completing the program, with three other interview offers even after I accepted a job. My main reason for writing a review is to express deep concerns about the university president's outspoken political endorsements. As the highest-level representative for a school that advertises a Christ-centered education, his lack of discernment, humility, and wisdom in how he represents the university troubles me. His focus seems to be on promoting a political party regardless of the character of those in the party, and silencing those who speak out against his particular views. Overall, what I tend to tell people is that I had a great experience with the course material, professors, and preparation for the job market, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend this university due to the president's lack of distinction between a Christian university and a political party.