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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!
This is a great school. Its fully accredited and teaches quality classes. The price can't be beat and if your prior military they give discounts and money towards books. I was a police officer and received a second discount which was significant.
Employers in my area laugh at some of the online colleges because they think them a joke not here. Your degree reads Liberty University not a bit about online. If your looking to further your career then this is an excellent place to start.
The coursework was challenging and inventive. Moving from undergrad education to the seminary I found the same high levels of competency, friendliness, and attention to detail from professors while developing good communication skills with my classmates. My 2010 visit to the campus with my family aided in my decision to later enroll in seminary.
The cultural diversity on the campus and with staff hails the Christian spirit of the Falwell legacy. In all, out of the five years I have been enrolled in Liberty I have thoroughly enjoyed the educational experience here.
I am approximately 50% complete with my Ed.D in Educational Leadership (with a certification in school administration). So far the experience has been great, of course with any school you will have your great and no-so great instructors. I only had one mediocre but it was due to her ongoing medical issues. But overall the education is what you put into it, and I have enjoyed learning from LUO. For military, the financial aid was easy, the student services have been accommodating and the instructors work with servicemembers when our schedule gets messed up due to field exercises.
The intensive were a great experience and they put a lot of effort to ensure you are on the path of success when preparing for your dissertation. This is my first online program and I have found it just as challenging as traditional schools. If you do not have the self-discipline to get the assignments/work completed on time...then this program is not for you. I'll update this when I am complete with my Ed.D. Hope to see you at the finish line!
The college experience is what you make it. The college learning experience depends on what you are willing to put in. Liberty University has proven to be a quality University, providing quality instuction for this educator. I am currently pursuing an MAT in Special Education through Liberty University Online.
Prior to my enrollment in LUO, I was a graduate student at a top tier NC University. I must say that I have felt more challenged through the MAT program at LUO than I have anywhere. I began taking classes through LUO before accepting a job as a special education teacher. The classes I had through LUO prepared me for my NC teacher certification exams, and teaching.
Curriculum specialists, and administrators commented on my ability to teach my students effectively, and my awareness of the curriculum and content knowledge. I have just wrapped up my first year teaching, and many issues I faced were covered in detail at LUO.
I study hard. The work load is demanding. Every professor I have had has been there to respond to any comments, or needs in a timely manner. When working with fellow teacher who are in graduate school elsewhere they often comment, "Wow, you learned that in your program?" YOu have to put some intense work in to benefit from this program, as with any other graduate program. The coursework is quality work, and it has proven to be challenging each course.
I am proud to say that I am a student at Liberty University. Most importantly, I know that I will continue to learn what is needed to be the most effective educator I can be. Liberty University is the place where champions are made for Christ. The question is... HOW MUCH WILL YOU PUT IN? If you can answer your all, then I say get yourself enrolled today.
I chose Liberty because I did not want to be bombarded with liberal ideology while getting my degree. Liberty did a stupendous job of providing a high quality educational experience in a suppportive, Christian, conservative environment. The standards were high and the tasks demanding, but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Liberty and highly recommend it, particularly to Christians.
I think the graduate school of education is too large. There are over 1,000 students for a select few professors who are allowed to teach at the graduate level. Most professors ignore your comments. It is best not to disagree with them. They will tell you that dropping out is your only option. Their posts in the course will say encouraging Christian words.
I do think the tuition is high unless you are military and then it is cheap. In hindsight, I would have sacrificed my evenings or summers to pursue my doctoral degree at another school. Most of the time you are simply posting and responding to your peers with limited interaction with professors. My overall experience was okay, but definetly could be better.