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I began attending Liberty after I could no longer afford the tuition at another institution. I did some checking around and a couple of friends recommended Liberty's business program. Of course, like any other school, Liberty has it's pros and cons. I've read a lot about lost transcripts, etc.... I guess I've been lucky in that department. The admissions process was fairly smooth for me. The online classes were without a doubt challenging, which I'm happy about. I didn't want a degree that was going to be a breeze and would not pay off in the future.
I attended Liberty for three years and finished my BS degree 10/16/09. It's been a great accomplishment. I'm now looking at a masters program. As we all know, Liberty is a Christian university. Maybe it's because I was attending online, but no one ever tried to FORCE their views down my throat. Views were shared and examined, but that didn't mean I had to follow those views. I am a Christian, but I cannot say I always agree with views of other Christians. It's all part of life. Whether in school or the workplace, people will always have different views. We need to get used to this fact and learn how to work together to achieve a common goal, regardless of how we feel about certain things. I never let it bother me.
The only thing I really struggled with while in this program was some of the professors. There were times where I needed assistance right away. Because I was not in a classroom setting, I had to email (or leave a voice mail) and wait for the professor to respond....which could hold you up (especially if you had a question about a project etc)...so don't wait until the last minute to start working on assignments!
All in all, it was a good program. As stated previously, I have now completed my degree. Despite the economy, I have been getting calls about jobs, etc. I would not change my undergrad experience.
I am in my last 9 weeks of the M.A. in Human Services program and have been quite pleased with the course content. The textbook choices are excellent, and the standardized instructor's notes/course materials are, too.
If you register as early as possible (the first week term registration opens), you will generally get the best professors. One of my friends applied for an online teaching position and was only offered $2000 per course, meaning about $100 per student, and many of the professors teach six to eight courses at a time via several universities (on-campus and online), the equivalent of 36-48 credits per semester. This means many professors simply don't have time to offer detailed input and criticism. The 'worst' teachers just give you a grade without explaining why... on any assignment. The best teachers ask insightful questions about your posts and papers. Of my 8 professors so far, four were amazing, two were okay, and two were 'meh'. The quality of course content more than made up for the lack of quality teachers, though.
One of my major complaints is the quality of *student* work. With the exception of higher-level courses (with prerequisites), about HALF of all students in my classes could barely write, did not follow posting guidelines, and did not demonstrate graduate-level academic skill or thought in their posts. Until Liberty requires more of entering students, I fear this will continue to be a problem.
You can work around the incompetent online financial aid office by calling the campus financial aid number (NOT toll-free). After a financial nightmare through the online financial office, it took mere days to clear everything up through the campus office. They have access to online student information and can remove holds immediately. You can also ask to talk to the same person each time you call and reach them!
If you are considering an online degree, you should know that about 1/2 of employers view this negatively. Liberty does have an 'interesting' reputation, so if you do not yet have a job in your chosen field, you should pursue an internship or entry-level position toward the beginning of your studies so you have more than a somewhat controversial piece of paper to show potential employers.
I completed a master in special education from LU and am currently in their doctoral program in education leadership. The on campus intensives are a requirement of their NCATE accreditation. This school is highly accredited and your course work will be recognized nationally. My experience with the online and on campus courses is very good. Their focus is on extensive reading, research, and dialogue with professionals in your field. (Two pieces of advice: follow the grading rubrics exactly for each assignment and never plagiarize, as they will catch you.)
You are required to produce high quality APA papers and communicate knowledgeably with classmates at least three times each week. The professors read your discussion boards as well and you are expected to post substantially to the discussion - not just a few terse comments. Liberty provides access to online library databases where you may research your topics. Be prepared to work consistently for your degree. In the end, you will find yourself very well prepared to handle new positions in your field or to publish scholarly materials. Personally, I became so used to the high quality standards at Liberty that I am disappointed when I encounter professionals with lower expectations.
On another note, the school is growing so rapidly that their infrastructure, i.e. academic advisors and financial aid staff, are going through training as well - meaning you may have to guide them in order to get answers that you need. If you are aware that their staff is probably younger than you are, you will explain your requests more fully and be more patient.
Regarding the accreditation issue, you will find many online universities with regional accreditation, but only a handful with national professional accreditation like National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, Liberty University has an unapologetic Christian philosophy of education, but they do not ram their views down your throat. You will be welcomed no matter what your personal philosophy.
I am very excited to study through Liberty University Online. This is my second year studying Psychology and I am specializing in Christian Counseling. I appreciate the convenience of studying in the comfort of my home which offers me flexibility around my job and my family, although I must be very self-disciplined. The classes are only 8 week terms. Most of the course work for the classes was average, some required more work & others less. There is a great deal of support from the instructor, online ministry, and the academic advisors. I experience a great deal of student interaction which I was pleasantly surpised, as I did not expect interaction on an online study program. It is great to meet and learn from other students who are located all over the world. Overall, Liberty University Online has been a very positive experience for me and is helping me grow in my relationship with Christ as I prepare to become a Christian Counselor.
May God Bless you in your future endevors.
I have no idea if the School has changed so much from what I have read here, or why my experience so far has been so frustrating. I think partly I have attended private, brick and mortar schools except for one Online Program at Excelsior.
I cannot talk to the same person. They have over 30,000 Online students. If your needs are straight-forward I can see some of these reviews making sense. However, I have been firmly told several times, it is NOT possible to speak to the same person. We have over....So this occurred through all the stages up to getting the E-MAIL TELLING ME I AM ACCEPTED TO LIBERTY UNIVERSITY! I was shocked because I never thought they would tell a student this way but a counselor told me someone will call you and help you with the next step. I got the acceptance e-mail and off I went following the 5 links in the e-mail to try and figure out what is next.
I had a lot of graduate work completed and I am now trying to see if they will accept any of the courses in the MA in Human Services program. It is so frustrating and most people tell me you cannot speak to the person who decided to not accept any courses. So what led me here is I am trying to locate some of the Administration staff's e-mail addy to send them a plea for accurate and current information.
I do not know what else to say. It is definitely an experience so if you are a person who gets overwhelmed easy, this will test you so start early. God Bless and give it a try.
Liberty University was my first online experience. I must say it was over whelming for me. I did not like the way Liberty used DVDs to teach the information to me. I could not get anything from it. I think the school is great but it just did not work for me as an online school.
My experience at Liberty has made me afraid to try to go back and do a masters with them. I ended up finishing my bachelors degree at another online school after leaving Liberty. The second experience was great. I hung in their and they gave me a different view of an online experience.
I know Liberty is a great school, but it is always what works best for the person. I really wanted to go back to get a degree from Liberty but ever since my first experience in 2006 I am afraid. I do not want to be sent alot ot DVDs. I have moved past it and currently enrolled at another University for my masterd which I am doing a great job.
I attended Liberty University 10/22/07 to 8/20/08 in the M.A.Ed.,Teaching and Learning Teacher Education Program.I must tell you,this was the most fantastic program that I had the good fortune to attend. Your admission Advisor will leave no stone unturned, when it comes to answering your questions about their programs.Personal and/or academic issues will be dealt with,you will be referred to a university psychologist, Counselor,or whatever it takes to assist their students. When I am prepared to complete my program of study,there could be no other university for me to except, Liberty University.
Of course,they will not hold your hand,and they should not,after all,we are adults,however;they will assist,direct and offer constructive suggestions. Its such a wonderful university.As an African-American,that's not an easy thing to say about a university,because I have had three,terrible experiences. Liberty University is truly unique.They really care about their students.
I earned my degree from a physical campus and wasn't too sure about doing Online School. My friend went to Liberty and really liked it, so I tried it too.
It was really flexible for me to work full-time and go to school full-time, which is the best part about Liberty. I didn't have to sign on at a particular time or like 4 times a week or anything. As long I finished my assignments on time, I was able to enjoy my weekends with my family.
The cost is VERY affordable too - its less than $400 a credit hour while other schools are over $600. It's nice to see a Christian school provide affordable programs at the Masters level, too.
I graduate in December and I'm really excited about it - I wouldn't have been able to get my Masters without Liberty.
I attended Liberty on campus during the 90's, but recently finished my undergrad degree online. The staff was very helpful when it came to transferring my old course work to a new degree program in Multidisciplinary Studies. When you call in, keep in mind that many of the people answering the phones are just students working part time, so they may not always have all the answers you need right away. Also, YOU have to call THEM and take charge of YOUR education, financing, etc... they aren't going to do it for you (much like the real world!). The same goes for classes. You have to be proactive and pursue your education... the professors are not going to make you do anything. You have to keep yourself motivated, or you won't be successful in the online education environment. Also, Liberty is an unapologetic conservative Christian university on every level, so keep that in mind before you decide to attend.
I must say that Liberty University Online is a wonderful school and has great programs. Before I enrolled in the Master's program, I talked to an admissions counselor. I was informed upfront about taking intensives on-campus. There was nothing that was a surprise for me. I was well informed by the admissions staff. Also, looking at the degree plans will let students know what classes are required to be taken on campus. Our family is please with our Liberty experience. I just finished a Masters in education and have started on the Education Specialist degree. My husband is half way through his Masters and is pleased as well.