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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.
I have been attending LU online for most of my Undergrad Degree (which I am about to complete). I LOVE this school! I have had no problems getting in touch with my instructors for questions. The classes are challenging and require a lot of time, but very enjoyable. My experience overall was very positive. I plan on getting my Masters here as well and if I pursue my Doctorate will also go to LU. They offer so many things!
Like someone else mentioned, this is a Christian school. If you do not like religion or Christian perspectives on the topics, this may not be the right school for you. Do your research before you enroll! Also, many of the Masters programs which are offered online require some intensive courses that you must take on campus...it pays to check out ALL the information on your own. Don't rely on someone to do it for you. Give LU a try. I think you will love it!
This is my first year with Liberty and so far my experience has been great. In fact, I love it. The classes are challenging, the teachers are attentive and the administrative staff has always been helpful. I would highly recommend this school to anyone seeking a quality online education.
I found the whole experience with Liberty to be somewhat disappointing. Once they got me enrolled, it became difficult to get anyone to return my calls. I had to appeal a class in which I had taken. I was granted a chance to retake the class for free (almost, I was required to buy a new book).
After I finished the last four classes that I took at Liberty, I was informed that they had sent back my financial aid. They could not give me a good reason that the funds were returned being that I had a 3.5 gpa. I was then told that I would have to pay over $3300 in order to take more classes.
I asked if they would let me make payment arrangements and was told that it was not possible. They turned me into collections. This allowed me to pay an extra $900 in fee to the collection agent. I paid the amount that was required. There was a 1 cent balance left on my account. I called several times trying to pay this penny. I was told that I would not be allowed to pay. I would not be allowed to get my transcripts because of the hold placed on my account.
Now after several months trying to get this resolved they have removed the 1 cent and my account has a "0" balance. They still have a hold on my account, stopping me from getting my transcripts. I just called and was informed that it could take a few weeks more in order to remove the hold.
Make sure that you are aware that Liberty is first and foremost a religious college. No matter the course topic, religion will be incorporated in some way. It is not a bad thing, but I often felt out of place because my views were often not in sync with evangelical christian views
I attempted and completed a Master of Arts degree in Human Services with Liberty. I enjoyed every bit of it except that most of the classes focused on religion. I guess in my line of work, having a religious perspective is important.
I found 2 jobs 4 months after reciving my grad. degree as a Master's Level Mental Health Therapist. Of course, I wish I was able to get a license but in the state of Florida licensing does not come easy. I was told that I would have to go for a Master in Counseling. Oh well, it's all good being that my degree can literally get me most jobs in any social service area (prisons, schools, hospitals, etc.).
I am now trying to find me a reputable school to go for the PhD. in Human Services and I am doing my research like crazy. I would prefer a school that has not only "online" but "brick and mortar" like Liberty. I also received my B.S. online from State Uni. of New York.
As someone without a religious background, I was worried about taking classes at Liberty.. but they were local and offered a great DLP program so I applied. The DLP program is exceptional and I am finding it to be quite intellectually challanging. As a psychology major I have found the classes and texts used in DLP to be secular and science-based... there are some papers that are asked for from a christian perspective, but the learning (in DLP) leans more toward secular flavor, and the texts are strictly secular (Psychology 8ed and The Developing Person Through the Lifespan, 6ed both by Worth Publishers). There are some religious based classes that are required.. but I found them to be interesting and in depth and informative... The professors are prompt and very helpful in their replies.. the DLP format is easy and efficient.. I have found the classes to be very challanging, and they are more apt to require critical thinking over memorization. As a DLP student I recommend LU DLP to anyone regardless of whether they are Christian or not.. Cost is low. $250 a credit hour and I have been given all the financial aid that I needed. The DLP classes are intensive as they are in a 8 week format, and self discipline.
Liberty University is a school that has a lot going for it, yet its teachers and administration seem to think it is the end-all, â€œworld's most exciting universityâ€, which is just not true. It's a decent school, good Psychology program with good teachers. Seriously consider before you go to LU whether or not there is a better option for you. I personally wish I had looked at other options first, myself- however I would not change my decision to attend Liberty.