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Liberty University is a wonderful and positive place to learn. When I started in 2015, I had been out of school for many years. I was very intimidated and was unsure that I could keep up in an online learning environment. From the start, I found Liberty's academic advisors to be extremely friendly and helpful. I had many concerns and they helped through everything. I prayed and made my mind up that I was going to work hard. I believe that some people assume that because Liberty is a Christian University, they give degrees to Christians. This is NOT the case. You must work hard and study. I remember watching my family play outside through my office window as I read study material and took notes. There were times that I declined invitations to events because I knew I had work to do. This is a real college environment, no one gets a degree handed to them. They do require payment. They have due dates and student expectations are upheld. The vast majority of my interactions with professors were profoundly positive. They encouraged me every step of the way with Biblical encouragement. There were a few professors with whom the experience was not great but that will happen at any university. I was never judged for my faith and I earned a degree. I am currently enrolled seeking a BS in business. I would highly recommend Liberty University to anyone who wants to earn a degree. Be prepared to work for it but anything worth having us worth fighting for.
Liberty University's online program is sub par to say the least. Several years ago I took online classes to receive my Associates degree from a Community College and I must say just like any online program it is more difficult than taking a seated class. However, Liberty University takes difficult to a whole new level. For a Christian College it quickly became apparent that it is just about the money. Until now how have taken several courses and passed by the Grace of God. There is no way to read all the material for any class that I have enrolled in to date. They assign so many chapters it is impossible to complete the reading, school work, work a job, and have a family at the same time. Several of the classes that the advisers have recommended me to take have done nothing for me educationally. I have been in a endless process of fulfilling requirements just to pass and to me that is not what this journey should be. I should not have to learn a made up term that some professor constructed to write a book and justify their course that I will not and cannot use in life. As of recently I discovered that their book store did not list the correct materials for a course I am taking and now I can't even skim the materials to complete the assignments. They listed and sold me books that are not even needed or required for the class and require me to purchase the other materials. They did say I could ship the other books back at my cost for a reduced refund based on their opinion of the condition. Please if you are considering Liberty University as a online college rethink it. It is continuous high pressure calls from advisers trying to get you to sign up for more classes at all hours of the day with no consideration for you. Choose a college that isn't based on reputation or prestige but one that truly cares about you and real education. Liberty occasionally does have a class with 10 minute videos on a weekly basis that never truly covers the material your supposed to be learning. These videos are more of pep talks along with a copy and pasted weekly email from the professor of your class that also is just another pep talk. They will nit pick and grade your work not based on true content but if you can correctly cite your research work for that class and non of the classes use the same method for citations so be prepared for continuous hours spent trying to figure out the correct way to cite something to meet the criteria for a given course.
I attended liberty University for my Masters in Pastoral Ministry not realizing that time I was making a huge mistake. During the time, I experienced a decline in my GPA because I became homeless taking classes on an iPad inside of a U-Haul truck. My professor was very understanding giving me time to turn in assignments late. But not all professors were this understanding. When I attended another grad school as well as undergrad, my GPA was above 3.0. But this changed at Liberty. Not only that, I have never had a university take weeks to issue student refunds not giving a darn as to how a student can pay rent. Even if it's at a hotel to get them off the street. So as a future student I would not advise or recommend this school, but caution you to carefully re-consider other schools with higher rankings when it comes to STEM or Ministry programs. Let the Lord lead you and beware of Universities who claim to be Christ centered with a twist of other doctrines mingled in their curriculum.
I first earned my AA in Psychology then continued on to my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Both degrees were completed online through Liberty. I was very pleased with my academic advisors who helped me every step of the way. Although the work load for each course is heavy, I learned a great deal and enjoyed my classes. They also offer great Military discounts and have a department for Military Affairs that will help with whatever you need and was very helpful in answering any questions I had regarding my Military funding. Yes, there are some Professors that are just jerks, but not many. I've only had bad experiences with two different Professors but still received good grades. The rest were great! Each course is 8 weeks long, contains (typically) 1 Discussion Board with 2 replies, a quiz, and a paper or project of some sort each week. Some courses require less work, but the typical amount is what was just listed. So, you will have to work and earn your grade for sure, but as long as you keep up with the course work and read the recommended material, you'll do fine! I enjoyed my time at Liberty very much.
I attended Liberty University online for the Master of Human Services Counseling: Military Resilience. I pursued this due to my interest in expanding my knowledge on veteran mental health. I am a Marine Corps veteran myself and I work with homeless veterans. As such it seemed like a good idea to expand on my knowledge base as much as possible. I will say that I enjoyed my time at Liberty University. Like anywhere else some courses were more challenging than others. You won't like every professor. That is just how it is. I hear complaints about the financial aid department. All I know is that during my time at Liberty I had no issue with any department. They are very well set in the religious foundation. At times it does seem to be too much so. However, the schools purpose is made clear early. They want to help better you financially and spiritually. I do not feel that the religious aspect was being pushed too hard on, but it was pushed. I do not think this is by some malicious intent. The school just wants you to be well educated in both academics and spirituality. Also, I feel that it needs to be mentioned, if you are looking for easy A's, this is not the school for you. You will earn your grade no matter what grade that may be. The school also has a higher grading scale than many other universities (out of 1000 points) A)940+, A-)939-920, B+)900-919, B)860-899, B-)840-859, C+)820-819, C)780-819, C-)760-779. For those of you that just have to have a 4.0 GPA know out of 1000 points the most you can drop is 60 points through a 8 week course or no more than about 7.5 point per week. With that said there is also the GPA calculations; A)4.0, A-)3.65, B+)3.33, B)3.0, B-)2.65, C+)2.33, C)2.0, C-)1.65. So in this case an any B is not a 3.0 GPA. Liberty is a much more difficult school in part because of this grading scale and GPA scale. Just do your research an know what you are getting yourself into, this is true for all colleges and universities.
At first, I had reservations taking online courses. After the first semester I quickly realized that the work load is equally, if not more, than other educational institutions. I found the online format to be more user friendly and worked well with my schedule. Some courses allowed me to complete assignments slightly ahead of time; while others preferred not. I was frustrated, at first, to have to do so many papers in APA format and with peer reviewed citations (this was also required for discussions and responses); however, when it was all said and done I quickly realized how much I had advanced in my writing. I actually became excited to obtain peer reviewed sources. Anyhow, I completed 24 hours in Business courses with 15 in Accounting and 21 hours in Social Sciences. I preferred their use of online books and modules that had a homework functionality (regardless if the score counted or not it was very helpful in keeping the information fresh in my mind). Having this technology allowed me to access my books and online course materials via laptop/desktop/cell phone/iTunes, etc. I took advantage of every possible source so that I could continue to work full-time and take care of my family. I feel very fortunate that all of my professors responded to me within 24-48 business hours and for the 2 that didn't; I honestly dropped those courses. I didn't have any time to waste and most certainly wouldn't. Overall, my experience was tedious, arduous and worth it every step of the way!!
This school seemed like a good idea because I needed to work full-time while in school. I was lead to believe that my religious views would not be an issue with the classes. Over the past three years I have had to write most of my class papers from a Christian and biblical viewpoint and the grade reflected this. Currently I'm taking a sexuality class and have to write a theology of sexuality paper and a sexual autobiography. This is over the top! The school also said they were working on CACREP accreditation which is not happening because they withdrew the application. Students will have to order "required" textbooks from MBS that you may only read one chapter of. Liberty has normal textbooks edited to reflect their viewpoint. And lastly, be careful listening to the advisors. As you near the end of a graduate degree, the advisors become more hands off. I have called and been given wrong information at least four times. This just cost me am extra year to complete my program. I should have been advised to withdraw from a class during a family crisis but i have no advisor. Teachers just give canned responses to all grading. I am out financial aid , a practicum site and a job. I will be paying out of pocket for this last class, Liberty gets to make o$6000 off of me for one class that I originally passed. I'm full of regret and wish I had a way to finish at a school that I could be proud of. The Liberty diploma will not hang on my wall.
I am an adult who wanted to continue my education. Online education sounded best for me and Liberty University seemed like a good option. Even though they are a Christian school they said that anyone could attend and that one's personal beliefs would not effect their grades. They lied. I have had several classes that expected students to have a very strong understanding of the Bible and familiarity enough with the Bible to find specific subjects with no guidance from the instructors. Their registration department will do and say anything to get people to register! I was told that I wouldn't need books for certain classes because they're available online through LUO and a week before that class is due to start I receive an email from the professor telling us that we need to make sure we have such and such books. My registration experience was horrible and I should have gone elsewhere then and there but I was so far into the process that I was scared that if I didn't continue I would miss the opportunity and delay it even further. The lady was so rude with me about my financial situation. It's already an emotional process and I was frustrated and brought to tears and she was mocking me for being upset as she was trying to tell me that I basically could not go to school because I didn't get enough in loans to cover it. She was uneducated on the entire subject and gave me wrong information anyways so the experience was for nothing. I have had one amazing instructor but the rest have been awful. Their instructions are extremely poor. They give writing assignments that are more personal BUT then expect you to somehow site your own opinions. It doesn't work that way. If you want a scholarly paper you need a scholarly subject. Their instructions contradict themselves. You are graded on your rough drafts. I was suppose to write an outline, which everything that I already knew and everything taught to me in that class stated that an outline was just that, an outline, but the instructor wanted an essay written in outline for BUT the instructions said not to write more than one or two sentences. The entire assignment was one giant contradiction. I was also suppose to grade it myself and being the honest person that I am, I left the issues and graded it based on the rubric. I could've changed it and just gave myself 100% but, to me, the point of the assignment was to show growth over time. I also had to turn in other rough drafts to be graded. How the heck does one think grading one's rough drafts is pertinent to one's education? The final outcome is what matters and what should be graded. Their online system is horrible. It appears they make their students work on it for free in exchange for a degree because it most certainly wasn't created by a professional and is not maintained by professionals. It's constantly having issues. I was told that I needed to download Firefox because it was found to work the best with their site but then another class told me I had to have Google Chrome to do the assignments for that class. How can you not create a site that works entirely with at least one browser? Highly unprofessional. Their bookstore, MBS Direct, LLC is a scam. They know that the students have no other choice but to purchase most of their books and e-books through them because LUO has made it that way by combining certain classes into e-book format so that no one else can see it. I was charged $12.40 for them to ship me a piece of paper with a code on it for an e-book that was $70 and I only have access to it for a 12 months. I am not kidding. This is a monopoly and disgusting behavior to do for students who are likely living well below the poverty level already. LUO knows what they're doing and does not care. I do not recommend this school to anyone. If you're wanting to go there just because it's a Christian school, think again. Their behaviors are not Christlike whatsoever. You can say you're a God fearing person until you're blue in the face but that doesn't make it true. You're actions are what make it true and their actions have not even been close to those of a true God fearing establishment. This is what happens when greedy people take over their parent's endeavors after they pass.
Liberty University is an excellent school. The staff is amazing, very knowledgeable and are actively involved with the students. The school is also very generous with needs of active duty personnel and do their best to accommodate. The book stipend is a great help, which most schools do not offer.
No school is perfect but it all depends on your outlook and how you cope with stress. My experience at Liberty University Online has been excellent. Yes, it almost seems like you have to teach yourself half of the time but that is how graduate school normally is. I attended another brick-and-mortar university in Florida before for graduate school and the Blackboard structure was the same as Liberty's. Financial Aid has also been very efficient and helpful during this entire process. Whenever I has questions or concerns they were able to help me within two days or so. Honestly, it is quite exhausting to work and attend graduate school online because there are a lot of assignments and discussion posts that require replies to other students' posts but that interaction enriches your learning experience. I have also worked in groups in a couple of classes and it wasn't that difficult to come together (using text message, email, WhatsApp, and Blackboard) and organize our work even though we all live in different cities and states. You will not succeed in graduate school or in an undergraduate degree in an online setting if you do not put in the time and effort. I am doing the best I have ever done academically and I thank all the faculty and other employees who have facilitated my experience at this awesome university. I live in south Florida and my professors this term have been very understanding after Hurricane Irma affected our state and we lost power and Internet service (this is LUO and I need Internet to do my homework!). I am very satisfied with my choice to attend LUO. I started my program in January 2017 and I will finishing my masters in marketing in March 2018. I managed to adjust my schedule to take the 12 required classes in 14 months. Anyone can do it; you just need to motivate yourself and enjoy the journey.