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I attended Liberty University online to pursue my Doctor of Education in Education Leadership. My program was mostly online, although I did attend four intensive classes on campus in Lynchburg. Prior to attending LU, I had already earned three degrees. I have 2 Masters degrees: Univ of Colorado-Colorado Springs (History) and East Carolina Univ (Education). I have a BA from Shepherd Univ (Education). I have also taken classes at WVU and CSU-Long Beach. All that said, LU is one of the best schools I have attended in terms of academic rigor and quality of the education I received. The professors in the School of Education were fantastic. The student support is amazing as I always received an answer to any question within 24 hours. Now it does have a focus on Christianity, and some of my classes required some assignments to incorporate Judeo-Christian ideals, especially in leadership and ethics classes. As I moved into quantitative statistics and research for my dissertation, there were no such requirements. Many students I encountered throughout my program had varying political and religious beliefs and that was never a problem in any of the classes I attended on campus or online. I really can not say enough good things about Liberty University. It was simply a great experience.
Please "RUN' not walk away from liberty University. The advisor told me I would graduate in 2018 , but it ended up they misinformed about more classes. This is only after I gained 120 credits along with transfer credits which is all you need to graduate. The social work gates are supposedly needed. That is fine. You cannot take them together. You have to take 3 unnecessary classes along with them. That equals 4 semesters. This is intolerable. When questioned they steady are asking about money!!!!
I graduated from the online degree program. The instruction and curriculum has given me the foundation for my future career. I loved the lessons and assignments and how they were tied together with biblical principles. I agree with other reviewers that no one who applies to Liberty (a renowned Christian college), should be the least bit surprised of this. If they are uncomfortable, then they should not have applied for admission.
I found Liberty's graduate courses very challenging. I took my courses on-line, which required a tremendous amount of reading and dedication. It was particularly challenging as I worked a full time job and was a member of the Army National Guard while in school. The professors were very supportive and provided excellent feedback to my assignments and questions. I also gained quite a lot from other on-line students as they shared about their experiences in their teaching careers. The school is a decidedly Christian university, therefore expect to have a heavy emphasis on scripture. I greatly enjoyed this aspect of the school, but it may not be for everyone.
Liberty University was a great experience for me. I took all online courses. It is important to be proactive in your research and to take any reviews with a grain of salt when looking for a school. I transferred a number of credits earned while in the miltary that nearly accounted for two years of work, but the admissions department failed to apply these in a timely manner (a year after starting classes) and I ended up taking four courses I didn't need to. They admitted their fault, but never comped me for the classes. As far as the actual course experience, I took two clases per term and would not recommend any more than that if you work full time. The reading, depending on the class, can be excessive. This especially applies to the Master's program, which I am currently in now. If you don't love reading, look elsewhere. The communication was via Blackboard-generated announcements and email. With the exception of a couple of instructors, all returned my email or called me within 48 hours and I never had any that didn't work with me when something came up that conflicted with assignments being done on time. You will get a ton of phone calls from academic advising asking how your experience is and when you're coming up on a new term, they're calling to get you signed up, DAILY. It can get annoying but I also procrastonate, so some of the blame rests on me. After reading other reviews on this site, let me offer some words of wisdom. Follow instructors instructions to the T. They lay it out for you clearly and all assignments are avaiable for viewing a week before class starts. If you can't follow the simple instructions, including proper formats for citations, you will fail. I have a feeling some of these reviewers didn't do well simply because they failed to look at the instructions and the rubric to understand what was being asked of them to complete. Anyway, I consider myself an average writer and average reader, but with dedication you can do well here. I finished Suma Cum Laude and currently have a 3.96 GPA in my Masters program. Most professors are very nice, personable, and courteous. Some definitely stand out over others, but there's only one or two I had difficulty with. The school is highly conservative, rightly so, being the largest Christian University in the U.S., but I wish they would stay away from promoting politicians. If you can look past that, you'll get a lot of sound instruction from here. History is a difficult major and takes a lot of work, but it is worth it, because you get a program that doesn't focus on social history like 90% of today's universities do and you can tell the professors love what they do. There are a few that have books that they will require for a class, which I had a problem with, especially charging $50 for a copy that you have to review and turn in for an assignment. Nothing bad came of it, but I did file that with my student advisor. I've learned so much about researching from Liberty and if you use the available resources they give you early, it will pay in dividends down the road. Use these webinars the library broadcasts. They do help a lot. Honestly, some of these negative reviews I see make me scratch my head, because it does not reflect my experiences at all. Many state that they push a Biblical Worldview persepective onto everything. Well, they should. If you are offended by that, then don't sign up to a Christian University. They main goal is to ensure their students know Christ, and become stronger Christians. If you don't want that, don't go to Liberty
I am currently in law enforcement and Liberty offers a tuition discount for law enforcement, first responders and military. This discount helps those in public service in a small way better afford school. Liberty in my opinion truly cares about the students and their success and they strive to make going back to school a positive experience. The professors all care and project a real Christian worldview of their class and the school. The curriculum helps prepare the student for the future in their chosen profession and it is done with Christian principles. The school is always looking for ways to better the school and they are always growing and adding programs. If there is a way to help the student they will try and find it. There is always someone to talk to with any concerns you may have. They go all out for alumni and continue to stay engaged with them even after graduation through career websites, alumni groups and various programs for alumni. Homecoming is a huge event at the school, and the school spares no expense for that .
This school focuses very strongly on adding God to everything you write, even when it is completely unrelated such as discussing medical equipment and diseases. Some teachers were nice but others completely rude and when reported the school did nothing about it. I finally decided to drop out of their school and attend a local school ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS and they are charging me 25% of the tuition plus a $50 fee. That is just wrong. They are charging me $363 for introducing myself to the class! Just sleazy. I only introduced myself bc the workload was so high I was worried I wouldn't have time to do it all and now they are ripping me off. For being a so called Christian school they are not very Christ-like. I should also mention that the workload is much higher here than any of the schools my co-workers attended for the same degree. Oh, they also require way more classes for the same degree. I am switching to a local school and only need 3 more credits starting over than I had left after taking 7 or 8 classes there!
I am enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program (M.A.T.) Online. I took a couple classes which were rigorous, but good. But now I'm looking to switch schools. I don't know if I'd say Liberty is a BAD school, but it certainly is not supportive of online MAT students. I thought everything was going great until I had to drop my spring courses because nobody bothered to tell me that one of the courses I was enrolled in couldn't be taken until the end of my program with my student teaching. This resulted in me losing a semester's worth of classes (because you need at least 6 credits to qualify for financial aid and the only other course I could take by this point was filled), AND the stuck me with almost $500 worth of books that I have to pay back OUT OF POCKET, even though it seemed pretty obvious that financial aid was going to take care of it. They say it's because I have a "break in enrollment." The point is, if I had had an advisor by my side the whole way through, guiding me about which classes I should and shouldn't take and in which order, I wouldn't be in this mess. I don't know how it is as a residential student, but as online student you are pretty much left on your own to figure out the ins and outs of the teaching program. And there is A LOT that is required of the program...certification exams, 3 on campus intensives where you have to pay for your own travel, and just a BUNCH of other requirements. Yes, it's all listed on their website but you have to dig for it yourself and all the information can be confusing and overwhelming. I've chatted with online "advisors" probably at least 30 times. And sometimes I knew the answer to some questions better than they did. I need a school that is more straightforward and gives me a counselor/advisor to work with me every step of the way. Yes, I am a mature, intelligent adult and I can read, but the amount required for the teaching program is TOO much to navigate on your own.
OMG.!!!! I REALLY WISH I HAD SPOKE WITH SOMEONE BEFORE COMING TO THIS SCHOOL. I WAS REALLY EXCITED AT THE BEGINNING, BUT AFTER HAVING TO SUBMIT INFO AND CONSTANTLY BEING MISIFORMED 36 TIMES, AFTER FINALLY BEING ADMITTED I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON. I REPEATEDLY ASKED EVERYWHERE FOR HELP AND RECEIVED TWO WEEKS LATER. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FOR MY GAIN,BUT NOT. I PLEADED WITH MY PROFESSORS WHO DID HAVE SOME PATIENTS FOR ME AND MERCY ON ME. I EXPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED AND I NEW I WAS WAY BEHIND IN MY CLASS WHICH WAS NOT MY FAULT, BUT I WAS GOING TO DO THE VERY BEST THAT I COULD. I USED MY PARTIAL AID MONEY TO LOOK FOR AND PAY FOR HELP, BUT MY FRIENDS INFORMED ME THAT IT WAS SPRING BREAK. I STILL TRIED, BUT I COULD NOT TIE DOWN THE TYPING FORMAT. I FELT LIKE A SPIDER CAUGHT UP IN A WEB. I FEEL TANGLED UP TO TO EITHER BE EATEN THEN OR COCOONED IN BY A PARTICULAR RESERVES. I RECEIVED A FEW APOLOGIES HERE AND THERE SOME EVEN SOUNDED HEART-FELT AND AUTHENTIC, BUT WHAT GRABBED MY GOAT WAS WHEN I SPOKE SOFTLY ON EVERYTHING THAT AFTERWARDS I RECEIVED A LETTER TO THE EFFECT OF MY BEING RUDE TO STAFF. OMG!!, REALLLY. !!!!!!!! STOP IT,!!!! HOW DARE YOU.? I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE UNPROFESSIONALISM OF THIS COMPANY AND THE TACTIC THEY TRIED TO USE ON ME TO MAKE ME FEEL AS IF THIS WAS MY FAULT. THEY ARE EVEN THREATENED MY FINANCIAL AID. NO !!! YOU WILL NOT TREAT ME LIKE THAT MEAN STEPPARENT THAT WON'T GIVE ME MY OWN TOY, THAT YOU ARE HOLDING HOSTAGE OR DECIDE TO GIVE IT TO YOUR CHILD, BECAUSE I WON'T GIVE YOU A KISS..THE HEART BREAK GOES ON AND ON. LET ME LIST THEM..... 1- INFO LOST NUMEROUSLY SO I HAD TO RESUBMIT IT 36 TIMES. 2. REPEATEDLY MISINFORMED BY ACADEMIC ADVISORS. 3. STAFF NOT IN PLACE WHEN YOU NEED HELP.. 4.
Although I did visit the Liberty University Campus a few times, I took all of my courses 100% online. The professors seemed very helpful to me as a working professional. I was working full time and taking 12 credits each semester with 6 credits during each summer session. I was familiar with most of the material so it wasn't difficult (for me) and I did learn quite a bit more than I was expecting. Once I proved I could handle multiple courses and maintain a high GPA, they were flexible on allowing me to take 18 credits during a couple of the semesters but I wouldnt recommend it. I was working full-time it was challenging to keep up with the assignments, but overall I'd say the difficulty is average. I have four minor complaints. One, I had no issues with tuition or financial aid, but I did have an issue with credits transferring from another institution. Liberty refused to transfer some of my CJUS credits because the previous school I attended would not send them a syllabus for the courses; apparently, it was against their policy. Unfortunately, I had to take those five courses over again. Two, sometimes the Christ Centered philosophy can be a bit overwhelming; believe it or not, there are some strong differing opinions amongst Christians from moderate to extreme. Three, the weekly message threads that we were required to weigh in and comment on were tough to muscle through. At times, the message threads were difficult to deal with because there was such an enormous disparity in writing ability from clearly uneducated and unintelligible to highly educated/intellectual. It really made me wonder how some people even got accepted. Four, I got tired of the Liberty Administrations sycophantic Republican political messages and the clear intolerance to anyone associated with the Democratic party. For a Christian school who exercised intolerance toward other religions and preached devout Christianity, it seemed very hypocrital to be endorsing a Mormon political candidate (Romney) and a serial philanderer and liar (Trump). Honestly, it is what I expected from Liberty though. It was a good experience. I ignored the things that bothered me, kept my eye on the prize and finished my degree a bit earlier than expected.