Review Averages: 6.5 out of 10
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Liberty University Reviews:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MA Human Services Counseling - Marriage & Family
Masters in Counseling - August 25, 2015
I had a great time at this university. I started out in the license MA- Marriage and Family Therapy program (60 credits). I got to go abroad to Rome for one of my intensives & it was an amazing experience! It is nice to see peers working with you face to face. But after having to retake the same class 3 times and still not passing, I went from academic warning, to probation, to suspension, to academic dismissal. I had some personal circumstances that were contributing to my failure. I completed 27 credits under that degree when I was dismissed. I also didn't realize that they have A, A-, B, B-, etc and 82% is a C, 72% is a D. So twice I got 82% and they were C's. 92% is an A- though. You need a 94 to get an A. So basically you can only miss 70 points to get an A. With my school and personal struggles, I needed to take a semester to get my personal life in order and dismissal was a huge reality check. You really have to be a self-starter in order to pursue and online degree. You have to ask yourself, "How badly do you want to get your degree? How much of a difference do you want to make?" I decided I need to prioritize and appeal the dismissal. I was accepted back but into the non-license program (30 credits). I only needed 2 more classes to finish that degree's requirements and I did not want my previous classes to go to waste. So I accepted, worked hard, stopped complaining about personal stuff and got my degree, getting full A's in my final classes. The teachers are really helpful if you turn things in on time and they can see that you are fully invested. If you're always late, you lose points, your work suffers due to procrastination, and teachers can see that you are not invested. Be invested, otherwise it shows. I did not get to take an internship, which will likely be an issue for getting licensed, but I am working on finding something elsewhere so I can have my credits count towards licensure. For the people that are unhappy about the lack of CACREP accreditation, I had my classes reviewed by the Board of Professional Counselors and they were approved- classes DO count, at least in MD- toward licensure. Check whether your state requires this or not before you apply. Moral of my story- Liberty is great if you take time to study, if you work hard, & make it a priority. If it doesn't work, chances are that you probably could have tried harder. Good luck!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - May 22, 2015
I absolutely loved this school. The teachers were very helpful, and would always respond quickly. I finished this past May 8th with a BS degree in Psychology, with an Addiction and Recovery Cognate. It was hard, but thorough. It took a lot of dedication on my part, but everyone was always right there to help me when I needed it. They were diligent in giving me all the requirements for my degree, and I had no problems with my financial end of it. My student aid was always on time. I am very pleased with all the things that I learned here at Liberty University.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ed.D. in Leadership - May 21, 2015
It is an okay school. I am back in school after a long break due to one dissertation research consultant. They do not support you during the dissertation process and that is discouraging. It would be a lot better if they embedded the dissertation process throughout the program. I feel the professors do not have the time to guide you or respond to your prospectus or proposal in a timely manner. I have friends who are working on their dissertation at brick and mortar schools and have received a lot of support. If I had to do it again, I would definitely work on my doctoral studies at a traditional school. I have an EDS from the University of South Dakota -Online and it was a rewarding experience. This one just seems okay.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great School but you have to hold yourself accountable.
MBA - April 24, 2015
While my BS was from a brick and mortar, my MBA came from Liberty University Online. If your going to go to an online college you should hold yourself accountable for your grades, homework, tests and time management skills. I saw a lot of people leave during my time there because they 'forgot' to do homework or submit their financial aid in time. LUO was great about giving me notice on the financial end and I received scholarships all semesters which was a blessing. They called me at the beginning of every quarter for academic advising and I had my own counselor who I could contact 7 days a week. I've never had a problem contacting anyone in person there, their hours are much later than a traditional school which is great when you already have a career and family. As far as grading, their programs are accredited so they are very hard on you- we had 10-12 page papers due 4 times in an 8 week class, plus the quizzes, posts and discussion boards. It is not something you do if your looking for an easy degree because they are held to the same standards as any other school. The tests are not open to the public so you can't google your answers. You have to read dozens of books and write reviews of them in short periods of time. It is a great school but not for everyone. It IS an openly Christian school so I'm not sure why the complaints about it being Christian? It's a private school so they can teach Christianity in their courses if they want to. I never felt overburdened by the infusion of Christianity and never made to feel out of place or overly criticized because I am not a Christian. Don't apply if your offended by people mentioning Christian beliefs because you won't last very long and you will waste alot of money. I would openly argue their principles in my papers- as long as I had sound argument and provided sources this was never an issue- they were very accepting of it. To anyone wishing to go to LUO I wish you good luck, it was a great education. I could never have received an MBA while working full-time and raising a 1 and 3 year old so it was a good fit for me.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Info you need to know
Multidiciplinary Studies - April 10, 2015
Although this school does teach a fairly rigorous curriculum and there are a lot of good professors there, they do not respect freedom of speech nor civil rights. I am an honor student and was pursuing this degree but when I experienced my civil rights being violated, I filed a complaint against the school. Sad to say, I was threatened by the student affairs office for doing so, which amounts to no civil rights or freedom of speech. Just warning everyone, if you want to freely express your academic and collegiate thoughts at this school and want to "earn" your degree in the process, then forget about it as they will throw you out illegally for doing what the U.S. Constitution says you have a right to do. In other words, Liberty University does not recognize Federal Supremacy laws, which is sad as they pretend to be their own state of laws, which again violates the separation of Church and State. If after reading this you decide to attend anyway, then I will pray you make it through and graduate.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Why did I waste my Time
Criminal Justice - April 7, 2015
Financial aid office at Liberty University has been the worse. I was sent in for fraud verification at Liberty University Financial aid office this was fine they requested a lot of paper work and I sent in everything they requested then the office started telling me something is wrong with your paperwork that me and another student used the same notary to notarize our paperwork accused me of signing the paperwork out of the presence of a Notary. I was thinking by this time this process is really much like harassment and they are accusing me doing stuff I wasn't doing. I was getting frustrate by now so now I started to request to speak with someone that could help me resolve this and get my aid put back on my account but no one would ever give me a number to call or they would give me the run around. When I would email the Faredflag or the Financial aid office they would say check your account and act like I was bothering them mind you I was trying to get my grant restored to pay for my classes and books. No matter what I said how I pleaded for help no one tried to help me once I completed the process well thought I completed the process sent in all they requested they sent in out a request for me to refile my taxed for 2013 I already sent them everything I had sent the Irs matter a fact it all came straight from the Irs website. I am a single mom just trying to better myself and because of this Schools Financial aid office and the Lack of people willing to communicate with you effectively to solve issues I am now looking for another school to complete classes I already took with them and I owe the school 11,0000 that I can not afford to pay because they took away my chance at a education I was six classes away from my Criminal Justice Degree. I feel Like I have been let down especially for a school that say there standards are built from God Christian School Speechless at this point.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great time with Liberty - And going back!
Master of Divinity (Pastoral Studies) - March 10, 2015
I am somewhat surprised (and a bit dubious) of all the negative remarks on here about Liberty U. Primarily because my experience with LUO has been so positive, smooth, and issue free. Let me start by clarifying that many of these criticisms seem to revolve around financial aid. They may be well placed, but I have no experience using FA, so I cannot comment. However, I am wrapping up the Master of Arts in Theological Studies in a few weeks. From the first time I called for information on enrollment, to registering for classes, to each and every interaction with professors, to getting graduation all settled, I have not had a single issue with communications. Everyone has been kind, competent, and very quick to reply to emails or calls. ALL of my professors have been responsive within hours of questions. The ONLY exception was a prof. who traveled a few days for a child's wedding, but he let us all know well in advance. As to the complaints by some about the work load. At least on the grad school level, they let you know going in that there are high expectations in seminary. They expect you know how to write, think critically, and engage for or against the assigned texts. They also let you know that there is a high degree of reading and study required for each course. In fact the Intro to Seminary Studies course puts it right out there, and you even have to do an assignment to demonstrate your understanding of this and your plan for properly approaching it in a healthy way. I am amused that so many are griping about how hard the work load is. IT'S GRAD SCHOOL. It is a huge challenge. But Liberty is not just farming out degrees. At least in Seminary...you're going to work for it. And you are NOT promised an easy A for just checking in. All of my professors have been extremely helpful, and engaging. All have been easily reachable. Yes, some are more interactive than others with their comments on assignments, and notes and all. But even the ones who seem otherwise aloof, have been completely fine when needed. In my time at LUO there was one substantial downage of the Blackboard system, all the courses were extended 36 hours for students to safely manage their due dates. All the rest were scheduled and students (who pay attention to the announcements) would be aware. For those who are arguing that the courses are too laced with the Christian worldview - GO TO A SECULAR SCHOOL. Liberty makes no bones whatsoever that they are a fully Christian based school. I am proceeding on to an MDiv and had thought about changing schools, but my experience in the MA Theology program has left me so challenged and so fulfilled that I am excited about doing the MDiv right here with Liberty U.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Defending the school
Education - February 27, 2015
This school advertises that it's a Christian school so if you are against Christianity , you should not enroll here. I saw so many complaints about it being a Christian school but they don't hide that up front so I don't know why someone would not realize that until they were already enrolled and attending classes. I enjoyed attending Liberty. It was hard, but well worth it. I was able to get a better job and make more money and I'm proud of being a Liberty graduate.
13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Seven classes left stopped by policy police
Psychology - February 19, 2015
I am an older adult student who was attending Liberty University Online toward a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When I chose the school it was for the personal service and help they offered. I loved the biblical classes and how Christ was woven in and out of subject matter. Some of the professors are phenomenal. I was thrilled with the first discussion board post for each new class introducing ourselves and learning how God was working in each person’s life and what their degree was going to allow them to do. However, as the school began to expand dramatically, the discussion board introduction posts became “I am a military student who does not know what I want to do so I decided to go to school”. There was the atheist and the Muslim and suddenly discussion board posts were no longer encouraging and learning experiences but antagonistic and empty. There are very few places in the world where Christians can go anymore where they can just be themselves and talk freely about their faith without the interference from the world. When I first started at Liberty, that aspect was there, but at the end when I was forcefully kicked out, it was a different school. My GPA is 3.76 and I was continuously on the Dean’s list while attending the school. My husband took on two full time jobs in order for me to concentrate on my degree so that I could finish more quickly so that he could retire. I was SEVEN classes from graduating when I took a semester off to help a prodigal daughter. I filled out the SAP (appeal form) and was still not allowed to return to school. On the appeal form it states, “In addition to this appeal form, you must submit documentation from an objective third party professional to support your appeal statement. These are examples of an objective third party professional: physician, counselor, lawyer, social worker, teacher, religious leader, and death certificate, divorce decree, etc.” Not every circumstance requires third party documentation such was ours. It was a family matter that involved no one else. Additionally, what this form requires is to violate HIPPA and privacy laws of another person if I were to provide what they wanted. I talked to various people in the categories required on the SAP appeal form and no one would help because of fear of being sued. The reason I left school was to help another person. Isn’t that what the bible teaches? I talked with the highest levels of people to try to reason with them. From the bottom up they read from the same script – policy, policy, policy – the human aspect is gone and Christ is completely absent from their policies. Months later I received a call from advising that they were letting me back in to finish. After 2 ½ hours of being transferred from one person to another to complete the process to get back in (all very helpful) I reached the end where I was told “oh, I did not realize there is a hold on your account, we cannot let you back in”. I owed $300.00 and was told I could return to school once it was paid. Wrong, I put the $300.00 on a credit card (I had been paying it off monthly prior to that) and was still told no, the hold was staying put. Financial Aid does not talk to Student Accounts and neither talk to Advising. It is like many separate parts of the same school with NO communication between them. They are policy zombies with the human Christian aspect completely absent! I have shared the appeal form with well over a dozen Christian colleges and universities and likely nearly one hundred secular schools explaining the situation. None of the schools can believe the inflexibility of Liberty University and the unreasonable policy especially as I explain the circumstance of taking a semester off while trying to find another school where I can finish my degree without starting over and doubling my student loans. With SEVEN classes left, I cannot find another school to transfer to where I do not start back at the beginning of sophomore year! What Liberty University has done to my family is financially devastate us. Having been out of the work force for a few years to finish school as an older adult and then not be able to finish has made me unemployable. Incidentally, I did have a job lined up to start once I had completed my degree but I lost that too. My husband is still working two full time jobs. I now have student loans for a degree I almost acquired and am unable to pay so I have to keep putting them on deferment. This is being “Champions for Christ”? I think not! While I was attending LUO, the books changed and Humanism and propaganda took the place of Christian learning. I did some investigating and discovered that Liberty University is a part of the American Council on Education, a United Nations Humanist, Agenda 21 organization
10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Did not meet expectations
Ed.D. in Leadership - January 9, 2015
I enrolled in Liberty's online Ed.D. program fall 2014 with high expectations and really excited about pursuing my doctorate. It didn't take long for me to realize I was most definitely NOT in the right school! For doctorate level courses, I was quite taken aback by the amount of Christian propaganda embedded within the courses. It was actually kind of insulting. I mean, I was raised Catholic, but am not necessarily "super" religious BY CHOICE. You have NO OPTIONS in accepting ONLY a Christian worldview, and it very much expected that you declare and agree to it in just about every assignment. I actually waited until I received my spring syllabi for my next 2 classes before withdrawing, thinking maybe it was just a fluke that there was such an emphasis on Christianity over actual theory. But, they were worse! One of the actual assignments was to keep a prayer reflection journal and send prayers to??? I'm not even sure what they were talking about. It is creepy. The other negative was that in one course, despite receiving perfect scores on my assignments, the required quizzes screwed up my final grade. We had to take quizzes each week, including the final week, in addition to 2 additional final quizzes/tests the final week (so now, we had 3 quizzes/tests the final week) and other assignments. The quizzes were not written by the professor, and were full of errors, ambiguities, multiple correct or confusing answers, and some mistakes. There was no way to complain or fix them. In the end, my quiz points total brought my grade down to a B. After 3 degrees, I've never received such an unfair grade. When I complained via email to the professor (who seemed like a nice enough guy) he encouraged me to complain to the "higher ups" about the quizzes b/c I'm assuming he agreed w/ my concerns. Regardless, I was going to try to continue. My final concern, though, was that the amount of required courses was excessive compared to other similar types of online Ed.D. programs. I will be transferring to a different one for next fall, which requires 5 less courses and provides support for the dissertation from day 1. I WILL say that the people I dealt w/ in admissions, financial aid, and advising were always pleasant and helpful. I would say that this is a strength considering you are doing everything online (which can be a challenge when trying to connect w/ others. My advice to anyone under 40 is to take your time, save money, and attend a local university in person for your doctorate. TRUST ME, you will need the support to actually complete your dissertation and degree. Your chances of doing so online are very low. Good luck!
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