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I am a senior, studying for a Bachelors of Science in BQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
I am a senior, studying for a Bachelors of Science in Business with a cognate in Finance, and I attend the online school.

I know that many people speak poorly of Liberty because it is Christian, and because it teaches its classes in that context. If one takes an objective look, however, it is usually not difficult to figure out that quite a few of those criticizing the school have other motives. With its relatively low graduation rate, many people who attend this college will be unhappy when they leave. It is no surprise that they speak against the college. Many who oppose Christianity will also speak poorly of the school simply because it is Christian. That is no surprise either.

The coursework is not absurdly difficult, but it is challenging. I have made my education a priority during my time at Liberty, and I have done very well. I can understand, though, how someone who does not complete all of the reading (there is quite a bit) would have difficulty on the tests. A bulk of the grading ends up revolving around student papers, which is good for an online college as it helps to subvert any attempts to cheat. Many of the projects are uploaded to a database called 'SafeAssign' (in Blackboard) that will alert the professor to plagiarism.

Many of the courses have immediate practical use, and I had what amounts to an internship in my second year simply because I had the knowledge to complete the tasks that the organization needed.

The faculty is exceptionally nice, and will work with students. I have had some technical difficulties, but the prof's have always been understanding. They can be sticklers over due dates, but that is understandable. They have always been very fair, in my estimation, in their grading of assignments.

I am a Christian, albeit of a different denomination than Liberty. In fact, my denomination (Nazarene) is fairly close to the Methodists, both of which tend to be at the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Liberty. Despite this, though, I found the two (yes, only two, many would have you think it was much more) required 'religious' general education classes were relatively neutral in their presentation. If you can get over the fact that all of the classes are taught from a Christian perspective, then the Bible class is essentially an ancient history class focusing on Israel and its surroundings (which is good to study anyway considering the state of the Middle East). The other class, focusing on Apologetics, was actually one of my favorites. Any student who can keep an open mind would enjoy it. It would help Christians to understand their faith, and could even give atheists some interesting information to ponder.

While Liberty does create some of its own material, many of the textbooks will be the same ones read in other colleges. Like I said before, there is quite a bit of reading, and if you fall behind it can be difficult to catch up.

One thing that I do not like is the amount of group work. There are quite a few (maybe 6 or 7) classes that require students to work together, which can be a real burden when some of the students do not participate. Those students, obviously, do not receive favorable grades, but the additional work does fall onto the remaining team. This is not terrible, though, as the real world often works this way. This method does teach how to divide and prioritize work, as well as how to work with others, motivate a group, and respond to difficulties. Its not fun, but I can see why the school chooses to use group work from time to time.

All in all, it is a very good school. The coursework is challenging, but this helps one to learn. The degree is valuable (despite what others may say), and my wife (who works in upper management in a health insurance company in Richmond, VA) and her peers would not hesitate to hire someone with a degree from Liberty. Liberty is accredited through many institutions, so attacking the education that one receives there is a bit silly. Two thumbs up, Liberty. Keep up the good work.

4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A, Scholastic Success: B-
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It has its weaknesses, but it is definitelyQuite BrightEducation
It has its weaknesses, but it is definitely improving constantly. From what I've heard of other schools, LU's faculty is much more friendly, approachable, and helpful. Also, the student body gives the body a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, in a good way. You will probably either love it or hate it. I, personally, have loved it.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B-
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If you want to be able to cussSuper BrilliantAccounting
If you want to be able to cuss in a classroom discussion, then this is not the place for you. Liberty expects you to be respectful in all interactions, so if you feel that in order to express yourself you have to use words and actions you would use in front of your grandmother, then yes your expression will be "limited".

I am a proud Democrat, my professors know this. I have had wide ranging debates in class with them and other students on our disagreements. I have even been invited to come present my ideas and reasonings to other classes so their students can have a well rounded view of the topics.Bottom line, if you know who you are, and are able to handle people disagreeing with you, then Liberty is great, if not, then grow up.

4th Year Male -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: F
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