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Corporation not College, Salespeople not studen...
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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When looking into college programs I was just about to go with another school but then I spoke to the initial "sales person" adviser. He seemed very compassionate about some issues I was currently taking care of coinciding with enrolling in school. With a lot of encouragement I enrolled in GCU however I asked one question. I said I am Christian but not Evangelical as you appear to be. Will the Christian worldview conflict with my values, will it be worth my time and money? I was assured the worldview class was just about how Christian ideals are in many of the laws and customs we have in the world today even though they are not thought of as being Christian. This couldn't be further from the truth! The instructor who supposedly held a Doctorate in something and told the class he had attended Gustavus Adolphus, the Harvard of the mid-west. Being from the mid-west and knowing the school quite well I would have to say this statement is very subjective because most people I know find the statement funny. Anyway he used websites as curriculum, at first glance they had some good information but look further and they are full of bigotry and negative information towards most other Christian and non-Christians alike that don't hold GCU's view. It seems GCU and their corporation has formed a worldview and implemented it as a prerequisite before starting your degree (clever way to make 1,900.00 per student). I told the instructor I was uncomfortable reading anti any other religion rhetoric and felt it had no place in a college setting, to which I received information on why my religion is wrong. I went to my student adviser and she told me to get screen shots of everything which I did but at that time I knew this was a "private" college and they could teach hate and ignorance all they want hiding under their private status so I left. Later I was contacted by a man that was the salesman to end all salesmen. He asked why I left and he listened seeming to have sympathy for the situation I had gone through. He told me he to was not a Christian and had "heard" of this sort of issue at GCU. He said he knew the head of theology would want to hear what happened and he would make sure he knew. He said he would be there at every turn, he would take care of everything, I didn't have to worry this would be a completely different experience with GCU he would make sure it was.That he did. My family had a change in circumstances that tied up our cash flow so that's of course when the computer goes out. I called about my stipend at the beginning of an eight week class with another one starting days later. I was told my stipend would be dispersed in 14 days. I completed both classes with great difficulty due to technical problems, I called GCU daily no one answered or when I left a message they returned the call when I said I wasn't available. They had me starting another class and I had to refuse because I couldn't depend on my computer. When I finally got a hold of my student adviser about 10 weeks after this whole thing began he said "OK we will have your stipend dispersed in 14 days"' This was the day before I was moving to another state we were going to temporary housing, I didn't even have an address.Finally they did me a big favor and over nighted the stipend that I should have had months ago after all they had the money! We had to delay or move one day even though my husband had a report date to his new post. After all this I decided I have no confidence in this school my last two classes had been paid and I didn't start the next so I let them know I wanted no more to do with GCU. At that point it was strongly "suggested" I keep going or I will owe them 2,000 then over 900 to 700 then 500 back up to 700. At the beginning I was told I had to complete four more credits to get away now they changed their mind on that and they are throwing all sorts of figures that I supposedly owe at me, oh yeah I better pay by the end of the month or they are sending it to a bill collector! I had read things like this before I started GCU but I thought my advisers are so nice and helpful that it must just be bitter students, its not it seems this is becoming the norm at GCU. They are for profit its a corporation working under the guise of a caring Christian University. They care about the bottom line, its all about the money. Fellow reviewers have mentioned that other students papers are barely legible, that's true as well. Our diploma is only as good as the reputation of the school we receive it from, it doesn't matter how much is spent on our education if this is just a corporate venture accepting anyone that's eligible for FAFSA. I hope you look carefully before investing your money it what appears to be just an expensive piece of paper. Good Luck wherever you go to school. All experiences are mine and so are the opinions.

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M Valentine - 10 days ago

Sounds like YOU did not do your homework and research BEFORE you chose a university. It is abundantly clear that GCU is a for-profit Christian University. If this educational model is not for you, YOU should have applied elsewhere. There are many other options available for you, and you should not blame this University for your lack of research. PS: your poor communication and writing skills alone will disqualify you from many higher education programs.

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Robert Ingalls - 5 days ago

I am sorry that you have had such a horrible experience with GCU. I need to respond to this comment because I have had very similar circumstances to yours, and have gone through many bad situations in the three years (death of a parent, out of state move, two major surgeries)since I started at GCU. In my case, as long as I stayed in contact with my counselor and my instructor, I have had NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.

I have to agree with M. Valentine and it sounds to me like you were in no way prepared to be a student in the online environment. I too lost a computer and had technical difficulties and the GCU help desk took care of everything quickly and efficiently. I am not a representative of the school, just a student that has been through many obstacles but has had GCU on my side the entire way. I want anyone reading your review to know, your experience is NOT THE NORM, as per me and the many friends I have made in my classes through the years at GCU. You did not do your part is my guess, and you mentioned your stipend many times? Did you do this just to get some extra cash? Eventually you must be honest with yourself and not point the finger outward and defame the school.

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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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When deciding on a college you want to make sure you are choosing the best school for you. I looked in too many different schools and did not have high expectations having previously attended online classes. From the first phone call and all the way through my program GCU has made MY education their priority. My advisors are always keeping in touch and helping out in any way they can. The teachers contact you at the start of each class to let you know they are available. There is help through tutoring offered at the school and multiple resources available. I have felt apart of the school even though I am online. I feel as though I have formed relationships with my advisors and classmates. This is not something easily accomplished through online education. College can be tough enough but trying to go through it alone is hard. I love how much help and support I received at GCU and couldn't be happier that I chose this school to help get my education degree.

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Grand Canyon University is a RIP OFF!!
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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Do not waste your time with this university! I have spent 10 years studying online with various universities and this is by far the WORST! I was a 4.0 student when I started and had no real issues till it was time to start my practicum hours. Instructors are not on the same page when it comes to grading practicum paperwork nor is the university willing to work with you if any family emergencies or issues arise. I feel that they are all about the money as I have wasted $40K and have nothing - no degree or credits that are transferable. Advisers and staff are robots only there for the Money and have no emotions yet most instructors claim to be CHRISTIAN People. My advise as a grad student - do your research on each university you want to attend - this doesn't always help as most of the issues with GCU begain after I started in 2011.

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Billy - 20 days ago

I have had the complete opposite experience as you. My advisor has been more then compassionate and understanding. My cousin passed and he was more then helpful.

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Jessa - 14 days ago

I have nothing but good comments to say about this school. My advisor calls me weekly still and even if I have an issue after talking to him he either answers immediately or calls me back within hours. I have a 3.9GPA and couldn't be happier. I have had surgery twice this last year and not only my advisor, but my instructors were very accommodating. I also was able to transfer previous credits from another school as well as my credits now are transferable. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience.

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mValentine - 10 days ago

Ten years of studying online does not a nurse make.

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Robert Ingalls - 5 days ago

I am in my practicum as we speak and I have had nothing but EXCELLENT HELP from my instructor. I actually have to do practicum in two facilities to get my hours, and the instructor has worked with me all the way. I have a 3.8 GPA and continue to maintain that. Lack of communication on your part possibly is the issue?

Claiming to be a Christian school is offensive
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Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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I cannot believe that people believe this is a Christian school. Let be known that I attended this school, received a degree, and have no reason to say anything but the truth. I find it offensive that a place like this can call itself "Christian" In my opinion they are exploiting Christ as a way to turn a profit. Yes, the school is non-profit, but that doesn't mean that the deans and executives aren't making six figure incomes for subpar education. If you are looking for affordable or christian based you should elsewhere. An undergrad bachelor will end up costing $58k. This does not sound Christian to me. It sounds like corporate America to me. FYI the same people that start University of Phoenix (Harvard of the west coast) are the people that turned GCU into money-mill that profits in the name of religion.

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Amy Jackson - about 1 month ago

So where in the bible does it say that being a Christian you are to not pay your bills or should not be profitable? Funny how uneducated students that are held to a higher standard post these crazy posts because they have no concept of the real world. Take a look at the average program costs on their website...you can tell that you failed a few classes and took out a few loans to inflate your costs. I am a student at GCU and transferred here from another state school. The teachers care, they give us real world experience and I am much happier in this environment. It is not for all - or those that cannot make it in the real world. Your accountable here.

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Jay - about 1 month ago

I don't know what your problem is, but you are very irrational!...... My favorite comment is "University of Phoenix (Harvard of the west coast)"........ University of Phoenix is the biggest degree mill in the history of the US. Anyone who attended this school should be ashamed of their poor judgment and decision making skills.

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Adam Jackson - about 1 month ago

Amy J, before you you claim know anything about my 4.0 GPA, I suggest you proofread your posts. Spelling correction - YOU'RE accountable here. I m glad your attempt at a degree at GCU is paying off.

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Rocky - 27 days ago

How in the world can the search for knowledge be called "Christian"? A non sequitur if I ever heard one. What a sham!

Good Choice but Expensive
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 0000
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GCU was the first offer degree's other than IT, Business or Public management. Their course offerings are broad. This is what attracted me to them as I am a mid-forties non-traditional student with credit hours spread from Egypt to Tennessee. Their evaluation process is next to none I have experienced and the courses are good if you understand that online course work is self-motivational. The negatives are price and structure. Where they are extremely accommodating they are plagued by their format, right from the start you will be required to take two introductory courses that will put a dent in you pocket book, they will also hinder you from doubling up to finish earlier. This also has to do with price as financial aide will not cover extra courses. I found the course work to be paced well but with exception to Mathematics. If you are very good with Math and right out of honors Math in High School you might be OK for the first few classes. After that the accelerated format will eat your lunch. I will be transferring to WGU for this reason, simply to finish Math and cut my costs.

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Cheryl - about 1 month ago

Does WGU offer an online nursing program as well?

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Tim - 10 days ago

Expensive? I'm taking a Business Administration class at GCU right now for 30k less than what it was at another school.

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Jack Capella - 9 days ago

The cost is relative of course. If transferring from a private school then yes, it is cheaper. When comparing public options, no they are double. I am not knocking GCU, they were fantastic in their choices and support. For myself, a Mathematics Education major, not so much. There is no option to take a non accelerated version of the course online, making higher level Math much more intense.

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2014
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If anyone went to a traditional institution do not attempt this online debacle. The program is long, redundant, and full of "instructors" that have never taught in the field. The assignments are pointless (powerpoints, pathlets) long drawn out assignments that they do not read. There are a few courses with instructors who like to be overly meticulous on format but not content. There is no actual learning at this institution. You pay your money, you get a degree.

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Rebekah Marcelain - about 1 month ago

I attended this school, and I loved it. The course work was challenging and interesting. I have learned a lot from this institution. The faculty is very supportive. You feel like you've known them for years, and can talk to them any time about anything you need. I loved this school. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a bit pricey but, a very fine school. You get a first class education. It is hard work earning it but, it's worth it. The only class I didn't like was Philosophy. That was my most challenging class. I would continue there if not for the price which I can not afford right now.

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Jack Capella - about 1 month ago

You bring up a good point about the redundancy but then I found traditional course work much the same in education. GCU is a good option, in my opinion, for someone with deep pockets. It provides many options not available elsewhere for working professionals. It is not a good option for broke, traditional students who need guidance and direction.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am enrolled in my sixth course at GCU. My courses have been challenging and my professors have been excellent. The only issue I have is the cost. However, this school is not a diploma mill in my opinion. The discussion questions have been helpful, I have enjoyed quality discourse with my colleagues. My undergraduate and masters degrees are from two public state universities. GCU works well with my schedule, especially now that I am living outside of America.

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Inflexible Degree Mill
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
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Let me preface my review by stating that I received my bachelor's in a traditional setting, on campus, from a quality institution; the experience there taught me what the college experience should be like. After the birth of my daughter I became a temporary stay-at-home mom and decided to further my education online; GCU promised quality education in a convenient format. GCU is a diploma mill and nothing more; I have so many stories that could serve as an anecdote for this. If you do the work and submit something you'll usually get a 100% on the assignment. If the professor is trying to seem alive or interested in teaching the course they might ding a few points off arbitrarily, but you're getting an A nonetheless. The professors rarely read what you submit; I've submitted a few assignments where I KNEW my answers were wrong and I've still been given a 100. There was a paper assignment for one of my courses that I particularly enjoyed writing and, when the assignment was returned to me, I eagerly looked for my instructor's comments. The paper that was returned to me wasn't even mine but that of another student's. I read it, it was barely literate and scarcely answered the paper's prompt. The student was given 100% for something any undergraduate school would have failed outright. Not only are the professors careless in their grading but careless in their instruction as well. Learning is done exclusively through the text book; if you're not someone who can learn from the book alone well you're SOL. If you have a question, god forbid, the turn around time on answering it is usually longer than the week long module and by the time they answer you're onto the next topic. I once had a question about the accounting concept behind a problem on a particular assignment and was told to "do my best" and nothing more. Never in my academic experience have I been rejected for help by a professor before; yet I witness this on a nearly weekly basis as my fellow classmates ask in vain for assistance or understanding on the forums. The 8 week online courses are notoriously inflexible- if you're looking for something where you can go at your own pace, look elsewhere. To get full credit for the weekly discussion questions and participation you must post a minimum of 5 times on 5 different days. You're stuck committing to being online 5 days a week which can be a real hassle if you're traveling or working. For whatever reason assignments cannot be submitted early (explain that one to me) and you're expected to adhere to the class's rigid time table with no exceptions. 8 weeks goes by far too quickly and it's far too short a time to devote any significant amount of time to the important material covered. I am now one class away from receiving my master's degree and I have a 4.0 GPA. I would say that I am absolutely unprepared to enter the work force and perform accounting work; I have learned precious little and retained even less. I could never, ever, hope to take the CPA exam, which GCU's program description assured me I'd be ready to do by the end of my studies. Take heed and read the reviews here, save your time and money and look elsewhere for your education.

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Michael - 2 months ago

Thank you very helpful review. You are coming from different directions and that makes a good review by showing multiple views.

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GJ - about 1 month ago

I don't know what teachers and classmates you have had, but I have had nothing but good experiences with GCU. I find the classes challenging yet achievable, and also hold a 4.0. I have learned a great deal so far and have never been so happy to be in school. My academic advisor is wonderful and so are my teachers. As far as the discussion questions, that depends on the teachers. Most classes I've had require 2 posts on 4 days, and some only want 2 posts on 3 days. I work full time and go to school full time and also have a family at home. There is nothing more convenient to me than to continue my education online at my own pace, and I am glad the classes are 7 (not 8) weeks long, as it allows for the time to pass without sitting on one topic for weeks. Every assignment I have turned in and received back has instructor comments on it, whether they be recognizing that I have completed the assignment correctly, or areas I need to improve on (with suggestions for improvement). I am very happy with the education I am receiving at GCU, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2014
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This is the worst kind of degree mill. An embarrassment of a program that reads like it was put together in a weekend . Professors actually copy and paste the same comments on discussion boards, that is if they show up at all and they often hardly read the work that is turned in . Students copy and paste garbage and the discussions are ridiculously boring because if this activity. I tried to get something out of it but it was mostly a waste of money and time. The advisors come and go and are used car salesmen. I had a deadline to meet for my graduate program and they wouldn't even pick up the phone to confer my degree. I missed my deadline because after spending 20000 dollars they couldn't find the common courtesy to get me a unofficial conferred copy of my transcript. The irony is that it's a Christian university but like most things this is hypocrisy. If you're an idiot you will have no problem because I know people who can't write a clear sentence and they still got A's. You even have to write papers on why prayer and prayer hospitals heal people. An entire class of anti- science Mumbai jumbo. This school should lose it's accreditation.

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Tim - about 1 month ago

I'm confused. You put that you wouldn't recommend this college, but they helped you with your career. I kind of thought the whole point of school was to help with career. Am I missing something?

Perfect for busy people
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Degree: Business/Managerial Economics
Graduation Year: 2014
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I wish there was more instruction, especially with the price. The structure is perfect for a person working full-time, but I had to use outside sources a lot because the instructors would merely point me back to the text instead of helping me understand. I also like that it is a regular school and people won't automatically know I did online courses.

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