Grand Canyon University Reviews
Excellence in online education - this is GCU. They take best practices seriously, from enrollment advisors to professors. I'm a professional in Distance Education and I know what I'm talking about when I say that GCU is solid. Every person involved has answered all of my questions, many of them very detailed and even obscure. The curriculum is very well designed and the instructors are very responsive. In reading some of the other reviews, it is obvious that some individuals did not read the student handbook and/or are just lazy. I reaped benefits in my job just 2 weeks after beginning coursework at GCU, and I recommend it to anyone who is a good candidate for online education.
If you need an honest answer on whether or not to attend this school- DONT! They're supportive until you're accepted, and then all help goes right out the window. Not only was the "application process" a joke, but it's clear they allow anyone who qualified for financial aid in. They're not concerned with quality students, it's all financial for them. The professors are a joke, they do not respond to questions, the advisors are even worse. They call you constantly to check in, but when a real problem comes up they are no where to be found. I've sent several emails to them stating that I work during the day, and yet they continue to call during the work day. It's a business.When they call YOU, you're asked to identify yourself by name, telephone number and address. If you call me, this is an inconvenience, especially when I'm at work. There is nothing personalized about your experience, and conversations you have with them is forgotten five minutes after hanging up the phone. You are not a person to GCU, you're a number and a cash cow. Don't expect to receive support, and don't expect anyone to help you once you begin classes. If I could do it again, I would have chosen a different school 100%. It's been over 7 days and I'm still waiting for a phone call back from my advisor. Good luck if you choose GCU, I promise you'll be disappointed. The only reason they're getting 5 stars for financial aid services is because when it comes to money, this school is on their game. Go figure.
Completed BSN and continue MSN right now. Great counselors (C.C. and D. are the BEST) because they have so much patient with me, never hung up until my last breath with questions (I bet some were silly and repetitive). Instructors are great! They are very helpful and guide you through out. So please don't be nervous. Stay calm! Read your materials, and answer your classmate posts. Ask professor if you have questions. They check into class every day and answer any question you may have. I love all of them. I do study very day by reading my classmates' posts and reply to them. I love study at home instead of coming to class. Even though I don't see my classmates (on line) but I feel so close to them due to everyday reading and communicating with all of them. I love CLC project because you don't have to do so much work BUT you will learn so many things from reading, edit, ect. your GROUP's posts in CLC paper. What more can I say? I LOVE GCU and highly recommend whoever want to pursue BSN or MSN, PHD from GCU. You will be happy because instructors are very helpful. After earned BSN I received an increase in my salary, and feel much more confident about my career an RN. I won't stop here and I hope you all do the same.
I completed RN-BSN at GCU and just LOVE IT! I am just starting MSN in Education. It has been GREAT for the first five weeks. My professor Dr Cheryl Williams is great and so glad I am in her class. I would love to be in her class for my next two courses. She communicate well with students. She's very positive. Students learn a lot from her posts replies to you. Of course school is very stressful and no school is easy. But instructors at GCU are VERY HELPFUL! I LOVE this school and have nothing to complaint about. I do study every day and working two RN jobs. If I can do it...everyone can! All my instructors are very knowledgeable, kind and understanding. They do understand your stress, your school and work. No one make things difficult for students. Professor Steve Arnett real cool and great. He wrote me a paragraph in my post encouraged me to go on with MSN (I didn't think I would do it). Thanks to Professor Arnett and my counselors...I feel much better now about MSN programs. My two daughters also are nurses and I (as their mother) strongly encourage them to start MSN program with GCU. Library staffs also GREAT. Everyone are so helpful and professionals. After graduated I received salary increased from my two jobs and I feel much more confident in my position as a nurse (and future MSN). Don't be discouraged by reading some negative comments about GCU or staffs. And the cost for both programs are not bad. Actually much cheaper compare to MOST colleges I checked out. Many nurses in my hospital are current students or graduated from GCU and they also LOVE this school. They given us nurses scholarship money to attend school and happy that hospital nurses really love GCU.
I attended Grand Canyon from August 2015 to September 2015 DBA program. When I first enrolled the enrollment counselor called me daily. After enrolling all of that stopped immediately. The courses were the normal 2 DQs due weekly with 4 additional feedback. What I disliked greatly was the one class ending on Wednesday and new one starting on Thursday. I asked the contact to change it and they told me I couldn't (strike 1). I then asked to be enrolled in a residency that was near me in Atlanta they told me there were no spots open (Strike 2). I was taking my 7th class and asked the teacher for a specific assignment requirement he stated the assignment and I did it as he instructed and then gave me a very low grade (strike 3). I hated the fact everything had to flow thru one person regarding financial aid and questions. I asked many many times for a break in classes which I was told NO. So I decided to take my own break and leave the school. I really disliked the treatment while there. I would never go back or enroll. If you attend Grand Canyon be ready to be assigned to a student advisor and you have to wait on that one person to get back with you and do everything. I will never never never deal with any school in which only one person can help. Even if you leave a message with that person's boss you still have to deal with that one person. That enrollment counselor that was so interested in my education well guess what NEVER heard from him again. Please be aware of any school that requires you to do two residencies
The couselors are lazy and are more like cheerleaders then couselors. They are not much help but they charge a lot for tuition. Sarah Divers andBecky Goesman are horrible couselors. The school wont let you havetime off they disenroll you after 2 weeks of taking a break. They will not place you practicums like every other university. They always say dont you wand your choice where you learn? I would rather have them place me then not getting placement and making a 100 in a class then fail because you could not find a practicum. They set up practicum classes up in the summer like an idiot and tell you to go earn you practicum teaching boy scouts. They are just a nightmare to deal with and I had a couselor that did a good job but quit. I would not do it again period! For my masters im going to Northern Arizona university. They have online too!
The teacher say they don't get your work when you have proof of it being submitted. The teacher do not communicate with students. They only want your money. . The system they use if full of errors, not mobile. Read the complaints on the BBB website.
After looking at a multitude of colleges I decided to go with GCU. I'm a married military veteran and it fit with my life and is competitively priced. It is a traditional brick and mortar school with an online presence. The online component of Grand Canyon University is very well designed. The advisers are extremely helpful. The structure of the courses are set up to build upon one another. There is a lot of reading, writing, and discussion. It is eye opening and encouraging to see the varying viewpoints and theories that are presented. In order to graduate you simply have to do the work. Be proactive. It is your time and your life. The value of the education rests in what you bring and take from the experience. I had a great time, met some wonderful classmates, and learned quite a bit about myself. Now I'm going back to complete a Doctorate. If you are ever given the opportunity go visit the campus. It is beautiful!
I attended GCU to complete my BSN and decided to acquire my MSN in nursing education. I have attended campus colleges and was apprehensive to do an online course, but after taking classes with GCU I could not have been happier with the education I received. All classes were challenging with exceptionally knowledgeable, caring facilitators. The support available from all departments was helpful and sincere. The communication with instructors, classmates, and advisers was exceptional. Sharing of life experiences making lifelong friends around the world expands knowledge and cultural experiences. Great university all around!
I did the online program but I did want to choose a brick and mortar school. I can truly say it has been a great experience, I have learned a lot, great professors willing to assist you. I highly recommend GCU which has given me the opportunity to find excellent employment.