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Degree: Christian Studies
Graduation Year: 2012
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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!

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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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!

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KIM TRUONG, BSN - 21 days ago

Gayle, I feel the same way about GCU. I really love this school and all staffs, instructors. I am starting MSN next week.

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Jenny Rowley - 3 days ago

I am about to finish my second class in the MSN program, and I agree that this is a great online program. I was hesitant because I have heard some horror stories about online programs but so far I am pleased with my decision to get my degree with GCU.

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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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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.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
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Great online RN-BSN program. I am applying MSN program starting in August 2015. I learned a lot in my RN-BSN online program. A lot of work like reading, writing, research, ect...... but I made it "yahhh". I am so glad I chose GCU for RN-BSN degree. I am highly recommend for anyone wants to pursue BSN degree. Not an easy road (you must study and put your effort) but I promised you will learn many things from participate everyday with yours online classmates and instructors (they all GREAT, especially Dr Nasser I love her, she will help you from a-z, especially that last giant Capstone course).

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Christine Adams - 26 days ago

Thanks for the great review. I am starting the RN to BSN program this Monday. I have an iPad and am wondering if this will work with their online books.. reading, highlighting, etc? Do you have any ideas?

I'm glad you had success with the program. Im going to request Dr. Nasser for my Capstone course!

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kim - 25 days ago

I had Dr Nasser for both Research courses because she is such great professor. Most professor are great but I love Dr Nasser the MOST. Enrollment counselor also are very good. My favorite id Christal-Davis Carter. I am so lucky to know her. She is so Great and had helped me throughout BSN courses. Now that I'm doing MSN and Christal cont. helping me. She is very professional, extremely HARDWORKER. She listen to you and NEVER tired of me asking all kind of questions. She NEVER hung up phone until you TOTALLY clear of everything. Make sure do your DQ response 2x for three days and use reference appropriately. I love GCU and I hope you do too.

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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
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I don't agree with some comments that because the school is a for profit that they go easy on the students. This has not been my experience at all. My program is just as rigorous as a traditional institution. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and attentive. I have attended the traditional university and I find online to be just as difficult because of the structure. However it is worth it. So far I have the same student advisor I started with last March 2014. I have two classes left before I begin practicum at which the school is assisting. I highly recommend GCU.

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kim - 25 days ago

Araya I totally agreed with your comment about our university GCU.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2019
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Advisers very helpful. Instructors are easy to get help from if needed. One class easier to complete. Not over whelming. Would choose school again for academic and financial. School supplies academic, spiritual help. Would recommend to school to. Others.

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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
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You can skate through classes putting in little work just like an on campus university, but if you want to there are plenty of opportunities to do well. Do the all the readings and independent research and you will be more knowledge than students in traditional programs. It's great if you have "a life" outside of school. There are weekly posts and papers. Some students do a very minimum post (5 sentences almost word for word from the book) but most do longer posts incorporating additional research and real life experience. My suggestion is to develop a good rapport with other students and the professors. You can publish papers and do research with them which will provide job opportunities. Sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of your adviser but it was like that at my undergraduate traditional university as well.

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Robin L. - about 2 months ago

I attended full-time and finished Grand Canyon with a Master's degree in Special Education. The program would have prepared me to take the licensure exam. Now keep in mind I worked part-time, acquired an auto-immune disease that was diagnosed during my attendance with GCU, and attending GCU full-time. Now with this disease comes debilitating pain, swelling and pain in my joints. There are times when it's in remission and everything is okay. Now in this teaching program I was required to do a student teaching internship. The first internship I attempted to do was not finished, due to going to the hospital preventing me from officially withdrawing from that internship. This meant that had to take it again. I ended getting F from the first experience, and getting an A during the second one. I wrote GCU and appealed the F, which would have been stricken from my record. Up to this point, I was maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I even had my physician to write a letter to substantiate and prove that I had a disability. I was denied my appeal. This meant that not only did that mess up my average and forced me to pay $4,200.00, not only once but twice for the first internship that I couldn't finish. In all, both internships cost me almost $9,000.00. They sent my account to collections and I have been paying ever since. Keep in mind I finished the school 2 years ago. Needless to say, they will NOT release my transcripts or my degree until I owe them $0.00. This is definitely a for profit school and they don't care about any personal tragedies you may be going through. The irony is that this is suppose to be a Christian school that base their mission with the adage that goes like this...."The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey." I feel they did not take into consideration my health, and was more driven by the almighty dollar. Now I can't even teach because of their strangle hold on my degree that I rightfully earned and paid for (about 30 or 40K in all). I even appealed to the collections dept. asking that give me my degree and I will pay them the balance of what they say I owe them, but was told no again. You may think it will be different for you. Well I wouldn't be to sure. I didn't ask for the disease that I got, it just happened to me. Furthermore, you never know what God has in store for you and your future. I wish I had the sense enough to read reviews like these from current and previous students. If that were the case, I probably wouldn't have gone there and owing them money. I am just saying.

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Sarah - about 2 months ago

I am terribly sorry about what you went through Robin. I am very empathetic for you because my husband had a similar issue completing undergrad when he was in and out of hospitals, which made him have to take an extra semester. This was also at a Christian university, but it was on campus. Unfortunately this is a problem with universities as a whole when it comes to medical situations. This has also happened to my friends at public universities if they did not withdrawal correctly. I hope you the best in your future and hope that your auto-immune disease gets better.

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Robin L. - about 2 months ago

Hello Sarah, thank you so much for those words of encouragement. I know that people would probably put the blame on me for those issues I had with GCU. But that is the nature of the beast in people. I don't think that my situation was all that unusual or unique, but then again I could be wrong. I think GCU did me a disservice. I love kids and think I would have done well in teaching those students. I have family members that were looking for schools to attend, and I have steered them clear away from GCU, and didn't have a problem doing it. And I am doing that in this forum also. Best of luck to you and your future endeavors and thank you again.

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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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Ok..... so I keep seeing all of these negative reviews and its driving me crazy. I have attended GCU since 2011 and there have been some ups and downs, but that is with any school in the country. I have started my last class before student teaching, and being on the down hill part of my degree, it is not a walk in the park. You have to sacrifice alot, your personal time, family, and alot of sleep but its worth it. I may have to retake a class to get my GPA up, but that is my fault not the schools, and the same goes for my student loans, they told me how much it would cost, it is not suprise. GCU has given me the opportunity to follow my dreams while working a full time job to take care of my family. I have had a few different advisors but each one is very knowledgeable and understanding, while being brutally honest, which I find great in a college. But these review can be great when deciding what school to attend, but do not think that all of these negative reviews reflect on what GCU is about. I would rather have a school that is honest with me even when its bad news than a school that sugar coats things and surprises you at the end, which is the way every school I attended prior has been. Do your research outside of these reviews, but I do recommend GCU

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Anna - 7 days ago

Hi, I am interested in their Elementary Education program in Arizona and am actually in the application process now, but worries with all the bad reviews. Do they place you in your student teaching position or is that your responsibility to find? Prior to student teaching, is it possible to still work full time and still complete the 100,observation hours? Any other tips/advice? Thank you so much!!

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
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This is my first experience with online education, but not my first experience as a college student. I already have BS and MA degrees but have never taken online courses before. I am two classes in to the MS in IO Psychology program at GCU, taking classes online, and my opinion of the program so far is that it is not very rigorous. The online posting and collaboration in the online forum requirements are a joke and add very little value to my personal enrichment and learning, There are no actual lectures from professors, just some light reading assignments, and a few written assignments. No exams whatsoever. Utterly bizarre. Of course it does make sense that a for-profit institution would want to be graceful and gentle on the grading, so as not to chase away the students, aka their revenue stream.

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Ms Brandon - 28 days ago

That would seem to be reflective of the instructor, not the school as a whole.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am currently over a year enrolled at GCU and so far I have enjoyed being there very much. The teachers are helpful, the work is intense as far as research goes and you literally have to do a paper for every single class so if you don't like writing, reading, and doing research, then this is not the school for you. This is for me however because I do love to write and I don't mind doing research. I really enjoyed being here and I'm hoping it continues to go this well.

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