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Grand Canyon University
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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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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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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 - 6 days ago

Does WGU offer an online nursing program as well?

Dont Do It!!!
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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 - 9 days 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 - 6 days 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.

NO DIPLOMA MILL
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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 - 25 days 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 - 2 days 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.

Degree mill
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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 15 hours 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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Highly Recommend
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2013
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I did a lot of research before deciding on this school. I was able to get a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the same time it would of take me to get one. I was hired as a Special Education teacher within three months of graduating. The principal that actually hired me graduated from Grand Canyon as well. I was able to easily get into a very reputable Masters program at the University of Nevada Reno with my degrees. My only issue was that the staff changed constantly which was a little frustrating. Overall, I would highly recommend this school.

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Jermaine Carter - 25 days ago

For your special education degree, was it a master or bachelors? If in a master, how was the program, classes, and teachers?

Instructor and supervisor is a joke
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2016
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I took execption with my instructor S. D. "fronting" me out in front of the entire class. She specifically named me in a comment that caused me embarrasment and she had never done that to anyone alse. I complained to her about her lack of ethics and lack of professionalism in that I took exceptiont to her comment and that she was looking for an excuse to take away point from me on assignments because she did not like my postings on a previous assigment. D. then called me and as I was trying to explain to her she kept interupting me and talking over me. I repeatedly asked her to stop and wait and let me finish but she continued to talk over me. Finally, after having enough of her antics, I yelled at her to let me finish. She then told me that she was terminating the call. So I told her that I can't wait for the class to end so that I would be away from her. I also told her that I would complain about her to her supervisor M. C.. The next day I found out from her that she was filing a code of conduct violation against for yelling at her. Seems to me that she preempted me by filing on me. I called D. supervisor twice and left messages. C. excuse as to why he did not return my first call was because he was in a meeting. When C. called me back we arranged a time to speak. He did not call me at the arranged time but called me and left me a message at time when he knew I was not available because I told him that at a certain time I was unavailable. When I spoke to him, he told me that he was late because he was in another meeting yet he never told me when we first spoke that he might be late because he had a meeting. It seems to me that he used the meeting excuse so that he had time to prepare his reponse to my complaint against his subordinate. After spending 26 miuntes on the phone with him listening to him rationalize everything that Dwyer did and said, I reliazied that no matter what I said, that he was going to rule against me. He basically told me that he was an unibiased party. What does that tell you about the man's integrity? He was not able to expalin why and has not provided an explantion for why D. regraded my essay after I accused her of looking for an excuse to take points away from me (which she did) after I made the corrections that she recommended. D. has no integrity because she was caught by me in unethical behavior and then tried to cover her tracks by regrading my paper and giving me a higher score. C. said he would look into when she changed the grade because "magically" he was unable to access the information at that time but was able to access everything else. Also, at the end of my call to C. he refused to listen to my side as I tried to explain how D., kep talking over me and interutping me when I was trying to explain to her. I told him that she escalated the situation by continuing to interupt. C. claimed that I kept interupting because he heard the audio recording of the call (which I have not heard and doubt they will ever let me hear). C. claimed there was a paused in the recording and that D. felt she could speak. If there is such a pause, then my question is, "Who edited the recording?"

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