Grand Canyon University Reviews
I really liked GCU and how doable the program was. I was able to work full-time and take care of my family while finishing my master's degree. Don't believe the negative reviews. I loved it. It was affordable. I graduated in 16 months and am now doing a doctorate. I received a promotion and pay raise as a result of my degree. You can talk about going to school... Or you can chip away at your educational goal while you work. Grand Canyon University was the most affordable in Colorado.
Overall the school is good. I have had many great professors and one that was so rigorous that I wanted to quit, but I stuck it out and received an A- in the class. My only problem with this school is the SSA (Financial Aid). I was offered an Alumni Scholarship that would cover the 95.00 fees for each class and this is my 4th class and the scholarship still has not been applied to my account, despite speaking to my SSA several times. Initially they said they never received the form for the scholarship, but once they found it I was assured that it would be applied to my account. My Student loans have posted, but not the scholarship. My SSA keep telling me she sent a ticket for the issue to be resolved and still two weeks later nothing. They ask you to complete the EOCS and my SSA stated if I have a problem please let her know before I give a bad view on the survey. She never returns emails and you have to call constantly. I love the professors of the school, but they need more SSA's to help with the workload, because it seems that they have too many students to follow up with and not enough advisors.
I choose GCU to obtain my graduate degree because of its Christian heritage and values. Majority of the online instructors are very knowledgeable, supportive, and very responsive to the needs of online students. As in any education endeavor, one must be invested and have realistic expectations. All my expectations were met. I also attended the graduation ceremony and had the opportunity to tour the campus. I did not use the financial resources offered by the school, and therefore, I cannot make any recommendations in that regard. There are a to of online resource and help, as well as the student advisor, which are all helpful throughout the entire process and duration of my studies. I would recommend this university to all students who are adult learners, and highly motivated.
It was great! I had a wonderful experience. I recommend this school to everyone.
In short, I just want to say that as an individual you are responsible for the level of education that you want to receive. I have been a successful professional for almost a decade, and I made it happen for myself period. I love GCU and not only have I challenged the Professor's, but they have challenged me as well. Consequently, there are people who are homeless (I know a few) that went to Ivy League Schools; again, it is all in what you put into it. In fact, no one is responsible for your student loans or your educational journey you are completely. This is a great and well organized school; in fact, I am currently applying what I learned within my day to day professional career! Thanks GCU!
My only concern is the financial aid process. There is no financial aid office that you deal with. Your academic advisor does it which causes problems. Overall the school is great. I love the campus. The online degree program has been a good experience.
This school and the ADN to BSN program was well organized, thorough, professional and quick. I felt very supported throughout the program as well asthe program was very "doable" while working full time. I would highly recommended it to anyone who is interested!
Hi Highly recommend not to go into debt getting a degree from GCU and here is why. I am a foriegn educated Elementary school teacher who was required to have an american degree to teach in my state. I hold multiple bachelor degrees from another country and have taught as a teacher there for 9 years. At the time I chose GCU because they were accredited and were available for online education. I was convinced by the financial counselors there that the cost of the student loans would be able to be paid back because of the teaching salaries I would earn. I was told that because I had foriegn degrees that were accredited, I could achieve an american degree in 3 years instead of 4. The truth was that even though I was a student that achieved a 3.8 GPA, it still took 4 years, The student loan kept piling up to the tune of almost 50K. I constantly found my professors far from adequate to teach these courses and my experiances with GCU staff was horrible. It required intervention many times through the years by the Dean to get continuing messes they caused cleaned up. Although I have great american references from my student teaching and a good GPA it has been over two years with no job opportunities. Lots of substitute jobs which don't pay the bills. I have excellent reviews by teachers and students and their parents but no prospects for a classroom of my own. It seems that in this field it is so political and that nepotism is running rampant. My loan interests have risen beyond the point of no return. None of these issues in this field were ever brought up by GCU. They had an extremely hard time finding a school to take me in as a student teacher as most schools were looking for student teachers from more well known universities. Bottom line is GCU Degrees in Elementary education are not the ones you want to present to a future school for a job. They are not well looked at unless you want a charter school or work in a risky area where they are desperate to keep teachers. Save your money and look for a better institution to spend the next 4 years at. These are my opinions but this mistake will affect me the rest of my life and the debt will stay with me past retirement. You need to consider all the facts from all sources before you make these types of decisions.
I LOVE GCU!! I attended another college online before transferring to GCU and it was the best decision ever! The assignments are due the same day every week, no matter what class or instructor, the work load is duable if you still want to have a life (worked fulltime, married 3 kids), no exams, no test, and I learned so much. I wasn't just completing assignments to obtain a grade but instead it was applicable with the real work world. My counselor and my financial counselor were both wonderful, I never had a poor instructor. I cannot stress enough how wonderful GCU is! I have taken a 6 month break and will be starting my MSN Edu with GCU in January- I hope to teach online for GCU one day.
I loved it! The professors there were helpful, professional, and well-educated. I did my schooling online, but loved how I still had due dates and deadlines to meet. I definitely recommend at least checking out the campus and the degrees that they offer.