Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (284)
Great University... I am a current student engaged in an online counseling program. I learned much from good well experienced instructors and actually had fun in the process. I have recommended this school to many of my military associates who have struggled trying to attend school in an atmosphere that is not conducive to the traditional college experience. What many of us have found is that GCU is very military friendly. I look forward to graduating very soon. Proud to soon be GCU Alumni and GCU Alpha Chi chapter.
I have loved my experience at GCU. Like most things in life, this experience is what you make it. I made sure to introduce myself to all of my professors and tried to be as involved as I could and it has paid off a thousand times over. These professors all have tons of real-world experience and almost all that I have come in contact with have a genuine heart for students and they want to see you succeed. I cannot recommend the CCOB enough for students who want to invest in their future and make a difference.
After thorough reading of the reviews throughout this website one stuck to me, GCU fully 100% cares about you once you are putting interest into their school but once you are accepted they don't care about you as a person or student, just as another form of income. I highly DO NOT recommend this university to anyone who is looking to "Find their purpose." GCU has disappointed me time and time again with a lack of professionalism in the classrooms and a lack of instruction as well. I have spent over $20,000 to finish half of my degree program and all I have to show for it is a further dissatisfaction with school as a whole and a lack of education on GCU's part. Instructor's are clueless, financial aid is non-existent, and parking is impossible. This school is a disaster and an absolute shame to Christianity as their only concern is where they can bleed someone else financially dry. I would recommend you not even waste your time applying to this school. Take your free visit, your tee shirts, and all of the bribes that come along with the enrollment process that my tuition is paying for, but PLEASE do not spend your time and hard-earned money on this disgraceful university.
I am currently in my second year at GCU and I have no complaints! My instructors and advisors are always available when I need help and the coursework is understandable and useful to my education! I am an online student and I have not had any trouble! I recommend GCU to anyone looking to pursue an online education!
Realized that teachers passed students without caring if coursework was acceptable. A for profit school and it shows. Peers have showed me their coursework and it was appropriate for a high school student to turn in..Grand Canyon University is all about being willing to pay for a degree with a small amount of education.
My Opinion: Teachers are terrible; they read slides instead of lecturing with no comprehension or understanding of the course material. Don't bother asking questions as the instructor will be clueless usually. In addition, the slides, book, and tests do not correlate with one another. The teachers also frequently don't even know what the tests are over - most haven't even looked at the tests. Instead, it seems like this school hires anyone off the street as long as they have a the right credentials - and hand them a pack of slides and notes that they read, and many are too lazy to look at the test material so they cannot even begin to give students a decent study guide. I had to resort to online videos from other sources to get a decent lecture. I have never seen ANYTHING so bad, and this is my third degree.
I think the biggest issue with this school is that they admit students who are not capable of succeeding in an online environment. I have attended UNLV and UNR in the past. I only settled on GCU because I now live 100 miles away from the closest college to me. The only difference from a traditional class is the professors do not lecture very much. They serve a purpose more akin to a moderator, albeit a very knowledgeable one. It isn't for everyone. I can grasp a concept well after reading a textbook and doing my own research. I see some students saying they needed tutors, I do not understand why. I see many students in my class making silly mistakes. For example, in one class, all out posts were required to be 75 words, I would see students posting 10 words posts up until the very last day of class. I saw people saying they couldn't fit it into their schedule. I can finish all the work for the week in a few hours, except for the discussion questions that have to be done on 4 different days; I can accomplish that in less than an hour. I really think that the online degree program is not for everyone. However, I do not think people should be on here trashing a school based on their experience.
They were dishonest when I turned in my assignment and in giving me only one-day turnaround for 1/4 of my grade. When I showed them with evidence from their own posting date they were incorrect, they still denied they were dishonest. Please don't confuse them with the facts, for God's sake. When they don't agree with you, they belittle and try to demean. They soaked me for one class but no more than that. Very short-sighted. They call themselves Christians? Christ would be rolling over in his grave - if he had one. All they want is your money and then they pull the "holier-than-thou" response. Don't waste your money unless you don't care how you are treated.
Really upset with the school and the "customer service" went there for my I9, they rejected my copy of my social security after my friend used a copy and not the original and had no problems. On top of that a girl who just gave a ride to people from where I just was and I needed a ride back in the 110 degree weather she said "it's not my job to give people a ride" after giving other's a ride. It was a bit a mile walk to my car...
I am currently in the doctorate program at GCU and it is excellent. I will be getting a degree in about 1 year in Behavioral Health and it will be an Ed.D. Degree. I have had great support from students services, the library and the library team is excellent. I have had some instructors that were under par, but most have been excellent. Both residency experience were also great. I would recommend this place for anyone who is getting an online degree. They are very accommodating. Thanks GCU!! Larry