Grand Canyon University Reviews
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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.
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.
GCU operates differently than any other University. You are assigned an advisor and they do everything for you. They welcome you to GCU, they are your financial aid advisors, they also take care of your enrollment. If you are unable to reach one advisor, the others cannot help you. You ultimately end up playing cat and mouse with your advisor about getting even the simplest of matters taken care of. My experience with GCU is they bounced me around from one department to the other in terms of getting me enrolled for a class. The responsible department never contacted me about a class that was to start on 6/18/15. Then about a week later I received a call asking why I had not been in class. The 'advisor' enrolled me in a class without even calling or emailing me to let me know. How can someone enroll you in a class and not even notify you? Thank god, someone called otherwise I would have continued to be enrolled and would have not even known it. All of this comes after a refund that was supposed to be made to my account, yet it has never been posted. GCU is a horrible environment. They are all sales driven and just want your money. Your best bet is to go to a REAL University. Not some for profit nonsense. I'm withdrawing from GCU and will never look back.
I have LOVED GCU. My advisers are always helpful and available. I have had the same student services adviser and enrollment counselor throughout my entire program. Ask for S. L. if you want an incredible counselor. The classes have been awesome. They require a ton of research and writing; don't attend here if if this is not what you prefer. If you're looking to study a textbook and regurgitate information in a test, this is not for you. I have had a couple sub-par instructors/professors. More than half of my instructors are PhDs, and many who weren't were about to complete their PhDs. There were a few instructors who were not fully engaged and seemed to care little about their students, but overall, that has not been my experience. The other part students entering this program should know is that they do NOT hold your hand through the practicum process. It is up to the student to find a practicum/internship site and supervisor. This may require finding multiple sites to complete your hours. It is not easy in some areas to find people willing to do this. Other than that, I highly recommend this program and this school.
As an older student, (50), I have found GCU to be exactly what I have needed. I just finished my 5th graduate class in Early Childhood Education, with the online program. I have heard from GCU every week since starting. I have had every question answered. My financial aid has been on time and effortless. GCU was referred to me by a friend who just completed the Nursing program online. She LOVED the program and I will forever be grateful she shared her experience with me. If you are expecting to be hand held or pampered, then you will probably be disappointed with any school.
I wish I read reviews prior to enrolling. There have been problems in every area. First I was told I couldn't enroll because there was a hold from a student loan and I needed a release from them. After contacting all loan holders, it was determined there was no hold. GCU however insisted I needed a release. The loan holder won't give a release because there is nothing to release. A couple months later, everything is straightened out and I am enrolled. As a student who has done two bachelors and several masters classes at other colleges online, my first impression is that there classroom has an extremely bad layout. Very unorganized. I have managed to function in the classroom though, when it works. I am a busy person and set aside time to do homework when I have the time to do it, usually on the day it is due. So far, almost every week, the classroom and/or library goes down. Often in the middle of writing a paper. There is no way to tell when it will start working again, so I either keep checking in, or go to bed and work on it the next day. By the time it is submitted, it is late and I am deducted 10% per day for being late. I am a mostly "A" student and I just got a 50% on a paper mostly because it was a few days late. Classroom crashed, library crashed, I had other obligations,... I am thinking on bailing out of this school, but can't afford to lose the credits I do have in this program and it is almost impossible to transfer credits in a Masters program.
Do not waste your time here!!!! Far better, cheaper, well-run colleges are out there!!!! This place will take your money in a minute, promise you the moon, then ignore you when you have problems. They have a team of people than monitor these review sites, just to make it look like there actually care!!! Dig deep before you waste your money!!!!!
I began my studies here at GCU in August of 2011. From before day one on I have had an excellent experience. In November I will be graduating and will begin work towards my Masters in Divinity. I admit that at times the counselors are not always at my beck and call, yet, I am always able to get a hold of someone to answer my questions. The school work is challenging and relevant. I find many of the negative reviews completely alien to my experience. I recommend this school to everyone I speak to about schooling. It has been an excellent experience and I expect it to continue to be rewarding as I go into the MDiv program. Many people have called this school a degree mill. A degree mill is a school without accreditation. The accreditation of Grand Canyon is easy to research on the Internet. Every such claim is dishonest!
GCU is not even worth a star it should have negative stars for how bad it truly is. Specifically, the nursing program they don't tell you your clinical sites and then they even have the courage to choose your residency for you. They take no consideration to where you live such as I got a clinical site 50 miles from my house and they don't care about where you want to work after you graduate to put you in that unit. Horrible teachers, administration, staff, and people in general.
Just starting the bridge program for the masters of accounting. When I asked my adviser about how many students does he know, completed the bridge program and have taken and passed the CPA exam? His answer is he does not know and unsure if any student has ever passed the CPA Exam that he has advised. Are you kidding me?!?!?!? The only reason I started the program is my work pays the majority of the tuition. I talked to my good friend that completed his masters of taxation at a well known public university. When asking him about my masters program, he laughed at me. He said I would need to build up my career to get any use out of my masters of accounting degree from GCU. He said they only hire people from universities that actually have accounting programs. People with these paper mill degrees need the work experience to get a job at his company. Not sure if this is the best choice for me, but my work is covering about 70% of the cost. I still might pull out of the program. Not sure why I would stress myself out over a degree that is probably not worth the paper it is printed on.