Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (321)
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.
Even though I have just started GCU online. I am in my 5th course, I have had nothing but good experiences. My instructors are always involved and my counselor checks in often. I always get quick responses when I have questions. Im sure I will have an instructor here and there that I do not agree with but isn't that like every other school.
Do not attend this school. They only want your money. Do not contribute to this for profit organization. Attend a University that really cares about your academic success. GCU is fools gold if they call run away they only want your money. Unfortunately, I found this too late in my academic journey.
I obtained my BSN online from the University of Phoenix in 2014, but registered for my online MSN at GCU because their per credit hour cost is significantly lower. I was a traditional student for my ADN and I have had 8 years of clinical experience before enrolling in my MSN. I too have had similar, less than acceptable, experience as some of you with actual conversations with financial aid officers and student advisers. Initially they are more than eager to meet your needs and then phone calls and check-ins become few and far between (However, this seems to be the case with many colleges/universities). The only time I hear from my student adviser is when I have to pay for my next/upcoming course- this is a little disappointing. All that said, the curriculum is comprehensive and professors are both knowledgeable and prompt with their responses. I cannot speak for other programs, but if you are a self-motivated individual looking to further your nursing degree with an emphasis in education, I recommend this program. Best of luck!
This university is the biggest waste of money ever! Profs use Wikipedia as source material. No teaching (1/2 hour lecture, class dismissed) No tests, no homework, no cafeteria, no social life. Very much a community college experience. Expensive and complete waste of time and effort. I'm transferring and all of my roommates are transferring. I found another friend is losing her roommates to transfer also.
Excellence in online education - this is GCU. They take best practices seriously, from enrollment advisors to professors. I'm a professional in Distance Education and I know what I'm talking about when I say that GCU is solid. Every person involved has answered all of my questions, many of them very detailed and even obscure. The curriculum is very well designed and the instructors are very responsive. In reading some of the other reviews, it is obvious that some individuals did not read the student handbook and/or are just lazy. I reaped benefits in my job just 2 weeks after beginning coursework at GCU, and I recommend it to anyone who is a good candidate for online education.