Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (293)
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.
This was a great school was able to get a job in feild have alot of support from fellow students and professor's. Would go her again in a heart beat. I am looking forward to my future. Thank you GCU for making it possible to continue my education. Just be ready to give time and put hard work in.
I really loved the school when I was on-campus for a semester. The classes and professor really seemed to take the time to make sure you were understanding the course material. The counselors were also really helpful as they made sure that I was taken care of financially and that I wasn't having any issues with my classes or professors. However, I switched to online school for the last three semesters and ever since have been pretty much ignored. It's almost the end of my last semester and it's the first I've heard from my counselor since November. She's just letting me know how much my summer class will cost and that it's due in a week. That would have been nice to know a month ago. I feel like as an online student, I am not getting the same treatment that I did when I was on-campus. Also, because it is a newer program and the actually professor didn't write the program for the class they are teaching, much of the course work can be confusing. Sometimes the professors don't even know what is expected from an assignment because it is so vague. I would recommend that if you are looking at this school, don't go online. Be an on-campus student because it was a much better education and experience. Their online school sucks! Also, my counselor has not helped me find a job for graduation even though I have tried contacting her. I am finding it difficult to start my career because I not only need a degree but also experience in the field to even be considered for a position at most places.
I was fearful to attend the online program. I read several negetive reviews and had not been to school in over a decade. My advisors are just amazing, and they put my mind at ease. The work is intensive. I've spent many sleepless nights. I suggest that if there are any quizzes to NOT click on the quiz until you are ready to take the quiz. I failed a quiz because of my curiosity. Also to recieve full participation points have 3 days of posts in addition to your inital response of EACH discussion post.(total 4 posts, 3 days) Also, having a profreading is essential. With an online classes usually after the 3rd week the work becomes more and more intense. I suggest to look ahead of what is expected in the sixth week. I had to do clinical around two high holidays and it proved to be difficult. If I planned ahead and looked ahead it would not have been such a scramble to get it done. Also with clinicals go to the schools ahead of time and get the proper paper work done. GCU's requirements are different from the requirements in my area as far as background checks. Being computer literate is important. I know that goes without saying, but true.
Every online class I take has issues with the curriculum and when I report it the response is always the same "This issue has been brought to the attention of the Curriculum department and will be addressed in an upcoming revision of the course." This does not help me. They give you the opportunity to fill out a survey after each class but they obviously aren't reading them. I tell them they need to focus on quality control because of issues with the curriculum. The one class I took would quiz every week and the material included future chapters. This class has me writing a paper with a focus on subsystems which hasn't even been covered yet. For paying $1800 a class these issues should be fixed. Also, I specifically asked the enrollment advisor if the work of others in a group project would affect my grade. She said it wouldn't, which was a total misrepresentation. If these problems didn't exist, I would be happy with the school. I'm doing well and will graduate in a year and a half.