Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (285)
I researched a number of online schools before starting at Grand Canyon University. I needed to attend school online because I knew I would be moving before I finished my degree and I did not want to have to start over with transferring credit again. I was concerned during my first few classes because of the poor communication skills displayed by some of my fellow students and because of the profession I had for my Christian Woldview Class but, as I progressed to more degree specific classes, I found these improved quite a bit and almost all of my professors were wonderful. I would not recommend online math classes to anyone who does not typically do well in that subject, but I found that the program gave me everything that I needed to pass my Praxis exams and to do well in my student teaching. I had a bit of trouble with communication with my Teacher Education Specialist, but I stayed on top of everything and it all worked out.
At first everything was fine until I was almost finished.The program I am in is supposed to last only 3 years but it is not true. I have no real assistance and was told maybe I need to leave the program. I should get all of my money back. Now it is nothing but heartache because the professors try to find the smallest thing wrong. Yet I am in the proposal stage. The superintendents and principals I was in class with have all finished. From hearing from other teachers in school we have found only individuals with these titles are graduating. I found a dissertation that did not follow the template and yet she received her doctorate. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time because you will only get hurt in the long run.
I'm glad I didn't read these reviews before I started the RN to BSN program at GCU. I started the program 9 months ago and am finishing this week. I took 10 classes, some of which I overlapped towards the end. I liked most of the instructors and really disliked one instructor. She was condescending and officious. Pretty much the same experience I had when attending a state university in person. You're not going to like everyone. I moved through quickly and never had a problem speaking with my educational advisor. He returned my calls within 24 hours every, single time. I don't have one complaint. I never could have done this program, in person, while working, and raising a family. Five RN's in my ED have already completed the program and two are starting this month. I haven't heard one complaint.
I entered into the RN to BSN program in the fall of 2013. I was very excited about the opportunity to complete my education. However, things went terribly wrong for me at GCU. During my second course I became very ill, so ill that I had emergency surgery and ended up on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Until my illness I had achieved outstanding scores. When I was released from the hospital, I logged in to the online program to update my instructor of my illness. I was told that since I logged in to their system, I was no longer eligible to withdraw from the course and I would have to take an incomplete which would effect my over all GPA and in the long run my financial aid. Not only that but I was required to pay for the course plus I would need to pay again to take the course over. I had complete and appropriate documentation of my illness but this did not seem to matter. The eye opening event for me here was this educational system is a money making scheme. It would seem reasonable that a person be able to withdraw and take the class the next term when it was being offered again especially under these circumstances. Steer clear of this program and look elsewhere!
Every advisors were friendly during the enrollment. First class was great. The second class was given by Dr. G.. Dr. G. never reply on time, he is not able to help the student to improve a grade and the individual assignment it is vague. His expectation is too high but the instruction in regard the assignment do not clarify what he really want in the individual assignment. Many students are having the same issue with this teacher. The adviser promise to help with the material by providing guidance and feedback but do not call you back until few days after giving back the assignment. When you want to withdraw or change to another teacher class, she just explain that the amount of money paid it was for that class and you will lose the money. Informing of an transfer of school is worse, since the only reaction it is that the money would be needed to be pay out of my pocket. Crazy.... Think hard before attending GCU and explore others school.
I am currently in my fourth class at Grand Canyon. I only have good things, no GREAT things to say about my experience at Grand Canyon. The instructors are supportive and very helpful. Both the professors and the support staff returns emails and calls promptly. The entire staff is professional and represents Grand Canyon well. The teachers are knowledgeable in their field. The online classes are not Mickey Mouse classes. I work my butt off; however, I am enjoying it. I have learned a lot from Grand Canyon’s teachers so far. I have never had a bad experience with any staff member at Grand Canyon. I highly recommend Grand Canyon to anyone who is looking for a school. Grand Canyon displays a Christian atmosphere, but does not shove their beliefs down your throat. I do not regret for one minute deciding to do my masters at Grand Canyon. I LOVE Grand Canyon, the professors, and the administrative staff.
I have just started my online college career at GCU I am almost done with my first class and hold a 4.0 GPA. I was reading some of these reviews and to be honest had I read them before I started class I would have never ever started them! That being said I have to say in my experience it is not true! My admissions adviser is always there when I need her as well as my professor who not only gave us his office phone number but his cell phone number too so we could reach him anytime day or night. (When i speak of"we" I mean the whole class.) I have never encountered one ounce of disrespect from anyone of my classmates, professors or advisers when ever I call them they r there to help. I really think that people need to look at the experience as a whole and not just the negative as well as take responsibility for what you have done and do to yourself! Be an adult! I truly believe this will be a wonderful learning experience I will write another review in 5 years after I Graduate. Please see what thy have to offer I thus far have not been disappointed.
I have attended GCU since Summer of 2013. I love it! My adviser is excellent and keeps in close touch with me by phone. We email back and forth every few weeks. I have been privileged to have some amazing instructors. They have all been very helpful and engaged. I have learned so much and I have mastered APA format writing all the papers that are required. Research really helps you to learn a lot. I am honored to be a part of GCU. Only 4 courses left until graduation. I love it so much I am planning to get my MSN through them also. I have attended other schools online and this is by far the best. I have nothing negative to say. I am sorry some of you have had issues and I don't know your circumstance but in my book GCU is top-notch.
I love the classes and I think most of the teachers come from a good place but like any other place it only takes one to spoil it for everyone. I have had to retake classes because the teacher and I did not see eye to eye so they would give your two point under a passing grade and you must retake the whole class to get a new teacher and get a A in the class. They play with your money they tell you that you owe or that it is their mistake but because you are the students you will have to pay. They take your money and try to talk fast and get you to act fast so that you will loose track of your money. I WILL NEVER EVER RETURN TO THIS SCHOOL FOR ANY PURPOSE. Lastly, they are not a Christian University no no no they need to stop they are a money making school that cares about their staff the ones that they no not let go and make them say they are moving up in the company JOKES.
I am currently starting my fifth course at GCU and I love it. I am reading a lot of bad reviews (and some good, of course), and I do not read anything here that cannot be fixed. I have friends who complain about the school I just transferred from, "They are so bad, I can't get anyone to help me, they've wasted my time..." and those people are just plain lazy. As a nontraditional student, I am speaking to my instructors, counselors, financial aid advisors, educational advisors, military advisors, etc. on a regular basis. If they do not call me for two weeks, I call them. I make it a point to build a relationship with them so they remember who I am. Being kind will get you very far. I also agree that you will get out what you put into it. I attended four different community colleges prior to transferring to GCU and 80% of my classes were on campus, while approximately 20% were online. It does not make a difference either way. One can sit in a classroom face to face with their instructor and "zone out" and not learn a damn thing. I love online classrooms because you are required to read the material to get to the next level. Sure, you can give vague answers and hope you get passed by and still get credit. But, where will that leave you? UNEDUCATED. I could sit here at home and educate myself without paying $11,000 per year and learn just as much if not more because I am a motivated learner. A smart person knows how to become EDUCATED. I want to be a teacher, and for that I need a BS, therefore I am here, just like any other college, to get my degree so I can get to the job I want. This is the first job I have wanted that required an education. I just left my previous career due to a back injury. I was a Chef for years and recently (within the past 5 years) an Owner and Chef. I did not need a degree for that. However, I studied my ass off and self-taught to the point where I opened my own business without even Culinary School. Those of you who are complaining about your counselors, PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL THE NUMBER! Your education is YOUR PROBLEM! YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Does not matter what college it is, the smart will succeed regardless.