Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (321)
I enjoyed the classes and the staff made the experience very rewarding. When I had to change my major to accommodate where I work, the staff were easy to work with and made sure to transfer as many classes as possible.
I recently graduated from the RN-BSN program, and have to say it was a very challenging course. The instructors were helpful and always answered questions on time and I had one even call me instead of answering online because it would be easier to answer my question. My advisor was always helpful and I had no problems from course beginning to end and either did two friends are attended along with me. The actual program was very challenging with all of us learning much about the nursing profession on a higher level. I had a friend attend WGU at the same time and the difference between my capstone and hers was interesting. Our references could be no more than 5 years old and had to be peer reviewed nor do they have to go through a plagiarism site. Her BSN capstone was 10 pages long with references up to 10 years old. Everyone who does research knows that reputable research is can only be 5 years max. My BSN capstone was 36 pages long with 18 research articles. A friend who went through a state university doesn't even have to turn her papers into a plagiarism site and her references can be much older than five years. GCU has a strict plagiarism policy and all papers must be submitted. People here have complained of Loudcloud (LC) being problematic. None of us ever had issues. The forum is easy to use and works quickly. You can format, change font and it even has a spell check. LC worked just fine for the nursing program.
This school while great on the outside is far behind on quality education. Everyone is getting a cookie-cutter curriculum written program that doesn't allow for professors of knowledge to use there real-world experience. I gained hardly anything that I hadn't already learnt in my undergraduate program. Grad school (atleast at GCU) was a complete let down, I thought I was going to get real-world experience, but more times that not I was being taught by people my own age who had barely graduated from the program themselves. I believe it would be accurate to say I only had one professor that was an actual tenured PhD. GCU refuses to take action instead they put bandages on all their problems and it made for a horrific learning curve. I feel as if my cohort was the guinea pig for testing new ways of running the program and half the time there wasn't even an existing rule for a question that would come up. I voiced my concerns, but it fell on deaf ears, I was even told that's what you get with a non-research school. I wish them the best and hope for success, because otherwise they are growing way too fast and doesn't look like they know how to handle it. My degree is a $30,000 sheet of paper and now I am stuck with a loan that I will probably never be able to finish paying. This might seem like a poor review and while it is, it isn't a bitter, angry one. I really do hope they get better.
I greatly appreciate the help and opportunity given to me by Grand Canyon University. They are open minded and willing to go above and beyond to help their students be successful. I would advise anyone, regardless of their religious background, to attend GCU. It is worth the expense and the experience.
I hate to say it, but while the course work and professors are relatively good, you have to realize that the bar for entry is VERY LOW. Sadly, too many students in the online environment (which is where and with whom a good deal of the interaction takes place) have NO BUSINESS being in a college level environment. If anything, perhaps a remedial 7th grade class. It's sad, because it is clear that while I can get what I need from the courses, GCU will take any breathing human being who can qualify for financing. It is little wonder the graduation rate is what it is. Far too many students should NEVER have been allowed to attend college, EVER. I feel bad for them.
I am very frustrated with GCU. There is NO support at all. The instructors take a lot time to answer your questions, and sometimes do not answer it before the deadline to post your assignments. The loudcloud is very weak. It doesn't have a spelling check, and the font is very small that you even can see your mistakes. It is just a busy work. I did not learn anything answering discussion questions and posting brochures and power points. The advisors are really unprofessional. They do not give you the support you deserve, but they are very nice during the enrollment. Advisors are very difficult to reach, they don't answer your questions or help you solve problems. Advisors most of the time just discuss finances with you, and it its all about "punish you with money." After I graduate, they sent to the district that I was applying an official transcript with "enrollment status", not "graduated status" and I lost the job I had applied. Took five weeks to me to receive my diploma after I finished my classes in June, but I had to pay it in March. You can't pick your classes or interests, that's all that interest to them. They say that they will accept credits from another colleges, but it is not the true. People are not polite with you on the phone, make you feel stupid, like you don't understand the rules, but there is efficiency in any thing. I would not recommend GCU to my enemy.
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!