Grand Canyon University Reviews
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It is a funny thing when you check reviews of businesses or schools. No matter the business, the majority of the reviews are negative. That usually is because people that are satisfied and happy are less likely to take the time to post something positive than a person who is angry who had a negative experience. With that said, I began attending GCU online in the summer of 2010. After being laid off I felt it was time for a career change and an education. I researched a lot of online schools and chose GCU because they had a working relationship with our county's office of education. I also wanted an online school with a campus based school.I did not want an online only school. I concerned about my diploma not being worth the paper it was printed on. There are a lot of diploma mills out there. I wanted a diploma that was going to carry some weight. At that time, there were not many campus based universities offering complete online Bachelors programs. I am now one class away from completing my degree and will return to the school for my Master's. With that said, the degree has already begun to pay off for me. The school is pretty reputable in educational field , at least here in California. I know many people in the educational field who have received their masters through the school. The first year I did have some hiccups with the financial aid department, but that wasn't 100% their fault. If you are diligent and stay on top of things there should be no problems. But then why wouldn't you, you are the one paying for it. What I would recommend is this, IF YOU ARE NOT DISCIPLINED, online school, at any school, is not right for you. You will get out of it what you put into it. The classes are fast paced at 7-8 weeks a class, so they go by fast. I am a married father of two, a high school football coach, and teacher. Prior to that I was working two part time jobs while I was taking classes. Even with all that, it is not that hard to stay up on the work. You just have to practice good time management. I will say the school has got MUCH better at there communication with their online students. At the beginning I had three counselors, one for academic, one for financial aid, and one in general. They have since combined them and it is a lot smoother. I have one person to contact, and she is great about returning my calls or emails. The school is definitely moving in the right direction. Since I joined they have moved up to the D1 status and now play the major universities in sports. It would be nice to see them add a football team. In the end, I will have a degree that I will not be ashamed of displaying, and I will be a proud alumni of a good school. It is not Harvard or USC, but it is a good quality school and worth it.
Overall very frustrating experience, and a waste of time and money. Instructors all seem to be currently completing their PhDs, and I wonder if they are fulfilling some teaching requirement-unengaged, not helpful, and post comments which seem cut and pasted from prior posts. Unpersonalized and easy A's-post anything and receive credit, I find it hard to believe employers view a degree from this school as favorable. After much soul searching decided to withdraw and go to a state institution. Stay away from this diploma mill, save your money. The harassing calls from admissions should have been a sign to stay away, after four classes and 8K wasted I decided enough is enough.
I literally just started in 12/14. I read reviews first...some great some bad. I know some ppl just complain though out of pure nature. I'm not looking for a degree hand-out. I have my M.B.A. from University of the Southwest. Why I didn't look there for teaching, not sure. I realized I can't work 40-60 hours a week in business as a single mom, I love kids and want to teach. This may seem silly but it's a potential deal-breaker for students. They have two online discussion postings a week and you have to respond on three separate days. If you are single, no kids...this is manageable. If you are a single mom with two, young kids, who blame you for liking school more than them every time you log on...not so much. If work requirements prevent you from that much online class participation, than don't go here. USW was one posting a week, responding to three students...be it all on one night or over seven days. My biggest frustration so far is that I spend so much time on discussion questions and responses that I can't devote the time I want to on actual studies. I see the point in online peer support but not to the degradation of studies. I honestly feel that by graduate school, you should have your own ideas on things and self-motivation to the point where discussion posts are mandatory. I tried to drop but I'd owe over a grand for the first class...guess I better get used to this. To others...check out USW. I went to Western Governors University but couldn't get used to their policy where everything was due at the end. It's really hard work that can't be crammed in. I wish I had returned to USW. Too late now.
When looking into college programs I was just about to go with another school but then I spoke to the initial "sales person" adviser. He seemed very compassionate about some issues I was currently taking care of coinciding with enrolling in school. With a lot of encouragement I enrolled in GCU however I asked one question. I said I am Christian but not Evangelical as you appear to be. Will the Christian worldview conflict with my values, will it be worth my time and money? I was assured the worldview class was just about how Christian ideals are in many of the laws and customs we have in the world today even though they are not thought of as being Christian. This couldn't be further from the truth! The instructor who supposedly held a Doctorate in something and told the class he had attended Gustavus Adolphus, the Harvard of the mid-west. Being from the mid-west and knowing the school quite well I would have to say this statement is very subjective because most people I know find the statement funny. Anyway he used websites as curriculum, at first glance they had some good information but look further and they are full of bigotry and negative information towards most other Christian and non-Christians alike that don't hold GCU's view. It seems GCU and their corporation has formed a worldview and implemented it as a prerequisite before starting your degree (clever way to make 1,900.00 per student). I told the instructor I was uncomfortable reading anti any other religion rhetoric and felt it had no place in a college setting, to which I received information on why my religion is wrong. I went to my student adviser and she told me to get screen shots of everything which I did but at that time I knew this was a "private" college and they could teach hate and ignorance all they want hiding under their private status so I left. Later I was contacted by a man that was the salesman to end all salesmen. He asked why I left and he listened seeming to have sympathy for the situation I had gone through. He told me he to was not a Christian and had "heard" of this sort of issue at GCU. He said he knew the head of theology would want to hear what happened and he would make sure he knew. He said he would be there at every turn, he would take care of everything, I didn't have to worry this would be a completely different experience with GCU he would make sure it was.That he did. My family had a change in circumstances that tied up our cash flow so that's of course when the computer goes out. I called about my stipend at the beginning of an eight week class with another one starting days later. I was told my stipend would be dispersed in 14 days. I completed both classes with great difficulty due to technical problems, I called GCU daily no one answered or when I left a message they returned the call when I said I wasn't available. They had me starting another class and I had to refuse because I couldn't depend on my computer. When I finally got a hold of my student adviser about 10 weeks after this whole thing began he said "OK we will have your stipend dispersed in 14 days"' This was the day before I was moving to another state we were going to temporary housing, I didn't even have an address.Finally they did me a big favor and over nighted the stipend that I should have had months ago after all they had the money! We had to delay or move one day even though my husband had a report date to his new post. After all this I decided I have no confidence in this school my last two classes had been paid and I didn't start the next so I let them know I wanted no more to do with GCU. At that point it was strongly "suggested" I keep going or I will owe them 2,000 then over 900 to 700 then 500 back up to 700. At the beginning I was told I had to complete four more credits to get away now they changed their mind on that and they are throwing all sorts of figures that I supposedly owe at me, oh yeah I better pay by the end of the month or they are sending it to a bill collector! I had read things like this before I started GCU but I thought my advisers are so nice and helpful that it must just be bitter students, its not it seems this is becoming the norm at GCU. They are for profit its a corporation working under the guise of a caring Christian University. They care about the bottom line, its all about the money. Fellow reviewers have mentioned that other students papers are barely legible, that's true as well. Our diploma is only as good as the reputation of the school we receive it from, it doesn't matter how much is spent on our education if this is just a corporate venture accepting anyone that's eligible for FAFSA. I hope you look carefully before investing your money it what appears to be just an expensive piece of paper. Good Luck wherever you go to school. All experiences are mine and so are the opinions.
When deciding on a college you want to make sure you are choosing the best school for you. I looked in too many different schools and did not have high expectations having previously attended online classes. From the first phone call and all the way through my program GCU has made MY education their priority. My advisors are always keeping in touch and helping out in any way they can. The teachers contact you at the start of each class to let you know they are available. There is help through tutoring offered at the school and multiple resources available. I have felt apart of the school even though I am online. I feel as though I have formed relationships with my advisors and classmates. This is not something easily accomplished through online education. College can be tough enough but trying to go through it alone is hard. I love how much help and support I received at GCU and couldn't be happier that I chose this school to help get my education degree.
Do not waste your time with this university! I have spent 10 years studying online with various universities and this is by far the WORST! I was a 4.0 student when I started and had no real issues till it was time to start my practicum hours. Instructors are not on the same page when it comes to grading practicum paperwork nor is the university willing to work with you if any family emergencies or issues arise. I feel that they are all about the money as I have wasted $40K and have nothing - no degree or credits that are transferable. Advisers and staff are robots only there for the Money and have no emotions yet most instructors claim to be CHRISTIAN People. My advise as a grad student - do your research on each university you want to attend - this doesn't always help as most of the issues with GCU begain after I started in 2011.
I cannot believe that people believe this is a Christian school. Let be known that I attended this school, received a degree, and have no reason to say anything but the truth. I find it offensive that a place like this can call itself "Christian" In my opinion they are exploiting Christ as a way to turn a profit. Yes, the school is non-profit, but that doesn't mean that the deans and executives aren't making six figure incomes for subpar education. If you are looking for affordable or christian based you should elsewhere. An undergrad bachelor will end up costing $58k. This does not sound Christian to me. It sounds like corporate America to me. FYI the same people that start University of Phoenix (Harvard of the west coast) are the people that turned GCU into money-mill that profits in the name of religion.
GCU was the first offer degree's other than IT, Business or Public management. Their course offerings are broad. This is what attracted me to them as I am a mid-forties non-traditional student with credit hours spread from Egypt to Tennessee. Their evaluation process is next to none I have experienced and the courses are good if you understand that online course work is self-motivational. The negatives are price and structure. Where they are extremely accommodating they are plagued by their format, right from the start you will be required to take two introductory courses that will put a dent in you pocket book, they will also hinder you from doubling up to finish earlier. This also has to do with price as financial aide will not cover extra courses. I found the course work to be paced well but with exception to Mathematics. If you are very good with Math and right out of honors Math in High School you might be OK for the first few classes. After that the accelerated format will eat your lunch. I will be transferring to WGU for this reason, simply to finish Math and cut my costs.
If anyone went to a traditional institution do not attempt this online debacle. The program is long, redundant, and full of "instructors" that have never taught in the field. The assignments are pointless (powerpoints, pathlets) long drawn out assignments that they do not read. There are a few courses with instructors who like to be overly meticulous on format but not content. There is no actual learning at this institution. You pay your money, you get a degree.
I am enrolled in my sixth course at GCU. My courses have been challenging and my professors have been excellent. The only issue I have is the cost. However, this school is not a diploma mill in my opinion. The discussion questions have been helpful, I have enjoyed quality discourse with my colleagues. My undergraduate and masters degrees are from two public state universities. GCU works well with my schedule, especially now that I am living outside of America.