Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (336)
I'm a student and an employee at GCU.. This is nothing but a diploma mill institution. You will not gain anything out of this place, except a debt for the next 10+ years. They will recruit anyone, and I mean anyone.. Accelerated nursing program, class you can finish in 5 weeks, (good luck retaining anything valuable). There are people that failed nursing acceptance exam 4 times, and still got accepted. Management is joke. 90% are former employees from University of Phoenix. Don't be fooled by "Christian University" . They are publicly traded and are after one thing, and one thing only, profit! Be smart and due diligence before committing to this institution.
There is a lot to be said about a "Christian" for-profit university. Transferring credits in or out of GCU is nearly impossible. The entire process feels so automated. There is no freedom in classes taken. They are the only university that I have encountered that uses 4 credit classes that are not labs. This, I suspect, is the main obstacle to getting any credits to transfer. I had two years of full-time academics at a well established state university graduate program, but GCU refused to allow me to "skip" the introduction to graduate school class. The whole experience is very impersonal. All of my concerns and questions were never fully heard. If one is a first time graduate student, then this may be a good place to consider. But if you are attempting to transfer to GCU, be very cautious and look other places.
I enjoyed the convenience of being able to attend school online. I was not happy with some of my instructors and when I filed an appeal I was not satisfied with the outcome. Overall, it was a good experience.
The overall experience with GCU was a positive one. I'd say 9 out of 10 of my teachers were all great, you get a "meh" one here or there. Only had one that I couldn't stand and was super rude. My original counselor was AWESOME but he went to work somewhere else so I spent the last 6 months of my program dealing with a new counselor who I had no relationship with at all..... it was a bummer. The courses were challenging but manageable. The final two courses of the program were super time consuming! I did not like that we graduated (i.e. walked) in March but weren't done with classes until June!! So the last few months dragged pretty bad. I definitely am glad I went to GCU to get my Masters, no regrets and I'd do it again.
The campus is lovely, the teachers I have had the pleasure of working with are absolutely AMAZING! If I do have a complaint is the frustration in dealing with the academic advisors and financial aid. My academic advisors have been changed a few times and I never got an e-mail letting me know of the change. Financial aid could be clearer as it is confusing.
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.