Grand Canyon University Reviews
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BEWARE! This is NOT a Christian university at all. In fact, students, faculty, and staff do not even have to verify they are Christian.They have no loyalty to the people who work there and the degree from GCU will soon be just like other diploma mills and not credible.
They do not even have entrance tests for the doctoral program and everyone graduates with a 4.0. They used to be a credible, private, great Christian university. Now, the only program worth signing up for is the nursing program. They appear to have a ground campus because they give everyone scholarships from the online/diploma mills profits. Sad that they use Christ's face to get revenue.
After comparing Grand Canyon University to other online colleges I decided to enroll in Grand Canyons Master degree program in Professional Counseling. My enrollment counselor was helpful and explained to me that the Professor’s at Grand Canyon University enjoy challenging students. Of course I enrolled because I did not expect earning a Master’s degree was going to be easy. After completing five courses I withdrew with a 4.0 GPA. I have to admit this was giving to me and was not earned. During my third course I was working 60 hour work weeks and I have to admit I did not turn in high quality assignments. Of course I continued taking courses with Grand Canyon.
My Previous Course with Grand Canyon was a complete nightmare. Grand Canyon just transformed over to a new online learning environment that they called Loud Cloud. The New Learning Platform was unstable and confusing and continuously crashed. Once again I was not completing top quality assignments, but still managing to receive straight A’s.
I also only finished less than half of my final exam because of technical issues. The questions did not show up, but the timer continued running. I explained this to be teacher and she explained I probably ran out of time. Of course When I received by final grade I received a B+ despite the fact that my work was not up to par and I failed my final. If you need a piece of paper then Grand Canyon may be right for you. However, If you are looking for an education and a respectable school then go somewhere other than Grand Canyon University. This School is as close to a diploma Mill as they come.
I attended this school for over two years to finish my Psychology degree. I was told I was given a small scholarship to cover the last class I needed, since I was at my loan limit, but then after I finished the class(with an A) I was told that I didn't qualify for the scholarship. I was told that my academic counselor made a mistake, but that there was nothing they could do about it!
My degree is now being held hostage while I slowly pay back the $1500 I am told that I owe.
Very disappointing for a "Christian" university!!! After reading the reviews here, I see that I am not the only one. I am going to look into what I can do legally by making some phone calls to the Phoenix area district attorney. If enough people call they might actually hold them accountable.
I was accepted into the RN-BSN and began classes Jan 2010 after 3 classes( 15 weeks in) I was informed I was not officially accepted in the BSN program as there a was a problem with my GPA from my ADN program being .10 pts too low. Got that resolved continued on, financial aid turnover is horrible as is the turnover for advisors. I was actually enrolled into a class which required a pre-req course by my enrollment counselor then when questioned as to why - response hum uh well I know you will do well in the class. Are you kidding me?
Most of the instructors were angels sent to earth and went above and beyond to see you succeed. After completing my program in March of 2011 I was told that I still owed 750.00 for my last class when I inquired why/how this happened as I had a student loan and had received a refund check. Again the response was I don't know I just took over your account- multiple messages for the Director of Financial aid well it 2012 and I have yet to get a f/u call. I paid the 750.00. Graduated in May of 2011 after multiple calls- lies about this that or the other I finally received my degree in Aug.
The course work is vigorous 5 weeks is not a long time to really learn and retain a lot.
I am a recent graduate of GCU, however I have not been able to get my diploma or IR or move to graduate status. This is because on the last day of my schooling, a bill of $1450 was added on my account. Overpayment for financial aid, which they did not tell me about, I just happened to check my account to make sure everything was good. Now since the middle of December, I've been fighting for some kind of arrangement to get this resolved and move on. Seems crooked to me!!!!
As with most things you get out what you put in. I graduated from GCU in 2008 with my MBA and my time there is known to my family as when I was MIA. I made it a point to actually learn the material myself, and the instructors were always there with a guiding hand when needed.
I have a BA and an M.Ed from a small state school as well and I must say that the format that GCU uses was much better for me to grasp concepts. You are not simply sitting and listening to someone yammer on for an hour a day and hope you retain it, but rather you are given a theoretical framework in reading and conversations with the class, then asked to apply it in weekly projects and or papers.
I will agree that I had the same frustration with group work, but that is not uncommon among any MBA programs. I have friends that have their MBA's from state and private schools and they all state the same problem that there is always one or two in the group that will not contribute. This is not a school issue, rather an issue with individual drive and accountability.
All in all my experience was positive. I gained solid skills that have allowed me to think more globally and strategically. Since graduation, I have been able to apply those skills resulting in three promotions in 3 years and a 25% gain in income (even in a horrible economy). Again...If you want a education to fall into your lap you may be able to get by anywhere...The real test is what you do with the opportunity and information you are given.
I transferred here after a horrible experience with North-central University online. I have had very interactive instructors. In addition, whenever I have had a problem it has been resolved very quickly. The school is going through massive growth on its campus in Phoenix as well as online, and so they have had growing pains (i.e. problems) however they have made great strides in relieving many of the issues they have had.
There programs are expanding, and I am so thankful they started to offer a DBA in their College of Doctoral studies. My enrollment counselor even calls me every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure everything is going ok. I am going into my fourth class and have been very happy.
Also they are upgrading their online software to the same software Stanford University and Harvard Medical University uses, this shows a commitment to its online students. So I hope people will give them a try. Also I have read many negative thing that they are not a christian university. This is a false statement. There are many faith based services and they have chapel every Monday. It is not bible beating we are going to exclude people christian. It non-denominational which adds to the universities inclusiveness.
Lastly, the concern that they let anyone in is also false. I graduated with honors in my MBA from another university, and it took me 3 months to get into GCU, which included many writing samples with my application. I hope this helps anyone considering GCU.
This is a great school if you're an ADN nurse and want a bridge program for your BSN. A little bit of info. It's the equivalent of 3 semesters. You take 1 class at a time for 5 weeks, and you just have to chug a long till you complete your courses. Every week you write a paper. It does get tiresome, but after you have your mental work out, writing papers become second nature.
I work full-time, and the RN-BSN program is doable. Check to see if GCU gives a discount to employees at your hospital. I get $1200 knocked off every semester because of where I work. You may ask why I choose GCU over other schools in Arizona. it's because UofA no longer offers the RN-BSN bridge program, while NAU and ASU required even for hoops to jump through which equalled 5 semesters of school compared to 3 semesters at GCU. All RN-BSN programs were online based as well, regardless of university I looked into. GCU RN-BSN program is accredited, so it is legit.
They also have a brick and mortar campus in Phoenix. I can't speak for other programs at GCU, but I recommend their program for ADN nurses.
If any nurses have any questions, feel free to email me at xxxxxxxxxx
I took a class at Grand Canyon for professional developement. I had all kinds of issues turning in assignments because I have a Mac. I also got a zero for an assignment because I turned it into the turitin box but not the angel box. I tried to appeal since I had evidence that I turned in my assignment but the professor fought me and won.
My instructor took forever to get assignments back to me and said nothing about the zero. I got no feedback on any assignment I turned in. I will say that my enrollment counselor was amazing and did everything he could to help me get my grade fixed. I will not take a class thorugh them ever again.
The past couple of years I have attended GCU and have just completed my final class in my first degree with them. I cannot say enough about how excellent the school is and the vast amount of knowledge learned from the Professors.
One can literally see the difference from start to finish on how the program and the learning experience changes ones thought process. Issues being addressed and what is happening in the world today is what is taught and is very effective. The learning experience is great but it does not come easy. Course work is hard and you are expected to participate, no sitting in the back of the classroom and not participating.
There were a couple of minor hiccups but this comes with every school I have dealt with and they resolved the issues. GCU is a school I have recommended to many people, friends, family and business associates, as the place to go if you are seeking a life changing experience while EARNING your degree.