Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (335)
I have had a wonderful experience at GCU. I am almost finish my BSN and plan tocontinue for my masters in nursing ed. The curriculum was very current and applicable to my current practice. Instructors were very helpful and responsive. I had no problems with tuition payment and felt my money was well spent for the education I received. The curriculum was challenging but not impossible for a single mom working full time. I would highly recommend Grand Canyon University and have to others wishing to pursue a nursing degree!
I HATE GCU ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY! THE TEACHERS ARE RUDE AND SHORT WITH YOU, NOT EVEN "CHRISTIAN LIKE". I REALLY REGRET COMING TO THIS SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY WHEN I COULD HAVE GONE TO ASU AND HAD A BETTER COLLEGE EXPERIENCE! DONT GO THERE.
I transferred to this school with 56.8 credits from the local community college, Anthem College and National University. The process went smoothing and all my questions were answered by my academic counselor and my financial advisor. I took seven sophomore classes that were rather easy and my initial impression was that the coursework wasn't challenging enough. However, I chose to take one senior level course and it has been a bit of a challenge for me. I think I would have rather taken this class on campus than online, but once I enrolled as an online student I had to stay one because of how they distribute financial aid. So far, I haven't ran into any problems with the instructors and they seem more than willing to help you out if you have questions about your assignments. The syllabus is straightforward and I find that if you put in at least some effort you will be able to pass. My academic counselor has changed at least twice since I first enrolled July of last year, but I have still been transition from one AC to the next without major issues. I have taken courses at another University and I have experienced the same problems with staff changes so there really isn't a discrepancy with communication between one online university and the next. I actually feel that my experience at GCU has been more pleasant than the one I had at NU. The instructor reminds the class every week what chapters we will be covering and what assignments are expected to be turned in at the end of the week. Participation requirements are very clear and they count as a significant portion of your grade. Overall, its a fairly good school to go to. It's not Harvard, but than again its not Carrington College either.
My experience simply was not good. I have had numerous errors, including being one of their top students, but receiving a letter that said I was failing so badly I was on Academic probation (at the same time that I had an A average). I also have had a horrible issue lately. A student was rude to me and excluded me from a CLC assignment and then told the instructor that I was not part of the CLC. I had done one CLC assignment and completely pulled my own weight, plus I had met every deadline and was carrying an A. The student berated me, compared me to people who had nothing to do with me, caused me embarrassment and ruined my reputation with the instructor and school. I reported this and looked for help and what is rapidly happening is that I am being penalized over it. I am not learning anything - I find assignments and classes boring at best. Not to mention that they don't even give you contact numbers for people to call for problems, but I did find a few ways around this. I am rapidly being railroaded and my grades suffering. I had huge hope for this degree and to get a teaching license for a future and career as a single lady. This is not yet resolved but what has been occurring here is a real nightmare.
I want out of Special Education - this school ruined that for me. The field of Education itself is fine - I just want to transfer to another school.
Check out reviews and how highly rated online colleges are before you sign on the dotted line. About GCU - run away as far and as fast as you can!
My financial advisor never was around, she filed the paper work wrong so I did not get my loan, now the school will not give me my diploma or transcript until I pay them over 954 dollars for their mistake.
No, I was told that I would not need a GRE and that My degree would be good anywhere. Not so, I can not get my doctorate in psychology the degree is not any good.
Don't Attend Grand Canyon University.
As they will tell you during you "College 101 Class" for your program, you will get out of it what you put into it. You can do the minimum or you can go above and beyond. I was fortunate and all my instructors were great and very involved with the class they taught. However, be aware that if the online platform they use goofs up they may not want to review your grade. We used "LoudCloud" and the quiz feature crapped out during the final of one of my classes. This caused several people in the class to get a lower grade than they deserved in the class. Unless you can prove a miscalculation of the score on the test or discrimination, they will not take into consideration that the online platform caused the issues and you are stuck with a grade that is lower than you deserve. Appeal as you might, they will not hear you.
I had the worst experience with this school. Will never recommend this school to anyone. All they want is your money, doesn't even matter if you gpa is 1 they will still enroll you as long as they get paid.
This review is based solely on my experience as a fully online student majoring in Elementary and Special Education. You should know right away that many of the teacher education courses require 15-20 practicum hours to be completed in an actual school setting. You will not be completing all of your course work online. My first two GCU classes were what I call “Welcome to College” and “Welcome to Online Courses” courses. They were extremely easy and redundant, especially since I had taken so many online courses before. You take one course at a time at 7 weeks a pop with GCU online, so that added 4 months to my completion time and $3600 to my debt load. I accepted this all things considered. I imagine there are people out there who are not tech savvy and/or have never taken a college course before that might benefit more from these courses. Anyway, after those first two mostly unnecessary courses, I took Critical Thinking. That course taught me a lot, and I have enjoyed every course since. I have taken them seriously and prepared for every assignment as if my life depended on it, since I am investing too much in this to take it less than very seriously. I have had classmates who are obviously phoning it in, and I have had serious students such as myself, and everything in between. Many of my instructors keep office hours at the Phoenix, AZ campus and were just a phone call away. Those same instructors would call me periodically and check on me or to follow up on a question I had posted in the course’s discussion forum. They have all been engaging and effective at the very least. Financial aid has been seamless for the most part, and I initially had some issues with eligibility that required an FA officer who loves a challenge. Needless to say she got the job done. There have been a handful of times where my FA adviser did not respond to my emails and/or voicemails right away, but she took care of the situations which prompted me to call or email in the first place and eventually got back to me to follow up. I get the impression that she is spread thin, and I totally get that since I am at my job, too. I received an $800 institutional scholarship after completing my third GCU course. I also received a smaller one for starting a class during the Christmas break. I transferred in all of my credits from three previous colleges. I am nearing the end of a dual major program, B.S. Elementary and Special Education. So far, so good, but if my experience changes I will definitely update this review accordingly. In terms of GCU’s credibility, I was offered a teaching position for when I complete my program by a principal who never heard of GCU. My point is that there a million private universities throughout this country that nobody’s heard of. If you deliver the goods in your interactions with people, particularly people in positions of granting opportunity, your best asset will always be yourself. Likewise, your worst asset can be yourself. Anybody that has a preexisting bias against for-profit schools or online degree programs is not somebody whose opinion or approval I am going to seek. I have spent 25 years working with and for the products of the traditional, not-for-profit university system, and I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, the brilliant and the absolutely useless. Remember that you are the sum total of all of your experiences, educational and otherwise, and the name of the college printed on your diploma and transcripts alone does not have the ability, more often than not, to sell you. That is your job. This concludes my sermon for the day.
This school is a load of crap dipolma mill. All they care about is your money and don't ever complain about an istructor because you will be targeted. This school is a complete joke I got my BSN which I refer to as my bull**** nursing degree because all you do is write papers. I signed up for a hybrid cohort and was told it would be at a hospital.
This school is an absolute joke. This degree has not helped me one bit. When asked where I went i say GCU and the response is ohh yah so you paid for your degree. Ontop of that they promote this nursing honor societ in which they let anyone into so how is it an honor to pay for a memebership that anyone can belong to woohoo!
Financially appealing. No requirements to get in. No out of state tuition.
They issue you a graduation team (of students I think). They call you every week it seems, but have no idea of what your progress is. My team swapped 4 or 5 + times in 3 segments.
The academics are a bit of a joke online. Responses/grades/notes are copy pasted on your work. When I figured it out, I literally put "This won't even be read, so I made this project up", in the middle of a paragraph between to conflicting points, and it went unnoticed. I then repeated it in the following paragraph. I got a middle of the road A, with the same copy pasted critique from the 2 prior projects.
Academic assistance is a bit of a dupe as well. When I actually needed help, I got a no replies to communication attempts. When I finally did, the instructor was overwhelmed, and wasn't able to help. She was a part time instructor for online courses, and it was a supplemental job for her. Turns out I had an undiagnosed learning disability. So I was getting easy A's, and had no idea there was an issue until it was too late. Then at the first sign of trouble, the graduation team vanishes. No one contacts you back. Then the billing department starts calling.
University's reporting system is flawed. I ended up losing 200 points on my credit score because the registrar's office got behind in reporting, and I kept getting dinged for late payments while supposed to be in deferment. When I attempted to later contest the flawed reports, I got the run around. I ended up having to wait it out and rebuild my score. I will emphasize that this was while attending class, receiving grades, and in the middle of a segment. Not while out of school.
Online: You have to prove attendance by answering questions, and posting online. You then have to reply to other's (quantity depending) posts. At no point did a single instructor mediate the posts when they got off topic or incorrect. It is a religious school, but you would think that when discussing something like psychology, genetics, etc... "God made them that way" would never be an actual answer. Another example is quoting your pastor as a source.
It is what it is. There are people who will fool themselves into thinking it is a great institution, because it is easy and unchallanging.
I hope this helps someone. Don't be fooled by the potential morality of the school. It is a business, and they just want the money. They fool a great deal of people. School doesn't have to be hard to be effective, but interaction with instructors is a must. You have to have the opportunity to try, then get real feedback to progress. This is not the place for learning. It is a great place to pay for a degree. Hopefully your employer doesn't research the school.