Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (284)
Although, I cannot speak for any changes since Aug 2009, I can say that my online experience at GCU was a very positive one. The course was professional and challenging, the LMS (ANGEL) was very usable and stable most of the time, the instructors on the whole appeared knowledgable and reasonably accessible given an online environment.
I only had to register once and everything was automatically plugged-in throughout the ten course program. The biggest sacrifice one makes is the lack of personal contact with fellow students and instructors. Along with that is the demands on your time. Often, you must make decisions regarding an assignment without the help of your instructor's guidance and one must be prepared for that. Overall, I definitely would give GCU an 'A' with respect to my pesonal expeience.
The choice to attend Grand Canyon University seemed like a great fit for me, a self-motivated computer savvy person. The staff initially SEMMED to be very helpful and attentive and worked with me on a near daily basis to help me with my enrollment. Once classes started, however the support stopped and I was all on my own. For a while it seemed to go OK. I worked very hard and maintained a 4.0 average.
Then, I ordered books that I could not get for my classes. Despite contacting the school I wound up passing the class without the required reading. Then, I began getting teachers that offered little to no input whatsoever. This made me furious to think that I am working so hard with little to no guidance whatsoever.
Teachers are paid to TEACH and those at GCU hardly qualified. I feel ripped off, that I was promised an education and despite my hard work Grand Canyon University could not deliver. I think that both myself and the state grants that the school received on my behalf should be refunded.
I am very dismayed to know that scholarship money was wasted on this sorry excuse for a "university", and I feel sick to my stomach with each payment I make to my student loans that I had taken out to attend it.
I read many comments about GCU. I just graduated with my masters in accounting. I'm a very reasonable person, so I see both sides of the good and bad comments. My overall experiece with GCU was ok. I can't say excellent. My enrollment advisor was kind and courteous.
My other advisors were great, too. The only complaint about communication with the advisors was the disconnection from them. They didn't know me and didn't address me like they knew me or wanted to know me. I would get check-up calls from my enrollment advsior, which was nice, but he would then call me again the next week. Did he not remember calling me already.
I had the same thing happen when someone called about graduation. She reminded me to apply and then called me the next week to harrass me about applying. I had another 2 weeks before the deadline. I did like the convenience of online schooling to fit around my busy schedule.
However, I don't ever recommend only online school for anyone persuing their undergrad. It's important for an undergrad to be physically at the school to get the best learning experience for someone who knows hardly anything to nothing at all. Anyway, I question the competency of some of the teachers. I noticed too much bad writing and grammar from teachers and other students. Hello! You should know how to write when you are obtaining or already have your masters degree. Honestly, if I had to do it over again, I probably would choose a different school. I chose this school because it was a Christian college and it was cheaper than the Univeristy of Phoenix.
After a long period of researching, I decided to enroll in GCU. This online University is awesome. The enrollment team is great. The Financial Aid department is where this University needs to improve on. The Financial Aid department needs to learn how to communicate with their online students and needs to know more than the students do when it comes to financial aid. Since June, I have had a total of 3 Financial Aid representatives and they all have been horrible. As far as my experience with the classes and the teachers and the enrollment team, I would give them all a A+.
G.C.U has no idea what they are doing, just today I spoke with my counselor and said I had to take certain classes. I told her I already did, after a few minutes she did see that I had taken them.
Because of G.C.U I owe the VA a termendous amount of money. They have no idea what they are doing and they never get back to you (with the exception of 2 people who finally are doing something with my mess of an account).
It's been 18months since I have attended this nightmare and they still don't know what I'm doing. I can't stand them!!!! but i must finish what I started, the teachers are way awsome though, so if you can get past the nightmare of the counselors who dont care about you at all...I say go for it...you will learn alot from the classes. But I tell ya, they are terrible people.
There are many reasons to choose traditional versus online school in the opinion of this author.The main reason is being computer literate and able to figure out the school's program. The computer is one of the most intrigate pieces of equipment on earth.With saying that navigating through the assignments can be terrifying for anyone with just basic skills.If I had to choose again I would enroll in a traditional college to complete my degree.
The faculty (advisor's & professor's)are essential to college academia with in person accessibility to resolve issues.As a student there will be road blocks, glitches and mishaps that can not be handled on the phone. This again are key elements why students should decide to go to a traditional school.
Then there is peers the people who can relate about the happenings at school.With college peers there are people to go to games, movies, cheer with at pep rallies and discuss class assignments.These activities can not be done at a online school.But,on the campus of GCU these activities are happening with students.
If I had to choose again I would enroll in a traditional college to complete my education. Now it may not be for everyone but, for me it is the way to go.
I began attending GCU in February 2010. I am in the Accounting Bachelor program. I wish I would have never signed up with the school. I get nervous because in 8 short months I have had 3 different academic counselors and 3 different financial aid counselors. If you were to seperate the academic and financial aid counselors, I would most definitely recommend the school if you are capable of teaching yourself.
However, the inconsistencies when it comes to money makes me nervous. I noticed that tuition went up and I was never told. Their excuse for everything is that they are expanding so rapidly and it causes alot of changes. They need to focus on their current students or they wont be getting any new students in. I am working with another school to see if they will accept the classes I have completed at GCU for transfer. If not I will be stuck. So if you have not began at GCU, dont bother. It is really a headache.
I am at the end of my matriculation at GCU pursuing a MS in Elem Ed with certification. I have one major concern and that is the consistent changes that we as students have to adjust to from class to class and handbook to handbook. I have a friend that begin her matriculation in January 2009 and I began in May 2009 and she is not required to take all of her content test prior to studnet teaching but since I began in May 2009 it is mandatory before I can student teach. I have to successfully pass my test along with locating a placement for myself to student teach. Additionally, the 500.00 stipend that goes to the mentor teacher should come to me since I have done all of the leg work for my observations and my student teaching placement. No concessions or waiver on allowing me to take the content while student teaching....I do look forward to completing my time at GCU. I have had good reports and I have also experienced negative episodes there as well.
The coursework requires a lot of reading and research on your end..you have a facilitator but teach yourself as you progress from one class to the other. The instructors act as facilatators. There are some that are really knowledgeable in the area taught.
I have been attending GCU for two years. I am about to finish up in March 2011 with a masters in elementary ed. Early on I noticed that the field placement office had no real political clout as far as getting me observations in schools. There extent of help was to tell me to go to sylvan learning center if I couldn't work my own contacts.
They re-assured me I was not suppose to worry about student teaching because that is their expertise, even though they failed me at getting observations and I did this on my own throughout the various classes.
Now I am faced with them telling me that they cannot find me a student teaching position because the Columbus Public School district has currently changed their policy working only with MCATE certified schools. (what the hec is that?) I'm at the end of a mess. I would not advise anyone going to this school for an education degree, I can't speak to the other offerings.
The materials taught are up and quality reads and the classes are typical on line classes, never as good as a face to face class.
I made the most of it by finding my own observations in various schools that I work in as a sub but if you have no contacts your up a creek. Now I am faced with a hurdle that seems insurmountable. Don't put yourself in the same position.
I attend GCU online (majoring in English) because I have a work schedule that varies from week to week. Much of what I have to say is already covered in the other reviews, so I'll stick to things I didn't see mentioned.
First of all, be prepared to relearn the ANGEL system with every new class you take online. I've completed four terms now, and ANGEL changes every time. The alterations seem arbitrary, often making it more difficult to find things in the name of organization (which seems to truly be a monkey putting links inside folders).
Secondly, some of the professors' grading confuses me. I've seen full credit given to answers which barely relate to the discussion question so long as the student somehow manages to mash their faith into the response. I understand that it's a Christian university, but an incorrect answer is incorrect no matter what. This isn't true of every professor, but it's happened with more than one.
All of that said, I've enjoyed a few of my classes immensely. Some professors respond to answers twice per day in great detail, making the process a genuine learning experience.