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2 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2011

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.

3 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2011

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!!!!

4 out of 5
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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.

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4 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2013

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.

4 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

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

1 out of 5
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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.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: May 2011

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.

1 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

This has been one disappointment after another. Neither the staff or instructors are interested in anything but money. If you happen to have an issue that needs to be addressed you will get no support and little help. If I wasn't as vested as I am I would call it a learning experience and move on. If you want to be part of a Christian organization I would suggest donating to your church or some other worthy organization. Don't waste your time or money.

I had conflicts that I tried to correct and was told there was nothing that could be done. An issue in a class that the instructor simply brushed off and getting help from many of the instructors is a wasted effort. Really do yourself a favor and keep looking.

4 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2011

I graduated from Grand Canyon University in June of this year. Prior to attending GCU, I earned my AA at a community college in California, and attended CSU San Marcos. Unfortunately, I had to leave CSU because of military orders.

I shopped around for online universities that would fit my needs, as I was being stationed overseas and would not be able to attend a ground campus. I looked into GCU, a private institution in Phoenix that provided the degree program I desired. *Please note… I am originally from the Phoenix area and am familiar with the history of this institution.*

Grand Canyon provided me with the tools I needed in order to succeed in the future. For the most part, my instructors were great, comparable to the instructors at CSU, and the curriculum was just as good if not more rigorous.

I am happy with my decision to attend this university, and my only issue with the school is the for-profit factor. I understand that they needed the funds to avoid failure, but I hope that one day they can go back to being a non-profit, private liberal arts university.

2 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2013

This school has been one disappointment after another. I have one more class to finish out my semester and afterwards I will be transfering to ASU. I was ensured by both of my financial aid reps that I would be awarded a pell grand within the next "3 weeks". I called in after 2 weeks to make sure the check had been sent, I was informed by some random financial aid person that I was not eligable for the grant, and that I actually owed the school money, rather than having a surplus.

So far both of my classes have been nothing but a waste of time. The teachers, I feel, are not well educated. The effort they put forth in the class is possibly equivalent to a part time teacher's aid. I had sent 3 very specific emails to my current instructor asking for specific feedback on an assignment I had gotten a 80% on. The teacher continued to forward me the same attachment of 3 sentances that were very dry and lacked any substance or reflection on my paper. I had to send a slightly rude email to get a better responce.

The classmates that I have are below average intelligence, I'm not even sure how they were allowed into the university. Many of the students appear to be ESL students, and most of the students can not compose a competent sentence. The grammar, or shall I say lack-there-of is horrid.

The teacher has not made any comments as to the terrible posts that are in our forums. We are required to reply to 2 posts a day and I find it increasingly difficut because about 90% of my peers' posts are garbage. The sentances do not make sense, and are normally their ignorant preaching of their beliefs. I am a Christian but I am also a student. I am not attend this school to learn more about my chosen religion, I am here to learn about my career field. Most of the posts are just some soapbox rant about their love for God and how faith is the only ans

There are about 2 other students that can formulate a decent post, but it is not fair to only be confined to coresponding to them. I would like to have the ability to interact with more than 2 students in my class but unfortunatly my patience is lacking. I say if you want a degree you pay for, rather than earn, and you do not mind all the mindless religious babble, then this school will sufice. If you really want a challenging educational experience and you are looking to broden your knowledge AVOID THIS SCHOOL like the plague.

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