Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (284)
Once the very friendly counselor got me to post a bio that was it. If you post it during his explanation and demonstration you are in the class. You must withdraw within a week (they may not tell you that!) or else you get to pay for it. It cost me over $1500 for a class that I never took.
BTW, you can go nuts listening to the elevator music while you grow old on hold trying to get in touch with their "financial counselors". That is one department that is not in their phone directory.
GCU is out for your money. Bunch of thieves.
I have just completed 48 hours of graduate work in Addictions Counseling, I have a 3.9 GPA. I have just learned after 5 months of looking for a practicum site that I will not be able to complete my masters. GCU has failed to develop a presence in my state and the interships here are filled with grad students from the in-state schools. I even offered to quit my job and take an out-of-state intership if they could help me locate one. They told me I can not have a confirmed degree without the practicum, and their suggestion to me was take a leave of absence until I could find praticum. I received a great classroom experience, the professors were great, my advisor was wonderful.
My advice is if your program involves a need for a practicum to complete your Masters make sure you have a site that will accept you before you start. I take full responsibility for not asking enough questions and asking GCU to tell me where their students had successfully secured an intership in my state.
I am now beginning a second Masters without a praticum requirement hoping to transfer some of those classes to a General Masters in Psychology. If I transfer schools I can only take 3 of my classes. Ask questions and proceed with caution. I hope my experience will help someone else.
I am almost finished with my 4th class at GCU and I have been quite pleased. All 4 of my Professors have been great. Each with their own set of expectations and grading policies which were explained in the course syllabus. My current instructor even posts examples of what he expects from an "A" paper! Group projects leave much to be desired if your partner(s) do not pull their share of the work. I feel I am getting a quality education, I spend close to 20 hours per week for 1 class between reading, researching, writing my essays, and the discussion postings. There is a great APA software program that saves time and your references! APA Perrla...my University Success Professor recommended it to me and I am forever grateful. My Financial Aid counselor is awesome, she checks in with me prior to each new term, updates me as changes are made and has always returned my calls and emails the same afternoon. My academic adviser is helpful, he too returns my calls right away. I did suffer through an advisor and financial aid counselor change last June, the suffering came from my not being notified, but once I found out who I had been re-assigned to all has been well. As with any program, the quality of education one gets is directly related to how much one puts in to it. You can read through the text as assigned or shortcut by searching the internet, up to the individual how much they really want to be educated. I put in a lot of time because my desire is to be knowledgeable in my course of study.
I am currently trying to convince my husband to enroll at GCU too.
This school has been a living nightmare since day 1 literally. They lose things, do NOT keep you informed of what paperwork is needed, mess up your financial aid and have no concept about communication with themselves or the students regarding what you're taking, how many hours you're taking, what classes will transfer, or even what program you're in. It's true. What a headache time and time again. Once they get you to commit, they drop you like a hot potato and good luck.......you're on your own so you had better know that you will have to spend MANY hours on the phone with following up on virtually EVERYTHING related to FAFSA, transcripts, etc. because they are more than confused in every department. I wish I would have never gone to this incompetent place.
As a GCU online student, I completed two Masters level courses. In May 2007, I received my Masters in Reading Curriculum & Instruction. And, I just completed a second Masters in TESOL in the fall semester of 2009. My overall coursework experience was challenging and exciting. GCU provides valuable resources such as access to the library, comprehensible lecture notes, and intense interaction through the discussion questions with the online instructor and classmates. The Masters level online learning community of GCU enhanced my skills in teaching. I am glad that GCU helped me "not to miss a day of my future." :-)
I am a current online student at GCU and I am considering withdrawing. The academic counselors are awful and they never ever answer their phones! The finance counselor has no idea what is going on with my account and I have had 4 different academic and finance counselors since I enrolled just over one year ago. PLEASE do not go to GCU! They will not notify of you changes, they will not help you with your classes and they are never available!
I will admit, I have had some problems with GCU and I feel like I am constantly calling to get everything fixed, but my classes are challenging, I am learning a lot. I have 2 friends who have received their degrees from GCU and neither of them had a hard time obtaining the proper licensure in our state. I have recommended this program to friends but I caution them to keep in touch with an advisor and don't be afraid to keep calling. The actual education is great, probably superior to the brick and mortar school I attended before but the "paperwork" side of things could use a little work. Overall, I am satisfied and would not change my decision to attend GCU.
I am now currently in my second semester at GCU. Even though I had researched many online colleges before deciding on GCU, I was still very skeptical because there are so many scams online. I was surprised to find that the faculty was helpful and supportive, and the curriculum was very informative (ex: I am an education major and the foundations of education course gave me so much detailed info about becoming a teacher). I have recommended GCU to my family and friends because I think it is a great college. I have read some of the previous reviews and I can agree with the finance counselor comments; this is my second semester and I have yet to speak with my finance counselor. This could be because my enrollment counselor has done all of the work. My enrollment counselor is amazing though and I can call him and leave a message and he calls me back within 10 minutes. He also researches any questions that he cannot answer then calls me right back (but he usually knows everything because he has been a student of education at GCU for years and is now working as a counselor while pursuing a higher degree). The only thing that I really have not liked about GCU is the requirement to take the Arizona Federal Government class. I think it is stupid for students that live outside of Arizona to have to take a class about Arizona, but on a positive note my writing skills have improved since taking the class because the teachers are really anal about APA format and it is really HARD especially if you have no interest in taking the class. Also, GCU has continued to make improvements, raise their standards, and (you have no idea how excited I am about this) raised their credits from 3 credits for most classes to 4 credits for a lot of classes. They have made numerous changes since I have started my classes a few months ago. I think that maybe when they first started out doing online classes that they may not have known what they were doing, but they definitely have since I have started there in the fall of 2009. I hope this review helps anyone who is deciding whether or not to take their online classes :)
I would not recommend this university to anyone. it is subjective instead of objective. In fact this past semester one of our classes had to beg for a syllabus. The professor kept blaming it on someone else that was to write it prior to class.
The financial department is inexperienced and often gets bills mixed up.
Academic counselor for the Master of Science Program was difficult to reach and often not helpful.
If you plan on attending GCU you should sign your lawyer up with you.
I cannot make the decision for any one but all I can firmly say is that GCU is all about MONEY. My firm statement to the GCU faculty was that since I pay your salary do the work, because I had to drive them to get answers or to even get my registration right. They -admissions/registration/financial aid office/ academic counselors, never have a clue what is going on. I wonder reading all the other reviews if those are from paid sales-broker-students who do as if they really were GCU students. Straight to the point: I should have NEVER EVER waisted my time with this GCU whatever it is.