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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2020

If you're looking for professors who will strive to help you on and off campus, this is NOT the school for you. In fact, it's a complete joke. I'm honestly thinking of dropping out. They have changed curriculums 3 times since I have been here, & I am a freshman!! The professors get their information from the textbook, so you'd be better off just teaching yourself instead of worrying about their thick accents and nonchalant behavior. Honestly terrible terrible school.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2017

Ok, so here is my honest opinion. I received my undergrad from Montclair State University. 20 yrs later I decided to change careers and needed to go back to school. I chose GCU and have never been happier. T.K., truly a gem and the reason I chose GCU over other online schools. She has been the most transparent person I have ever met. She was honest and help ease my anxiety over online schools. She stayed is constant contact with me aND always willing to help. I truly miss her as she no longer works for GCU. If u r considering going back to school, GCU is a fine choice and your champion for success!!!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Graduation Year: 2016

People would have to understand beforehand that GCU is a traditional non-profit Christian University that teaches curriculum that is intended for your major while also learning what is intended on living a Christian lifestyle while also applying it on how you want it to affect your career. The university did have amazing professors who were there for you when you needed it and wanted to see you succeed. The only problem with GCU was the advising system. I didn't have a student adviser for more than two years and the tuition was high for a in-state university.

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Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2012

I had an awesome advisor who helped me through personal and school struggles. I made it through and the classes were helpful and interesting. The Christian based learning also was great because it created a positive learning environment. The computer courses were easy to complete and didn't require a masters in computer knowledge. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to get their BSN in nursing while working.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

The nursing program at Grand Canyon University is a fast pace hands on learning experience. The core curriculum provides a Registered Nurse with the foundation to take care of patients upon exiting the program. During my course work, there were many opportunities to engage in real life experiences that translated well into the 'real' nursing world. I would recommend GCU to any entering nursing student.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Physical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

My college, is a very unique as well as exciting. It was so many features and advances for any sort of student. Grand canyon university is a one of a kind school and can at times be like a vacation. It is very safe and has all sorts of activities for many types of people. Grand Canyon university is For everyone and anyone.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

Grand Canyon University is a place of higher education that adheres to Christian thinking and principles. Since enrolling in November 2013 I have had approximately 13-14 instructors and I have never been disappointed. The instructors are involved and intelligent and they push students to excel. Obtaining my education at GCU has been a phenomenal experience, one that I would recommend to anyone seeking to grow in grace and in knowledge...

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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

Took two graduate courses for additional credit on teacher's pay scale. I had an awful experience with 2 out of 3 instructors and would advise educators looking for this type of credit to STAY AWAY FROM THIS INSTITUTION. They are inconsistent with their courses in terms of actually having rubrics to guide expectations for work completion. They hire individuals who have equivalent educations and experience to the students (i.e., under-qualified instructors), and they do not and will not treat you like the working professional you already are.

5 out of 5
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

This review is regarding the Colangelo College of Business MBA program as of 2017. I attended both the ASU and UA MBA programs, but had to transfer for different reasons. After taking a break, I decided to attend the GCU MBA program and it was the cheapest. The fact is that no MBA program in Arizona is competitive, especially the ones claiming to be (I'm talking to you ASU). The W.P. Carey MBA from ASU is currently the most expensive and the most over-rated; many of the other students in my cohort there had GPAs between 2.2 - 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, and were arts majors. The Eller MBA is not much better only by default because it's cheaper. The GCU MBA is the cheapest, with the lowest student to professor ratio. If you're dead-set on getting your MBA in Arizona, then the best return for your money and time is going to be GCU. The single greatest factor holding back GCU is that it's the lowest paying university in Arizona; meaning that the professors are probably in retirement or get something else from working there. I can't speak for the other colleges at GCU, but the Collangelo College of Business is a solid business school and frankly a much better name-sake than the others in Arizona (Collangelo spent many years in Phoenix managing the Phoenix Suns and the Diamondbacks). W.P. Carey was a real-estate tycoon from New York who never did anything in Arizona and Eller was a convenience store tycoon who many give credit for bankrupting the entire Circle K franchise single-handedly. The Collangelo MBA program provided me with a well-informed MBA education because unlike the other business schools in Arizona, the classes at Collangelo were small and engaging. A business school that claims to be something it is not, is not a business school; it's a scam. Therefore, a great MBA program gives you a high return on your investment, doesn't defraud you with inflated numbers and empty promises, and for Arizona, that's the Collangelo MBA. If you're still on the fence, look up the price and rank for an MBA from Washington State University. Shocker.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2016

This college is ok. I feel like the good reviews are mostly from students that do not have experience at other universities. The college barely opened up an engineering program, which it will be VERY hard to compete with ASU, considering ASU is a research college. GCU has NO research opportunities. What does this mean for a student? This means NO opportunities to research in a real laboratory with professors. This helps tremendously when getting a job, by the way. Another thing is GCU fails to have a language department. It is useful for anyone to have some proficiency in a second language, luckily for me I do. ASU has a variety of languages for students to learn, while GCU does not. No support in undergraduate classes and to prepare for medical or graduate school. What this means is GCU does NOT offer recitations and variety of times of tutoring for tougher classes. There was 1 tutor available for a class that is considered a "weed-out" class. ONE tutor. No recitations. Insane. Want to know what else is insane, they do not offer help in preparing for GRE and MCAT. MOST universities have classes that students can attend over the summer usually to prepare. GCU take notes. My last three cons, and I will move on to the good things: it's in a sketchy area, however GCU has security - who are VERY rude and one even stole my car key to my very expensive car. GCU did have to pay me the amount to replace my car key and I believe they fired the security guard that stole my key. No close parking. I shouldn't be complaining about this coming from ASU where you had to walk 4 miles to get to class, but they put the professor's parking the nearest to the classes. How is that fair? Most professors are nice, but some are really strange (I won't say names), but there are some professors who are really awkward and difficult to communicate with (walking away while you talk to them, or won't look you in the eyes while talking to you). The worst of these is that no one recognizes this school. I travel a lot and when someone asks me where I graduate from I say GCU, they think I am talking about a community college in Glendale. This started to bother me that no one knows about the college and kind of gives you an, "oh ok." Good things: Security (I guess, if they don't steal from you), new buildings, people are okay - you won't find a lot of variety at GCU though. Some social clubs ( WARNING: not a lot compared to other universities such as U of A). Overall, I would not recommend this place to other people. If you want a real college experience, go elsewhere. You feel trapped in a college surrounded by a crime-ridden Phoenix. The classes are expensive and they don't have multiple campuses. If you are a commuter like I was, GOOD LUCK.

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