Grand Canyon University Reviews
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GCU looks good on the surface as a private, Christian university. However, in my experience, that is just a front. Their main motivation is money, which a school does need, but they charge way over the national (14% more) and state (9% more) averages. Their tuition rates are so high that a freeze has been placed upon them to prevent them from raising it further for now. If you need to talk to your student services advisor, which is who you go through to register for future classes, be prepared to possibly be on hold for a half hour or more, and that's if they aren't "attending a special event" for five hours. Their intercommunication between departments is deplorable to say the least and you cannot directly contact other departments. You have to go through your student services advisor to talk to, for example, the financial department. Overall, my conclusion from my time at this school is that it wants to hide behind a veil of Christianity while it sucks money out of all of its students. Even with scholarships it was difficult to make payments because of how high their tuition is. They make it unnecessarily hard to figure out issues involving other departments by forcing you to go through your student services advisor who may not even be in the office when you need them. If one of your big motivations for applying to GCU is because it is a Christian university, my advice is look around for other options, because GCU is nothing more than a corporation with a Christian front whose main motivation is money and, from my experience, not education, as is evident by the reasons why their nursing program lost its accreditation and further evident by them not telling the students who were about to go into the nursing program about that loss of accreditation.
I would like to say that my experience so far has been great. This is my second year and as promised the professors have been knowledgeable, the courses are also what I expected. The only thing that I did not like was my past counselor, she didn't help me the way she should of, other than that my ride has been wonderful. I highly recommend this university to anyone. Some people may complain per their experience and it is understandable, but the university has a good reputation. Do your research before committing!!!
Courses were appropriate to my field. Instructors were knowledgeable, courteous, and willing to share experiences. While I did wonder how some students were admitted into the university, I assumed that their grades would reflect their work. I would recommend the university to friends and colleagues.
Grand Canyon University has been very good for me. I didn't expect to agree with everything, but most of it has been a good learning experience for me. The teachers have mostly been great too. I never had a problem with feedback from any of them. I believe that if you do the work, it does turn out better in the long run. It's like any other school you would attend. The further you go the work gets a little more complicated. It is supposed to be a sacrifice, not a vacation. The sacrifice is what helps you make it to the next level in your life, career or calling. It doesn't just benefit the individual, but all you may encounter in the future. It may get harder somewhat, but I trust that God will see me through. I have not had a problem with any classroom work as far as the materials I need to do my work. I had to do the work of researching for the answers I needed. GCU's library provided that information as well as acceptable websites and the textbooks. I encourage anyone to stay the course as much as possible. Life happens and prohibits some things from happening, but if you can work through it, stay the course. It will pay off in the long run. Thank you GCU for making this possible for me as a working adult and ministry leader. GCU and life with an awesome God has made me stronger, wiser and better than I could have ever imagined. I'm glad to be a part of the Lopes Family. They are helping to equip me for my future commitment to the call of God on my life. GCU appeared at just the right time in the course of my life.
I would highly discourage anyone looking to get a degree online from attending this school. It wasn't so bad at first, but as the classes get harder the books become more useless. I had an extremely difficult time learning the material for my last 6-8 courses because the books were always extremely vague in explanation and the homework questions (and the amount of homework) was outrageous. My student advisor was always hard to get in touch with and the teachers always took 4-5 days to reply to any of the questions I had. If I wasn't so close to graduating I would have left this school a long time ago. The only way I was able to pass my classes was through paying for my own tutor to actually teach me; something the teachers and books at this school did NOT do. Taking classes at this school was like taking a class without a book, basically.
I attended GCU online, one class at a time, for three years straight. I wanted a total online program after I finished my Bachelor's Degree at my local community college. I am not a great test-taker, so I was extremely happy to write a paper each week in lieu of a weekly test. However, this required a lot of work and dedication, as I gave up pretty much every Sunday for three years. Posting discussion questions/responses several times per week was also a commitment. With that said, this program worked for me. I found just about all of the teachers knowledgeable and fair. There is always one teacher you can do without, online or in a classroom. Sometimes the assignments didn't make sense, and it was a bit difficult to communicate with the professor about it, but it all worked out. I have no horror stories about financial aid, and always managed to reach a counselor. There does seem to be a high turnover of staff, but again, nothing that affected me much. I had a very positive attitude, and was thrilled to do all my schoolwork from the comfort of my home. I got a job as soon as I graduated. My schooling has helped me in the classroom, and overall, I enjoyed my journey at GCU. I would recommend them.
I chose GCU because they offer an accounting degree 100% online, have a good reputation (at least that I am aware of), and because they have an accelerated program. I liked that I could take one class at a time for 8 weeks each, I felt that it was easier to focus on one at a time because I am a working mom with two young children. I find the curriculum to be challenging, which to me is a good thing. I tried another university before GCU online and their curriculum was way too easy, the assignments gave you the answers. I didn't feel like I was learning anything. At GCU I feel like I have to actually learn the material to succeed. I feel like the education I have received at GCU has helped me at my job in an accounting firm tremendously. Also the counselors I have had (2) have been excellent at answering any questions and relaying information to me. They are kind and courteous to me. That said, though there are some good online teachers, many of them are not good. They do not always provide useful feedback on assignments, answer questions (I have had two teachers tell me they cannot just give out answers, when I did not ask for answers, I asked for instructions on how to complete problems - or where to look for said instructions). I have had teachers who give out random grades on essays with no reason (of which I had to challenge to get a better grade). I've had teachers basically completely ignore issues that I had in the courses... This is something that GCU NEEDS to fix. I'm not sure if these are all adjunct faculty but I would guess they were. I like that GCU has you rate the professor and course each time, but I'm not sure they actually pay attention to the feedback or do anything about it. I would recommend GCU to people who are independent and able to learn from reading their books alone, without much guidance from a teacher. If you have to have a teacher's input then I don't recommend this school. Of course, this is my experience only as an online student. I am not sure if traditional students face the same kinds of issues.
Went to GCU a number of years ago and had to leave due to a serious family concern. Went through the proper channels to notify them and left. Went back later to re-enroll and saw they charged me for 2 classes I never attended and now I have a outstanding balance. Counselor I dealt with was gone, which was good since he knew nothing about customer service or dealing with financial aid. He left no notes on account about me leaving and doing it through the proper channels. Forward to last year...they made a deal with me give me a $1000 scholarship if I paid $900 and that would cover the back owed amount and I could start again. Then told me to pay to join a Teachers Association to get a extra 15% discount on tuition, all of this easily verifiable through 30+ emails I have. Also, over 30 of my credits were gone due to they do not have those classes anymore and will not give me credit for them. I did my 1st class and passed but the entire semester was emailing about the scholarship and discount from joining the group they told me about, a Black Educators Association. At the end of the class, they removed me, sent my financial aid back to the government and now I have a balance again and I can not get my transcript. All this happened because I was contacted by an organization that was getting together a lawsuit based on GCU's profit making, even though they are a non=profit University and I contacted them to let them know I was being called. All I want is my transcript so I can enroll in another college and the balance at 0 since I upheld my end of the deal and they did not. Waiting for my Attorney now as I joined another lawsuit to get all loans I used to pay GCU zeroed out and my transcripts released. I even told them I would remove my name if they hold up their end of the deal we made.
I have had a very excellent experience with this institution. I am a single parent of older teen/young adults and we have particular needs in the family. My instructors have been knowledgeable, available, and supportive all the way through my classes. My counselors have been very good to me and offer me full support and advice. The staff has been more than just doing a day's work. They actually care and offer support and advice. I love that they would pray for me. Previously, I attended a course at a different famous college online (in CA) and I will never go back to that California school; the administrative part at the California college was so hard to navigate that you were pretty much on your own. I was sent from one person to another to another until I found out at the END of my class that the California college decided not to accept my financial aid so I will owe a bucket of money for an evening class that, if you don't want it for a grade, was free and open to the public to come and attend in the evenings. Not so with GCU! My financial counselor from GCU calls me at the end of each course to make sure everything is updated and that I understand where I am in terms of finances and courses. The classes themselves are well structured to be able to break the work into pieces so that a degree is attainable even for full time workers with families. I attended college twice before (not counting the California online class) and this has definitely been the best experience so far!
I do not understand those who criticize GCU. Trolls maybe. My experience is highly positive. Although I am not Christian myself, I never felt discrimination. Instructors are more than active, and they keep the interactive communication alive. Participation in discussions is a must, and assignments should be submitted timely. The learning platform is high-quality, and the tools that help students are highly useful. To my knowledge, the counseling MSC program of the school is accepted by the State. In nursing, they have a good rate of success. I do not believe students are not communicated by instructors; it is fully the opposite in my case. All I can say is that I highly recommend this university.