Grand Canyon University Reviews
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I have been happy overall with the degree program that I am enrolled in for online classes, but I feel that I must warn potential students of one thing that can ruin their grades. That thing is the FINAL SUBMIT link that must be clicked in order to turn in your weekly assignments. This seems to be an unnecessary extra step in a process that requires you to first click New Attempt, then browse for and attach your paper, and then click Save. Nonetheless, that is not finished yet.... You must also then click Final Submit, or your paper is never submitted, and you will not find out until maybe 10 days later when the grades for the week are finally published. The standard policy is to deduct 10% for every day overdue, so if you do not know it was never turned in until 10 days later, then that is all the points, and you cannot get better than a zero on your assignment now, which will DEVASTATE you grade in the class. WATCH IT guys, because the professors, who may well know their stuff, are NOT quick to post grades, and if they wait too long, it will make you get a total zero on your assignments!!
I really enjoyed this learning experience. It was 100% online, so I could do assignments when it fit my work schedule.
I feel this Master's Degree in ELED sets you up to fail. If you work a full time job, do not enroll in this program- you will not be able to meet the requirements necessary to succeed. I work a full time job, 50+ hours a week and I am enrolled as a full-time online student. To me, the purpose of online schooling is to allow students to work AND get a higher degree at the same time. This program is designed in a way that 10-20 hours of observation are required in EACH CLASS, let alone student teaching, which makes it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to find the time, while working a full time job (and keeping your job). The staff- teachers take forever to give feedback, grades, and answer questions which is difficult and incredibly stressful to work with. Administration/advisors- very disorganized, do not disclose all information up front, and by the end of the program, you're bound to talk to at least 5 different people who say they are your advisor. Why not just have ONE person be the source of all your guidance, questions, and answers? Test- What I do like about the program is that there aren't any tests, which increases the load of paper writing, but decreases test anxiety. However, about 3/4 of the way through the program, you are instructed to take the teaching test (praxis, basic skills, PLACE, etc). I am really frustrated with the lack of guidance from instructors and advisors as to go about finding study materials and assistance with test prep overall. The teaching test includes everything- social studies, LA, math, science, reading, ELL- by the time you take your teaching test, you have not covered all the subjects needed for the test. The test also asks you to know specific dates, history, people, etc- none of which are even remotely mentioned in the online courses. Honestly, it feels like we are set up to fail. Very disappointed, stressed, concerned, and aggravated with online schooling. Unless your job allows you to not go to work and you are comfortable with disorganization, I do not recommend this school or program.
If I could use one word to describe GCU, it would be TRASH! Don't attend this school if you want a good education. You'll never hear from your advisors and they will be extremely rude with you when you do get in touch with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok so I'm looking at the reviews and I notice that there are so call students trying to pretend as though never had a bad experience at GCU well, I know after I give my review one of these so call students will try to rebuttal me. However I want you to use your common sense any student that is doing great will not look to respond to every complaint these rebuttals are bogus!! Now, GCU is the biggest SCAM I have seen in a long time. They make you feel all warm and fuzzy in the beginning, they will even treat you decent in the middle of your program BUT when you get to the end forget it its almost as though every department becomes difficult and unbearable people become so rude that you feel like you going to loose your Christianity. I almost believe they purposely do this to move you out the way so other students can come through the door. Instructions in the online program can be really vague and not helpful. Online is a tough way to learn so a student need all the resources given to them for them to succeed GCU has the set up to make you believe they have the resources but when you try to utilize them forget it. Did you know if you don't pass a class three times they kick you out the school? Look as an online learning sometimes you are scrambling to get the information you need and life can interfere, my point is, they don't tell you that all your money goes down the drain and you can not finish your program. There are few good professors a few good academic advisors but as a whole the school is garbage. I'm in this phd program and I am torn because its been a major challenge trying to get what I need to see me through and when I complained about it, my professor told me"most people don't make it through the program anyway" I guess I will stop here don't trust these good reviews go with your gut also look for themes in people complaints because once you are a student it's hard to get out!
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at GCU. I was battling cancer when I enrolled, and the admission adviser was very helpful and even told me that he understood if I wanted to delay my enrollment. The professors for the most part are very informative and got back in touch with me immediately when I had questions about assignments. I only had two dipsticks for professors; however, the others were very professional. I would recommend this school to anyone who does a lot of traveling because I was able to travel and still complete assignments on time, no matter what the time zone. You must be extremely disciplined in order to participate in any online class, and despite spending most of my weekends when I wasn't traveling doing assignments and discussions I was able to maintain a 3.90 GPA. My overall experience has been memorable' never had a problem with financial aid, and I even had a scholarship from this university. I finished my last class on June 22, 2016; not I am just waiting for my diploma to arrive.
I was truly disappointed with my experience with Grand Canyon 's online program. I know several people who have attended their ground campus and where very satisfied with the education they received. I wanted to enroll in campus classes for my MBA, they did not offer any classes on my days off and the adviser S. suggested to do online because it was the same courses. In the beginning the courses were fine, then I had difficulty in getting anyone to call me back or answer their phones. Instructors would make their polices that differed greatly from GCU polices so you never knew when you were doing participation correctly, the site would go down and IT would have no answer, I had two classes with NO access to the text book and IT and the adviser S. could not or would not help me. Good luck in speaking with anyone from financial aid, everything goes threw the adviser, if they don't have the answer then you don't get one. I asked to speak to a supervisor and I got a voicemail and no call back. I would not recommend the online programs to anyone, they set me back 6 months in getting my MBA and caused to much stress due to their lack of communication.
I choose GCU online because I wanted to be able to work more at my company and I thought it would allow the flexibility of me taking the classes and doing the course work when I had the time(weather that be at 6am before I went into the office or at 9pm at night) Boy was I wrong, the first class I took the teacher wanted us on during certain hours of the day, not only was I on the other side of the map and 4 hours a head of their time so that already complicated things with talking with the advisers and counselors when they were not busy, but the teacher took away participation points because I was not online during those times. I'm sorry this is the exact reason why I choose online, to do the coursework on my time , not during a set time, I would have choose a traditional class?? I talked with my counselor about this but they were no help. Then after about sticking it out a year with them which I should have left sooner I transferred to a different school and went back to traditional college classes, I still have reps from GCU calling my phone and texting me, Im sorry but texting a student is not professional in any matter, they were constantly blowing up my phone asking when I was returning for classes. I told them a thousand times to not bother me nor text me nor call me. I would highly highly not recommend anyone to this school.
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!!!