Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (321)
This school lets you enroll with an agreed program and then adds classes without students knowledge, then lies to you about how and why. They claim to be a Christian University though they do not act that way. I highly recommend you to look at other schools that offer better programs and would act more ethically then GCU's staff do.
I do highly recommend this school- it's supposedly one of the best online programs and for me, this was the only way I could obtain a Master's Degree. However, I am not huge fan of all of the teachers- they often take a long time to respond to questions and give feedback, which is very frustrating and stressful. I also highly do not appreciate the fact that online students only get a winter break. As an online student it's kind of offensive- as if we don't work as hard or don't "deserve" a break. I am extremely anxious to see how this program is viewed when it comes to being interviewed for teaching positions.
I have been going to GCU a little over a year. I am doubling up on some classes so I can into my student teaching next year. There classes are achievable and my experience will all personnel has been great...no problems. This is my third college so I have found it is important to ask questions if you are not for sure of something. This is not a scam school but it is expensive. I have qualified for pell grants and teach grants to help off set the tuition. This is a very good school.
First, I am a dependent in the military. I graduated from a high school they I found out later was not accredited. I was unable to get any scholarships only loans..so I opted out for online college to work a couple jobs to pay the loan.. I saw reviews for this college before and was skeptical until I noticed it was happening to me. I spoke to a woman who swore she could give discounts for transferring, and other flashy discounts.. to find out through my financial advisor it meant squat diddly.. my financial advisor does nothing but remind me of my loan. She has even failed to tell me the start date changed for one ofy classes and i ended up being pulled out and still charged for the class.. i was a transfer from Liberty and none of my credits got transferred..i had nearly 40.. I could've had my BA by now but continue reading. College has been almost impossible well impossible now. Lol. Last semester my financial advisor dropped me out two days before the class ended. So I missed turning in a major paper. My gpa dropped two letters. It was a B+. Im in a new class, this is my last week. I was given a group assignment. I cannot get any points for the assignment if the paper isn't filled out all the way...my classmates waited last minute, and some didn't reply, i am unable to turn it in. Theres no way i can raise my grade in a week. The policy states if im under a C I can no longer attend GCU for a year... So pretty much I flunked out. Kind of bummed..all this money is being wasted..and a $6,000 loan i have to pay off for nothing.
This school supports their students no matter near or far. They are professional, organized and honest through and through. My professors were always there to help me with 24 hrs. However, I don't know if I will have the saw experience with my doctorate. All of my books were convenient and there at the drop of a coin!
I completed two graduate degrees at GCU, a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Not only were the professors knowledgeable, but they were also caring. All questions were answered and there were supports throughout the process. Anytime an issue occurred, GCU stepped in and made things right. It does take a great deal of discipline to complete a degree online, and many people seem to expect to put in very little effort, yet expect excellent results. University policies are clearly outlined and as long as you follow them, the school is fair and helpful.
Of the common complaints on here, I can attest to their partial validity. I was automatically enrolled in my next course based on my declared degree path. So yes automatic enroll does exist in order to support you! In fact I did change my degree path after I started. The process is as simple as filling out a form and signing it. A few days later the degree path was corrected. Automatic billing does exist, based on the degree path I chose. However, I always paid for the courses in accordance with the written agreement I signed upon enrollment. The staff never called me out on timely payments. In fact, I was automatically enrolled in my next class after I told my SSA that I would take a short break for the birth of my son. The SSA corrected my schedule and I was not billed for those classes I did not take. Course instructors do seem a little jaded, but I have noticed that the university as a whole is turning that around. There are mandatory requirements for the instructors to pay a certain amount of time and attention to the class. I never confronted them directly on late grading or low response but left the feedback in the course survey. I know a few instructors who were not asked back. This certainly isn't because of one unruly loud mouth student. I was assigned a capstone course and have completed that course. There was one course after the capstone that I needed to complete in accordance with my original degree path. The reason this course was taken after the capstone was student availability. The university offers a wide range of degrees that funnel into a few common capstones. This meant that of the students that shared my degree path, There was too few with the pre-requisites to make up a class. This was a constant problem through out my degree path. But the automatic enrollment meant that the computer found another class for me to take and kept kicking FIN-486 down the road until enough students were available to take the course. Bottom line, the common complaints do exist, and I experienced them. With a little understanding and forcefulness I was able to obtain a degree from GCU. Every institution has problems, it is on you to correct them. A degree should not be handed to you. You must work for it. Knowledge isn't the only key to life, sometimes there is a little paperwork involved. GCU prepared me for life.
Once they have your money, it seems that they don't care. Some of the instructors can be brutal if you challenge their opinions, others simply don't care. They information is repetitive and very basic as well. Don't let the "Christian" background fool you.
I'm a military spouse to an O6. My career always took a backseat to his Air Force demands. I returned to work in and out but got bad shifts and low pay with a BSN. I returned for a MSN and immediately landed a job making 76k. The hours were better but it certainly was worth the time studying. Highly encourage a return to school as my resume is growing. Im now leaving this job with many offers to be a Director. I truly believe it is because of the graduate degree, and hard work in the job. The courses are at times poorly managed as online clinical teaching at GCU were pulled at the last minute so caution. However returning for doctorate bc it was in and out. Dont be shy about getting a schedule that works for your family as they want to fill their classes fast. Ask for breaks if you need to. Be rested for next bc its a hamster wheel once in the course. I put in well over 50 hrs a week writing and studying. Advisors are terrible make min wage so not much help. Take courses that you can handle and ignore their demands. Theres a hidden motive..numbers! Would recommend. Its easy and you're cashing a better paycheck.
I absolutely dislike this school. I could never get in touch with my financial advisor even though I would schedule an appointment. Their advisors are not knowledgeable about their own programs and they charge for classes that I have not taken! Beware of this school.