Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (293)
I chose GCU because the admissions staff actually listen to what I had to say about my career and personal goals. I was looking for a Masters program that would support my schedule, finances and career. I also like the fact that it has been around since 1949, Division I and a beautiful campus.
Overall, my experience at GCU was very positive. Being enrolled in a Master's level program online requires that you self-regulate and self-motivate. This worked perfectly with my work schedule and I am so happy I chose GCU. The professors are knowledgeable and the counselors they provide you truly ensure you know what you're doing and want to help you stay on track. I always felt comfortable speaking with my counselor over the phone and he helped me to become comfortable with the online format and checked in with me at the end of each semester. I live in Rhode Island, so initially the thought of enrolling in an entirely online program through a school located in Arizona was a bit intimidating. I am so glad I pursued my Master's degree through GCU, very highly recommended!!!
I chose to attend GCU, because my family was facing a PCS and I was almost done. I only had 28 units left. They only tacked on 8 units necessary to graduate as opposed to most other universities that wanted me to do 45+ in house. As my name states, please stay home if you have no idea how to write a college level paper. The only negative thing I have to say about GCU is that they require a foundations class and Christianity class be taken. While that wasn't what bothered me, what did bother me is I had to take it with children that clearly had no business being in college. Once I got out of those two courses it was all upper level courses and not only was the instruction spot on the caliber of students went up dramatically. I ended online at GCU, but started on campus and attended two major universities before making the switch. I had a job offer 1 day before graduation and have no regrets about attending GCU. I am now in my dream career and have no problems paying back my loans and I start my MBA program in the Spring. Hopefully they make the switch back to non-profit so we can distance ourselves from those crappy schools like University of Phoenix and Devry.
Excellent program with great online resources to create a supportive atmosphere to promote excellence in educational attainment. The Online RN to BSN program is very flexible and gear for working nurses. The campus and its facilities are clean and high tech. GCU has great sports team that play in NCAA division 1. Not to expensive for a private university supports military with tuition discounts.
If I could have not giving GCU a 1 star; I would have. For anyone reading this; If your looking to finish college sooner this is not the school for you. If you have more than 50 credits to transfer this is not the school for you. Its a school for someone just starting out with almost no credits. I say this because even if you have taken 3-4 English / Literature classes they will not count towards the 4 pre-requisite course at GCU. Please go back and take a look at the course that you have to take under their course list. There's UNV 103, UNV 104, a Christian course and PHI / Ethics. No matter who you are; you will have to take each one of theses courses and they last 7 weeks each. I will say this one time! You can not take these course together. You have to take them one by one. Before you can double up your classes you have to fulfill 12 credit hours first with GCU before you can double up. If your comfortable with one class every 2 months then go to GCU but its not a school for someone who is looking to graduate sooner. Dont do it! They will be helpful in the beginning to get your money. keep in mind it will take 2 1/2 months before your first disbursement and then after that you have to wait 6 mths for the remainder. Just please just dont go to this! For those that have I know you saw when they added several classes after you were going b/c they will lie and say that most of your credits will transfer. I really hate to say it but I hope someone shuts them down and there is nothing Christian about this school!
Would not recommend! Campus is great, don't get me wrong. They will surely give you a great experience, but when it comes to your education..GOOD LUCK! The SSA's or councilors do not get back to you nor do they care once you do get a hold of them. Do not waste your time or money into this school. Go elsewhere! This is a warning before you get yourself into this mess!
I'm not done,but I'm on the last couple of courses. Go class of 2016! I have never worked so hard in my life. It sounds strange, but I appreciate the journey. I am a little frightened as I start course 967 in 2 weeks. I'll begin the Doctorate program in May 2012. I've grown so much. I am now in charge of my own education, a scholar. I never really knew what those words meant to the last few months. Thanks GCU
I really liked GCU and how doable the program was. I was able to work full-time and take care of my family while finishing my master's degree. Don't believe the negative reviews. I loved it. It was affordable. I graduated in 16 months and am now doing a doctorate. I received a promotion and pay raise as a result of my degree. You can talk about going to school... Or you can chip away at your educational goal while you work. Grand Canyon University was the most affordable in Colorado.
Overall the school is good. I have had many great professors and one that was so rigorous that I wanted to quit, but I stuck it out and received an A- in the class. My only problem with this school is the SSA (Financial Aid). I was offered an Alumni Scholarship that would cover the 95.00 fees for each class and this is my 4th class and the scholarship still has not been applied to my account, despite speaking to my SSA several times. Initially they said they never received the form for the scholarship, but once they found it I was assured that it would be applied to my account. My Student loans have posted, but not the scholarship. My SSA keep telling me she sent a ticket for the issue to be resolved and still two weeks later nothing. They ask you to complete the EOCS and my SSA stated if I have a problem please let her know before I give a bad view on the survey. She never returns emails and you have to call constantly. I love the professors of the school, but they need more SSA's to help with the workload, because it seems that they have too many students to follow up with and not enough advisors.
I choose GCU to obtain my graduate degree because of its Christian heritage and values. Majority of the online instructors are very knowledgeable, supportive, and very responsive to the needs of online students. As in any education endeavor, one must be invested and have realistic expectations. All my expectations were met. I also attended the graduation ceremony and had the opportunity to tour the campus. I did not use the financial resources offered by the school, and therefore, I cannot make any recommendations in that regard. There are a to of online resource and help, as well as the student advisor, which are all helpful throughout the entire process and duration of my studies. I would recommend this university to all students who are adult learners, and highly motivated.