Grantham University Reviews
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I am going to be as straightforward and honest about Grantham University as I can (First of all, I don't know what the constant whining about the financial aid office and student advising is about--they have always gone out of their way to help me, and financial aid has always responded to me within a 24-48 time frame). I can't give Grantham a positive rating, nor can I recommend anyone else try them, and I will explain why: Their curriculum is TOO RUSHED. It's as though their primary goal is to get students in and out as fast as they can. Some courses had us reading up to SIX (1,2,3,4,5 6!!!) chapters of material in one week and answering rather basic and general questions that didn't require exploring deep into the subject. Nor were we given projects to do on our own for a grade. Come on, we're talking about a computer science degree--how do you expect students to learn without having them get their hands dirty? It's like having a group of construction students watch a house be built, then asking them basic questions, awarding them a certificate that states they are approved to work on construction sites, and then sending them on the fields to find work. It doesn't work that way, I really would have liked to have been able to go deeper and do projects that would have helped create a skill. In addition to all of this, the fact that the pace is so rushed often meant that in several classes, you would be forced to ask for an extension to be able to retrace all that you had been reading and make sense out of everything. Often times, I needed to retake a course from doing so poorly just because they were moving so fast. As far as the instructors are concerned, it is a luck of the draw who you will end up with. Some of them will bend over backwards to help you (One of them frequently met up with me on Skype to help me with whatever I was struggling with), some of them generally do not give a rat's ass and will simply mark your assignment with a 100% and not answer any of your questions, and some are complete jack@@@* who will whack points off for typos and using the wrong font. I am graduating with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, but I am genuinely disappointed because I don't feel I have learned as much as I should have, and I think that probably most of next year I am probably going to spend studying independently on some of the material and working on self paced projects. The last thing I need to do is apply for a programming or technician job, present them my degree, get hired, and then sit at the desk looking like a damn fool. Is Grantham a scam? My opinion says no, they're legitimate. But unless you can work at a pace of 3-4 chapters a week, I would say skip this school...they are more concerned with dragging you through the degree program at a high speed, grabbing your money, thanking you, and moving on.
Grantham's degrees are accepted at most major companies and the government, and experience to go with it helps. You may get questioned on the school, but if you have semi-relevant experience there shouldn't be a problem. For the most part you will be working on your own. If you require extensive time with an instructor to be shown how to do something don't go to Grantham. The instructors have been good when I needed them which was not often. In the lower level classes like the 100 and 200 levels you will come across poor grammar, cut-and-paste, and seemingly dim-witted people. As you progress to 300 level classes it gets better, and in 400 level classes it is more professional with small class sizes. In fact, I took a course with just me in it. Get used to writing a lot of papers. The learning style is pretty much self-taught. Financial aid and advising do what they do. Some are good, some are bad. I didn't attend to get refund checks, and if there was ever a problem the fin-aid crew would take care of it quick. The courses have gone through a re-vamp, so some people may get stuck on the older plan which required more credits or different classes. That is what happened to me. For a working adult needing to get ahead this can work out to be a good school. If you already have a job within an industry a Grantham degree can work.
Let me just say that Grantham is DISTANT learning certified this isn't regionally accredited so the credits do not transfer. I have my bachelors from a top university and decided I wanted my Masters, the tuition is extremely affordable but not meant to start a career. I am already in my career and just looking for advancement from my experience and having a Masters really isn't necessary for me. Overall I DO NOT like the financial aid office, I never spoke to them, they never answer the phone, hardly respond to emails. Be sure if you are attending or plan on attending this school you are fully aware of costs because you will get no direction from them. The person who enrolled me was pushing for me to start too soon and I understand the quota mark but I didn't like feeling rushed. My student counselor I never speak to because they are annoying and never follow up with what you requested. I have done online schools/classes for different certificates and they are typical of online schools and they aren't the worst. The professors are actually knowledgeable and friendly. I do believe like any school there are some that truly do not care and it is up to the student to get the education and ensuring they are truly reading the material. As I said before they are a typical online school but much more affordable they are no different from University of Phoenix or DeVry but the name isn't as large as for profit like them so many employers do not snicker at your degree. I don't recommend getting your bachelors from here but more of a Masters than anything after you are already in your career. Once again the financial office is a joke and extremely unprofessional.
This is not the first school I recommend for several reasons. First, student advisory and finical aid advisory are a joke...they are VERY hard to get a hold of and NEVER know what is going on with your studies or the issues you have presented. The results are the same no matter if you email them or call them, which always results in your deadline or issue being missed or unresolved. FA makes the process difficult and longer than needs to be, They hold your money and refund money as if it is gold and it takes over 10 weeks to receive anything back into your account. As far as the classes go there are some that are a great and there are others that you could write ANYTHING and you would pass the class. As other have stated your graduation date being pushed back over and over was a huge problem as well. You may start off graduating in June and look up and now it December with no real reason why. I would think LONG and hard about attending this college.
First I would say find the job and employer you wish to work for, the ask HR what accreditdations are accepted. If you plan to wotk overseas, I do not reccommend. Reason being it is only nationally recongnized. Next student advisors are only there to monitor your attendance. I was VA (veterans) paid so requirements there means i have to log in so many times a week. That means Grantham will not get paid if i don't log in. So naturally they will call most urgent. When I finally recieved my degree my employer had to verify my degree for the job I was hired for. After many calls to Grantham University, they got tired and stopped trying. I called plenty of times myself. Moving on, I finished in June but did not recieve my diploma till Aug. no valid reason why. During my classwork one instructor gave me a C when all my assignments were at 98% to 100%. I did not understand that but the rest of my classes brought in a A or B. One instructor took one of my essay assignments personally and missed the entire content of the assignment and made me do it twice. Said it was plagerism, when I just made up some bull crap and sent it in. I was surprised that someone else managed to write the same bull crap before me and legalize it. Other papers I copied and pasted and recieved a A. So it was hit or miss. After a while I went to course hero or chegg and all answers were there. Thats when I noticed it didnt matter what I turned in just as long as I stayed active in attendance. Vererans Affairs paid out about 68k just be ause they had to, Grantham took it all and smiled. Now the degree I have sits in a brown folder, mainly because Im black and around my area of town they dont like smart black people. I have been on jobs requiring degrees and find out that many of the employees there dont have them and got hired for skin connections and who they know. I get hired for mechanic positions with my high school diploma paying 20.00hr and get offers for bachalor degree jobs paying 12.00hr. So whoever read this review, if you are military and need VA money every month, this wont work. The GI BILL pays like 536.00 for 9.00hr online, and about 1600.00 for 1.00hr actual classroom time. Grantham will not endorse you to attend another school for that one hour to recieve your full payout. Im a rather smart guy and only went to college to see how America treats vets with degrees. Well they dont really care about you. Most wont even ask you if you have a defree. This applied to me and maybe you different. I challenge any black male, prior military looking for a good job in Texas or most southern states to try to invalidate my review. Good luck guys and be forewarned check out the giant list of regionally accredited schools prior to submitting finanical aid or veteran benefits. Do your homework, and if you still choose Grantham and not plan to become an officer in the service... There is more space under my review and I look forward to reading yours.
Great school. Very understanding instructors for military personnel while deployed. If you fail.....that's on you. The school did everything they could to keep me progressing. I would provide notice that I was leaving the FOB on mission and be provided the time needed to turn in my assignments without penalty.
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I only had problems with this school. Getting failing grades I didn't deserve. I 'm not pleased with their financial aid officers. This is the worse school I ever seen. Once they get their money from you they don't care about anything else.
If it wasn't for me not wanting to quit this time around I would have been withdrawn. This school is setting students up for failure. As long as they receive their money they don't care if you have the tools you need to succeed. I am still waiting for my financial aid to be process and I am in my second set of classes for the term with no aid to pay for my books and this is my last two weeks of class. But the school is paid so they don't give a damn. So unprofessional and I can't wait to transfer my credits if I can and move on from this disaster. Don't walk run from applying for this school.
School was awesome, only thing I did not like at first was every time I spent a little time away I would get a new student advisor. Thought I would end up with a bad one but never did. Awesome school......will continue my education here! And would advise all others to as well.
I hate the school! They staff seems so unprofessional! You get assigned to officers and student advisors and they are hard to contact! They also tell you that your classes will be paid for and refunds disbursement safe on certain days but they actually do things when they get ready. Just an unprofessional school and I recommend them to no one!!