Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 569 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 569 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 569 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Disappointed
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I was initially very excited about the program. I did think it was odd that a DBA program was requiring a dissertation. Little did I know, the program was a PhD program just marketed as a DBA program. Out of the gate I was enrolled in a class, started the class, submitted assignments to then be told they enrolled me in the wrong class. I had no choice to stay in the class, which resulted in playing catch up in the new class. Additionally, the program (entire doctoral program) lacks enrollment numbers to establish a set schedule of courses. Therefore, the school is constantly changing your schedule - without letting your know- and your graduation date due to gaps from one class to the next. There were instances where I had a month gap from one class to the next. They also want you to start working on your dissertation at the start of your enrollment, which is great; however, as you progress through, depending on your professor, they mark points off your responses and work if they do not agree with what another professor deemed as competent. You do not have your first residency - in-person meet with your chair and dissertation team - until you are a year into the program. What results is a time to be told that everything you have done thus far is not appropriate and much rework is required. Please note, when you attend the week long residency, you are enrolled in an online class prior to the onsite residency and you are still required to keep up with the current course that you are enrolled - thus during this time, you have three courses, plus the need to be out of work for an entire week. Furthermore, you come across some professors who publicly blast you in front of the class and will publically show favoritism to fellow students making comments such as, "There need to be more people like you in the world." The professor does not provide any useful or positive feedback to any other student in the class. Moreover, you will have professors that will dock you points from a post or an assignment stating they were expecting x,y, and z; however, the expectations were not identified as the requirements within the course assignment or rubric. In addition, the school grading system is not favorable to the student. When a student has a 96% in the course, their grade is an A- that results in a 3.7 gpa for the course. Lastly, their learning platform is not great. It is circa 2005 where, if you do not watch, your discussion posts will not stay within the thread. If anyone is reading this, I would highly recommend that you draft your responses in Word, copy and paste into the discussion thread, submit the discussion, then check to ensure it is still present the next day. It is too bad that this did not work out, but I was able to transfer to another University and will complete my DBA 1/2 year sooner than with GCU."
O.Grant
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Great Ph.D. program! The finished product is well respected and well worth the painstaking task of completing it. GCU takes the time to provide you with a dissertation template that provides a strong foundation for writing. As with everything you get out of it what you put into it!"
harpreet kaur
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2021
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I've had a great experience with this university. The instructors are great and always available for help. The online classes are easy to navigate. I would highly recommend this school to others. I'm very satisfied with the career services offered by the school."
KSR1000
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2021
  • Degree: Public Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I have attended both in-person classes and online classes at GCU. In-person classes were considerably better. Online instructors seem preoccupied with day jobs and do not seem invested in the success of their students. After graduating the masters program, I found out that GCU does not give honors or class rankings to graduate students. This would have been a deciding factor in choosing a school, so I am not very happy to learn this after the fact. I worked hard and very likely would have been top of my class. Honors are valuable on resumés, so this is pretty upsetting. Overall, I learned a lot and the school is good for people who are working. But personally, I wish I had gone to another university."
Abigail Milam
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2025
"I'm currently attending GCU as a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science program. So far, my experience has been amazing! My university counselor was extremely helpful when I was applying for GCU. He walked me through the process step-by-step and answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. My academic advisor is also amazing! She handles all of my financial documents, and ensures that I am on track for my upcoming courses. The online program itself is great. It gives me the ability to work on school whenever and wherever I want because it's online. In addition to this, the workload is the perfect amount! It's challenging and definitely requires time, but I still have plenty of time for my job, hobbies, and social life. Finally, I am actually learning a lot. The program curriculum is very detailed and GCU provides so many different student resources to help you learn including the Student Success Center and the library. I hope you look past all these negative reviews (most of them are really old or have to do with money issues) and choose GCU! I'm seriously so proud and excited to be a student here! Go Lopes!"
Meredith
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2021
  • Degree: DNP
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Run as fast as you can from this school. Horrible, worst decision I made. I chose a Christian school to get the best education and its been nothing but anxiety, frustration, anger, etc. The head of the nursing doctorate program is a foul-mouthed bully, they have instructors who have no idea what they are doing, one tells you one thing and the others say nope change it all. You can get to the end of your two year program and be told nope on your thesis when you have been submitting it for approval in almost each class. You can have your last day of your program, but oh no, you're not done yet. It can take an additional 1-2 months for them to approve your project as they send it back for correction and then have pretty much a week and a half to get it back to you. Out of 60 in our cohort only 3 would recommend this program if that does not summarize the experience at this school. Pay the extra money and go to Chamberlain or Walden as students I know who have attended have had amazing experiences that this should be. Mine was ruined."
Jackie
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I am unsure why there are so many negative reviews here. I work full time rotating shifts on an ICU and this program is completely doable with that. In fact, it's actually enjoyable. The professors are highly accessible and really engage with the students. You can also tell the other students actually care about the program making group projects easy and I have never had an issue before. The content is interesting too. I think those that are complaining just don't want to put the work in because I can't recommend this program enough. Also, my counselors are amazing and respond to be almost immediately via e-mail. They have been so helpful and I feel like this program will truly prepare me for success. Go here! It's worth it and the cost is amazing!"
Val
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I honestly have no complaints. You get what you put into the program . I’m currently working full time at my local health department and I have manage to complete two courses at a time . Time management is crucial to your success in the program. This program has gone into depth about concepts that my undergrad school briefly went over . It definitely is a substitution for a credentials program and at the end you will have earned a masters . I started the program August 2020 and will begin student teaching in the fall. Like I mentioned you get what you put into the program ."
Wendy
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2021
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"So, I'm 18 credits into my Master's, which is a 44 credit degree, and I have to say it has already benefitted my career quite a bit. The Special Education Law classes were particularly helpful. From reading other reviews, I think it helps that I was already working in Special Education when I started. I am an Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) candidate in Utah. Recently, ARL program candidates where changed from being considered a fully professional license to an associate educator license, which is a downgrade. I was concerned about that happening, so I enrolled in the GCU Master's program this last April. The first course was helpful because I haven't been in college for 18 years, and I didn't know what APA style was. We used something else when I went, and I didn't remember how to do it anyway. My enrollment advisor tipped me off to citation generators, which was also new. They reviewed educator ethics, which I think is always helpful. People act like they don't need this class, but if you don't think you need to pay conscious attention to your ethics, then you probably aren't very self-aware. A reminder about why we're here and what we're trying to do is always relevant. Then next class surveyed the disabilities and the SpEd categories, information I have used frequently in my job. Then, the Law classes hit. I worked very hard at them and earned an A and a B+ (89.8%. Sheesh). Halfway through the first law class, I took my PRAXIS test for Special Education Mild to Moderate. The few classes I'd taken made all the difference in the world to passing that test. I fully expected to need to take it more than once, as I had heard of educators failing the first time though they had more experience than I. I passed it the first time! My principal was impressed, and it gave me a legitimacy at my work that I had not had before. It asked specifically about content that was exactly what was covered in my GCU courses. Without those classes, I would have failed, I'm sure. I use information I learned at GCU for every IEP I write and hold meetings for. Yes, it is largely self driven. If you want someone to hold your hand, you'd better not take an online course. It was a shock when I saw how much I had to figure out for myself, but, I wouldn't know what to research or write about without the course curriculum. The teachers I've had so far have been responsive to my e-mails and questions. Right now, I have a 3.8 GPA, which hasn't been easy. People complain about the writing, but that's the only way to do an online course. You can cheat at a traditionally-styled test if you take it at home, online. You can't cheat at a benchmark that requires you to make tables and write 750 word reflections, etc, at least not without a much greater risk of getting caught. I'm pretty happy with what I've learned. It doesn't teach you everything, but Professional Development is a lifelong process. I plan on locking down my Master's degree and then supplementing it with additional classes every year. It is an investment, but if you're wanting to be rich, don't be a teacher. I'm a single Mom, paying my own way, and this is just how it is, no matter what college you go to. College is expensive in the U.S. But, for people like me, who can't get to a brick-and-mortar classroom, GCU gets the job done. I didn't want to be a banker, or an admin assistant, or a public relations manager, all of which I'm qualified to be. I wanted to be a teacher, and this is the cost of being a teacher. It's my favorite job ever, though it is definitely not an easy job. Sorry to people who had a bad experience. I've already had a very beneficial one, and I'm not even halfway through."
J
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This school is a joke. The nursing department heads do not care about fairness when the college screws up. They try to spin things on you and blame you for mistakes that the advisors made that jeopardize your entire education. Even when advising management verbalize that the mistake isn’t your fault. The nursing department backpedals to not accept any fault in anything. Absolutely would NOT recommend this college to anyone who is actually looking to gain knowledge and advance their career."
Simi Joseph
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"The worse program I can think of. The professors who run that has no clue when you reach to the DPI project my assigned chair had no experience and after I completed they took four months to sign the DPI project. In the mean time you will be threatened to take an extension course for them to make money actually you are waiting for them to figure out the correct APA format . one professor will say oh this is wrong the other one will say no this is correct the editors makes lot money who they recommends. After your wait game they will finally sign the project then you will get a official transcript which will the withdrawal date the date you completed they will put as withdrawal and will not get that changed that's the punishment for students. The program lead is rude and arrogant there is no other word to describe her. The emails from her are all threatening to the students. Don't do the DNP program at GCU please."
lon
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2021
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Dishonest! Everything that has been said in the reviews regarding the integrity of this school and their staff is true. They only care about making money and do not follow the "Christian" beliefs they shove down your throat. Do not waste your time with them."
Trapped Student
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I would not recommend this institution. I maintained a 4.0 throughout the entirety of my program and maintained an A throughout my research methods class. The course was online and the professor had a final exam in which she disclaimed that if the test had a glitch she would not reset it, which is an unfair policy with the current conditions of COVID. During the exam there was a glitch and the professor refused to reopen the test and let me complete it due to concerns with integrity of test. I asked for another question set or an alternative assignment and was ignored. I submitted an academic appeal and was denied. Do not attend this university if you value your education or GPA, or want to be treated fairly."
Jean
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2021
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"GCU allows doctoral learners to complete 2 years of course work then convinces student's the dissertation is only a year or two away. Don't fool yourself. There are very few dissertations or graduates within a 5 or 7 year period. Doctoral learner's are given false hopes all along 'you are really close' but in fact it's a ploy to keep you paying for extended writing classes. The newest money making gig is to add unexpected writing assignments and PowerPoints that are never good enough until you've spent at least an additional $2000-$3,000. The time and money you waste would be better spent where there is more accountability, actual graduates and published papers."
Lina
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Words cannot explain the level of dishonesty and lack of transparency that occur here at GCU. What blows my mind is that they pretend to be a Christian University with Christian values, but they lie so much just to get you enrolled and take your money. NONE of the counselors care about your well-being. They all get paid at the end of the day. I understand this is a business but it's literally people's LIVES they toy with. I was told that I could fast track a 2 year master's program and complete it in 13-15 months. I took out loans to do this. I was then told that I cannot stack up credits and double up courses until X date. Once that date came, I was then told that actually I can't stack up credits or double up on courses BECAUSE ALL OF THE CLASSES ARE PRE-REQUISITES FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASS. In essence, this means that I am not able to complete this program faster than I was told. This is is MONTHS after I have been a GCU student. Why did it take MONTHS to communicate that to me? I was TRANSPARENT and CRYSTAL CLEAR when expressing my interest in completing my program sooner than 2 years. They went along with it until I was neck deep in debt to finally decide to be "honest" and tell me that it's impossible. Now they stopped answering my emails. HORRIBLE institution, do not go. The reputation it has is well deserved."
Vonna
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"I wouldn't recommend this school to any working adult that have responsibility or a family. The school is not flexible and doesn't fit around my schedule. With a total of ten posts due at the end of the week along with my other assignments it was easier when I took classes full time at my other university. I wish I would've known that before trying this school. I'm now at a better school that works with my schedule alot better. The instructor wasn't really friendly at all. The staff however was nice but don't really feel like they helped me much at all. I had a much better experience at Southern New Hampshire University program. I wanted to try the one class full time degree program but its not worth it the textbook fees and the cost of this school is a big rip-off in my opinion, it's very overpriced. I'm just glad I got out before it was too late."
William Grant Hale
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2020
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"The Master of Science in Chemistry with an Education Emphasis is challenging but not overwhelming. The courses were structured similarly throughout the program so I was not surprised of what to expect once a new class started. Overall, the professors were well-knowledgable and provided adequately feedback during weekly assignments. As so many other students have stated, online schooling is not for everyone and you must be motivated to learn the material and take the responsibility to learn it as well. I did not have any weak professors, but some were excellent. I think this is a perfect program for a science educator who wants to strengthen their credentials and overall knowledge in both chemistry and education."
Joe P
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I think I am the “guy” another reviewer mentions who was stuck in AQR for 2 years. Well, I finally graduated after 7 years. I made the mistake of completing a dissertation with a more rigorous design. I had to re-write Chapter 4 three times although my statistical results and assumption checks were correct each time. My dissertation was over 500 pages. I constantly edited, added, moved, and deleted several sections. The school IRB was horrible. Unnecessary red tape. I had one chair who would sit on my work for 19 business days. It took an act of Congress to remove him."
Data Analyst
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2020
  • Degree: Business Analytics
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I would never recommend this school or this program to anybody. I am in the online program and I have taught myself everything so far. The instructors do not teach you anything. Your weekly assignments include discussion posts which barely pertain to what you are learning that week and then you have a big assignment to complete in a week that you have to teach yourself how to do. The textbooks they force you to pay over $100 for per class are outdated and irrelevant. You do not get access to the textbooks after your 8 week class is over. I have been teaching myself everything with no support from the university at all. As an online student, you have access to little to none of the university resources. YouTube and Google have been my only teachers since I started this program. If you value yourself at all, find a better school. If you want to do an online Data Analytics program, go literally anywhere else."
Katherine Kuhn
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2020
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I recently graduated (August of 2020). In reviewing this program, I would tell you - it is not easy to graduate. GCU is not a perfect place. However, I made it and I learned from the academic struggle. I have always found school to be easy, this was not. If you are seriously dedicated to a degree, you will be able to get through. It is not a 3 and 1/2 year program (unless you actually work at the school and have contacts to help you navigate). I graduated in 5 years, and I can honestly look back and say, "I did it. I learned a ton. I worked harder than I have ever worked in my life, but for each hurdle I hit, I grew in my confidence to accomplish anything." It is not the least expensive program, or the quickest, or the easiest. However, no one can ever say you didn't earn this degree. Over my time here at GCU, I have cried and wanted to quit. I have switched chairs - and I must say - the final chair I was assigned made all the difference. Dr. Pam Epler-Brooks will get you through, but she won't do the work for you. She will show you how to get there, and most importantly, she will celebrate you when you get there. The easiest professor, is not always the best. The professor that points you in a direction and is willing to stick with you, that is what you need. Do your homework, and know what you need from your college. If you need a great deal of face to face time, this may not be the best fit (at this time). GCU has made numerous changes to their program since I have been involved, and I think most of the changes were positive. Be ready to focus and struggle, but you need to frame the struggle as a learning experience. My degree is something that no one can ever take away, and a life long goal. I wish I had been able to do this faster, cheaper and easier - but I must admit, there is nothing I cannot tackle now."