Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 568 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 568 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 568 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • 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."
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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!"
  • 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 ."
  • 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."
  • 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."