Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 625 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
58% of 625 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 625 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 12/4/2022
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Attending this college was a complete mistake. And it is one of the worse colleges I've experienced as an online student. This college is "money hungry". Also, my student service counselor told me that my official transcripts and diploma would cost me $150.00, I'm thinking like what. When I attended my other college, I never had to pay $150.00 for no official transcripts or diploma. I've should've had did more research on this college before applying. I'm having a lot of bumps in the road with GCU, and I'm an online student. When I explain to my instructors about me being ill last month, they haven't reply back to me, and didn't seem to care if I was ill. Therefore, my instructors were only worrying about me handing in my assignments on time. When I discussed to my instructor based on children and teens in African American culture are facing mental health, my instructor was very nasty about my DQ statement. Also, I had different student services counselors without being noticed. No phone call or email. It takes three weeks for my instructors to grade my assignments. Also, it takes a month for my student service counselor to get back to me. The instructors aren't helpful or supportive whatsoever, if I have an issue about an instructor they will win, and won't be on my side if a situation goes down. Also, most of the instructors I've had will doubt my intelligences if I wasn't nothing. This University is way too problematic, the student service counselors are disorganized, rude, and disrespectful. I've never experienced anything like that when I was attending another college in my city. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THIS UNIVERSITY. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND ATTEND A TRAINING PROGRAM."
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I’m a student right now and if I didn’t only have a year and a half left I would have transferred. They don’t care about the students they care about money. Things are always broken, a mess, or you have to wait over 45 minutes in line in order to eat because they don’t have an actual dining center. Those who are supposed to help you don’t and public security tickets you whenever they want and very happily. My degree programs professors I have lived but some of the electives I have had horrible teachers. The living situation wherever you are is a mess and an absolute headache and when you want to bring up a problem they just send you to another and another until nobody can help you and all is lost. Don’t go here they have too many students for their capacity."
Disgruntled Veteran
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2022
  • Degree: Christian Studies
"At first enrollment seemed to good to be true. They have very aggressive enrollment counselors. The online class forums are user friendly. The majority of professors did not seem Christ centered. One of the professors I had was passive aggressive. I disenrolled due to a family emergency. They reenrolled me without notifying me and now want me to pay for classes they enrolled me in without my consent. They're sending it to collections if I don't pay for their mistake. They never checked in on my family with our long term emergency situation they only wanted their money. Supposed christian university. I would not send your kids here if you want conservative Christian values to remain intact. They display neither in word or deeds."
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2022
  • Degree: Social Work
"This school is to much, like it is no support at all. And not very helpful, this is just a waste of time. I don’t wanna dropped out, because if I do that then I would have to pay back the school. This school I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. I am going to speak my mind if you don’t like what I say then that’s your problem not mines. I am trying my best in this school, yet they don’t appreciate nothing at all. Please don’t waste ya’ll time here. Go to a community college. College is not for everyone, they don’t care about if your sick our even your mental health issues, because mental health issues is serious."
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2022
  • Degree: DNP
"GCU is the worse school I have ever attended. All they care about is Money. There are not standard rules and each professor makes their own rule. They are rude and unprofessional. I would never recommend this school to anyone. Do not waste your money or time with GCU"
Disappointed parent
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I felt GCU gets you in the door and not many things they told us were actually accurate. My daughers class size we ridiculous. 200 in 1 of them. They sold us on small class size. Not true. No one advised us of this ahead of time. $400 fee for her leaving at end of semester. No dinning dollars refund so we are out at least 1k. Student got shot from stray bullet. Roommate has boyfriend in her actual room all the time and no one does anything. My daughter would just go to someone else's room. I'm extremely disappointed in the school. Be aware of everything they tell you. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably isn't."
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2022
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I started with GCU 4 in a half years ago.I had the best student counselors. Even though they changed counselors every 6 months, I had the best. I had a couple of teachers that pushed me to succeed to the best of my ability. The counselor I have now is horrible and never can be reached. She even hung up on me and stopped calling me. I will NEVER recommend a zoo animal to be under counseling under her. I was ready to give up on everything and she said to me,”What your going to do about it?”. I had to go to my professor for mental guidance. What I’m saying is one bad apple like that student counselor will make the whole apple pie bitter."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2022
  • Degree: Military Science
"All GCU care about is money that's all they want. They claim to be military friendly but charge you completely if course is not dropped before start date. And they don't care as they try to get Tuition Assistance money and then charge you the difference the military didn't cover. Military personal always have to change and drop classes as things revolve around a high unit tempos. I had a death in the family and had to drop a course shortly after the class starting. Now they want to send to bill to collections to get their money for an online course i wasn't able to participate cause the loss of a family member. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!! ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE MILITARY! BE WARNED!!!"
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2022
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"Go somewhere else. The instructors are okay, the leadership (e.g. assistant dean, program director) is terrible. Horribly disorganized, rude and disrespectful to students. They don't care about your wellbeing, they only care about getting your money. I did well in the program (ABSN) but it came at a great physical and mental cost. I'd never recommend this program."
Kim Wootson-Harris
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I am grateful that I completed my Education, however, I was not able to have my transcript, because of a $300.00 balance. I pleaded with my student counselor but I was not successful. How about bending the rules for students that owe less than $500.00? Flordia Education allows new teachers to apply for a temporary certification, I would have gotten a teaching job, but since GCU is money hungry for $300, I had to wait to clear my balance. Then the calls were a pain, GCU wants to help further your education after graduation but then the last words from my student counselor were, how can I help you clear your balance? I did request my transcript but now I have to wait 90 days for eligibility and now I'm doing substitute teaching and sleeping on my friend's couch.THANKS A LOT GCU"
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I am currently attending GCU to obtain my FNP degree. I really wish I had attended a different school. Communication to students about the required process to progress through the program is non-existent. I have spent as much time trying to contact advisors and instructors that don't reply as I have completing assignments. The advisors are rude and hostile. There is a 50% chance that you will have a competent instructor. I attended one series of lectures during which the "advance practice" pathophysiology instructor would post the slides assigned for class and then, during the lectures say, "well, I don't know anything about this so read this section in your book," and, "oh I've never heard of this, so we're going to skip these slides . . ." I tried to contact the director of the program only to learn that my student services counselor sent me an outdated student handbook including an incorrect staff list, so the program director I was trying to contact was no longer at GCU. I have a 3.8 GPA so I am not writing this out of a place of failing the program or lack of academic knowledge. I really want to transfer to another school to complete my degreebut by the time the transfer will be complete it will be time to graduate, so I will probably just finish the degree at GCU. However, I will not be boasting of the degree or proud to say I attended GCU as I am now embarrassed that I go to school here, knowing how incompetent they are. I am proud of both my bachelor's degrees and the school I attended to obtain them. I will not ever feel that way about GCU. If I can give one piece of advice it is RUN FROM THIS SCHOOL! Obtain your degree somewhere else. I will also be filing a complaint with the accrediting board of higher education about GCU!"
Leanne S
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please do yourself a favor and look for a cheaper school. This school is so money hungry. You will get same degree with much less stress elsewhere. You will do all the work by yourself. Self taught courses with little instruction and clarification on assignments. The professor's don't help much and hard to get ahold of. The assistant dean and the site director are awful at the Sun City location. They will not respond for over a week. If you have Covid, don't tell anyone and just go is what they want. They "weed out" the ones that they feel are not fit to be a nurse. The schedule for exams, labs, and clinicals will change on a minute notice so if you live far away, you'll be late and not allowed in. The program lacks organization and communication."
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Getting started you get alot of help .It’s a 50/50 chance if you get a professor who is good . I was told (by a professor) that they are given a curriculum they don’t write .Some have no clue what is assigned each week some expand on that curriculum."
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2022
  • Degree: Management
"I graaduate from CGU w/ a 3.8 in applied mangement. It was purdy easy 2 do the studies. Just cut and paste most if the work and boom a degree. I going back 4 my master one in leadship and business. Its a 2fer. I am kidding of course. There are several students that compose messages like this and it is my opinion that these are the ones on here bitching about everything. It is college people, it is supposed to be tough. The courses are challenging but not terribly difficult with a little time management and self accountability. The worst issues I had were with the counselor and the group work. The counselor was not responsive. The group work sucked because there are people that are not supposed to be in college anyway. This is just as good a school as any other out there."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2022
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I would never recommend this school to anyone! At this point I am absolutely disgusted with the way I have been treated by various staff at GCU. Since graduating, I haven’t been able to get in contact with anyone. I haven’t received my diploma and when I call I am being given the run around. I’ve reached out to my assigned counselor and she haven’t responded to my email. I don’t get it. If you owe them money they hound you until paid. Yet, they owe me something and I cannot seem to get a live person to rectify this issue. Instead I’m being sent to voicemail after voicemail. Shame on you, GCU!"
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2022
  • Degree: English
"The overall MS English program with an Education Specialty was satisfactory. Most instructors were on task and provided guided timely feedback. I must deduct stars however from the program as a whole. Two of the required courses are a complete waste of time. We spent eight weeks studying Grant Writing as a Graduate English class from a little, flimsy text. This should be a one week topic for a class in nonfiction writing. The second class that was a total waste time was the Social Media Campaign course. It mirrored a high school technology class “pretending to be” a Graduate English class. Overall, the program was okay but without the ridiculous “fluff”."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2022
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I TECHNICALLY graduate in October but have completed all of my classes for my degree as of June. I would like to start by saying that I was very reluctant to attend GCU for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) the horrible reviews I have seen online. While I did run into a couple of small snags with Student Services and Financial Aid, my overall experience in this university was pretty good! The vast majority of the instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, the workload was challenging but certainly doable, and the assignments were pretty straightforward and self-explanatory. I will say that this school is quite expensive. That much is absolutely true. However, all the other nonsense I have seen about not finding a career and not being a 'legitimate' degree is WILDY inaccurate. I am not a Christian and did not find my program overly religious nor was I penalized for my beliefs. I haven't even completed certification and have already received offers of employment at public district schools. If you are driven and know how to solve your own problems, this program is a breeze and gets you where you need to go if you are willing and able to put in the time and work."
C Fuller
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2022
  • Degree: Special Education
"I recently graduated from GCU with a Master's in Special Education. I absolutely loved the program. That is not to say that it did not require a lot of hard work, with dedicated time to study and write papers, as well as make regular posts. There were many life events that I had to pass on so that I could maintain my focus and good grades. I had the opportunity to also be teaching in Special Education while attending school and every class aligned and helped me with my actual job. The online learning platform was easy to navigate, and I received timely feedback when I did reach out to my professors. I also completed part of my undergrad in an online setting and I can say hands down that my experience with GCU far exceeded my expectations. I am already considering continuing on with my Doctorate. Deciding to further your education does take internal motivation and the drive to be organized and stay the course, even when it's not fun. GCU offers a great platform to be able to do this when you cannot attend on campus."
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2022
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I did not do my research before attending GCU's online RN-BSN program. I went because my nursing school advertised them A LOT. The degree is extremely difficult for those who work full time. At first, it's easy with 1 paper a week and 2 discussion questions, and 6 peer responses. But then as the program continues you have to do community projects (you have to have signed papers from administrators and organizations in the community), interviews with nearly unattainable people (community health workers etc.) , presentations at churches/community centers, a 10 week 100 hour clinical that they DO NOT help you with. I still do not have a clinical site PLUS who has that kind of time when theyre working full time?! Also, with all these assignments in the community it is 100% your responsibility to find sites and people willing to work with you on very short notice. I am absolutely thinking about transferring, it sucks because I am already so far in. It is just becoming too hard to do while working. Do your research before starting this program."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"Unfortunately, other reviewers are right in their reviews. This school is not what it offers to attract students, their doctorate programs are nothing but money-producing products. The dissertation chair and committee that you are assigned either quit in the middle and you have to start over with the next one trashing all of your hard work and time that you put into your dissertation. The committee deliberately disagree with one another only adding additional time to the students' end wasting their time and money. Once students are out of their usual course track they have to pay from their own pocket to maintain their attendance in the program and to continue working on their dissertation work. Spending $500 for an 8-week course that only continue to drag on for 2 years is an unacceptable act that only leads to running out of a 7-year time frame. I would not recommend their online doctorate programs to anyone."