Grand Canyon University Reviews
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Abundant lack of care, professionalism or help when it comes to teaching or helping students. Have been waiting 3 months for a form to pay for a class that was failed twice, with no help from any of the staff or assigned counselor, to help explain the material. Counselor would only say "well just pass the class". Obviously not doable when the material isn't comprehensive and no staff at GCU can be bothered to teach. Now it seems they're a fan of blackballing students even when they're trying to pay out of pocket for a class to be able to continue education. Extremely disappointed with GCU.
This school should be closed for their fraudulent practices, theft of funds and all out deception. I was enticed into attending this school. They received my financial aid and kept the stipend while telling me they mailed it. They lure you in with promises of earning a PHD while all the long lying to you about the degree and what you can do with it. This type of practive has to stop. We do not enroll in universities to end up defrauded out of our financial aid. I intend to fight.
RUN AND RUN FAST AWAY FROM THIS SCAM SCHOOL, THEY STEAL YOUR FINANCIAL AID EVEN YOU STIPEND AND LIE ESPECIALLY TARA ROANE, THEY ARE A FRAUDULENT SCHOOL BEING SUED BY THEIR OWN STUDENTS. THEY LIE AND ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A CHRISTIAN INSTITUTION. I AM SO ANGRY FOR ALLOWING MYSELF TO BE DUPED BY THIS SCHOOL. THEY DO ANYTHING TO GET YOU IN THEN LITERALLY MAKE FUN OF YOU WHEN YOU ASK WHERE YOUR LOAN FUNDS ARE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN TO YOU ARE ITS BEEN 5 MONTHS AND MY STIPEND IS STILL IN THE MAIL. SCAMSTERS
Awful! Out of the years worth of online schooling I did, there were two teachers that were even decent instructors. My student services counselor was a joke! I clearly stated for 6 weeks straight that I had serious personal problems going on that were extremely important and needed my attention, what did she and the instructor do? NOTHING! I was to the point of being so stressed out I emailed my counselor informing her of my desire to commit suicide before FINALLY being allowed to take leave of absence! Upon returning after my LOA, I encountered technical difficulty after technical difficulty on top of literary being severely ill every other week. What did my instructor do? Close my assignment drop-box and give me a 0%! Im a 4.0 student! Who also kept him up to date on EVERYTHING!! I found out two days ago about the assignment drop-box which was the straw that broke the camels back. Got online, applied to Kansas University, and sent GCU an email requesting my transcripts immediately be sent to KU. Im SO DONE with this awful school!!
Grand Canyon's online Master's program was the perfect program for me. It allowed me to obtain my degree while working full-time in my current job. The degree allowed me to advance within my company and as a professional in the community. The work required me to apply my education in real life situations through observations, teaching opportunities with partner schools, and through submission of a multitude of work. Great teachers that worked with you, especially in those times when a student didn't "show up" for their part in a group project. I actually have made a lifelong friend through my program as well. We still to this day communicate to share curriculum and the most recent developments in special education. I recommend the online school for anyone who needs flexibility in their educational goals.
I am a first year IO Psychology PhD student at GCU and have nothing positive to say about this program. At first, the conversion to non-profit lured me in as this should entail funding, however, thus far the only PhD students being funded, at least by income, are the current employees. In fact, half of my classes are filled with current employees at GCU, who constantly point out they receive 70% off tuition. Ive applied for TA positions, academic counselor positions, and adjunct positions with not so much as a call back, regardless of being admitted into the doctoral program. Furthermore, many of the doctoral students admitted are well over 50 years old or older and havent written an academic paper in decades. Shady. Many other doctoral students have complained to me that they are not graduating on time and being forced to pay thousands more in additional dissertation courses because of delays with their committees. It has become painfully obvious that unless you are a current employee at GCU, as a doctoral student, you will not be funded, will not be given opportunities to gain teaching experience, and will likely be laughed at by the larger academic community for buying into a scam school meant to max out your student loans in exchange for a worthless degree. The conversion to non-profit status does not guarantee anything, unfortunately, and GCU has almost zero commitment to academic outcomes for its doctoral graduates. Im actively applying elsewhere to escape. RUN.
This is by far the worse "college" that I have ever attended and I have credits from a host of different colleges. The doctoral courses were terrible. Most instructors provided little to no feedback and the school would do nothing when another student obviously cheated on several occasions. The doctoral programs are simply overwhelmed with too many students and professors who do not have time to provide any type of substantial feedback. You might as well pay yourself to watch several YouTube videos, read books, and complete essays. I certainly believe in not being "spoon feed" but this is absurd. Several doctoral students have had to completely re-do all or part of their dissertations at the final AQR review stage and this was after full committee and AQR (proposal stage) approval. What you and your committee plans, thinks, and does really does not matter once you reach the final review stage. This problem could be remedied by having ARQ input from the beginning. The expected quality is not the same. You will see some GCU dissertations that should have never been passed, while others are excellent. Some students do the bare minimum and are passed right through, whilst others needlessly work hard to no avail. Same as the doctoral courses, most chairs provide little feedback, the IRB is unorganized and often unprofessional, and some of the AQR reviewers are overworked, stressed out, and unprofessional in comments. Ask yourself. Will a GCU non education doctorate really mean anything? Be certain you will be able to find a better job or promotion at work before you start any doctoral program. Otherwise, the cost is not worth the extensive economic and physical costs. Why spend less time away from family when the level of support is just not there? I highly recommend taking the GRE over a thousand times if need be and attend an on-campus doctoral program at any D1 college. I once asked GCU if I would simply "sit in" as an observer to gain valuable experience and of course they said "No" and I was the best student. Go figure.
Entered the Masters of Public Health program. As with every other review - the beginning exchange was really positive. They were basically cheerleaders talking to you about how great this is and that is and how wonderful of a student and experience you are going to have. Through the admitting process you have an "admissions counselor" who says "If you need ANYTHING or have ANY problems you contact me first. Then you have a "program counselor" that tells you the same thing. Once admitted, the first course is basically a $1200 Comp I review. APA this and APA that. I was in the honors Comp I & II classes at my undergrad and they picked apart my papers that we were writing to no end. However, Moving to my second "class" - I received new that my uncle was dying and I drove to Chicago (8 hours away) to see him before he passed. I emailed all of my "counselors" and instructors to let them know what was going on. I missed a little over a week of classes and therefore wasn't going to make the "A" in the course that they wanted me to have. I tried to expain to everybody involved why I missed the classes and that I was sitting in a hospital watching my uncle die - I wasn't in the Bahamas saying the hell with my homework. I was dismissed from the program. Would I recommend? H*** no. Run away and fast. Find a different program.
My experience thus far has fantastic. The professors have been attentive, interactive, and knowledgeable. Actually, my last professor earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a content expert in course material. I especially prefer the online format with focus on one class per eight weeks, consecutively. The idea of having my dissertation imbedded into each course from the beginning was the biggest draw, as several colleagues have shared horror stories regarding their lack of preparation for completing their dissertations on-time despite finishing all PhD courses as scheduled. Caveatthis program is a TON of work. Those looking for a degree mill had better apply elsewhere.
I am extremely disappointed in GCU. At first when they are receiving payment from you they are extremely nice and helpful but once you are done they do not care at all about you. I now have a Masters degree I can not do much with because of "miscommunication"about the practicum in which they do not offer for my degree and was not informed this until after I was close to the end of my program. I also called to see when I would receive my diploma and was told I have to pay another $150 to receive it. For a degree I already paid for they want more money. For being a strong Christian College they definitely do not care about their students, all about the money!