Grand Canyon University Reviews - Accounting

1.5 out of 5 stars
(9 Reviews)
17% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
11% of 9 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
C.C. - 11/13/2020
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2021
"I cannot speak to GCU as in-person since I attend online, but I will say that the online program is a joke at best. Basically you fork out roughly $2 grand for a textbook. You are lucky if you find a professor who actually cares about your education and future success: most of them are just collecting a paycheck. When you get into your actual course of study after taking unneeded classes (Christian Worldview and an online introductory course) you will find a lack of communication and actual teaching. While I acknowledge that online school does require a lot of self determination, it shouldn’t require students to teach themselves or look for outside resources on the vast internet-we are going to college to learn and we should be given the education we are paying for. You cannot expect students to teach themselves on a subject they are going to school to learn-that’s why you have professors with knowledge and experience to teach. They rave about being a Christian college but honestly the most you talk about God is in the Christian worldview course-your professor will post an announcement each week of a faith topic (which is mostly just a bible verse and usually one sentence long). There isn’t much to do with God here. I recommend choosing another school for an online program-GCU has shown me that they are overpriced and lack the ability to run a college that instills true values."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Toni - 2/13/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2021
"I Just recently transferred to this school and it is horrible so far. The classes are fine, however trying to receive my left over funds from my student loans is another story. You are not allowed to talk to anyone in the financial department, you have to communicate with a liaison. who by the way is just reading / typing a response from a pre-written response. Of course the college has taken their payment already, but suddenly it may take weeks to process my portion. "Christian" school I think not. Sketchy definitely. I find it funny that other colleges (with way more enrollment) can process in 3 weeks what this school is saying could take up to a month and a half. They somehow got me enrolled and approved for financial aid in less than 2 weeks. But now when it is time to disburse my money it is a slow and long process! Very shady! Avoid this school!!!!!! It is too late for me they have me sucked in now! Save yourself!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Extra Fee for your MBA degree - 10/2/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2017
"The MBA program at GCU is a joke and representative of a diploma mill. First, they accept international students who do not speak or understand the english language, yet somehow achieve 100 percents on discussion questions and quizzes. Second, I was charged an additional $550 upon graduation if I wanted my degree because of "financial loan errors" - my student advisor's exact words. Third, I was sold that I could obtain a double emphasis and it would appear on my MBA degree; stupid me again. No such luck. Sadly, this so-called Christian school takes you for a ride through hell and then dumps you at its half-acre. Lastly, it turns out that no employer values a business degree from GCU. STAY AWAY!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Teddy Thadeus Calhounes III - 6/12/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"Well, for 34,000 in student loan debt at a 4.25% interest rate ($4.00 bucks a day) did help get me a job at 47k annual plus benefits; but, honestly, I could have always faked the transcripts and just said I went to school there, watched some YouTube videos on basic and intermediate accounting, and would have wound up basically at the same place I am now..just without the 34k of debt. My advice to you is go to a cheaper college, self fund college, or just don't go at all. I was an online student and bluffed my way through the courses..waste of time, personally, and a mistake at best. Can't say I enjoyed this school at all. God help us all..1 TRILLION in student debt..with a T, baby!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Justin - 7/18/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"If I could use one word to describe GCU, it would be TRASH! Don't attend this school if you want a good education. You'll never hear from your advisors and they will be extremely rude with you when you do get in touch with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Elle - 5/17/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"I chose GCU because they offer an accounting degree 100% online, have a good reputation (at least that I am aware of), and because they have an accelerated program. I liked that I could take one class at a time for 8 weeks each, I felt that it was easier to focus on one at a time because I am a working mom with two young children. I find the curriculum to be challenging, which to me is a good thing. I tried another university before GCU online and their curriculum was way too easy, the assignments gave you the answers. I didn't feel like I was learning anything. At GCU I feel like I have to actually learn the material to succeed. I feel like the education I have received at GCU has helped me at my job in an accounting firm tremendously. Also the counselors I have had (2) have been excellent at answering any questions and relaying information to me. They are kind and courteous to me. That said, though there are some good online teachers, many of them are not good. They do not always provide useful feedback on assignments, answer questions (I have had two teachers tell me they cannot just give out answers, when I did not ask for answers, I asked for instructions on how to complete problems - or where to look for said instructions). I have had teachers who give out random grades on essays with no reason (of which I had to challenge to get a better grade). I've had teachers basically completely ignore issues that I had in the courses... This is something that GCU NEEDS to fix. I'm not sure if these are all adjunct faculty but I would guess they were. I like that GCU has you rate the professor and course each time, but I'm not sure they actually pay attention to the feedback or do anything about it. I would recommend GCU to people who are independent and able to learn from reading their books alone, without much guidance from a teacher. If you have to have a teacher's input then I don't recommend this school. Of course, this is my experience only as an online student. I am not sure if traditional students face the same kinds of issues."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Grand Canyon University - 5/19/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"Just starting the bridge program for the masters of accounting. When I asked my adviser about how many students does he know, completed the bridge program and have taken and passed the CPA exam? His answer is he does not know and unsure if any student has ever passed the CPA Exam that he has advised. Are you kidding me?!?!?!? The only reason I started the program is my work pays the majority of the tuition. I talked to my good friend that completed his masters of taxation at a well known public university. When asking him about my masters program, he laughed at me. He said I would need to build up my career to get any use out of my masters of accounting degree from GCU. He said they only hire people from universities that actually have accounting programs. People with these paper mill degrees need the work experience to get a job at his company. Not sure if this is the best choice for me, but my work is covering about 70% of the cost. I still might pull out of the program. Not sure why I would stress myself out over a degree that is probably not worth the paper it is printed on."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Dee - 4/8/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"Every online class I take has issues with the curriculum and when I report it the response is always the same "This issue has been brought to the attention of the Curriculum department and will be addressed in an upcoming revision of the course." This does not help me. They give you the opportunity to fill out a survey after each class but they obviously aren't reading them. I tell them they need to focus on quality control because of issues with the curriculum. The one class I took would quiz every week and the material included future chapters. This class has me writing a paper with a focus on subsystems which hasn't even been covered yet. For paying $1800 a class these issues should be fixed. Also, I specifically asked the enrollment advisor if the work of others in a group project would affect my grade. She said it wouldn't, which was a total misrepresentation. If these problems didn't exist, I would be happy with the school. I'm doing well and will graduate in a year and a half."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Whitney - 11/4/2014
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"Let me preface my review by stating that I received my bachelor's in a traditional setting, on campus, from a quality institution; the experience there taught me what the college experience should be like. After the birth of my daughter I became a temporary stay-at-home mom and decided to further my education online; GCU promised quality education in a convenient format. GCU is a diploma mill and nothing more; I have so many stories that could serve as an anecdote for this. If you do the work and submit something you'll usually get a 100% on the assignment. If the professor is trying to seem alive or interested in teaching the course they might ding a few points off arbitrarily, but you're getting an A nonetheless. The professors rarely read what you submit; I've submitted a few assignments where I KNEW my answers were wrong and I've still been given a 100. There was a paper assignment for one of my courses that I particularly enjoyed writing and, when the assignment was returned to me, I eagerly looked for my instructor's comments. The paper that was returned to me wasn't even mine but that of another student's. I read it, it was barely literate and scarcely answered the paper's prompt. The student was given 100% for something any undergraduate school would have failed outright. Not only are the professors careless in their grading but careless in their instruction as well. Learning is done exclusively through the text book; if you're not someone who can learn from the book alone well you're SOL. If you have a question, god forbid, the turn around time on answering it is usually longer than the week long module and by the time they answer you're onto the next topic. I once had a question about the accounting concept behind a problem on a particular assignment and was told to "do my best" and nothing more. Never in my academic experience have I been rejected for help by a professor before; yet I witness this on a nearly weekly basis as my fellow classmates ask in vain for assistance or understanding on the forums. The 8 week online courses are notoriously inflexible- if you're looking for something where you can go at your own pace, look elsewhere. To get full credit for the weekly discussion questions and participation you must post a minimum of 5 times on 5 different days. You're stuck committing to being online 5 days a week which can be a real hassle if you're traveling or working. For whatever reason assignments cannot be submitted early (explain that one to me) and you're expected to adhere to the class's rigid time table with no exceptions. 8 weeks goes by far too quickly and it's far too short a time to devote any significant amount of time to the important material covered. I am now one class away from receiving my master's degree and I have a 4.0 GPA. I would say that I am absolutely unprepared to enter the work force and perform accounting work; I have learned precious little and retained even less. I could never, ever, hope to take the CPA exam, which GCU's program description assured me I'd be ready to do by the end of my studies. Take heed and read the reviews here, save your time and money and look elsewhere for your education."
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