Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in Business
Review of Business Bachelors Degrees
Reading the other article about GCU where much different then my experience. I have earn a Bachelors and just completing my Master here at the University, I have nothing but great things to said about this institution. Of course there are stubbing block but you will get them at every university. It is hard to satisfy everyone but from the blocks of instruction , the professor , enrollment counselor as well as the student advisors they all receive nothing but praise for a job well done. GCU, Thanks for giving me the information and the tools to go further with the journey that I have chosen to take. I would recommend this University to everyone who has the discipline to do the work and earn their education. With that said I would love to become a part of the servant staff.
I would strongly advise not enrolling in this university. I chose this do to work commitments because of the online program. It began well but quickly turned south. Academic Adviser/Counselors could never be contacted. Either busy or would call you back specifically when you requested for them to not call you back. Changed the degree requirements halfway through my program. At one point due to a move for work I took time off from the program and they automatically dis-enrolled me, even though I had specifically communicated to my Academic Adviser/Counselors what was going on. They are a For-Profit institution and will suck every penny they can out of you. Class wise, if you do not have above a 3.0 GPA they will not allow you to take more than one class at a time, extended your graduation date. There was no instruction by the instructors/professors. Post into the discussion questions and turn in your assignment on Sunday night and you'll never hear from the instructor. Being a online student I was told I may not even be able to walk at graduation because 'spots fill up so fast' Total joke of a School. I wish I had never attended here.
You have to work hard. You actually need to put into work. Financial aid and school adviser are great. They have very good degree program. You can also adjust your speed to taking classes. You do not have to locked up in traditional form of study. Online course is 7 weeks program and it is short enough to concentrate and long enough to learn much of information. If you do not think this Grand Canyon University can bring you what you promised it is on you not the school. Better be ready for some challenges. These professors are hard on you and will make you work.
Of the common complaints on here, I can attest to their partial validity. I was automatically enrolled in my next course based on my declared degree path. So yes automatic enroll does exist in order to support you! In fact I did change my degree path after I started. The process is as simple as filling out a form and signing it. A few days later the degree path was corrected. Automatic billing does exist, based on the degree path I chose. However, I always paid for the courses in accordance with the written agreement I signed upon enrollment. The staff never called me out on timely payments. In fact, I was automatically enrolled in my next class after I told my SSA that I would take a short break for the birth of my son. The SSA corrected my schedule and I was not billed for those classes I did not take. Course instructors do seem a little jaded, but I have noticed that the university as a whole is turning that around. There are mandatory requirements for the instructors to pay a certain amount of time and attention to the class. I never confronted them directly on late grading or low response but left the feedback in the course survey. I know a few instructors who were not asked back. This certainly isn't because of one unruly loud mouth student. I was assigned a capstone course and have completed that course. There was one course after the capstone that I needed to complete in accordance with my original degree path. The reason this course was taken after the capstone was student availability. The university offers a wide range of degrees that funnel into a few common capstones. This meant that of the students that shared my degree path, There was too few with the pre-requisites to make up a class. This was a constant problem through out my degree path. But the automatic enrollment meant that the computer found another class for me to take and kept kicking FIN-486 down the road until enough students were available to take the course. Bottom line, the common complaints do exist, and I experienced them. With a little understanding and forcefulness I was able to obtain a degree from GCU. Every institution has problems, it is on you to correct them. A degree should not be handed to you. You must work for it. Knowledge isn't the only key to life, sometimes there is a little paperwork involved. GCU prepared me for life.
After being accepted into the business management program at Grand Canyon University , things went downhill quickly. To make it short , education was fine but the advisors were terrible. There was a huge lack of communication which led to a lot of issues I was having not getting resolved ever. They continued to tell me that they would contact me when they had an answer ( over the course of 5 months ) for one particular issue. They were simply putting it off until I graduated and they wouldn't have to deal with me any longer. I had issues with financial aid due to GCU not participating in self loans. I suddenly had my 67$ monthly interest payment skyrocket to $250 which is a big difference for a student. I expressed my concern with my advisor and she did nothing to help me. They apparently do not have a finance office with anyone that you can talk to. I have never been as frustrated as I was when dealing with GCU and this issue. Their lack of concern for a student really showed me what kind of school they are. While going through this unresolved issue , they had no trouble contacting me to get me signed up for a masters program through them. I laughed and said no thanks. I would not recommend this school just based on the lack of help and care received from several advisors that I had. When studying online , it is important to have a good lifeline to the university which is not what they had provided me with. I have had a better experience with my new college that I have enrolled in to complete my next degree and my classes haven't even started yet. Stay away from GCU unless they correct their advisor issue.
Advisers very helpful. Instructors are easy to get help from if needed. One class easier to complete. Not over whelming. Would choose school again for academic and financial. School supplies academic, spiritual help. Would recommend to school to. Others.
I wish there was more instruction, especially with the price. The structure is perfect for a person working full-time, but I had to use outside sources a lot because the instructors would merely point me back to the text instead of helping me understand. I also like that it is a regular school and people won't automatically know I did online courses.
I enjoyed the convenience of being able to attend school online. I was not happy with some of my instructors and when I filed an appeal I was not satisfied with the outcome. Overall, it was a good experience.