Grand Canyon University Reviews - Bachelor's in Psychology
Review of Psychology Bachelors Degrees
Grand Canyon University is a tremendous school to attend. The professors dedicate their time to students, and ensure that their students are getting the best education. While Grand Canyon is a private Christian school, professors, faculty, RA's, and etc do not push religion onto those who attend, and have welcoming arms at all times. Grand Canyon University also provides many resources to their students to set them up for success whether it be academically, or working.
Terrible school. Go anywhere else. The teachers are great and the small classrooms are great but that's literally it. Nothing, I repeat, nothing else about this campus is any good. The rules require all of their students to be treated like little kids, the student advisors are constantly being replaced because of how bad they are, the fines for anything as minuscule as smoking in a designated smoking area can be up to 500$ and the food options are horrid. Also, good luck transferring to another school because the credits essentially force one to stay. Unless, of course, you want to ask another 4 classes at your new university.
Grand Canyon was an awesome school. I always tell people when they ask me about it that I had a great experience with the staff, students and my advisor. The support you get with the staff isn't the average type of support. I could schedule with any advisor if I needed some help or needed to get something done. They call and check on you to make sure things are going well. I wish they had the program for MSW so I could go back but I will always be Lope!
Grand Canyon help me achieve my degree within three years. They have helped me make sure I am on track with my classes and the teachers were great. Most of my teachers helped me achieve my goals by guiding me to the right places out of education like different career opportunities and ways to pay back student loans. GCU is a great school to find your purpose and reach your fullest potential.
My school Grand Canyon University was pretty tough as far as the schoolwork went, but the support that came with my experience was exceptional. There wasn't a time where I felt like the staff wasn't on my side. They encouraged me and did what they could to help me succeed. This is a Christian based school so everyone is helpful and pleasant. I think the fact that it was a faith based school helped throughout my time there because it reminded me that I can accomplish all my goals as long as my faith was strong.
Grand Canyon University was an overall good school to complete my bachelors at. The teachers were very easily available to answer questions, however some where pretty harsh on grading- which is a good thing.. sometimes! Some of them really tried hard to make you think twice and put in a lot of effort, while some where more laid back and showed more flexibility in their teaching styles. The housing options made it a fun atmosphere especially with so much going on. Concerts and basket ball games are the best! I really advise to try and live on campus because students will make a lot more connections and be more apt to head to the library or favorite food spot to work on homework because it is so close and you can literally walk there! I would advise for future students to take the time to really try hard in classes and make the effort to study because it really will help them in their future whether it be for their career or for another job they might get out of college. I made the mistake of slacking off and just trying to get by in some classes- and now it really shows when I don't know things about skinner or Freud and I'm a Psych major! However, when I really applied myself and challenged myself- it paid off because I now work for a great company working with autistic kids and I'm on my way to obtaining my masters at ASU! All in all, GCU has great teachers, a fun campus life, and the students who go there are passionate, good people who all have the same goals as you- to finish college and get their diploma!
This school is a joke.They over charge you even when you are not in the school with other students. I took THREE courses where it was just me and a few other students, i literally had to reply to my own comments for discussions. The teachers i had would change up the rules as they go along and none of them knew anything helpful that the students didn't already know. Aside from the charge being astronomical, 3000 for one class, when I went to the local university and was charged 300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is this even legal! when they get closed down like Ashford I will be the last one laughing!
From the first call all the way up to now, my experience with my student advisor team was absolutely amazing. They checked up on me regularly to see if I needed any help and were always available to answer questions. They were so warm and welcoming and really made me feel like I was part of the family. Even after I graduated they were happy to answer any questions and provide their services. I really felt that was the best first and last impression I could have ever gotten. I also found the curriculum to be at a good pace. You are not overwhelmed with the technology while attending online, but also feel as though you have a lot of online resources to prepare you for success during your degree studies. The first course does just that. It provides you with a hands-on learning experience so that you learn it from actively participating. For someone who learns best from completing the task, this was extremely helpful. The platform is also extremely easy to follow. You are required to participate in class discussions three days a week with two posts per day, two assignment questions twice a week, and larger assignments and/ or quizzes due on Sunday. This worked out really well with my full schedule. I was able to complete most of my assignments and questions ahead of time and focus on my participation. With working online you really are able to work at your own pace. What you put into your education is what you get out. The teachers were a big help as well. They all were extremely friendly and always willing to answer your questions. The class forum, where you can ask questions to your teacher, helps as a reference to alleviate duplicate questions. The teachers also provide their home email or address so that you may ask questions any time of the day, especially in emergencies.
I think the biggest issue with this school is that they admit students who are not capable of succeeding in an online environment. I have attended UNLV and UNR in the past. I only settled on GCU because I now live 100 miles away from the closest college to me. The only difference from a traditional class is the professors do not lecture very much. They serve a purpose more akin to a moderator, albeit a very knowledgeable one. It isn't for everyone. I can grasp a concept well after reading a textbook and doing my own research. I see some students saying they needed tutors, I do not understand why. I see many students in my class making silly mistakes. For example, in one class, all out posts were required to be 75 words, I would see students posting 10 words posts up until the very last day of class. I saw people saying they couldn't fit it into their schedule. I can finish all the work for the week in a few hours, except for the discussion questions that have to be done on 4 different days; I can accomplish that in less than an hour. I really think that the online degree program is not for everyone. However, I do not think people should be on here trashing a school based on their experience.
I have had a very excellent experience with this institution. I am a single parent of older teen/young adults and we have particular needs in the family. My instructors have been knowledgeable, available, and supportive all the way through my classes. My counselors have been very good to me and offer me full support and advice. The staff has been more than just doing a day's work. They actually care and offer support and advice. I love that they would pray for me. Previously, I attended a course at a different famous college online (in CA) and I will never go back to that California school; the administrative part at the California college was so hard to navigate that you were pretty much on your own. I was sent from one person to another to another until I found out at the END of my class that the California college decided not to accept my financial aid so I will owe a bucket of money for an evening class that, if you don't want it for a grade, was free and open to the public to come and attend in the evenings. Not so with GCU! My financial counselor from GCU calls me at the end of each course to make sure everything is updated and that I understand where I am in terms of finances and courses. The classes themselves are well structured to be able to break the work into pieces so that a degree is attainable even for full time workers with families. I attended college twice before (not counting the California online class) and this has definitely been the best experience so far!