Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 532 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
59% of 532 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 532 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Dorsel Edwards
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"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""
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2023
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Looking to waste your time, money and patience? GCU is right for you! This college is rude, unorganized, and just looking for your money. In the amount of time I had any association with GCU (2 weeks) everything about it was a red flag. They came to my work for a recruiting events and gave out all the right answers, so I began the process of enrollment. At the beginning of enroll (transcript already sent), I was told i'd graduation in 1 year(only reason I picked this college). Then it was moved to graduate in 1.5 years. Then, it was 2 years. And finally, it was 2.5 years. Aside from the inconsistent answers, I noticed they only have a graduation rate of 41%, when my classes started I noticed why. In the first day of my first class, it was expected that I post 3 discussion posts and have 8 additional replies. Which is a lot for just an introduction class. They work load is outrageous when compared to other colleges my fellow teachers attended. So workload and pushing my graduation date out, I decided I would drop out and attend a college close to home with friends who are attending and know what it is like. When I decided to drop out, it took several days for someone to reach out to me. When I finally received an email about it, the guy was very rude to me. He stated i would never find a college where I can graduate within a year and good luck with my expectations. Well, my luck took all of 5 minutes to find a college with a fast track program and were actually nice to me! So GCU has a very low graduation rate, inconsistent answers to everything, only in it for the money and very rude. I hope this review helps anyone considering this college. I read ALOT of reviews before deciding on attending, after ignoring all the bad reviews I discovered first hand how bad GCU is. Good luck if you decide to ignore the reviews like I did!"
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2023
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Worst educational experience of my life. This university is focused ONLY on getting your money and will drag you through whatever hells they can in order to secure it. They charge you for every little thing, even if it is one of their administration or faculty that caused an issue. Having issues with a teacher and looking to switch to the same class but with different faculty? SORRY! We're going to charge you for the time you spent "in class" as well as for your book. As soon as you get into the correct course, guess what? We're going to recharge you the full cost of the class per credit as well as the cost for your book, again. It is flat out highway robbery disguised as "a good Christian university." Double dipping much? Best part, there is no financial aid office, no finance department, you get to deal with your counselor ONLY and if they don't get it, you're screwed! Joy! Information varies amongst counselors as well. Communiation between students and their counselors, or in my case field experience counselors as well, is almost non-existent. Field experience counselors will push paper your way and expect you do all the work. The curriculum is outdated, inconsistent, and varies between instructors. In a field that demands to be at the forefront of current practices and research, all of the resources presented in class are more than 5 years old! Practice what you preach. If you want me to utilize resources no older than 5 years, then shouldn't everything you teach with or present to me "in class" mirror what you're instructing me? Spelling, grammar, and incomplete sentences plague the online classrooms. The same overly critical instructors on those points are the same ones that can't seem to proofread their own work. There are a few outstanding professors in this degree department, but not enough to outweigh the beyond bad ones. I got into this university because I was presented with, what I thought, was a really awesome scholarship. Imagine my surprise when they got rid of the scholarship and kept the "discount" as the standard tuition cost. I feel like I got roped into this school and have been regretting it ever since. If you have the chance to go somewhere else, ANYWHERE else is better than here."
Former Student
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2023
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"So glad I left this school! The school is unorganized and getting through to speak to anyone is a difficult task. They also make it difficult to retrieve transcripts and you need to speak to an advisor who is NEVER available. I received my undergrad at a different college in Az and so glad I did. School is stressful enough without babysitting the RUDE STAFF at this school who cannot seem to do their job. The one class I took at GCU was the worst college experience I have ever had in school. I never would be in the MSN program if I stayed at GCU."
M G Arthur
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2023
  • Degree: Business
"I believe the classes are so expensive! They holding my transcripts where I cannot transfer to a university in my state to save money. My GPA is great with this university, so it had some good out of this situation. I would recommend but tell the students to make sure they have enough to pay for their classes."
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2023
  • Degree: Psychology
"I am a student at GCU earning my Masters of Science in Psychology. Grand Canyon University has been a wonderful experience for me, the staff have been great, I have wonderful counselors, and been provided with plenty of resources to bring me success for my graduate program. From transitioning from undergrad to grad school, its everything I expected it to be. It is challenging, you need to have time management skills, devoted time to coursework, participate!!, and keep up with the work. I have heard so many people complain about Grand Canyon University, it is understandable if money is a factor to the problem. But, in my experience finance is not an issue and I have no complaints about how the online graduate program is structured and taught. Do not apply if you don't have the work ethic, the time management skills, research skills, and digital experience. I always believed that graduate education is independent, if you lack the skills to work and study independently, higher education may not be for you. It's annoying to hear people complain about GCU not being lenient with grading, or that the workload is too much. If you are trying to earn a Graduate degree, buckle up, it takes a lot to be a graduate student but only so many will complete it and walk across the stage. I am grateful that GCU took me in, and I have been giving my all to be successful in my courses. Shout out to my counselors who have been so useful and supportive of my journey."
Maribel Flavel
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2023
  • Degree: Psychology
"I’m so frustrated with the terrible communication I’ve been receiving at this school. They offer a student counselor who helps you with everything, but mines incredibly bad at communication. I had to ask him to enroll me in my next classes because he hadn’t yet. I’m also switching my major and have asked him several times to do so, to which he responded that I needed to wait, which I did. Well, I’m finally starting my new set of classes and he enrolled me in the wrong classes and again did not change my major. I emailed him this morning to confirm that they would finally get me in a class that starts in 3 days and he told me they would. Now they’re off for 3 days and I have to wait for them to put me in the correct class. We’ll see if this messes with my schedule. I’m so frustrated. I do not recommend this school."
Ben Matthews
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2023
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I enrolled in Grand Canyon Universities Online graduate program for the Masters in Education, Secondary Education degree. I was able to double up on classes and finish the program earlier than most. My grade point average was 3.84 (GCU uses the 4.000 grading scale). Each course was 4 to 6 weeks long and had requirements for field work. Overall, my counselors and the staff of GCU always had open lines of communication, the grading was rigorous but it enhanced the academic experience by expecting more from its students, and its cost of tuition and enrollment was fair compared to other institutions. If you are looking for a good and accredited graduate degree you should definitely consider Grand Canyon University."
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2023
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I am currently in my last BSN course at GCU and I have not had one problem with tuition, customer service, grading times, instructor responsiveness, etc. I don't particularly like online group assignments or spreading out response posts throughout the week but that's to be expected with an online learning platform. I've been unclear instructions about assignments and instructors usually get back to me within a few hours, grades are in no longer than a week after the assignment is due and my counsellors have all been super responsive and helpful. I just saw a lot of bad reviews on here and I don't quite understand why people are having different experiences than me but I felt the need to share mine. I honestly wish GCU offered a Psych NP program so I could just stay with them."
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2022
"Overall, this school was fine. There were 2 things that really bothered me. The first, one professor never graded things on time and didn't know how to log the practicum hours. For this class, I dropped the ball and didn't log my hours (the instruction was ambivalent for how to log them, but I had the hours completed). For those hours, it took over 2 months of fighting with the field practicum counselor to get the hours logged. All he told me was that I had to reach out to the professor. This professor had no idea and ended up ignoring all of my emails asking for help. Then the counselor still couldn't help me. I ended up having to solve the problem myself (which ended up being simple and the counselor couldn't tell me how to do it). I would ask him for help, then follow his advice and ask the teacher. When she stopped replying to me, I went back to the counselor who told me to work with the teacher. When I told him the teacher wasn't responding he had no actual way to help me except for a PowerPoint that had a broken link. He never helped me after that and I was able to figure it out, luckily. But it was such a headache over nothing!!"
Christopher Jordan
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2022
  • Degree: Sociology
"Wow! This is my second time writing a review on GCU. I felt my first review may have been a little unfair to them. Until I read other reviews and saw that they were treated exactly the same as I was. I won’t make this a long review. I’ll make it short and honest. If you are an online student such as I was, keep looking. If you are military in anyway thinking you’ll get a break, forget about it. If you think they’re a Christian school with morals and Christian ethics, it won’t take much to see otherwise. The bottom line, it’s money for them. They’ll take your money, and could care less about your degree. Please keep looking past GCU. I think I could write a book about how bad they treated me. They have all these commercials about going there…. I warn you- be very afraid. You’ll probably come up short."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I took one class here and I am transferring. I am a very busy student and I was focused on getting my BA and teaching certification online, not easy to find. I had a great time with my advisor, finding the best path for me. He was great with communication and found me the fastest way to get what I needed out of my education. The first class is a mandatory university class, pointless. The second class, also mandatory, Christian Worldview. No one everrrrr said this was a Christian school until I saw this class and had been in contact for months, working on paperwork and choosing a major. The class is horrific. It is massively offensive to all non-christians and the professor has the audacity to say we should not judge each other. This place is a joke that is dead set on getting you right where they want you and then making some strange attempt at conversion. If you don't love Jesus, steer clear."
  • 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."
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"
  • 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!!!"
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!"