Grand Canyon University Reviews
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The majority of the program was excellent. The professors are usually helpful and grade promptly. However, I had the worse experience with the two classes designed to help teach specific subjects (Math and English). The courses are not designed with students with special needs in mind. Instead, the classes are geared at general education classrooms. Instead of providing advice and techniques to teach students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities we are required to touch on that subject in a single area of the 5-page lesson plan format. The math teacher is expecting us to write impractical 20-page lesson plans. I was graded poorly on a 12-page lesson plan because it was not detailed enough. Her initial feedback was good, but then it just became rude and unnecessary. The information that was in one area of the lesson plan she wanted repeated throughout the lesson plan (we couldn't refer back to it) and required full scripts of potential dialogue to be written out. DR is one of the worse and most impractical teachers I have had the displeasure of working in within my 15-year academic career. She claimed researched, and peer-reviewed techniques were not useful or practical but did not explain her reasoning or offer what she considered to be more practical suggestions.
I would advise any future students, do not apply to this school, just run away, anything else is better that this one, this is an scamming institution and the other reviews here are accurate, i enrolled in online RN-BSN program and as soon as i noticed (less than 4 days) how hard was the professor, i requested to Drop the class, counselors delayed to respond or help as long as they could, i was attending just less than a week and i was so frustrated, that i decided to withdrawn from school. I was in class less than a week and they are charging me north of $1700, (i have the invoice to prove it, and now the are sending me to collection), please don't take the bait and fall into their scamming tactics, they may look nice, they will make you feel good to convince you to enroll with then, you will regret it.
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!!!!
I was excited to start online classes. When my grandpa got ill and passed away they would not approve enough time off. I got charged for a class I did not take. But today I got an email from them saying they would forgive the money of I came back before Feb 28th. I responded with a few concerns. The response I got was to ignore the email I got because they would not honor it. They did not even address my concerns. They truly only care about money.
GCU was a HORRIBLE experience. I spoke with them multiple times before enrolling asking about financial assistance and payment plans. I was told that I could have a payment plan for the remaining balance after my federal loan amount was applied. I checked with them multiple time sin regards to the payment plan. It sounded great. I enrolled and started classes. Then I get a bill for $2500. I call to ask about payment plans and they said I couldn't have one and needed to pay the full balance. Absolute liars! I couldn't afford that bill right up front, which is exactly why I asked about payment plans before even enrolling. Now I am making payment through a fucking debt collector all because of these lying people. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCOOL. For the classes that I did take the education was sub-par and not really any better than other schools. Do not trust anything that is said to you. THey will say anything just to get you to enroll. I had to stop going to school until the balance is paid off. Such a*******.
Grand Canyon is a close-minded school and Im ashamed I ever went here. The education was average, the professors were hard to work with, and it was overpriced. If you want a good education from a university that embraces open conversation and diverse learning experiences, dont go to GCU.
Going to Grand Canyon University was the best decision I ever made. After two years at the local community college, I needed a school that offered me the flexibility to have a job and get my assignments done. I have read other reviews on here and I would suggest that anyone interested in an online college education not buy too much into reviews from students who attended only a short amount of time or did not graduate. College is extremely hard and time consuming; this is no different with Grand Canyon Univeristy (GCU). If you think going to school online will be less work than other schools, you are wasting your time. You need to make the time to learn the material, post your required discussion posts and respond to the required participation, this does not include the assignments, homework, and quizzes or tests that may be necessary. You will get out of GCU what you put in, but this is a full-time education, therefore, you will have to put in the man hours. I am a 43 year old mother who also works and had not been in school in 20 years. I graduated GCU with a 3.98 GPA which should demonstrate to those who are serious about getting an education as an adult learner that it is absolutely possible with hard work and commitment. I have already been offered a position in my field and will start the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program in two weeks. GCU is not for everyone, but neither is distance learning. Not every instructor is going to hold your hand and make learning easy for you. You must be an active participant in your education. As a student, you must be self-disciplined, willing to sacrifice time, energy, and sleep (if necessary) for a better future. But if you are willing, you will be giving your and your family the opportunity at a better future. I am so grateful for the education I received at GCU and am excited to continue my education with them for a second time. Don't base your decsion on a handful of negative reviews. Seek the truth for yourself and make the decision that is best for you.
I just graduated in December with an MBA. A lot of students struggled primarily because the business school does NOT require the GMAT therefore many student do not have the requisite math or English skills to succeed nor did thy have any real world work experience. I had several classmates that had no business being enrolled in a graduate level business program (no pun intended lol). The most successful students have either financial (accounting, finance, etc), engineering, or healthcare background (RN, PT, etc). In addition, all the successful students that I worked with were either employed and needed the degree for promotion or had a specific plan after graduation. Here are some of the big points about GCU's MBA program 1. Relatively inexpensive 2. Can complete entirely online without residency requirements 3. GCU will allow you to accelerate your studies if you're paying cash (I finished the 22 month program in 16 months) 4. It is a self directed educational experience The faculty are NOT there to teach you. They are there to simply grade your work. This is graduate school so there is NO hand holding (unlike a bachelor's program). You must learn the material on your own and find the answers to questions yourself 5. You need to be proficient in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. You should be comfortable with freshman college level math and writing 6. GCU uses a flawed anti-plagirism software package - all assignments must be run through this ridiculous program. I was falsely accused of academic dishonesty. The instructor never had any real proof and when I requested a formal hearing they denied me and just sent me a silly non-disciplinary warning letter. My recommendation for potential MBA students is if you're good at self learning, comfortable with MS Office software, can write a good academic paper, have sufficient basic college level math, have a background in accounting, finance, engineering, medicine, nursing, etc and have sufficient real world work experience then GCU will be a breeze for you. If you are lacking any of the aforementioned then you will struggle dearly and I wouldn't bother enrolling
So far, great school EXCEPT that the requirement for ONE online class is participation 5 DAYS A WEEK. YOUR GRADEs SUFFER IF YOU DON'T. Their policy is 3 days but ALL of my professors REQUIRE 5 days, so forget about taking more than one class. Don't believe counselor.
I would advise any future students to be careful in applying to the school because they might take advantage of you and then cover their tracks. Instead of being all about the students, they are more interested in their programs and what they are trying to establish.