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I just recently finished my program and must admit I would not be writing this review if it were not for the fact that they charged me $150 to release my degree. I spent an exorbitant amount of money on a mediocre program and am understandably upset they would charge to register my completion of the program. I say the program was mediocre as the syllabus/assignments were premade so many instructors were just as confused as the students as to the expectations and assignment requirements. The rubrics and the actual assignment never coincided creating mass confusion and no sense of structure and continuity amongst instructors. The majority of assignments, internships and student evaluations revolved around an evaluation rubric thats no longer in use. Thanks GCU.
Grand Canyon University is a great school to go to especially after having received your first degree. I received my Masters degree from GCU after first getting my bachelor's degree. GCUs online courses are challenging and take dedication and hard work, and determination to complete. But I believe it was well worth the effort. Their instructors are knowledgeable, professional, and will work with you as long as you keep the lines of communication open and keep up with your course requirements, and attempt to meet the deadlines. Finally, the mature student should have no problem achieving success at GCU.
Find a different program. While I'm about finished with my PhD, I've found the entire experience disheartening. Save yourself time and trouble by going somewhere else. You aren't going to finish in the time they tell you. Even if you are on track to be ahead of schedule, as I was, they go up to 5 weeks without allowing you to progress, but still charge you for tuition. I should have been finished the last 8 weeks, but misplaced paperwork cost me an extra $2,000. And that doesn't include all of the trouble it takes to get to your dissertation phase. An example, they have art therapy teachers teaching bio psychology without any actual bio psychology experience. They used the same books I taught my undergrad students out of. They had major assignments missing from the curriculum that no one noticed until the end of the journey. My best advice is just don't do it!
This is definitely a great university. I see many negative comments and I think it might be because people did not apply themselves in many cases. I had my ups and downs with getting my Doctoral degree, but those were my ups and downs. The program was the program. They offer good tech support, a great library with helpful librarians and really a great faculty. My dissertation process would never be complete if it were not for my supportive committee. I went to a graduation in a Master's program and the speaker from the student body said, "I have 5 minutes, I am going to pray." He prayed for 5 minutes for the entire group there, said amen, and told all to have a good life. Very impressive, I will never forget that moment.
Most professors were okay, but it only takes one to ruin it for everyone else. There is one professor in the Instructional Tech department that scrutinizes students' work and erratically deducts points for no reason. When you ask her about it, it's like she has no clue what she's talking about or what you're talking about. My counselor is great, but she can't do anything other than apologize. This professor has been addressed by the department several times as being out of GCU policy, and yet she continues to be allowed to work there and terrorize students. Save your money and look for a school that employs quality professors who can actually read and understand graduate level work!
I had to withdraw from the program due to a life event. They demanded I pay a huge amount of money to leave. I was making payments of $100 a month because thats what I could afford. They sent my account to collections anyway. If youre not rich they will distroy your credit. Please dont make the same mistake I did. Go to a university that cares about students and will work with them financially. I will always regret trying to better my education through GCU.
What I loved most about this university, especially being an online student, is how dedicated those at GCU were to making sure I succeeded. Of course, it was up to me to pass the courses. My advisor, counselor, and professors made sure I was on the track and was challenged. With a lot of hard work, I was able to obtain a 4.0 GPA. Being an online out-of-state student, I had to make sure I was meeting my state's requirements for certification. While GCU provided an excellent education, I simply needed to complete one extra course within my state to ensure I met my certificate requirements. Being an online student requires a bit more of foot work because you need to be responsible for what your state requirements are; which can easily be found on your state department's website. With the guidance and encouragement from GCU, and a lot of hard work in completing all the necessary requirements I was able to be successful in my endeavors through GCU!
After being away from college for decades, I took the plunge and decided that GCU was my primary choice for an education. The admissions officers and my student counselor have been nothing but perfect. They walked me through the entire application and financial aid process and stayed connected with me until I received my letter of acceptance. Once I began, they proceeded to check in with me to see how I was doing. Even now, my student counselor calls to check in and let's me know I am clear for a class prior to each course beginning. The teachers and professors have been outstanding and not once has religion been pushed on me. Yes, you are required to take a Christian Worldview class however no one is forced into believing anything they do not want too, there is no agenda. I have only had one minor issue with a math teacher but it was not enough to deter me from my studies. The GCU student portal is extremely helpful, with easy navigation access, library access with outstanding librarians and a student success center with helpful templates, a writing and math center, etc. I have been successful at GCU and I would highly recommend the school.
I cannot begin to mention the problems I've had with this school. The professors seem to work against you, not with you to understand and efficiently complete your work. Appeals are a joke, and I wouldn't expect to get anywhere with those either. My academic advisor has lied to me multiple times, and recently lied to me about my gpa being under watch, which ended up in me being suspended for not getting my GPA to a 3.0 which was LITERALLY impossible in one course. Essentially, she had me take a course for no reason, and now I will likely owe money for the school for a course I never would have taken had I not been lied to directly about it. Do yourself a favor, Find a school that actually wants to see their students graduate. I found a statistic that said less than 30% of the graduate students at this school actually graduate. I assume it is for this exact reason.
Please be careful in this program! ESPECIALLY NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS!They do assign a counselor to your case to help with a smooth transition.However,in my case, my counselor had no idea of what the program requirements were for out of state residents. ( The program claimed to meet the mandates of New Jersey) She was clueless and did not seem remorseful about it.I think the goal is to get students to enroll and then you are left to your own graces. As such, I went through a lot of hassles to get information independently in order to obtain my Principal License. I had to obtain my license in Arizona, then apply for reciprocity in New Jersey. I graduated in 2017 and it took almost a year to obtain the license, the process was draining,expensive and discouraging. On the other hand,I would like to add that the professors and the online instruction was a great and informational process. I did obtain great knowledge through the Educational Administration Program.