Student & Graduate Reviews
JJ - 3/4/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"Grand Canyon University is a great option for those seeing a lot of flexibility with pursuing an MBA. The online program, while structured, makes it possible to manage a busy work and learning schedule. For graduate students, please expect to do your learning all on your own. There are no instructor led lectures, though professors do include lecture notes for some courses. A significant amount of reading and research is required for success. Each course is compartmentalized into one week study and assignment periods. This makes it possible for one to learn at their own pace and complete assignments anytime during that scheduled week. Since GCU does not require GMAT for admission, some student's learning levels don't quite meet graduate level standards. One can see that in their short posts or class contributions. Normally this is not a challenge until you are assigned to work as groups to complete projects. Some of the less adept students necessitate greater work from the more advanced students in order to make the project a success. In the end I found that most of my group projects earned lower grades than my own work due to this limitation. I also found it difficult to coordinate schedules with my group members, especially when we are spread out across several time zones. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint are important, if not essential for some classes. Expect to spend a lot of time reading the textbooks. Students with strong financial, statistical, and accounting backgrounds will likely have the most success. Finally, I have found that, for the most part, the professors are quick to respond to your questions, willing to take phone calls, and provide good quality feedback on your work. There are some exceptions, but the most critical courses typically have the most advanced instructors willing to help succeed. I am a seasoned financial executive and found that the program pushed me to learn and succeed."
MsDuped - 2/25/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2022
"Stay away from GCU - at least the doctoral programs. I received very little support in my Year 1 courses, and I even feel duped for taking these courses. They do not care about the students - they care about money. They are secretive about your financial aid - when and how much they will give you. They should be more straightforward about financial aid. You do not even speak to a financial aid officer - just your advisor. My advisor was very unsupportive and uncaring. I think she just was doing as little as possible at her job. Some of the professors were uncaring and just wanted to drop some students from the program. All in all, I feel duped that I wasted time, money and energy in this program. Unfortunately, GCU doesn't care about my success or situation. Study in a program where the advisor actually cares about your success and the university wants you to be successful. GCU could improve their financial aid services in that they need to be more straight forward about financial aid awards or what you will not receive, improve in student services (i.e. advisors), improve in their quality of professors, improve in their quality of doctoral curriculum within courses, improve with their ability to work with students that may have a life situation that influences their studies temporarily."
Ivy - 2/20/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"When I first start this program I specifically express my concern about taking (English class) to help me better my grammar and language. I took Eng 101 and was lucky I pass the class. Call many times been frustrating with most of the class assignments due to my poor grammar, I end up failing in 2 different classes. I request support and they told me I could call for (tutor) the one offer only 15 minutes per call. For me to continue this program I had to pay $1,513 due to the class I didn't pass. I spoke to the counselor about repaying the recent class, I never disagree to pay, all I did was asking for a payment plan and that I was willing to pay $100 monthly towards the class, this counselor told me she couldn't accept that amount that I needed it to pay more. I just got a bill from the collection agency. You don't receive the support you need, and once you agreed to pay the class, they would accept the amount I was comfortable to pay monthly and instead send me to a collection agency. I wouldn't recommend this college."
Nica - 2/18/2019
Graduation Year: 2023
"I have mixed feelings about GCU's PhD program. I have completed all of the core curriculum, but will be withdrawing from GCU before entering the dissertation classes. I obtained my bachelor's and MBA online from two different schools, and the GCU instruction was similar to other schools. The online instructors act more as facilitators, rather than teachers. While this was fine in the other degree programs, this did not really work at GCU with doctoral students taking core courses, while working on their dissertation topic. Essentially, the core course instructors give very little (no) guidance in your dissertation work. At the end of each core course, the student submits an annonated bibliography highlighting 10 articles pertaining to their dissertation topic. The student is graded simply on the submission of 10 new articles - there is no feedback. The student has no one to communicate with to determine if they are heading in the right path with their dissertation topic. Communication regarding the dissertation comes at two required residencies in Arizona. The residencies cost more than the traditional courses because the student pays for lodging and meals. The residencies also mean time off work and transportation costs out of pocket. At residency, the students present their unguided dissertation work to dissertation chairs. While it is great to actually be able to communicate during the residency with dissertation chairs, it is succinctly stated that even though the chairs can help align your topic and put you on a good path - everything can change when the student is assigned their own chair at the end of the core courses. From my understanding, this happens often. Many students who thought they were on a good path from residency feedback found they were back to square one when entering the dissertation courses. Square one in dissertation work is not a great feeling, and I wonder if this problem could be resolved by implementation of a different system. During residency, students are also given what is referred to as "shock and awe" at the timeline to dissertation completion. If everything goes well during the dissertation cycle, you may be able to obtain your degree in 1 1/2 - 2 years after beginning your dissertation courses. However, I know of a student who was stuck in just the AQR cycle for 2 years due to multiple changes of chair, methodologist, and different perspectives on his work. While every situation is unique, it seems there are many students who get stuck at different points, and the timeline to completion can grow dismal. The three dissertation courses required for the degree completion quickly become continued dissertation courses at approximately $2000 each. At some point, the continued course price drops to $500, but many students have exhausted their financial aid and are not only paying back their loans, but also money out of pocket for continued courses. In addition, a third residency is now required after a certain number of continued dissertation courses. Essentially, the completion of this degree may require many more years of time and finances than initially anticipated. I may return to complete the dissertation, but only when I know I am in a good place with the time and finances to finish successfully. Overall, I think GCU needs to restructure their doctoral program in a way that sets students up for success. When enrolling, students are told the program takes 3 1/2 years to complete. That timeline does not appear to be the norm/reality at all, and I think potential doctoral students should be aware of the reality of the program structure from the beginning. After students are given "shock and awe" at the timeline during first residency, a great deal of work, time and money have already been invested, and it is up to each individual student whether to continue or cut their losses."
Tricia - 2/17/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
AR - 2/13/2019
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
Toni - 2/13/2019
Graduation Year: 2021
"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!!!!"
D Messmer - 2/11/2019
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
Anonymous - 2/11/2019
Degree: Emergency Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"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*******."
Meeks - 2/2/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
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