Grand Canyon University Reviews

2.85 out of 5 stars
(566 Reviews)
58% of 566 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 566 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Decision I Ever Made! - 2/1/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Autumn - 1/30/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"GCU seems very promising and, honestly, perfect when you first attend, but you quickly realize just how money-hungry the school is and how little they care about their students. While the campus if gorgeous and safe, faculty and leaders couldn't care less about the wellbeing of the students. Campus food is unreasonably overpriced (for example: a carton of eggs is $6), professors show no concern for struggles students are having outside of the classroom, and you aren't even allowed to temporarily park on campus to bring up your groceries without receiving a $150 ticket. The nursing program is disorganized, racist, and sets students up for failure. The program is more concerned about students representing the school well at clinical, then they are at actually teaching you how to be a nurse. I wish I would have attended ASU."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Jova - 1/29/2019
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please be cautious before enrolling and or transferring from another university to Grand Canyon University. Prior to attending GCU, I had been a presidential honors student. I decided to transfer to Grand Canyon University due to being offered a full ride/tuition scholarship. Hence, I decided to take clear advantage of this opportunity in order to not have substantial student debt. Unfortunately, the enrollment counselor did NOT mention that my 3.8 GPA would not be transferred simply due to policy. This private Christian university carries a mission statement primarily based on collecting monetary value and nothing beyond this point to better help students succeed (according to personal experience). Though, Im not overly upset towards the tuition because I did not have an increase in student loans. Im most upset, because I have not learned anything I did not already know before transferring to Grand Canyon University. Grand Canyon University is a very private, close-minded campus. I felt a tad bit moronic attending the required Christian classes. Attendance in Christian classes certainly defines a Requirement when being a GCU student. Realistically, my overall character does not include religion, though my beliefs and individualism promote spirituality. Religion and spirituality correlate; both are also divergent in unique aspects. WARNING- Do NOT bother expressing being atheist, agnostic because the faculty will treat you entirely different. Whether being unreasonable or inflexible, unethical... be prepared. Do NOT express personal religion even if Asked by professor (s). The majority of classes personally attended started with a prayer session. Uncomfortable experience. Attending Grand Canyon University has provided negative insight concerning this campus. ADDITIONAL WARNING- Yes, Grand Canyon University has a good reputation. If a potential student is not religious, then attending Grand Canyon University would not be a compatible fit. Also, if and when a potential student would like to gain knowledge of majors while excluding religious distractions, then the potential student should continue to browse for suitable universities then narrow down the most suitable university by comparing pros and cons. Now, I am soon to receive a BS in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University. Therefore, I am depressed, alongside resentful towards myself for making the Worst decision thus far in my life. I have two current options: finish the BS without honors and feel "average" which forces upon depression, disappointment OR I can earn my BS elsewhere with Honors to only Start All Over. Did I waste these past three years attending Grand Canyon University? I sure did! And if I could take back the decision in transferring to Grand Canyon University, I would in a single heartbeat. Lastly, my experience attending Grand Canyon University has not been desirable nor satisfactory-focused. Closed-minded faculty, judgement towards students not being religious, the private university is expensive, and I had been uncomfortable needing to associate myself with prayer sessions the beginning of some classes. My academic advisors have been changed three time in the past two years without notice. I'll call to speak with the assigned academic advisor to only discover another academic advisor has been assigned again without the university feeling the need to provide me with such essential updates. Unprofessional. Hopefully, this post helps potential students."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 1/29/2019
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018
"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"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Armyvet - 1/26/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gene - 1/23/2019
Degree: Christian Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Malinda - 1/14/2019
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"Grand Canyon University is a scamming institution and the other reviews here are accurate. I too feel dumb being duped and wish I would have looked at reviews before enrolling. They claim to be a Christian institution but act like money hungry heathens. I am a stay at home mom trying to get my masters in English Education and needed an online course to help my struggling family financially. They made all these promises and were so sweet on the phone. They take up hours of your time manipulating and coercing you that you can do it. Claiming you only need to work a few hours 3 days per week. Its triple that work load. They do not care if you are barely passing the class. They do not care if the instructor is lazy and terrible at explaining things. They only offer to talk to the professor when you are already failing and nothing can be done about your grade. They do not care if the teacher triples the work load right after the cut off for getting a full refund on tuition. Their first intro class is boring, endless busy work, way more work than any online course I have ever taken at CWU, terribly taught, confusing, and over $1,000! My family was going through a sudden death in the family and I became extremely ill due to grief and almost went to the hospital the week after I enrolled. I tried unenrolling on time but was too sick to sit at the computer and when I finally was able to I got the run around with how to unenroll. I finally spent two hours searching for myself to find out how to do it. I was only 2 days away from the cut off with unenrolling and they refuse to refund me. They do not make allowances for extreme situations. They lie over and over that there is nothing they can do. I do not have $1,000 to fork over. I got the same fake persona salesman liar from their manager even after explaining my circumstances. I had been using all financial aid to help pay for this degree and planned on paying it off myself when I got a teaching job. Now instead of blessing my family its cursing it. They will only give you 4 months to pay it off with a payment plan. I wish I could give zero stars. Bottom line run away from this fake lying greedy university!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
NL - 1/10/2019
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2021
"Abundant lack of care, professionalism or help when it comes to teaching or helping students. Have been waiting 3 months for a form to pay for a class that was failed twice, with no help from any of the staff or assigned counselor, to help explain the material. Counselor would only say "well just pass the class". Obviously not doable when the material isn't comprehensive and no staff at GCU can be bothered to teach. Now it seems they're a fan of blackballing students even when they're trying to pay out of pocket for a class to be able to continue education. Extremely disappointed with GCU."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sharon Coleman - 1/8/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"This school should be closed for their fraudulent practices, theft of funds and all out deception. I was enticed into attending this school. They received my financial aid and kept the stipend while telling me they mailed it. They lure you in with promises of earning a PHD while all the long lying to you about the degree and what you can do with it. This type of practive has to stop. We do not enroll in universities to end up defrauded out of our financial aid. I intend to fight."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Grand Canyon University is a Scam School - 1/4/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"RUN AND RUN FAST AWAY FROM THIS SCAM SCHOOL, THEY STEAL YOUR FINANCIAL AID EVEN YOU STIPEND AND LIE ESPECIALLY TARA ROANE, THEY ARE A FRAUDULENT SCHOOL BEING SUED BY THEIR OWN STUDENTS. THEY LIE AND ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A CHRISTIAN INSTITUTION. I AM SO ANGRY FOR ALLOWING MYSELF TO BE DUPED BY THIS SCHOOL. THEY DO ANYTHING TO GET YOU IN THEN LITERALLY MAKE FUN OF YOU WHEN YOU ASK WHERE YOUR LOAN FUNDS ARE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN TO YOU ARE ITS BEEN 5 MONTHS AND MY STIPEND IS STILL IN THE MAIL. SCAMSTERS"