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This school is a joke.They over charge you even when you are not in the school with other students. I took THREE courses where it was just me and a few other students, i literally had to reply to my own comments for discussions. The teachers i had would change up the rules as they go along and none of them knew anything helpful that the students didn't already know. Aside from the charge being astronomical, 3000 for one class, when I went to the local university and was charged 300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is this even legal! when they get closed down like Ashford I will be the last one laughing!
I had to take 3 courses in GCU to obtain my permanent license to practice since I wasn't trained in the US. I don't like online classes because I don't get half as much as I would attending an actual class. But I didn't have the time to go to a campus and this was more practical. The level of expectations from the teachers was very low - I could read the crap, non-sense, stupidity that most students would write and they would still get full points. No argument, proper reasoning and everyone sharing their own personal struggles to use as examples - who cares, this is not your personal therapy or space to vent! Not only that, a lot of times some students who were commenting just to get points and had no real clue about what they were writing, would basically repeat what I was saying in their comment - copy my ideas - and get full points. I don't know what kind of professionals these people will be but the intelligence/academic level of the students is VERY low and they still get the grades to pass. SO many times have I wanted to correct them or tell them off for copying my ideas, but I just had to bite my tongue. They are just dumb and some of their comments were just plain BS bla bla with no real content, bad writing skills (bad English as well), and no logic, and beneath any university-standard I have ever seen. Teachers in the 3 courses have been very nice, accessible and knowledgeable and admin in the university as well, very helpful and quick to reply each time. The actual content of the course is pretty complete and interesting. It's the type of students that bring the quality down. But if you make an effort and focus on yourself then it should be ok. The other day I met someone who was also enrolled in GCU with a different program who told me she felt the exact same way. I'm sorry to sound harsh but I wanted to be helpful to others by writing this review.
Excellent school, excellent program. Highly recommend. Very user friendly format and lots of support. I received both my BSN and MSN degrees from GCU. I would go back for my PHd if I ever decide to pursue. I was an online student and referred a friend who also had a great experience.
Very happy with over all experience, will recommend this school to anyone that's ready to get it done quick. The curriculum was easy to follow, each class start and end in five weeks. The discussion forum was very important and helpful with students asking to each other and the instructors. Good school.
Only into my second online course with this university and it is awful. The instructor (I will leave out Professor as she doesn't deserve that title) will disappear for days- When the university did finally track her down (the first time)she was full of excuses of why she didn't put us into groups and respond to emails and online inquiries; i.e. her brother was home from the army, she has three other classes she is teaching, and so on. Well when you pay close to $3000 for one course you could care less you just want an education. Oh and she doesn't care if you have issues you better be online daily!
In the spring of 2016, I graduated with my bachelor's degree in sociology from Grand Canyon University. I enjoyed the social and spiritual aspects of GCU, and the staff adequately prepared me for admissions into occupational therapy graduate school at Midwestern University. Though my program was not extremely rigorous, I formed strong connections with my peers and faculty members, and I was equipped with wonderful service opportunities. While I was at GCU, I led student youth groups and went on several mission trips to South Africa. Further, because GCU accepted many of my transfer credits from high school, I was able to graduate an entire year early. Overall, my professors and advisors were all passionate about contributing to my success. Granted, the curriculum was not exceptionally challenging, but my global and critical thinking skills were broadened through ethical discussions and service projects. Now, I am enrolled in occupational therapy school and on the path to become a geriatric occupational therapist. If anyone is looking to study humanities and social sciences, I would highly recommend Grand Canyon University, as the studies will give you ample time for extracurricular pursuits while also equipping you to take the potential next step into graduate school.
I attended GCU for 3 terms before transferring to another school. My opinion, Grand Canyon is a great school and fosters a good learning environment. The instructors and advisors were helpful and provided timely responses to any concerns I had. The reason I transferred is I discovered that their doctoral business programs do not have an ACBSP accreditation. The bachelor and master programs are accredited. I understand that the school has to go through a process to receive the accreditation, but a degree from a non-accredited program can have adverse effects on my job search once I graduate especially when pursuing a career in academia. I do not discourage anyone from enrolling in their DBA programs, I would suggest doing your research and determine if the accreditation criteria will make4 a difference in your particular career area. You can go to www.acbsp.org to learn more about accreditation if you want to learn more about it.
The first two semesters of the program went well however this semester has been horrible! GCU completely changed their curriculum for the entire nursing program and it is a MESS.. They have shortened class and lab times, rearranged when we take exams, changed the material of our skills check-offs, and have implemented the most ridiculous grading rubrics that I have seen in any class during my 3 years of experience at two different universities. When we try to talk to someone about it, we feel like our voices are completely shut down. I know someone who quit her job over the change because she could not work in a supervisor position and support the change. Tenured professors have quit over the change as well and the school is having difficulties staffing labs. I believe my quality of education and for sure my grades have decreased as a result of the multiple changes they have made. The school has hired people to try to help fix the current situation and change the curriculum again for the better before the next semester begins. Meanwhile in one of my classes there are no tests as someone forgot to put them into the syllabus and in another class tests are being given before the material is covered because wrong dates were entered in the syllabus. Forgot about trying to talk to anyone about it as your emails go unanswered. It is a complete mess and no one in my cohort would recommend the GCU nursing program at this college to ANYONE!!!
This program and school are top-notch! Everything they said they would do, they did. I have no complaints with Grand Canyon and have recommended them to many, including family, friends, and colleagues. I learned an incredible amount in this program. I have been working in the field for 3 years now and find that I am as qualified as the rest of my counterparts that attended a brick and mortar school in person. I am very thankful for my education at GCU. Excellent program! Excellent university! Staff members (from financial aid to enrollment to professors) truly care about the student and their career goals. Thank you, GCU!
Grand Canyon University (GCU) online program was perfect for my life. It allowed me to maintain a fulltime job while earning my Bachelors. I would definitely recommend GCU to anyone thinking about obtaining a degree, but are conflicted with work/family situations. While this is a Christian college, the university does not push the religious aspect on individuals, which makes for a much more welcoming feel, and was a major concern prior to starting classes. Looking back, I don't believe I would have done anything different.