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

1.0 out of 5 stars
Stephanie D - 10/18/2018
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT choose this school!!! Started my first class and got half way through when Hurricane Florence hit. I contacted my instructor, enrollment counselor, and student services counselor. They were not concerned at all with the fact that I was homeless and lost everything, only that they re-enroll me in the class and charge me a second time. When I asked for a leave of absence, they refused, stating that because I had failed the first class (due to the hurricane and no internet or computer) and had not logged into the repeat class, that they were forcing me to take, I could not get a leave of absence. Instead, they send my financial aid back and withdrew me leaving me with an outstanding balance of almost $3000. It is almost impossible to get in touch with anyone at the school other than the two counselors you are assigned. There is not directory for offices such as financial aid, academic affairs, etc. This school is a scam. They are only after money and are not concerned with their students at all."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Rb - 10/5/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Do not waste your time with this RN-BSN program. The University manipulations the program adding classes and combining them so that they can get mire money from them. They do not care about you, your education, or the quality of their online instructors."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Jan - 10/5/2018
Graduation Year: 2019
"It's supposed to be a part-time Master's program but the coursework is ridiculous. The professors and staff are great and their site is user-friendly but aside from the online discussions with substantive responses to classmates with references - there is normally at least 1 paper due a week and sometimes 2 or 3 each week. It's as if this university does not think that working teachers with families have anything to do. It is completely NOT necessary to lose all semblance of work life balance and work on Sundays an all hours to finish the course work. They really need to review and evaluate the workload given to students. Oh and anything under a B is a fail. So even a B- is considered failing."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Extra Fee for your MBA degree - 10/2/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2017
"The MBA program at GCU is a joke and representative of a diploma mill. First, they accept international students who do not speak or understand the english language, yet somehow achieve 100 percents on discussion questions and quizzes. Second, I was charged an additional $550 upon graduation if I wanted my degree because of "financial loan errors" - my student advisor's exact words. Third, I was sold that I could obtain a double emphasis and it would appear on my MBA degree; stupid me again. No such luck. Sadly, this so-called Christian school takes you for a ride through hell and then dumps you at its half-acre. Lastly, it turns out that no employer values a business degree from GCU. STAY AWAY!"
1.1 out of 5 stars
Ripped Off - 9/27/2018
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"Dont be fooled . The nice but very annoying counselor will NOT be with you through out your program. This place is ALL about the money. They will offer free textbooks ebooks that will not load. And a scholarship to Alumni another joke. Please dont choose this school and waste your time and money ."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Doctoral Student - 9/25/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"An outstanding school. When I was searching for a doctoral program, GCU provided exactly what I was looking for in a format condusive to working adults. However, if you are expecting an easy "diploma mill" school, look somewhere else. Rigor, outstanding professors, beautiful campus, and support is top notch. Library services for research is amazing; advisors, all good quality. An attraction is also the amount support GCH gives to the community. GCU is located inner city Pheonix. A doctor program should push the learner to improve and be the best; not to give out all A's and graduate. Phd should entail a large amount of student responsibility; it is not a Master or Bachelor degree. If you want good QUALITY education; call GCU."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Dee B. - 9/25/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"Faculty doesn't go the extra mile. They're not available half the time for help when you're in the online program. They respond days late most of the time and hold you accountable for not having the information you were seeking. A lot of the weekly assignments didn't have grades posted for over a month (classes are 2 months long). I rarely got a direct answer to any question when they did respond. Academic counselors aren't much better. Lastly, there's a $150 charge to receive your degree, as if you haven't paid enough to take all these classes."
1.0 out of 5 stars
tessa - 9/17/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"honestly i felt so frustrated when i was there. First of all, i took a technology class hoping to learn stuff related to technology but all i did in the class was to write papers and i did not learn anything about programs or technology. My major frustration was that the school was so disorganized. no one knew where the tutoring center was or where a specific office was. The school have good intentions but they just need to be more organized and improve their systems. the books were "included" in the tuition but the books were online and most of the time the book would not load which was very frustrating. I ended up buying some of the books because it was just a nightmare to use the online book. the platform is not the best one and is not very friendly. i did not have a good experience at GCU. I wish my college experience would have been different."
4.7 out of 5 stars
PFrer - 9/17/2018
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2018
"I do not have anything negative to say about my RN to BSN program experience at GCU. I never had any issues with starting courses, financial aid, required documents and more. Everybody was very helpful and my instructors were awesome. Of course, some were more helpful and eager than others but I always had positive things to say about the instructors. The classes were 5 weeks longs, except the final course was 10 weeks long. I finished in 14 months. If you put in the effort, you will simply get through this program. I would recommend this program to many others."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Avoid- not worth your money - 9/6/2018
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2014
"Short story: Go elsewhere. Their academics s*** and they just want your money. Long story: I got my BS in marketing at GCU. It was a 3 star experience at best. I had a few good professors (and a few awful ones), any other services (academic, financial, dorm) weren't worth mentioning. Overall, the only thing that made GCU anything special was the on-campus experience-- campus is great and I made some awesome friends; however, their academics did not prepare me for real world marketing or business. A few years later, I decided to change careers and go into computer science. I thought GCU might be a good option since all my credits would transfer.. When I requested information, the admissions counselor basically told me I *had* to make a decision right then and there so I could start their computer programming degree (BTW computer programming is NOT computer science). I felt so pressured and, ultimately, I made a decision I extremely regret: I chose to go back to GCU. Each class had major curriculum errors and some of the professors were absolutely unqualified to teach. I had a class where literally every student in the course reported the professor to their academic advisers and several of us actually contacted the dean (who never responded). Beyond academics, my student services counselor was not only unhelpful but was a hindrance during my time at GCU. Hate to be "that" person but I eventually had to go to his manager (who was the only hero I experienced my entire time at GCU- Cameron, you are a rockstar. Thanks for just listening to my experience and making me feel like my experience I actually mattered). I've since transferred and started attending a school that has great academics and their admissions/academic/financial counseling teams are phenomenal. I never felt pressured to start in any particular term, they called frequently to give me updates on the process, and the financial aid office called just to give me a rundown on how federal aid works and to walk me through making the best possible decisions for my situation. I never felt like a number. If I'd known schools could be like that, I would have never considered GCU the second time around. You guys are going to spend a lot of money at school, go spend it at some place that's actually going to provide quality academic services and treat you like a person not a cash cow."