Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 591 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
58% of 591 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 591 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 1/30/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
"Took two graduate courses for additional credit on teacher's pay scale. I had an awful experience with 2 out of 3 instructors and would advise educators looking for this type of credit to STAY AWAY FROM THIS INSTITUTION. They are inconsistent with their courses in terms of actually having rubrics to guide expectations for work completion. They hire individuals who have equivalent educations and experience to the students (i.e., under-qualified instructors), and they do not and will not treat you like the working professional you already are."
MBA Junky
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"This review is regarding the Colangelo College of Business MBA program as of 2017. I attended both the ASU and UA MBA programs, but had to transfer for different reasons. After taking a break, I decided to attend the GCU MBA program and it was the cheapest. The fact is that no MBA program in Arizona is competitive, especially the ones claiming to be (I'm talking to you ASU). The W.P. Carey MBA from ASU is currently the most expensive and the most over-rated; many of the other students in my cohort there had GPAs between 2.2 - 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, and were arts majors. The Eller MBA is not much better only by default because it's cheaper. The GCU MBA is the cheapest, with the lowest student to professor ratio. If you're dead-set on getting your MBA in Arizona, then the best return for your money and time is going to be GCU. The single greatest factor holding back GCU is that it's the lowest paying university in Arizona; meaning that the professors are probably in retirement or get something else from working there. I can't speak for the other colleges at GCU, but the Collangelo College of Business is a solid business school and frankly a much better name-sake than the others in Arizona (Collangelo spent many years in Phoenix managing the Phoenix Suns and the Diamondbacks). W.P. Carey was a real-estate tycoon from New York who never did anything in Arizona and Eller was a convenience store tycoon who many give credit for bankrupting the entire Circle K franchise single-handedly. The Collangelo MBA program provided me with a well-informed MBA education because unlike the other business schools in Arizona, the classes at Collangelo were small and engaging. A business school that claims to be something it is not, is not a business school; it's a scam. Therefore, a great MBA program gives you a high return on your investment, doesn't defraud you with inflated numbers and empty promises, and for Arizona, that's the Collangelo MBA. If you're still on the fence, look up the price and rank for an MBA from Washington State University. Shocker."
Honest review of GCU
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2017
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"This college is ok. I feel like the good reviews are mostly from students that do not have experience at other universities. The college barely opened up an engineering program, which it will be VERY hard to compete with ASU, considering ASU is a research college. GCU has NO research opportunities. What does this mean for a student? This means NO opportunities to research in a real laboratory with professors. This helps tremendously when getting a job, by the way. Another thing is GCU fails to have a language department. It is useful for anyone to have some proficiency in a second language, luckily for me I do. ASU has a variety of languages for students to learn, while GCU does not. No support in undergraduate classes and to prepare for medical or graduate school. What this means is GCU does NOT offer recitations and variety of times of tutoring for tougher classes. There was 1 tutor available for a class that is considered a "weed-out" class. ONE tutor. No recitations. Insane. Want to know what else is insane, they do not offer help in preparing for GRE and MCAT. MOST universities have classes that students can attend over the summer usually to prepare. GCU take notes. My last three cons, and I will move on to the good things: it's in a sketchy area, however GCU has security - who are VERY rude and one even stole my car key to my very expensive car. GCU did have to pay me the amount to replace my car key and I believe they fired the security guard that stole my key. No close parking. I shouldn't be complaining about this coming from ASU where you had to walk 4 miles to get to class, but they put the professor's parking the nearest to the classes. How is that fair? Most professors are nice, but some are really strange (I won't say names), but there are some professors who are really awkward and difficult to communicate with (walking away while you talk to them, or won't look you in the eyes while talking to you). The worst of these is that no one recognizes this school. I travel a lot and when someone asks me where I graduate from I say GCU, they think I am talking about a community college in Glendale. This started to bother me that no one knows about the college and kind of gives you an, "oh ok." Good things: Security (I guess, if they don't steal from you), new buildings, people are okay - you won't find a lot of variety at GCU though. Some social clubs ( WARNING: not a lot compared to other universities such as U of A). Overall, I would not recommend this place to other people. If you want a real college experience, go elsewhere. You feel trapped in a college surrounded by a crime-ridden Phoenix. The classes are expensive and they don't have multiple campuses. If you are a commuter like I was, GOOD LUCK."
Sonya Wilson
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2017
  • Degree: MBA in Accounting
"I was very pleased with this degree plan. The Professors were very knowledgeable and they provided very good curriculum and class participation was awesome. The testing was on point and it made you keep up with the weekly tasks. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I would definitely recommend this school to the full time working mother. I worked full time and was a mother/grandmother full time and took care of my parents. It truly pushed me to stay on target. If you got behind just a little your advisor would contact you to see what the problem was. As long as you kept the Professor abreast of any unforeseen situations catch up was doable. An awesome school."
Depends on your tastes
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I felt that I was targeted for being secular and liberal. I had an experience where a teacher told me that the Bible was more important than the U.S. Constitution. I was in a class that the teacher told the class that science has never proved anything."
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"This university should be renamed university of jokes instead of Grand Canyon University I took to classes and seen the school was only interested in your money nothing more don't waist your time going to this university so sad it is not good for adults OMG"
Jeanne D'Arc Niyigena
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"My experience was and still excellent. My advisor is super nice and organized, all my instructor were so nice expect one so far, the program is well suit for a full time working mother. I couldn't say enough about how I am pleased by GCU. I recommended it to many friends, one will start the program in February 2017"
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
Gloria Uzuegbunam
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!"
Calli Surridge
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2016
  • Degree: Sociology
"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."
Lynn Panfill
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!!!"
Carol Ryan
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2016
  • Degree: Economics
"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."
Jason Bosko
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Great University... I am a current student engaged in an online counseling program. I learned much from good well experienced instructors and actually had fun in the process. I have recommended this school to many of my military associates who have struggled trying to attend school in an atmosphere that is not conducive to the traditional college experience. What many of us have found is that GCU is very military friendly. I look forward to graduating very soon. Proud to soon be GCU Alumni and GCU Alpha Chi chapter."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I have loved my experience at GCU. Like most things in life, this experience is what you make it. I made sure to introduce myself to all of my professors and tried to be as involved as I could and it has paid off a thousand times over. These professors all have tons of real-world experience and almost all that I have come in contact with have a genuine heart for students and they want to see you succeed. I cannot recommend the CCOB enough for students who want to invest in their future and make a difference."
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2016
  • Degree: Ministry
"After thorough reading of the reviews throughout this website one stuck to me, GCU fully 100% cares about you once you are putting interest into their school but once you are accepted they don't care about you as a person or student, just as another form of income. I highly DO NOT recommend this university to anyone who is looking to "Find their purpose." GCU has disappointed me time and time again with a lack of professionalism in the classrooms and a lack of instruction as well. I have spent over $20,000 to finish half of my degree program and all I have to show for it is a further dissatisfaction with school as a whole and a lack of education on GCU's part. Instructor's are clueless, financial aid is non-existent, and parking is impossible. This school is a disaster and an absolute shame to Christianity as their only concern is where they can bleed someone else financially dry. I would recommend you not even waste your time applying to this school. Take your free visit, your tee shirts, and all of the bribes that come along with the enrollment process that my tuition is paying for, but PLEASE do not spend your time and hard-earned money on this disgraceful university."
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2016
  • Degree: Special Education
"I am currently in my second year at GCU and I have no complaints! My instructors and advisors are always available when I need help and the coursework is understandable and useful to my education! I am an online student and I have not had any trouble! I recommend GCU to anyone looking to pursue an online education!"