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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suzy moore
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2016
  • Degree: Marketing
"Realized that teachers passed students without caring if coursework was acceptable. A for profit school and it shows. Peers have showed me their coursework and it was appropriate for a high school student to turn in..Grand Canyon University is all about being willing to pay for a degree with a small amount of education."
Richard T Greer III
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at GCU. I was battling cancer when I enrolled, and the admission adviser was very helpful and even told me that he understood if I wanted to delay my enrollment. The professors for the most part are very informative and got back in touch with me immediately when I had questions about assignments. I only had two dipsticks for professors; however, the others were very professional. I would recommend this school to anyone who does a lot of traveling because I was able to travel and still complete assignments on time, no matter what the time zone. You must be extremely disciplined in order to participate in any online class, and despite spending most of my weekends when I wasn't traveling doing assignments and discussions I was able to maintain a 3.90 GPA. My overall experience has been memorable' never had a problem with financial aid, and I even had a scholarship from this university. I finished my last class in 2012 and am looking forward to my MSW program."
Jessica Martinez
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Film Production
"First of all, the student advisors are the best team members. They helped me all the way and still keep a close connection with me. They helped me apply to financial aid, classes and worked with me closely on long term goals. In class I really like how the teachers try their hardest to connect to students and work side by side us. Teachers are also very knowledgeable of the subjects they teach. They do not throw work at us and expect us to understand right away. Instead they help out and offer tutoring after class or helpful links. The campus is beautiful and has a very friendly feel to it. I was nervous to start out here without knowing anyone but people are super friendly. It is very easy to make friends. If you find yourself being shy to talk to people, join a club! The clubs here are like mini families. They do activities that contribute to the community and that will create a closer bond to each person as well. Also if you ever need help with anything, just ask away. Plenty of people are willing to help you out. The first week of school I asked questions about where to find classes, the best places to eat and what clubs to join. Along the way I have made friends. Do not be afraid to live on campus. There is always something going on that will keep you entertained. I highly recommend this friendly university to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2016
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"My Opinion: Teachers are terrible; they read slides instead of lecturing with no comprehension or understanding of the course material. Don't bother asking questions as the instructor will be clueless usually. In addition, the slides, book, and tests do not correlate with one another. The teachers also frequently don't even know what the tests are over - most haven't even looked at the tests. Instead, it seems like this school hires anyone off the street as long as they have a the right credentials - and hand them a pack of slides and notes that they read, and many are too lazy to look at the test material so they cannot even begin to give students a decent study guide. I had to resort to online videos from other sources to get a decent lecture. I have never seen ANYTHING so bad, and this is my third degree."
Jessica Jackson
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2016
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"Grand Canyon U was a great university. I loved the student life and academic life. My classes were challenging and engaging, my instructors the same. The student services advisors could have been better, I often felt a little burned, but Im sure its the same at most colleges."
Emily C Pniewski
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"From the first call all the way up to now, my experience with my student advisor team was absolutely amazing. They checked up on me regularly to see if I needed any help and were always available to answer questions. They were so warm and welcoming and really made me feel like I was part of the family. Even after I graduated they were happy to answer any questions and provide their services. I really felt that was the best first and last impression I could have ever gotten. I also found the curriculum to be at a good pace. You are not overwhelmed with the technology while attending online, but also feel as though you have a lot of online resources to prepare you for success during your degree studies. The first course does just that. It provides you with a hands-on learning experience so that you learn it from actively participating. For someone who learns best from completing the task, this was extremely helpful. The platform is also extremely easy to follow. You are required to participate in class discussions three days a week with two posts per day, two assignment questions twice a week, and larger assignments and/ or quizzes due on Sunday. This worked out really well with my full schedule. I was able to complete most of my assignments and questions ahead of time and focus on my participation. With working online you really are able to work at your own pace. What you put into your education is what you get out. The teachers were a big help as well. They all were extremely friendly and always willing to answer your questions. The class forum, where you can ask questions to your teacher, helps as a reference to alleviate duplicate questions. The teachers also provide their home email or address so that you may ask questions any time of the day, especially in emergencies."
Ali Bozarth
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"I think the biggest issue with this school is that they admit students who are not capable of succeeding in an online environment. I have attended UNLV and UNR in the past. I only settled on GCU because I now live 100 miles away from the closest college to me. The only difference from a traditional class is the professors do not lecture very much. They serve a purpose more akin to a moderator, albeit a very knowledgeable one. It isn't for everyone. I can grasp a concept well after reading a textbook and doing my own research. I see some students saying they needed tutors, I do not understand why. I see many students in my class making silly mistakes. For example, in one class, all out posts were required to be 75 words, I would see students posting 10 words posts up until the very last day of class. I saw people saying they couldn't fit it into their schedule. I can finish all the work for the week in a few hours, except for the discussion questions that have to be done on 4 different days; I can accomplish that in less than an hour. I really think that the online degree program is not for everyone. However, I do not think people should be on here trashing a school based on their experience."
Lizzy T.
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2016
  • Degree: Higher Education
"They were dishonest  when I turned in my assignment and in giving me only one-day turnaround for 1/4 of my grade. When I showed them with evidence from their own posting date they were incorrect, they still denied they were dishonest. Please don't confuse them with the facts, for God's sake. When they don't agree with you, they belittle and try to demean. They soaked me for one class but no more than that. Very short-sighted. They call themselves Christians? Christ would be rolling over in his grave - if he had one. All they want is your money and then they pull the "holier-than-thou" response. Don't waste your money unless you don't care how you are treated."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"Really upset with the school and the "customer service" went there for my I9, they rejected my copy of my social security after my friend used a copy and not the original and had no problems. On top of that a girl who just gave a ride to people from where I just was and I needed a ride back in the 110 degree weather she said "it's not my job to give people a ride" after giving other's a ride. It was a bit a mile walk to my car..."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
"I am currently in the doctorate program at GCU and it is excellent. I will be getting a degree in about 1 year in Behavioral Health and it will be an Ed.D. Degree. I have had great support from students services, the library and the library team is excellent. I have had some instructors that were under par, but most have been excellent. Both residency experience were also great. I would recommend this place for anyone who is getting an online degree. They are very accommodating. Thanks GCU!! Larry"
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Most of the staff that I have contacted at GCU have been helpful & friendly; however, the student services advisor that I was assigned to has been somewhat rude and not very knowledgeable. I asked about completing my online degree in another state and the advisor replied I could not. I further investigated and found out I could. The advisor also mentioned that my learning and degree are meant for the state that I live in. I have big plans after I receive my degree and they do not involve working in the state I live in or for that matter in the United States. I do not feel that this counselor is motivating or encouraging and is just doing their job unlike other GCU staff that I have spoken with."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2016
  • Degree: Christian Studies
"Grand Canyon University is an excellent school that encouraged me to finish my degree and find my passion in life. Grand Canyon University helped drive me toward God and allowed me to find my future calling in the ministry while working and having a baby. I love Grand Canyon University and have recommended the school to many friends. As of August I will once again be a student with the working on my Masters degree. I feel the school is there to help out their students rather than being in education for the money, as many of my previous schools have been. They always hold their students to the highest standards so they can push them to be the best they can. The teachers are always there to help, and are understanding when unavoidable situations come up. Every teacher has helped me to strive towards excellence and find the deeper message of the information in every class in order to help grasp a better understanding of the topic at hand. I have, and will in the future recommend this school to anyone that is looking at not only receiving a degree but attempting to understand the importance of each subject they are learning."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"The MBA program is excellent. After being accepted to the MBA programs at ASU, UA, and GCU I chose to go to GCU because it was cheapest and probably the best quality of the three. ASUs' W.P. Carey MBA is way overpriced (55k) for its low ranking (57th according to US News and 47th to Forbes, 2016) and UAs' Eller MBA is 52k and is ranked in the mid-sixties by several major business journals. GCUs' Collangelo MBA is accredited, costs 30k, and offers emphasis. I've seen all three programs and unless you're desperate to visit another country during your program (Which ASU and UA will charge plenty extra for) they all offer the same quality for a typical MBA program. Both UA and ASU MBA programs use the same group exercises for example (the Climbing Mount Everest game), and GCUs' MBA program uses the same textbooks as ASUs'. If you're determined to get your MBA in Arizona, be smart and choose the MBA program that will be the most cost effective to save your money. After all, that's what you're paying for an MBA program to teach you."
Samuel Robert Medina
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"The best thing about the Grand Canyon's Nursing Program is the level of diverse clinical and lab experiences they provide for you. There are lab simulations that they provide that open your eyes to scenarios that you wouldn't experience unless you were actually a nurse. Grand Canyon helps prepare you for patient scenarios that you might encounter later in your nursing career. This is what I think separates Grand Canyon University from other nursing programs. Their program gives students the opportunities that they need i order to be successful. GCU equips students with the strong foundations needed to be successful as a college student and later in life as a nurse. I have yet to have a bad professor at GCU. I tend to teach myself the course content from the book or study guides, and not from lectures. Every professor that I have had at this university is approachable and works with you if you are a good student (attending classes, doing the course work, etc). The only thing I hated about this university was the powerpoint-lecture style that most professors have adopted nowadays. I learn best by taking notes from what the professor says and from what I read. Listening to hour long powerpoints is monotonous and a huge waste of my time. Other students enjoy that type of teaching/learning style, but I do not. The negatives associated with this school are the cost of tuition and the constant campus construction. For the 4 semesters I have spent going to this university, they have have been under construction. Whether it is putting up another dormitory, making another parking garage or making a stadium, they are constantly under construction. If you live on campus, you will be bothered by construction noise early in the morning. Commuters have to deal with closed entrances and altered routes to class rooms. Often more times than not, due to construction, GCU will close down certain parts of campus. This is frustrating if you are a newer student because you don't know which way to go sometimes. GCU construction is good on safety because they will provide ample amount of room away from the construction. The other negative about GCU is the cost that it goes to go this university. Though the university does provide scholarships, grants, financial counseling and financial aid disbursement, it is still expensive. I should be neck deep in loans by my second semester. Establish a means of paying for your tuition prior to coming to this university. If you don't, you will be overcome by the money and stress that comes with it. The biggest misconception that I see with students is the fact that they think you have to be Christian to attend this university. That is not entirely true. I am and have been with people in this program whose beliefs conflict with that of a traditional Christian. They were not chastised by the community or turned away for their beliefs. They made it through school just fine. Some students, like myself, came to accept and strengthen their faith by attending this university."
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2016
  • Degree: Education
"Good School! Very responsive instructors and advisors that help students accomplish their academic goals. Like all academic institutions students must communicate with instructors and advisors effectively. That eliminate 90% of the problems most students are complaining about. My experience has been very good thus far."
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"I have been happy overall with the degree program that I am enrolled in for online classes, but I feel that I must warn potential students of one thing that can ruin their grades. That thing is the FINAL SUBMIT link that must be clicked in order to turn in your weekly assignments. This seems to be an unnecessary extra step in a process that requires you to first click New Attempt, then browse for and attach your paper, and then click Save. Nonetheless, that is not finished yet.... You must also then click Final Submit, or your paper is never submitted, and you will not find out until maybe 10 days later when the grades for the week are finally published. The standard policy is to deduct 10% for every day overdue, so if you do not know it was never turned in until 10 days later, then that is all the points, and you cannot get better than a zero on your assignment now, which will DEVASTATE you grade in the class. WATCH IT guys, because the professors, who may well know their stuff, are NOT quick to post grades, and if they wait too long, it will make you get a total zero on your assignments!!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"I really enjoyed this learning experience. It was 100% online, so I could do assignments when it fit my work schedule."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2016
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I feel this Master's Degree in ELED sets you up to fail. If you work a full time job, do not enroll in this program- you will not be able to meet the requirements necessary to succeed. I work a full time job, 50+ hours a week and I am enrolled as a full-time online student. To me, the purpose of online schooling is to allow students to work AND get a higher degree at the same time. This program is designed in a way that 10-20 hours of observation are required in EACH CLASS, let alone student teaching, which makes it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to find the time, while working a full time job (and keeping your job). The staff- teachers take forever to give feedback, grades, and answer questions which is difficult and incredibly stressful to work with. Administration/advisors- very disorganized, do not disclose all information up front, and by the end of the program, you're bound to talk to at least 5 different people who say they are your advisor. Why not just have ONE person be the source of all your guidance, questions, and answers? Test- What I do like about the program is that there aren't any tests, which increases the load of paper writing, but decreases test anxiety. However, about 3/4 of the way through the program, you are instructed to take the teaching test (praxis, basic skills, PLACE, etc). I am really frustrated with the lack of guidance from instructors and advisors as to go about finding study materials and assistance with test prep overall. The teaching test includes everything- social studies, LA, math, science, reading, ELL- by the time you take your teaching test, you have not covered all the subjects needed for the test. The test also asks you to know specific dates, history, people, etc- none of which are even remotely mentioned in the online courses. Honestly, it feels like we are set up to fail. Very disappointed, stressed, concerned, and aggravated with online schooling. Unless your job allows you to not go to work and you are comfortable with disorganization, I do not recommend this school or program."
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"If I could use one word to describe GCU, it would be TRASH! Don't attend this school if you want a good education. You'll never hear from your advisors and they will be extremely rude with you when you do get in touch with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Ok so I'm looking at the reviews and I notice that there are so call students trying to pretend as though never had a bad experience at GCU well, I know after I give my review one of these so call students will try to rebuttal me. However I want you to use your common sense any student that is doing great will not look to respond to every complaint these rebuttals are bogus!! Now, GCU is the biggest SCAM I have seen in a long time. They make you feel all warm and fuzzy in the beginning, they will even treat you decent in the middle of your program BUT when you get to the end forget it its almost as though every department becomes difficult and unbearable people become so rude that you feel like you going to loose your Christianity. I almost believe they purposely do this to move you out the way so other students can come through the door. Instructions in the online program can be really vague and not helpful. Online is a tough way to learn so a student need all the resources given to them for them to succeed GCU has the set up to make you believe they have the resources but when you try to utilize them forget it. Did you know if you don't pass a class three times they kick you out the school? Look as an online learning sometimes you are scrambling to get the information you need and life can interfere, my point is, they don't tell you that all your money goes down the drain and you can not finish your program. There are few good professors a few good academic advisors but as a whole the school is garbage. I'm in this phd program and I am torn because its been a major challenge trying to get what I need to see me through and when I complained about it, my professor told me"most people don't make it through the program anyway" I guess I will stop here don't trust these good reviews go with your gut also look for themes in people complaints because once you are a student it's hard to get out!"