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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.