Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (394)
Of the common complaints on here, I can attest to their partial validity. I was automatically enrolled in my next course based on my declared degree path. So yes automatic enroll does exist in order to support you! In fact I did change my degree path after I started. The process is as simple as filling out a form and signing it. A few days later the degree path was corrected. Automatic billing does exist, based on the degree path I chose. However, I always paid for the courses in accordance with the written agreement I signed upon enrollment. The staff never called me out on timely payments. In fact, I was automatically enrolled in my next class after I told my SSA that I would take a short break for the birth of my son. The SSA corrected my schedule and I was not billed for those classes I did not take. Course instructors do seem a little jaded, but I have noticed that the university as a whole is turning that around. There are mandatory requirements for the instructors to pay a certain amount of time and attention to the class. I never confronted them directly on late grading or low response but left the feedback in the course survey. I know a few instructors who were not asked back. This certainly isn't because of one unruly loud mouth student. I was assigned a capstone course and have completed that course. There was one course after the capstone that I needed to complete in accordance with my original degree path. The reason this course was taken after the capstone was student availability. The university offers a wide range of degrees that funnel into a few common capstones. This meant that of the students that shared my degree path, There was too few with the pre-requisites to make up a class. This was a constant problem through out my degree path. But the automatic enrollment meant that the computer found another class for me to take and kept kicking FIN-486 down the road until enough students were available to take the course. Bottom line, the common complaints do exist, and I experienced them. With a little understanding and forcefulness I was able to obtain a degree from GCU. Every institution has problems, it is on you to correct them. A degree should not be handed to you. You must work for it. Knowledge isn't the only key to life, sometimes there is a little paperwork involved. GCU prepared me for life.
Once they have your money, it seems that they don't care. Some of the instructors can be brutal if you challenge their opinions, others simply don't care. They information is repetitive and very basic as well. Don't let the "Christian" background fool you.
I'm a military spouse to an O6. My career always took a backseat to his Air Force demands. I returned to work in and out but got bad shifts and low pay with a BSN. I returned for a MSN and immediately landed a job making 76k. The hours were better but it certainly was worth the time studying. Highly encourage a return to school as my resume is growing. Im now leaving this job with many offers to be a Director. I truly believe it is because of the graduate degree, and hard work in the job. The courses are at times poorly managed as online clinical teaching at GCU were pulled at the last minute so caution. However returning for doctorate bc it was in and out. Dont be shy about getting a schedule that works for your family as they want to fill their classes fast. Ask for breaks if you need to. Be rested for next bc its a hamster wheel once in the course. I put in well over 50 hrs a week writing and studying. Advisors are terrible make min wage so not much help. Take courses that you can handle and ignore their demands. Theres a hidden motive..numbers! Would recommend. Its easy and you're cashing a better paycheck.
I absolutely dislike this school. I could never get in touch with my financial advisor even though I would schedule an appointment. Their advisors are not knowledgeable about their own programs and they charge for classes that I have not taken! Beware of this school.
This school is BS do not waste your time nor money ! This place is a big scam and ripoff! Once this school gets your money they are done with you and will make up any bull crap to kick you out. Stay away from this school because it is very dangerous !
Great instructors. The CLC was a pain, though but I have learned how to deal with those who contributed to my "suffering". I studied so hard to earn my 3.9 and I am quite delighted to know that my commitment was paid off. The only complain I had was the new SSA who took forever to respond, and the information he did provide was not always sufficient. I had to find other means to get financial information. Other than that, the classes challenged me to the core, and the instructors were always available to answer my questions.
I graduated and am now in my graduate program at GCU. I have been to 3 other colleges and none of them can light a candle next to GCU. The negative reviews I see here are completely alien to my experience at this wonderful school. All of my interactions with the school have been completely positive. I have never felt like a number. True concern has been shown for my success. The classes have challenged and the instructors have done their jobs well.
I completed the RN-BSN program in Dec 2015, or so I thought. Upon completion of my Capstone project, I was very excited to have completed the program. During my enrollment I had to have surgery ( non-elective) I was forced to withdraw and had to pay $1500.00 even though I had documentation for my surgeon. The latest SSA had me resume my courses in the incorrect order, the Capstone project is supposed to be your final class, as it is a culmination of all that you have learned. I had to take another class following the capstone project, while my classmates went to Cabo to celebrate. Not bashing the school but a true account of my experience. I don't feel as if GCU realized the student is a customer without customers the business doesn't exist. For $18,000 I expected more.
I personally enjoyed my time at GCU. In my almost three years of attendance, I had little to know issues with my instructors or student advisor. Anytime I needed my student advisor, she was there. I will say that GCU is sort of the "big boy/girl" system. What I mean by that is you will only receive what you put into it. You put in the A effort, you'll probably get an A. There's nobody there to hold your hand. The course material, at least for my major, wasn't that difficult. I skipped most of the lecture notes, did all the required reading (which could be a lot, especially if you're taking more than one class), and I turned in my assignments on time. If you can do that, there's a strong chance you'll do just fine at GCU. I don't know what traditional college is like, so I have nothing to compare the experience to. I also can't relate to all the bad reviews GCU is getting. I never had "hidden fees", or trouble with my instructors. Overall, I would recommend GCU to people who want to further their education and/or career.
I have been in the field of Addiction Counseling for a few years. I am still working full time so I needed to find a University to accommodate flexibility. I looked at a number of online schools and settled with GCU. I am also a Christian so GCU appealed to me due to their Christian affiliation, and that is my biggest complaint with GCU and why I am giving them a 3 star rating instead of 5 star. Although the M.S. program I am taking is considered secular, GCU DOES NOT integrate Christian principles or scripture into their curriculum, instruction, or classroom discussions so beware of this. I was lead to believe that they did and they do not. The university I attended for my B.S. degree did a beautiful job at Christian integration so it is entirely possible to do this and make it rewarding even with a secular program degree. As I said, that is my BIGGEST complaint with GCU. Now, having said that, the instruction with GCU is fairly solid. The professors are good. The instruction is good and challenging. They expect graduate level writing which I am pleased with. All writing, even class discussions, must be written in APA and done so with the expectation of having minimal errors. I actually like that way. Online instruction is not for everyone. You must be disciplined, organized, and a self-motivator. If you can't be those things or struggle with self-accountability, online is not for you and you should attend GCU or other university in a traditional manner. I think GCU is a good university. I've read some of the negative reviews, and honestly, I don't understand them. Other than what I wrote regarding Christian integration, I have NOT found GCU to be unethical or unprofessional in the least. The professors are helpful, knowledgeable, and want their students to succeed. The advisors are equally helpful. It seems to me that financially speaking, GCU is competitive. In other words, I didn't find GCU more expensive than other universities, and it certainly wasn't my experience that GCU tried to "screw me over with hidden fees". Bottom line is that my educational experience has been good with GCU other than the aforementioned lack of Christian integrational education. I would still recommend GCU to others. I hope that what I have written is helpful to others!