Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (367)
I attended Grand Canyon from August 2015 to September 2015 DBA program. When I first enrolled the enrollment counselor called me daily. After enrolling all of that stopped immediately. The courses were the normal 2 DQs due weekly with 4 additional feedback. What I disliked greatly was the one class ending on Wednesday and new one starting on Thursday. I asked the contact to change it and they told me I couldn't (strike 1). I then asked to be enrolled in a residency that was near me in Atlanta they told me there were no spots open (Strike 2). I was taking my 7th class and asked the teacher for a specific assignment requirement he stated the assignment and I did it as he instructed and then gave me a very low grade (strike 3). I hated the fact everything had to flow thru one person regarding financial aid and questions. I asked many many times for a break in classes which I was told NO. So I decided to take my own break and leave the school. I really disliked the treatment while there. I would never go back or enroll. If you attend Grand Canyon be ready to be assigned to a student advisor and you have to wait on that one person to get back with you and do everything. I will never never never deal with any school in which only one person can help. Even if you leave a message with that person's boss you still have to deal with that one person. That enrollment counselor that was so interested in my education well guess what NEVER heard from him again. Please be aware of any school that requires you to do two residencies
The couselors are lazy and are more like cheerleaders then couselors. They are not much help but they charge a lot for tuition. Sarah Divers andBecky Goesman are horrible couselors. The school wont let you havetime off they disenroll you after 2 weeks of taking a break. They will not place you practicums like every other university. They always say dont you wand your choice where you learn? I would rather have them place me then not getting placement and making a 100 in a class then fail because you could not find a practicum. They set up practicum classes up in the summer like an idiot and tell you to go earn you practicum teaching boy scouts. They are just a nightmare to deal with and I had a couselor that did a good job but quit. I would not do it again period! For my masters im going to Northern Arizona university. They have online too!
The teacher say they don't get your work when you have proof of it being submitted. The teacher do not communicate with students. They only want your money. . The system they use if full of errors, not mobile. Read the complaints on the BBB website.
After looking at a multitude of colleges I decided to go with GCU. I'm a married military veteran and it fit with my life and is competitively priced. It is a traditional brick and mortar school with an online presence. The online component of Grand Canyon University is very well designed. The advisers are extremely helpful. The structure of the courses are set up to build upon one another. There is a lot of reading, writing, and discussion. It is eye opening and encouraging to see the varying viewpoints and theories that are presented. In order to graduate you simply have to do the work. Be proactive. It is your time and your life. The value of the education rests in what you bring and take from the experience. I had a great time, met some wonderful classmates, and learned quite a bit about myself. Now I'm going back to complete a Doctorate. If you are ever given the opportunity go visit the campus. It is beautiful!
I attended GCU to complete my BSN and decided to acquire my MSN in nursing education. I have attended campus colleges and was apprehensive to do an online course, but after taking classes with GCU I could not have been happier with the education I received. All classes were challenging with exceptionally knowledgeable, caring facilitators. The support available from all departments was helpful and sincere. The communication with instructors, classmates, and advisers was exceptional. Sharing of life experiences making lifelong friends around the world expands knowledge and cultural experiences. Great university all around!
I did the online program but I did want to choose a brick and mortar school. I can truly say it has been a great experience, I have learned a lot, great professors willing to assist you. I highly recommend GCU which has given me the opportunity to find excellent employment.
I don't agree with some comments that because the school is a for profit that they go easy on the students. This has not been my experience at all. My program is just as rigorous as a traditional institution. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and attentive. I have attended the traditional university and I find online to be just as difficult because of the structure. However it is worth it. So far I have the same student advisor I started with last March 2014. I have two classes left before I begin practicum at which the school is assisting. I highly recommend GCU.
Advisers very helpful. Instructors are easy to get help from if needed. One class easier to complete. Not over whelming. Would choose school again for academic and financial. School supplies academic, spiritual help. Would recommend to school to. Others.
You can skate through classes putting in little work just like an on campus university, but if you want to there are plenty of opportunities to do well. Do the all the readings and independent research and you will be more knowledge than students in traditional programs. It's great if you have "a life" outside of school. There are weekly posts and papers. Some students do a very minimum post (5 sentences almost word for word from the book) but most do longer posts incorporating additional research and real life experience. My suggestion is to develop a good rapport with other students and the professors. You can publish papers and do research with them which will provide job opportunities. Sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of your adviser but it was like that at my undergraduate traditional university as well.
Ok..... so I keep seeing all of these negative reviews and its driving me crazy. I have attended GCU since 2011 and there have been some ups and downs, but that is with any school in the country. I have started my last class before student teaching, and being on the down hill part of my degree, it is not a walk in the park. You have to sacrifice alot, your personal time, family, and alot of sleep but its worth it. I may have to retake a class to get my GPA up, but that is my fault not the schools, and the same goes for my student loans, they told me how much it would cost, it is not suprise. GCU has given me the opportunity to follow my dreams while working a full time job to take care of my family. I have had a few different advisors but each one is very knowledgeable and understanding, while being brutally honest, which I find great in a college. But these review can be great when deciding what school to attend, but do not think that all of these negative reviews reflect on what GCU is about. I would rather have a school that is honest with me even when its bad news than a school that sugar coats things and surprises you at the end, which is the way every school I attended prior has been. Do your research outside of these reviews, but I do recommend GCU