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I attended GCU online, one class at a time, for three years straight. I wanted a total online program after I finished my Bachelor's Degree at my local community college. I am not a great test-taker, so I was extremely happy to write a paper each week in lieu of a weekly test. However, this required a lot of work and dedication, as I gave up pretty much every Sunday for three years. Posting discussion questions/responses several times per week was also a commitment. With that said, this program worked for me. I found just about all of the teachers knowledgeable and fair. There is always one teacher you can do without, online or in a classroom. Sometimes the assignments didn't make sense, and it was a bit difficult to communicate with the professor about it, but it all worked out. I have no horror stories about financial aid, and always managed to reach a counselor. There does seem to be a high turnover of staff, but again, nothing that affected me much. I had a very positive attitude, and was thrilled to do all my schoolwork from the comfort of my home. I got a job as soon as I graduated. My schooling has helped me in the classroom, and overall, I enjoyed my journey at GCU. I would recommend them.
I chose GCU because they offer an accounting degree 100% online, have a good reputation (at least that I am aware of), and because they have an accelerated program. I liked that I could take one class at a time for 8 weeks each, I felt that it was easier to focus on one at a time because I am a working mom with two young children. I find the curriculum to be challenging, which to me is a good thing. I tried another university before GCU online and their curriculum was way too easy, the assignments gave you the answers. I didn't feel like I was learning anything. At GCU I feel like I have to actually learn the material to succeed. I feel like the education I have received at GCU has helped me at my job in an accounting firm tremendously. Also the counselors I have had (2) have been excellent at answering any questions and relaying information to me. They are kind and courteous to me. That said, though there are some good online teachers, many of them are not good. They do not always provide useful feedback on assignments, answer questions (I have had two teachers tell me they cannot just give out answers, when I did not ask for answers, I asked for instructions on how to complete problems - or where to look for said instructions). I have had teachers who give out random grades on essays with no reason (of which I had to challenge to get a better grade). I've had teachers basically completely ignore issues that I had in the courses... This is something that GCU NEEDS to fix. I'm not sure if these are all adjunct faculty but I would guess they were. I like that GCU has you rate the professor and course each time, but I'm not sure they actually pay attention to the feedback or do anything about it. I would recommend GCU to people who are independent and able to learn from reading their books alone, without much guidance from a teacher. If you have to have a teacher's input then I don't recommend this school. Of course, this is my experience only as an online student. I am not sure if traditional students face the same kinds of issues.
Went to GCU a number of years ago and had to leave due to a serious family concern. Went through the proper channels to notify them and left. Went back later to re-enroll and saw they charged me for 2 classes I never attended and now I have a outstanding balance. Counselor I dealt with was gone, which was good since he knew nothing about customer service or dealing with financial aid. He left no notes on account about me leaving and doing it through the proper channels. Forward to last year...they made a deal with me give me a $1000 scholarship if I paid $900 and that would cover the back owed amount and I could start again. Then told me to pay to join a Teachers Association to get a extra 15% discount on tuition, all of this easily verifiable through 30+ emails I have. Also, over 30 of my credits were gone due to they do not have those classes anymore and will not give me credit for them. I did my 1st class and passed but the entire semester was emailing about the scholarship and discount from joining the group they told me about, a Black Educators Association. At the end of the class, they removed me, sent my financial aid back to the government and now I have a balance again and I can not get my transcript. All this happened because I was contacted by an organization that was getting together a lawsuit based on GCU's profit making, even though they are a non=profit University and I contacted them to let them know I was being called. All I want is my transcript so I can enroll in another college and the balance at 0 since I upheld my end of the deal and they did not. Waiting for my Attorney now as I joined another lawsuit to get all loans I used to pay GCU zeroed out and my transcripts released. I even told them I would remove my name if they hold up their end of the deal we made.
I have had a very excellent experience with this institution. I am a single parent of older teen/young adults and we have particular needs in the family. My instructors have been knowledgeable, available, and supportive all the way through my classes. My counselors have been very good to me and offer me full support and advice. The staff has been more than just doing a day's work. They actually care and offer support and advice. I love that they would pray for me. Previously, I attended a course at a different famous college online (in CA) and I will never go back to that California school; the administrative part at the California college was so hard to navigate that you were pretty much on your own. I was sent from one person to another to another until I found out at the END of my class that the California college decided not to accept my financial aid so I will owe a bucket of money for an evening class that, if you don't want it for a grade, was free and open to the public to come and attend in the evenings. Not so with GCU! My financial counselor from GCU calls me at the end of each course to make sure everything is updated and that I understand where I am in terms of finances and courses. The classes themselves are well structured to be able to break the work into pieces so that a degree is attainable even for full time workers with families. I attended college twice before (not counting the California online class) and this has definitely been the best experience so far!
I do not understand those who criticize GCU. Trolls maybe. My experience is highly positive. Although I am not Christian myself, I never felt discrimination. Instructors are more than active, and they keep the interactive communication alive. Participation in discussions is a must, and assignments should be submitted timely. The learning platform is high-quality, and the tools that help students are highly useful. To my knowledge, the counseling MSC program of the school is accepted by the State. In nursing, they have a good rate of success. I do not believe students are not communicated by instructors; it is fully the opposite in my case. All I can say is that I highly recommend this university.
Administration is great. I have taken many classes there and not once did I find an instructor that would answer your questions. If they answer they refer you to GCU website. I thought it was just a few instructors until I took more and more classes. Every one of them does this. The grades re the same regardless of effort, it's always the same. I was in to far by the time I realized this so it was to late for me. The instructors are horrible. Maybe they're all like this, I don't know.
So far I am very unhappy with the Professors that Grand Canyon has hired to do their nursing program. In the online program you feel like you are on an island by yourself. The Professor is missing in action and does not care about you or your needs. It has been an awful experience. The face that it is very expensive makes it even worse. I wish I had read the reviews of this school before I signed up. I definitely would not recommend it at this point. The Professor I have right now is an absolute joke. She is just a joke. They say it is doable when you work but so far this lady that teaches has made it to where I am spending hours and hours trying to keep up. It is just ridiculous. Don't waste your money.
This school lets you enroll with an agreed program and then adds classes without students knowledge, then lies to you about how and why. They claim to be a Christian University though they do not act that way. I highly recommend you to look at other schools that offer better programs and would act more ethically then GCU's staff do.
I do highly recommend this school- it's supposedly one of the best online programs and for me, this was the only way I could obtain a Master's Degree. However, I am not huge fan of all of the teachers- they often take a long time to respond to questions and give feedback, which is very frustrating and stressful. I also highly do not appreciate the fact that online students only get a winter break. As an online student it's kind of offensive- as if we don't work as hard or don't "deserve" a break. I am extremely anxious to see how this program is viewed when it comes to being interviewed for teaching positions.
I have been going to GCU a little over a year. I am doubling up on some classes so I can into my student teaching next year. There classes are achievable and my experience will all personnel has been great...no problems. This is my third college so I have found it is important to ask questions if you are not for sure of something. This is not a scam school but it is expensive. I have qualified for pell grants and teach grants to help off set the tuition. This is a very good school.