Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (361)
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
This is my first experience with online education, but not my first experience as a college student. I already have BS and MA degrees but have never taken online courses before. I am two classes in to the MS in IO Psychology program at GCU, taking classes online, and my opinion of the program so far is that it is not very rigorous. The online posting and collaboration in the online forum requirements are a joke and add very little value to my personal enrichment and learning, There are no actual lectures from professors, just some light reading assignments, and a few written assignments. No exams whatsoever. Utterly bizarre. Of course it does make sense that a for-profit institution would want to be graceful and gentle on the grading, so as not to chase away the students, aka their revenue stream.
I am currently over a year enrolled at GCU and so far I have enjoyed being there very much. The teachers are helpful, the work is intense as far as research goes and you literally have to do a paper for every single class so if you don't like writing, reading, and doing research, then this is not the school for you. This is for me however because I do love to write and I don't mind doing research. I really enjoyed being here and I'm hoping it continues to go this well.
GCU operates differently than any other University. You are assigned an advisor and they do everything for you. They welcome you to GCU, they are your financial aid advisors, they also take care of your enrollment. If you are unable to reach one advisor, the others cannot help you. You ultimately end up playing cat and mouse with your advisor about getting even the simplest of matters taken care of. My experience with GCU is they bounced me around from one department to the other in terms of getting me enrolled for a class. The responsible department never contacted me about a class that was to start on 6/18/15. Then about a week later I received a call asking why I had not been in class. The 'advisor' enrolled me in a class without even calling or emailing me to let me know. How can someone enroll you in a class and not even notify you? Thank god, someone called otherwise I would have continued to be enrolled and would have not even known it. All of this comes after a refund that was supposed to be made to my account, yet it has never been posted. GCU is a horrible environment. They are all sales driven and just want your money. Your best bet is to go to a REAL University. Not some for profit nonsense. I'm withdrawing from GCU and will never look back.
I have LOVED GCU. My advisers are always helpful and available. I have had the same student services adviser and enrollment counselor throughout my entire program. Ask for S. L. if you want an incredible counselor. The classes have been awesome. They require a ton of research and writing; don't attend here if if this is not what you prefer. If you're looking to study a textbook and regurgitate information in a test, this is not for you. I have had a couple sub-par instructors/professors. More than half of my instructors are PhDs, and many who weren't were about to complete their PhDs. There were a few instructors who were not fully engaged and seemed to care little about their students, but overall, that has not been my experience. The other part students entering this program should know is that they do NOT hold your hand through the practicum process. It is up to the student to find a practicum/internship site and supervisor. This may require finding multiple sites to complete your hours. It is not easy in some areas to find people willing to do this. Other than that, I highly recommend this program and this school.
As an older student, (50), I have found GCU to be exactly what I have needed. I just finished my 5th graduate class in Early Childhood Education, with the online program. I have heard from GCU every week since starting. I have had every question answered. My financial aid has been on time and effortless. GCU was referred to me by a friend who just completed the Nursing program online. She LOVED the program and I will forever be grateful she shared her experience with me. If you are expecting to be hand held or pampered, then you will probably be disappointed with any school.
I wish I read reviews prior to enrolling. There have been problems in every area. First I was told I couldn't enroll because there was a hold from a student loan and I needed a release from them. After contacting all loan holders, it was determined there was no hold. GCU however insisted I needed a release. The loan holder won't give a release because there is nothing to release. A couple months later, everything is straightened out and I am enrolled. As a student who has done two bachelors and several masters classes at other colleges online, my first impression is that there classroom has an extremely bad layout. Very unorganized. I have managed to function in the classroom though, when it works. I am a busy person and set aside time to do homework when I have the time to do it, usually on the day it is due. So far, almost every week, the classroom and/or library goes down. Often in the middle of writing a paper. There is no way to tell when it will start working again, so I either keep checking in, or go to bed and work on it the next day. By the time it is submitted, it is late and I am deducted 10% per day for being late. I am a mostly "A" student and I just got a 50% on a paper mostly because it was a few days late. Classroom crashed, library crashed, I had other obligations,... I am thinking on bailing out of this school, but can't afford to lose the credits I do have in this program and it is almost impossible to transfer credits in a Masters program.