Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 591 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
58% of 591 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 591 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 3/4/2016
  • Degree: Business
"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."
Michelle Luman
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"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."
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  • Reviewed: 2/27/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2016
  • Degree: Education
"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 !"
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2016
  • Degree: Management
"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."
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  • Reviewed: 2/11/2016
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2016
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"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."
Aaron J. Larson
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"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!"
Julie Yount
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2016
  • Degree: Business
"This is a the most unethical University I have ever dealt with. In short I was charged fees for which I was not informed and registed for classes for which I did not want or have any interest in. What kind of University registers a student without their knowledge or consent for a class . I have filled complaints with both the BBB of Arizona and Arizona Attorney generals office . I only wish I had run a simply google search on GCU before I enrolled the web is full of these types of complaints . Two words stay way!"
J in-debt
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had the WORST experience withGCU. Not only were the classes at a community college level at best, but all the staff, counselors, instructors, and departments are uninterested with helping you at all. Some even made it worse. Unexpected bills and fees when leaving after only one semester. I am now in thousands of debt all because of charges made as I was in the process of withdrawing. All they want is more and more money. And when I went back to try to negotiate some of it I was treated rudely and told that my debt was a "learning lesson" about going to college and finances. Not worth the amount of money they charge even if you can afford it. WATCH OUT FOR ALL THEIR HIDDEN FEES"
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2016
"BEWARE Read reviews. We got taken for 11,000 dollars. This place did us really dirty. DO NOT ENROLL WITHOUT CHECKING REVIEWS. A Christian University they ARE NOT. It's all great till they get your money, then you loose importance, FAST! We lost at least 11k in cash. Tough, get moving. Even trying to hit us with moving out incorrectly fee. WARNING"
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would definitely choose a different program if looking for an RN to BSN program. This school really is concerned about profit. Instructors are ok. Some are not interested in helping you with any issues at all. When counselors are approached they are really good with telling you what you want to hear, with no follow through. These people are not consistent or knowledgable. One of my instructors, Lisa Arends, was extremely unhelpful, unprofessional and rude. The group projects are horrific. Don't expect anyone to care if you end up doing the entire project alone, or with limited help from other group members. This program is horrible and feels like a big waste of money,"
Tonya D.
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2016
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"My experience at GCU have been amazing. My counselors were very supportive through out my program and the professor were always available. As an online student i felt like i had to be my own administrator at times. Although my counselors were helpful I made sure i knew when i needed to do my tests and turn in certain paperwork. For example I was very proactive when it came to my observation hours. Their are times i had to find the school myself especially during the summer when schools were out. Basically you have to ask a lot of questions to make sure everything go as plan. This is especially important for student teaching and other internships. Overall I would not change my experience at gcu for the world. Go Lopes!"
Cesar Cardenas
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I would recommend this school to anyone that needs to go online. There are some difficult issues such as understanding how your financial aid works and you have to keep track of sudden "administrative" charges that were not there when you made arrangements. If you know how to write at a college level and document properly they will correct things in your favor. I have a full time job and one month before graduation I was able to use my education to land a great new position with the Federal Government. The Health Care Management lead professor is great and helpful. I only had one professor that I could not get along with. Long story short I received a 3.98 B+, yes I know but I figured everyone would round up. I also did not fully understand why I needed to take and pay for two "religion" classes but I'm glad I attend them I learned more than I knew I was missing. I hope this helps."
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Grand Canyon University has an excellent graduate program. The professor's were helpful and understanding, with the exception of one professor but the school because of my GPA stepped and helped me out tremendously. I would recommend GCU without hesitation 100%."
Amy Franks
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2016
  • Degree: Business
"After being accepted into the business management program at Grand Canyon University , things went downhill quickly. To make it short , education was fine but the advisors were terrible. There was a huge lack of communication which led to a lot of issues I was having not getting resolved ever. They continued to tell me that they would contact me when they had an answer ( over the course of 5 months ) for one particular issue. They were simply putting it off until I graduated and they wouldn't have to deal with me any longer. I had issues with financial aid due to GCU not participating in self loans. I suddenly had my 67$ monthly interest payment skyrocket to $250 which is a big difference for a student. I expressed my concern with my advisor and she did nothing to help me. They apparently do not have a finance office with anyone that you can talk to. I have never been as frustrated as I was when dealing with GCU and this issue. Their lack of concern for a student really showed me what kind of school they are. While going through this unresolved issue , they had no trouble contacting me to get me signed up for a masters program through them. I laughed and said no thanks. I would not recommend this school just based on the lack of help and care received from several advisors that I had. When studying online , it is important to have a good lifeline to the university which is not what they had provided me with. I have had a better experience with my new college that I have enrolled in to complete my next degree and my classes haven't even started yet. Stay away from GCU unless they correct their advisor issue."
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2016
  • Degree: Human Resources
"Please do not give your money to this University for a Ed.D or Ph.D, you will never see it. The coursework is excellent but once you get to the dissertation level the university makes it almost impossible to finish. No matter how many times you complain they do nothing to satisfy you. Do give your money to this university, they do not care about you."
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2015
  • Degree: Management
"Only one course (my professor-would either ignore my questions or applied the gaff me off trick) did I have issues in. I drove to Phoenix 2400 round trip miles and sit down with the Dean of the section, yet as suspected professors will be protected even with printed facts to show his utter disregard when questions were asked. However in all other courses and as far as the Univ overall great institution. I graduated with a 3-97 GPA and although the courses were tough in some cases and with the exception of the ONE professor all went well."