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I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at GCU. I was battling cancer when I enrolled, and the admission adviser was very helpful and even told me that he understood if I wanted to delay my enrollment. The professors for the most part are very informative and got back in touch with me immediately when I had questions about assignments. I only had two dipsticks for professors; however, the others were very professional. I would recommend this school to anyone who does a lot of traveling because I was able to travel and still complete assignments on time, no matter what the time zone. You must be extremely disciplined in order to participate in any online class, and despite spending most of my weekends when I wasn't traveling doing assignments and discussions I was able to maintain a 3.90 GPA. My overall experience has been memorable' never had a problem with financial aid, and I even had a scholarship from this university. I finished my last class on June 22, 2016; not I am just waiting for my diploma to arrive.
I was truly disappointed with my experience with Grand Canyon 's online program. I know several people who have attended their ground campus and where very satisfied with the education they received. I wanted to enroll in campus classes for my MBA, they did not offer any classes on my days off and the adviser S. suggested to do online because it was the same courses. In the beginning the courses were fine, then I had difficulty in getting anyone to call me back or answer their phones. Instructors would make their polices that differed greatly from GCU polices so you never knew when you were doing participation correctly, the site would go down and IT would have no answer, I had two classes with NO access to the text book and IT and the adviser S. could not or would not help me. Good luck in speaking with anyone from financial aid, everything goes threw the adviser, if they don't have the answer then you don't get one. I asked to speak to a supervisor and I got a voicemail and no call back. I would not recommend the online programs to anyone, they set me back 6 months in getting my MBA and caused to much stress due to their lack of communication.
I choose GCU online because I wanted to be able to work more at my company and I thought it would allow the flexibility of me taking the classes and doing the course work when I had the time(weather that be at 6am before I went into the office or at 9pm at night) Boy was I wrong, the first class I took the teacher wanted us on during certain hours of the day, not only was I on the other side of the map and 4 hours a head of their time so that already complicated things with talking with the advisers and counselors when they were not busy, but the teacher took away participation points because I was not online during those times. I'm sorry this is the exact reason why I choose online, to do the coursework on my time , not during a set time, I would have choose a traditional class?? I talked with my counselor about this but they were no help. Then after about sticking it out a year with them which I should have left sooner I transferred to a different school and went back to traditional college classes, I still have reps from GCU calling my phone and texting me, Im sorry but texting a student is not professional in any matter, they were constantly blowing up my phone asking when I was returning for classes. I told them a thousand times to not bother me nor text me nor call me. I would highly highly not recommend anyone to this school.
GCU looks good on the surface as a private, Christian university. However, in my experience, that is just a front. Their main motivation is money, which a school does need, but they charge way over the national (14% more) and state (9% more) averages. Their tuition rates are so high that a freeze has been placed upon them to prevent them from raising it further for now. If you need to talk to your student services advisor, which is who you go through to register for future classes, be prepared to possibly be on hold for a half hour or more, and that's if they aren't "attending a special event" for five hours. Their intercommunication between departments is deplorable to say the least and you cannot directly contact other departments. You have to go through your student services advisor to talk to, for example, the financial department. Overall, my conclusion from my time at this school is that it wants to hide behind a veil of Christianity while it sucks money out of all of its students. Even with scholarships it was difficult to make payments because of how high their tuition is. They make it unnecessarily hard to figure out issues involving other departments by forcing you to go through your student services advisor who may not even be in the office when you need them. If one of your big motivations for applying to GCU is because it is a Christian university, my advice is look around for other options, because GCU is nothing more than a corporation with a Christian front whose main motivation is money and, from my experience, not education, as is evident by the reasons why their nursing program lost its accreditation and further evident by them not telling the students who were about to go into the nursing program about that loss of accreditation.
I would like to say that my experience so far has been great. This is my second year and as promised the professors have been knowledgeable, the courses are also what I expected. The only thing that I did not like was my past counselor, she didn't help me the way she should of, other than that my ride has been wonderful. I highly recommend this university to anyone. Some people may complain per their experience and it is understandable, but the university has a good reputation. Do your research before committing!!!
Courses were appropriate to my field. Instructors were knowledgeable, courteous, and willing to share experiences. While I did wonder how some students were admitted into the university, I assumed that their grades would reflect their work. I would recommend the university to friends and colleagues.
Grand Canyon University has been very good for me. I didn't expect to agree with everything, but most of it has been a good learning experience for me. The teachers have mostly been great too. I never had a problem with feedback from any of them. I believe that if you do the work, it does turn out better in the long run. It's like any other school you would attend. The further you go the work gets a little more complicated. It is supposed to be a sacrifice, not a vacation. The sacrifice is what helps you make it to the next level in your life, career or calling. It doesn't just benefit the individual, but all you may encounter in the future. It may get harder somewhat, but I trust that God will see me through. I have not had a problem with any classroom work as far as the materials I need to do my work. I had to do the work of researching for the answers I needed. GCU's library provided that information as well as acceptable websites and the textbooks. I encourage anyone to stay the course as much as possible. Life happens and prohibits some things from happening, but if you can work through it, stay the course. It will pay off in the long run. Thank you GCU for making this possible for me as a working adult and ministry leader. GCU and life with an awesome God has made me stronger, wiser and better than I could have ever imagined. I'm glad to be a part of the Lopes Family. They are helping to equip me for my future commitment to the call of God on my life. GCU appeared at just the right time in the course of my life.
I would highly discourage anyone looking to get a degree online from attending this school. It wasn't so bad at first, but as the classes get harder the books become more useless. I had an extremely difficult time learning the material for my last 6-8 courses because the books were always extremely vague in explanation and the homework questions (and the amount of homework) was outrageous. My student advisor was always hard to get in touch with and the teachers always took 4-5 days to reply to any of the questions I had. If I wasn't so close to graduating I would have left this school a long time ago. The only way I was able to pass my classes was through paying for my own tutor to actually teach me; something the teachers and books at this school did NOT do. Taking classes at this school was like taking a class without a book, basically.
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.