Grand Canyon University Reviews

2.87 out of 5 stars
(561 Reviews)
58% of 561 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 561 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
SB - 7/29/2020
Degree: Physical Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I began a graduate certificate program in coaching this spring and feel pretty mixed about the program. I do think I would have been better off just going to a coaching school. The literature and instruction qualify is passible, but my feedback is mostly technical and note substantive. The main problem I have is with the admissions and financial aid people! I elected to take out some financial aid during the program so I could work less get everything out of it I could. They are electing to give me this aid 4 weeks before I am done with the 7 month program. Obviously it is not going to be useful to me at that time. I had to really pin them down about specifics so this does not feel like another one of their unfortunate “oversights”. I am self employed and leased my work station according to how much I would be working- now I have to scramble for something else. I think they told me what I wanted to hear so I would choose their program and it feels sleazy to me. I don’t have proof that it was intentional, but I would be very careful to get everything in writing!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
DJC - 6/25/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care)
Graduation Year: 2021
"Wow! This program is a joke! If you do the online program, the assignments are difficult to understand, the communication is sub-par, and they do NOT prepare you to actually take care of patients. It's not difficult to get good grades in this program, but it's difficult to actually learn anything relevant. Even the professors will acknowledge that the assignments don't make sense. Contact people for this program are very difficult to get in touch with and they do not communicate well AT ALL! This program claims to be there for students who are also working full-time, but they give no leniency. If you do not respond to them promptly, even if you are working, you might just get in trouble. If you're looking for a good nurse practitioner program, go elsewhere!!!"
3.0 out of 5 stars
GradStudent2019 - 5/6/2020
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am hesitant to write this review, because I don’t want it to seem as though I am bashing all majors or suggesting that all of the Professors don’t make classes engaging. In fact, quite the opposite, from my experiences on campus. I graduated top of my class and participated in clubs on campus and am currently in a grad school. But, be warned of the level of difficulty of classes. My major did not challenge me. Granted, there may have been 1 or 2 semi-difficult assignments but in a 4 year degree, that’s a joke. Those classes do not prepare you for the rigorous course loads of grad school and most of the students that end up being successful are those who are already knowledgeable of the material or study on their own. As for clubs, normally I would encourage you to participate, but keep in mind some people make these clubs toxic. A lot of people at GCU tend to act like they are still in high school, and obviously that can cause problems. Beyond that, student services can be good (luck of the draw with what SSA or SSC or whatever they call it now) that you get. Good luck choosing schools, and make sure to choose one that prepares you for the real world."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Overpriced - Ridged - go somewhere else, especially the nursing program - 4/9/2020
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2021
"Way overpriced. It might be a good school if you are actually attending but if you are doing an online program and working, forget about it. There is absolutely nothing that is self-paced or "on your own time". You might as well be required to attend class and labs etc. Minimal flexibility. The online platform is not user-friendly at all. No notifications if you get a message from the instructor or other students. This is terrible if you have a group project. I would NEVER recommend attending this school. If you want a RN to BSN specifically, try WGU. I have two other bachelors' degrees prior to being a nurse, and actually enjoyed school before attending here. Highly suggest looking elsewhere."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 3/29/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Do not waste your time or most importantly your money with this program. There is absolutely no teaching included in the nursing online courses. Everything is a canned discussion question with no consistency in grades. They do not even include a single powerpoint for information, instead relying on "self education" with a ridiculous amount of reading text. The on campus portions, especially the 2nd one is expensive for students not living in the area, could be condensed significantly and or even stopped. The staff is not easy to contact and in many instances never respond. Save your money, time and frustration. Attend a school that provides education with the degree and this is not one of them."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Michael Schmidt - 3/18/2020
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am a doctoral student at GCU in the dissertation writing stage. GCU does not provide proper support for doctoral students in the dissertation stage. We are required to take worthless continuation courses that are shell classes. These are not real classes, but we still are required to pay for them. GCU's technology department kept me from being able to access my student portal the week before my second residency RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. Dr. Wayne Schmidt told me in person that since I had access to my class seven out of the eight weeks before my second residency that he could not help me because "I should have finished my class preparation before my last week before my class". This jerk who claims to be helping me actually said this. Dr. Wayne Schmidt also told me "I will support Dr. Pam Epler-Brooks no matter what she does". Dr. Wayne Schmidt at GCU actually said this to me. Dr. Epler and Dr. Wayne Schmidt refused to help me even though it was GCU's fault that I was not prepared for my second residency RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. I asked GCU to refund all of my money inc. my hotel expenses, and to allow me to retake my second residency because it was GCU's fault and GCU refused. Dr. Pam - Epler - Brooks was extremely difficult to work with. Dr. Pam- Epler-Brooks gave me a grade of an F that I worked ten hours on, and she gave me the absolutely lowest passing grade of a C+. I already hold two earned doctorates. I have never been given a C in any of my doctoral work (At GCU, Liberty University or Gwinnett-Hall Baptist College). I won the award in academic excellence at Liberty University, but Dr. Pam - Epler-Brooks at Grand Canyon University gave me an F for my final presentation. I prepared a very nice Power Point presentation for that presentation I am an excellent public speaker. I even bought a beautiful brand new suit for my final presentation. Dr. Pam Epler- Brooks mocked me for dressing up in that nice brand new suit in front of other GCU students. I heard her do this with my own ears. It was GCU's fault that I was not properly prepared for this class. I wasted $4,000.00 on my GCU RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus on campus class. To make matters worse Grand Canyon University disciminates against disabled students. I was retaliated and disciminated against by Dr. Pam Epler Brooks and Grand Canyon University in my RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus class. Grand Canyon University refused to give me the disability accommodations that I asked for while I was taking RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. I was refused extraq time to take a test. I was refused a private room to take my test in. I wad also discriminated in many other ways during RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. Grand Canyon University ha continued to dicriminate against me since my second residency. The GCU Disability department is NOT helpful. I have musculaqr dystrophy, chronic pain, and many other health issues. GCU refuses to follow my medical doctor Dr. Christopher Crooker's medical disability advice. Dr. Crooker MD told GCU that I need more than two extra weeks to complete each class due to my disability. GCU refuses to follow Dr. Crooker's written medical advice, causing me to not do well in several dissertation writing classes. I was in a horrible car accident on 1/17/2020. I sent GCU a lot of medical info about how I was injured. GCU would not let me drop that class. GCU would not let me take an incomplete. I was too injured to do my work so because I was injured I made a B not ban A bin that class. GU did nothing to help me, they just took my money."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sara - 3/12/2020
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"Horrible horrible program. Teachers are very rude, inconsistent, and do not seem to understand the subject material, they do not answer questions, and do not teach; if you go here you will teach yourself everything and pay extreme amounts for useless classes and horrid staff members who will degrade you, yell at you, blame you, and then disappear when you actually need something. The textbooks are not worth the money, all of them I used had some type of problem which the staff did nothing to help me with. The grading is spotty, shady, and inconsistent at best, I had straight 100's for more than a year, on every single assignment, even assignments that had obvious errors in them I honestly don't think the instructors even read the assignments, they just slap a grade on it. Feedback is non existent or spotty at the very best, and almost always grammatically incorrect or so unorganized that it doesn't make sense. Do not trust anything the school tells you, they will lie to you and manipulate you to get more money out of you, it's all they care about. Transferring out is a nightmare and a half, but if you are in the program, please get out. Don't waste your time and money on this ridiculous school, there are SO many better ones out there."
4.5 out of 5 stars
T. Coleman - 3/11/2020
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2017
"I graduated from the RN to BSN online program at GCU in 2017. I had nothing short of a great experience. I've read many complaints in the reviews. I can't think of one single complaint, other than the occasional lazy instructor. I worked 2 jobs and was able to maintain my grades. The only time I felt stressed is when I waited until the last minute to write a paper. Otherwise, I highly recommend this program and University. The course was very user friendly and I'm happy to be starting the MSN in Education program in a couple of weeks. I pray that I have another great experience."
2.6 out of 5 stars
MHWGrad - 3/10/2020
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"There are some good things to say and some not so good things to say. One disappointment I noticed early on in the program is the quality of students enrolled at the graduate level. At this point of an academic career, students should be able able to write in complete sentences. I have been embarrassed by some of the class posting by how poorly they are written. With that said, you get out of the program what you put into it. Like anything in life, you reap what you sow. I personally enjoyed the journey. The one negative aspect to the university is how they process financial aid. I never had an issue getting textbooks and needed materials for classes when I was an undergraduate, but at the graduate level, financial aid is not disbursed for at least 4 weeks after a semester starts at the very earliest. One semester, I had to take out a personal loan to get books and then pay the loan back after I received my financial aid. If you can get by without the university's assistance, you are better off."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer McCoyVerrico - 3/10/2020
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"I am in the process of applying to this academic institution and I am very alarmed. My admissions rep entered my name incorrectly (hyphenated as I was married). My FAFSA has my legal name and she tried to backstep and has asked me to text her (on a private cell that does not come up at GCU at all...this is a private number) a photo of my Drivers License, my marriage license, my passport and my Social Security card...(the last 4 digits were acceptable). All of this to just apply (not financial aid, nothing more than the application)...I am surprised they did not ask me for my children's personal information or my bank accounts to apply! I told my rep (and her "manager") that I was uncomfortable doing this and would like to resubmit my information....they both said this is not possible and they kept pushing to get my personal information. The last thing I heard was that I could send information on a secure fax...after the conversation, I am not comfortable with that either. Why are they asking for this information?? I am told, this is the "only way" to get me in their database and work with my FAFSA. This of course is 100% incorrect as my previous college attended had me at my maiden name from when I was 18 years old (I was a returning student after 19 years) and they were able to use my FAFSA funds with my legal name as is now. I called Tech support there and was told that the admissions rep should be able to alter my application and fix what she did incorrectly, or at the very least, merge my original application with another to allow it to be correct. This school has questionable reviews and this experience is making me feel as though this institution is scamming in some way. Be WEARY people....this is seeming very shady."
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