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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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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,
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!
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.
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%.