Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 582 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 582 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 582 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Excited to teach
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"I was fearful to attend the online program. I read several negetive reviews and had not been to school in over a decade. My advisors are just amazing, and they put my mind at ease. The work is intensive. I've spent many sleepless nights. I suggest that if there are any quizzes to NOT click on the quiz until you are ready to take the quiz. I failed a quiz because of my curiosity. Also to recieve full participation points have 3 days of posts in addition to your inital response of EACH discussion post.(total 4 posts, 3 days) Also, having a profreading is essential. With an online classes usually after the 3rd week the work becomes more and more intense. I suggest to look ahead of what is expected in the sixth week. I had to do clinical around two high holidays and it proved to be difficult. If I planned ahead and looked ahead it would not have been such a scramble to get it done. Also with clinicals go to the schools ahead of time and get the proper paper work done. GCU's requirements are different from the requirements in my area as far as background checks. Being computer literate is important. I know that goes without saying, but true."
Dee
  • Reviewed: 4/8/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"Every online class I take has issues with the curriculum and when I report it the response is always the same "This issue has been brought to the attention of the Curriculum department and will be addressed in an upcoming revision of the course." This does not help me. They give you the opportunity to fill out a survey after each class but they obviously aren't reading them. I tell them they need to focus on quality control because of issues with the curriculum. The one class I took would quiz every week and the material included future chapters. This class has me writing a paper with a focus on subsystems which hasn't even been covered yet. For paying $1800 a class these issues should be fixed. Also, I specifically asked the enrollment advisor if the work of others in a group project would affect my grade. She said it wouldn't, which was a total misrepresentation. If these problems didn't exist, I would be happy with the school. I'm doing well and will graduate in a year and a half."
Brian P.
  • Reviewed: 4/3/2015
  • Degree: Health Education
"I am currently in the Doctoral program. Although GCU has an academically rigorous program, the administration and heads of the Doctoral program are disconnected from the students. Student Advisors are overworked and take days and sometimes weeks to get back to you on key issues. There appears to be continuous efforts to arbitrarily increase the length of time to complete the dissertation process as way to maximize profit at the expense of the Doctoral student. For example, my dissertation chair was replaced and later my methodologist left setting me back almost a year in my progress.I have such an investment in time, money, and sweat equity I will finish my Doctorate but I would not recommend the program to other potential Doctoral candidates until GCU reforms their systems and operations to engage with students to support their success and progress."
J. G.
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"I am currently trying to complete my dissertation so that I can be finished with GCU. Overall through the course work for my program everything went fairly smooth until I was assigned my dissertation chair. My chair is either lazy or just clueless about his role in the dissertation process. Unlike many other schools, at GCU the learner is assigned a dissertation chair without any input. My degree field is psychology and my chair's degree is in technology. I have to explain the most basic concepts that any Psy 101 student would know. My chair has continued to delay my dissertation process by only allowing me to submit one item in week 4 and one in week 7 of an eight week class. Even after making the suggested changes from week 7 in one class, I would be forced to wait until week four of the next class, including the one week off between the dissertation classes. In a 18 months, I have never spoken to my chair even though the "chair expectations" says we are to speak at least twice a week. I have filed numerous complaints and appeals concerning my chair will little results. My first complaints were sent to my student services advisor, asking to have my chair replaced. After numerous emails and calls over a two month period I learned that she had quit and nobody was looking into my complaint. I was later told that I could not change my chair and that I needed to "just deal with it". My chair keeps telling me to send my prospectus and proposal to the other members of my committee (who are great) that has to come from him in order for them to start reviewing my work, as they would be overwhelmed if they did work based on the learner sending it to them before it was ready. I have been able to work with my methodologist as she can see that my chair is not doing his job. On my first appeal, (not for my grade but for having to pay for his delaying tactics) the university sent me a letter saying that while it was found that my chair had cause multiple delays but because my methodologist had a short turn-around time that it was ok. In the first appeal I had also voiced my concern about not getting to speak to my chair and their reply was that just because it was in the expectations did not make it a requirement that he talked to me. I am currently awaiting the results of my second appeal about my chair and his delay tactics but do not expect them to see it my way. I am in my third dissertation extension class (extra classes above the required classes at $1890.00 each) and do not foresee it getting any better. The university knows that I will continue to pay for these extra classes because if I do not I will not complete this degree. GCU claims to be a Christian university but all they care about is the money. I threatened to take a year off in order to get a new dissertation chair and even though I have completed all of the required classes associated with this degree, it was threatened that if I did I could be forced to take additional classes at an additional cost. There were three others with me that had the same chair and I am the only one that has not quit. This should be a red flag about this chair but the university just cannot recognize or admit the truth. The only good news is after my 5th extension class the cost drops to $500.00 per class. The individual that recommended that I get my Ph.D. at GCU because she went there for her Masters, apologizes every time that we see each other. I continue to tell her that it is not her fault that this university behaves in the manner that it does. The only thing that this university is concerned about is getting your money."
Stefani719
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2015
  • Degree: Christian Counseling
"I really loved GCU. If you are a religious/spiritual person who wants to integrate that into your education, GCU is a great school to look at. I did all online for my program, and it was great for me. Online programs are not for everyone, though, so it's important to keep that in mind when looking at certain programs at this school. All my advisors were really good about aiding me when I needed it and making sure that my experience is a smooth one. I enjoyed my time at GCU, and I believe anyone who wants to get a useful educational experience would agree."
R.J.
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"I hesitated joining this school due to reviews but I'm almost at my financial aid limit. I'm a single mom and just graduated with my M.B.A. last year. It was hard but I could manage it. I'm not sure if I'm going to drop or not though at GCU. The material is great but the work load is overwhelming. I'm up til 3 a.m. every night and still can't get it all done. I knew at enrollment that we had to post and comment three separate days during the school week for the hefty participation points. That was ok. My second class boosted it up to eight responses. I spend all my time keeping up with that and it leaves little time for hefty assignments. If I drop now, I'm stuck with like a 5 grand bill. If I keep going at this rate, my health and work will suffer. I feel like it's unfair to state certain requirements then change it after a student has signed up. My M.B.A. had intense workloads bug you knew what it was, when it was due and you could build a life / school balance around it. This is so unorganized. The teacher will also assign two projects due on one day. There is only an option to upload one file. I've tried merging them into a pdf but then she misses one and marks it late."
wood
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2015
  • Degree: Education
"GCU is a good (online) school for those who can't take time to attend a campus. I received my teacher cert after graduation. They don't, however, do a good job preparing for real-world teaching experience. Enough material to get by, lacking in the everyday school experience."
Samantha A.
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2015
  • Degree: Education
"I attend GCU and I have to say, I love it!!! I had previously went to The University of Phoenix and had nothing but trouble with everything and still managed to keep good grades. GCU is wonderful. Great enrollment counselor. When I first called about information for enrolling, he told me all the facts, all the pro's and con's of choosing this school and about my degree choice. He was extremely honest and sincerely wanted to help me choose the correct path for my future, even if it wasn't GCU. He wasn't trying to "sell" me. After enrolling, it has been nothing short of a pleasure dealing with the financial adviser and the whole financial aspect.There are many grants for my degree type and my financial adviser helped me get as much assistance as I could.I will hardly have to take out ANY student loans unless I need $ for a new computer or something. She was in constant contact making sure I got all paperwork filled out, ect.. My enrollment adviser contacts me often just to "check in" and he genuinely wants me to succeed. The first class is somewhat boring because it is just in an informative class about navigating loud cloud and learning about online school. Since this was my second online college, I pretty much knew everything pertaining to that already. The courses are VERY informative and I took a lot away from each one. The instructors are amazing and I even received occasional calls from them to see how I am doing. That is wonderful when in an online college because I don’t feel like just a name on the computer. Only negative I find is that some of the discussion questions/assignments are (in my opinion) so easy that they are hard. If that makes any sense. I second guess myself because I think, this is too easy. It can’t be right. As a student who has been to other online universities, I whole heartedly would recommend GCU to anyone. Especially if your after a degree in education. This college knows just what you need, helps with licensure, and even helps to get you into a local school to get the beloved student teaching completed. Which is required in order to get your teaching license. I love GCU. Take the good with the bad, people. Nobody is going to like everything. You need to be very focused, hard working, and have a lot of drive and motivation. You need to put the work in because this school will not pussy foot you or give you handouts. And to the people who are posting bad comments, Its college, you need to put on your big girl panties and take responsibility for your actions or lack there of."
C.H.
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2015
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I Absolutely LOVED it. I needed my bachelors degree. The classes I took while i attend GCU were Biology, Anatomy, and Chemistry. All of the instructors were amazing. They all had a step by step system that showed the class what they were teaching and they also included videos pictures as well as hands on experiences. I'm one those people who need to see and touch things to learn how to do it. All of that was included in the classes i took. Best experience of my life, i would defiantly recommend you to go there. So much fun too. It may get loud in some areas but thats just college for depends on what group you hang out with. I hope this helped you. :)"
Susan
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I've been slowly plugging away at classes here for a few years and will be eligible to graduate in 7 weeks. I have no major complaints about this program... I've read through most of the reviews here and can identify with some of the frustrations expressed. It is absolutely a conservative Christian college and if you aren't prepared for that type of environment (or at least prepared to be tolerant of it) then GCU is probably not the place you will want to consider. I am personally a bleeding liberal and I did OK there - because I understand that everyone has an opinion and I don't have to agree with it. :) I am looking around for a Master's program that is more compatible for my personal views, however I am not sorry that I chose GCU and I am happy with the quality of the education that I received there."
vokaybo
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"It was a great experience! I learned so much and had some really great instructors. So glad I chose GCU for my BSN. I highly recommend this school for the nursing part. I had a superb adviser who worked with me every step of the way. It was truly a great experience. The classes are well organized and there is little doubt as to what is expected. I have seen the negative comments online and I have been in class with the negative people. Most I can say have not been ideal students. When you turn in late work or work that is substandard, you usually do not do well in class. College is not a free ride and A's are not just handed out. You have to earn them. I would go back to this school in a heartbeat."
AJ at GCU
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2015
  • Degree: Education
"I begin my career at GCU in August 2009. Everything started out pretty good no main complaints and no issues. It wasn't until I had a death in the family (my father) that I first started to notice that there was an issue. When my father died, my grades suffered but I was still in great academic standing. My Student Services Adviser SSA was out on maternity leave and her substitute called me and told me that "she didn't think I would be able to graduate on time because my GPA is not where she would have liked it" After getting that issue resolved, I proceeded to complete my Bachelors degree with a 3.0 average. When I decided to go back to further my education with my Graduate Degree, I naturally thought about going back to GCU. That turned out to be a big mistake and a huge waste of time and money. From the time I initially contacted them to let them know I wanted to come back as a Graduate student, my enrollment counselor asked me several times "and what school did you attend for your Bachelors" I kept telling her over and over that I went to GCU and that I graduated from GCU. Thinking no more of it, she helped me pick out my program and I began. It started off fine until my third class. In my third class, I realized that my scheduled class looked very familiar to a class I took in my undergrad. I contacted GCU and they said that "the classes are different because one is a Bachelors level and the other a Graduate level" They went on to say that I should "monitor the class because it is going to get deeper and more in depth". Needless to say, that never happened. I wound up using the same pages and papers that I used in my bachelors program for my Graduate program wasting over $2,100 dollars. I kept calling, emailing and reaching out to my adviser, her boss and his boss only to either get the same "its going to get deeper" response or in some cases no response at all. I finally decided to contact my Dean and expected an immediate response. She opted not to respond either. As a result I finally had to contact the Better Business Bureau and finally was able to get my money back. I say all that to say this... GCU looks good on paper but if you are a Bachelors student looking to forward your education at a GCU Graduate Program ensure that your adviser and enrollment counselor knows exactly what each other are doing. This experience has soured me on ever recommending or attending GCU ever again."
Jenn
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"I have attended online schools as well as State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges. I have enjoyed each experience and disliked different aspects of each school. Overall, I would say that Grand Canyon University (online) has been my favorite school. I felt that two discussions plus three replies a week was a bit much but it was not difficult to do. I enjoyed the assignments and completed my Masters program with a 4.0, my undergraduate was a 3.67. I received a good education here and as a result of my practicum and course work began employment as a teacher earning me a $6000 increase in pay this year. I am disciplined and able to work online, I learn better through reading the content and researching on my own, I am a good note taker so I do not struggle in a traditional setting but prefer not to sit and listen to a lecture. We all have different learning styles and people need to be aware of how this may impact their experience. I was able to get in contact with my advisers easily and never felt any frustration. I am considering pursuing my PhD here as a result of my positive experience. I am proud to be an alumni of this school."
Kena Kump
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2015
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I have been in this online program for about three months now and I recommend it to anyone! I am in the Elementary Education program going towards my Masters and teaching certification. First of all, my advisor was very nice and helpful without being pushy, and was a big reason I came to GCU. I was going to attend WGU because it was cheaper, but glad I made the change to GCU. The professors are great, they are very fair with grading and always appreciate the hard work you put in. They give timely advice and answer any question promptly. So far I have gotten two A's in both my courses. I am in my third and have 10 more to go, and student teaching in a year and a half. I like the fact this school is not highly test based like WGU. There are 2 discussion questions a week and a lot of writing! Which I love personally. The professors also let me get 3 extra days when I was late on two papers due to illness, I thought that was nice. Also, the financial ed. department was great. I got my student refund in a timely manner, and financial aid went by smoothly. I am very happy I made the choice to come here, and I know having a Masters will help me be a better teacher. I recommend GCU online to anyone. I had a bad experience in my undergraduate, and I am glad it is so much better in my graduate school."
Ben Z.
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"The student body is so conservative to the point where it's practically full of bigots. What's worse is that no one has a clue what they're talking about because they're only basing their political views off of their parents opinions. In addition, many students are lazy, stupid, and want their hand to be held when they do something irresponsible that is completely their own fault. I am amazed at the amount of professors that are willing to accommodate a student's blatant negligence. GCU is FOX news University."
JJD
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2015
  • Degree: Child Development
"It is a funny thing when you check reviews of businesses or schools. No matter the business, the majority of the reviews are negative. That usually is because people that are satisfied and happy are less likely to take the time to post something positive than a person who is angry who had a negative experience. With that said, I began attending GCU online in the summer of 2010. After being laid off I felt it was time for a career change and an education. I researched a lot of online schools and chose GCU because they had a working relationship with our county's office of education. I also wanted an online school with a campus based school.I did not want an online only school. I concerned about my diploma not being worth the paper it was printed on. There are a lot of diploma mills out there. I wanted a diploma that was going to carry some weight. At that time, there were not many campus based universities offering complete online Bachelors programs. I am now one class away from completing my degree and will return to the school for my Master's. With that said, the degree has already begun to pay off for me. The school is pretty reputable in educational field , at least here in California. I know many people in the educational field who have received their masters through the school. The first year I did have some hiccups with the financial aid department, but that wasn't 100% their fault. If you are diligent and stay on top of things there should be no problems. But then why wouldn't you, you are the one paying for it. What I would recommend is this, IF YOU ARE NOT DISCIPLINED, online school, at any school, is not right for you. You will get out of it what you put into it. The classes are fast paced at 7-8 weeks a class, so they go by fast. I am a married father of two, a high school football coach, and teacher. Prior to that I was working two part time jobs while I was taking classes. Even with all that, it is not that hard to stay up on the work. You just have to practice good time management. I will say the school has got MUCH better at there communication with their online students. At the beginning I had three counselors, one for academic, one for financial aid, and one in general. They have since combined them and it is a lot smoother. I have one person to contact, and she is great about returning my calls or emails. The school is definitely moving in the right direction. Since I joined they have moved up to the D1 status and now play the major universities in sports. It would be nice to see them add a football team. In the end, I will have a degree that I will not be ashamed of displaying, and I will be a proud alumni of a good school. It is not Harvard or USC, but it is a good quality school and worth it."
D.C.
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2015
"Overall very frustrating experience, and a waste of time and money. Instructors all seem to be currently completing their PhDs, and I wonder if they are fulfilling some teaching requirement-unengaged, not helpful, and post comments which seem cut and pasted from prior posts. Unpersonalized and easy A's-post anything and receive credit, I find it hard to believe employers view a degree from this school as favorable. After much soul searching decided to withdraw and go to a state institution. Stay away from this diploma mill, save your money. The harassing calls from admissions should have been a sign to stay away, after four classes and 8K wasted I decided enough is enough."
N.A.
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"I literally just started in 12/14. I read reviews first...some great some bad. I know some ppl just complain though out of pure nature. I'm not looking for a degree hand-out. I have my M.B.A. from University of the Southwest. Why I didn't look there for teaching, not sure. I realized I can't work 40-60 hours a week in business as a single mom, I love kids and want to teach. This may seem silly but it's a potential deal-breaker for students. They have two online discussion postings a week and you have to respond on three separate days. If you are single, no kids...this is manageable. If you are a single mom with two, young kids, who blame you for liking school more than them every time you log on...not so much. If work requirements prevent you from that much online class participation, than don't go here. USW was one posting a week, responding to three students...be it all on one night or over seven days. My biggest frustration so far is that I spend so much time on discussion questions and responses that I can't devote the time I want to on actual studies. I see the point in online peer support but not to the degradation of studies. I honestly feel that by graduate school, you should have your own ideas on things and self-motivation to the point where discussion posts are mandatory. I tried to drop but I'd owe over a grand for the first class...guess I better get used to this. To others...check out USW. I went to Western Governors University but couldn't get used to their policy where everything was due at the end. It's really hard work that can't be crammed in. I wish I had returned to USW. Too late now."
Garrett Wilton
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"The professors are top notch providing real world materials at a challenging pace. GCU is growing faster than they can handle, but in a few years when they catch up with the growth they will be no room for complaints."
BOM
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"When looking into college programs I was just about to go with another school but then I spoke to the initial "sales person" adviser. He seemed very compassionate about some issues I was currently taking care of coinciding with enrolling in school. With a lot of encouragement I enrolled in GCU however I asked one question. I said I am Christian but not Evangelical as you appear to be. Will the Christian worldview conflict with my values, will it be worth my time and money? I was assured the worldview class was just about how Christian ideals are in many of the laws and customs we have in the world today even though they are not thought of as being Christian. This couldn't be further from the truth! The instructor who supposedly held a Doctorate in something and told the class he had attended Gustavus Adolphus, the Harvard of the mid-west. Being from the mid-west and knowing the school quite well I would have to say this statement is very subjective because most people I know find the statement funny. Anyway he used websites as curriculum, at first glance they had some good information but look further and they are full of bigotry and negative information towards most other Christian and non-Christians alike that don't hold GCU's view. It seems GCU and their corporation has formed a worldview and implemented it as a prerequisite before starting your degree (clever way to make 1,900.00 per student). I told the instructor I was uncomfortable reading anti any other religion rhetoric and felt it had no place in a college setting, to which I received information on why my religion is wrong. I went to my student adviser and she told me to get screen shots of everything which I did but at that time I knew this was a "private" college and they could teach hate and ignorance all they want hiding under their private status so I left. Later I was contacted by a man that was the salesman to end all salesmen. He asked why I left and he listened seeming to have sympathy for the situation I had gone through. He told me he to was not a Christian and had "heard" of this sort of issue at GCU. He said he knew the head of theology would want to hear what happened and he would make sure he knew. He said he would be there at every turn, he would take care of everything, I didn't have to worry this would be a completely different experience with GCU he would make sure it was.That he did. My family had a change in circumstances that tied up our cash flow so that's of course when the computer goes out. I called about my stipend at the beginning of an eight week class with another one starting days later. I was told my stipend would be dispersed in 14 days. I completed both classes with great difficulty due to technical problems, I called GCU daily no one answered or when I left a message they returned the call when I said I wasn't available. They had me starting another class and I had to refuse because I couldn't depend on my computer. When I finally got a hold of my student adviser about 10 weeks after this whole thing began he said "OK we will have your stipend dispersed in 14 days"' This was the day before I was moving to another state we were going to temporary housing, I didn't even have an address.Finally they did me a big favor and over nighted the stipend that I should have had months ago after all they had the money! We had to delay or move one day even though my husband had a report date to his new post. After all this I decided I have no confidence in this school my last two classes had been paid and I didn't start the next so I let them know I wanted no more to do with GCU. At that point it was strongly "suggested" I keep going or I will owe them 2,000 then over 900 to 700 then 500 back up to 700. At the beginning I was told I had to complete four more credits to get away now they changed their mind on that and they are throwing all sorts of figures that I supposedly owe at me, oh yeah I better pay by the end of the month or they are sending it to a bill collector! I had read things like this before I started GCU but I thought my advisers are so nice and helpful that it must just be bitter students, its not it seems this is becoming the norm at GCU. They are for profit its a corporation working under the guise of a caring Christian University. They care about the bottom line, its all about the money. Fellow reviewers have mentioned that other students papers are barely legible, that's true as well. Our diploma is only as good as the reputation of the school we receive it from, it doesn't matter how much is spent on our education if this is just a corporate venture accepting anyone that's eligible for FAFSA. I hope you look carefully before investing your money it what appears to be just an expensive piece of paper. Good Luck wherever you go to school. All experiences are mine and so are the opinions."