Grand Canyon University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (369)
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.