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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 in 2012 and am looking forward to my MSW program.
First of all, the student advisors are the best team members. They helped me all the way and still keep a close connection with me. They helped me apply to financial aid, classes and worked with me closely on long term goals. In class I really like how the teachers try their hardest to connect to students and work side by side us. Teachers are also very knowledgeable of the subjects they teach. They do not throw work at us and expect us to understand right away. Instead they help out and offer tutoring after class or helpful links. The campus is beautiful and has a very friendly feel to it. I was nervous to start out here without knowing anyone but people are super friendly. It is very easy to make friends. If you find yourself being shy to talk to people, join a club! The clubs here are like mini families. They do activities that contribute to the community and that will create a closer bond to each person as well. Also if you ever need help with anything, just ask away. Plenty of people are willing to help you out. The first week of school I asked questions about where to find classes, the best places to eat and what clubs to join. Along the way I have made friends. Do not be afraid to live on campus. There is always something going on that will keep you entertained. I highly recommend this friendly university to anyone.
My Opinion: Teachers are terrible; they read slides instead of lecturing with no comprehension or understanding of the course material. Don't bother asking questions as the instructor will be clueless usually. In addition, the slides, book, and tests do not correlate with one another. The teachers also frequently don't even know what the tests are over - most haven't even looked at the tests. Instead, it seems like this school hires anyone off the street as long as they have a the right credentials - and hand them a pack of slides and notes that they read, and many are too lazy to look at the test material so they cannot even begin to give students a decent study guide. I had to resort to online videos from other sources to get a decent lecture. I have never seen ANYTHING so bad, and this is my third degree.
Grand Canyon U was a great university. I loved the student life and academic life. My classes were challenging and engaging, my instructors the same. The student services advisors could have been better, I often felt a little burned, but Im sure its the same at most colleges.
From the first call all the way up to now, my experience with my student advisor team was absolutely amazing. They checked up on me regularly to see if I needed any help and were always available to answer questions. They were so warm and welcoming and really made me feel like I was part of the family. Even after I graduated they were happy to answer any questions and provide their services. I really felt that was the best first and last impression I could have ever gotten. I also found the curriculum to be at a good pace. You are not overwhelmed with the technology while attending online, but also feel as though you have a lot of online resources to prepare you for success during your degree studies. The first course does just that. It provides you with a hands-on learning experience so that you learn it from actively participating. For someone who learns best from completing the task, this was extremely helpful. The platform is also extremely easy to follow. You are required to participate in class discussions three days a week with two posts per day, two assignment questions twice a week, and larger assignments and/ or quizzes due on Sunday. This worked out really well with my full schedule. I was able to complete most of my assignments and questions ahead of time and focus on my participation. With working online you really are able to work at your own pace. What you put into your education is what you get out. The teachers were a big help as well. They all were extremely friendly and always willing to answer your questions. The class forum, where you can ask questions to your teacher, helps as a reference to alleviate duplicate questions. The teachers also provide their home email or address so that you may ask questions any time of the day, especially in emergencies.
I think the biggest issue with this school is that they admit students who are not capable of succeeding in an online environment. I have attended UNLV and UNR in the past. I only settled on GCU because I now live 100 miles away from the closest college to me. The only difference from a traditional class is the professors do not lecture very much. They serve a purpose more akin to a moderator, albeit a very knowledgeable one. It isn't for everyone. I can grasp a concept well after reading a textbook and doing my own research. I see some students saying they needed tutors, I do not understand why. I see many students in my class making silly mistakes. For example, in one class, all out posts were required to be 75 words, I would see students posting 10 words posts up until the very last day of class. I saw people saying they couldn't fit it into their schedule. I can finish all the work for the week in a few hours, except for the discussion questions that have to be done on 4 different days; I can accomplish that in less than an hour. I really think that the online degree program is not for everyone. However, I do not think people should be on here trashing a school based on their experience.
They were dishonest when I turned in my assignment and in giving me only one-day turnaround for 1/4 of my grade. When I showed them with evidence from their own posting date they were incorrect, they still denied they were dishonest. Please don't confuse them with the facts, for God's sake. When they don't agree with you, they belittle and try to demean. They soaked me for one class but no more than that. Very short-sighted. They call themselves Christians? Christ would be rolling over in his grave - if he had one. All they want is your money and then they pull the "holier-than-thou" response. Don't waste your money unless you don't care how you are treated.
Really upset with the school and the "customer service" went there for my I9, they rejected my copy of my social security after my friend used a copy and not the original and had no problems. On top of that a girl who just gave a ride to people from where I just was and I needed a ride back in the 110 degree weather she said "it's not my job to give people a ride" after giving other's a ride. It was a bit a mile walk to my car...
I am currently in the doctorate program at GCU and it is excellent. I will be getting a degree in about 1 year in Behavioral Health and it will be an Ed.D. Degree. I have had great support from students services, the library and the library team is excellent. I have had some instructors that were under par, but most have been excellent. Both residency experience were also great. I would recommend this place for anyone who is getting an online degree. They are very accommodating. Thanks GCU!! Larry
Most of the staff that I have contacted at GCU have been helpful & friendly; however, the student services advisor that I was assigned to has been somewhat rude and not very knowledgeable. I asked about completing my online degree in another state and the advisor replied I could not. I further investigated and found out I could. The advisor also mentioned that my learning and degree are meant for the state that I live in. I have big plans after I receive my degree and they do not involve working in the state I live in or for that matter in the United States. I do not feel that this counselor is motivating or encouraging and is just doing their job unlike other GCU staff that I have spoken with.