Grand Canyon University Reviews
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GCU was the first offer degree's other than IT, Business or Public management. Their course offerings are broad. This is what attracted me to them as I am a mid-forties non-traditional student with credit hours spread from Egypt to Tennessee. Their evaluation process is next to none I have experienced and the courses are good if you understand that online course work is self-motivational. The negatives are price and structure. Where they are extremely accommodating they are plagued by their format, right from the start you will be required to take two introductory courses that will put a dent in you pocket book, they will also hinder you from doubling up to finish earlier. This also has to do with price as financial aide will not cover extra courses. I found the course work to be paced well but with exception to Mathematics. If you are very good with Math and right out of honors Math in High School you might be OK for the first few classes. After that the accelerated format will eat your lunch. I will be transferring to WGU for this reason, simply to finish Math and cut my costs.
If anyone went to a traditional institution do not attempt this online debacle. The program is long, redundant, and full of "instructors" that have never taught in the field. The assignments are pointless (powerpoints, pathlets) long drawn out assignments that they do not read. There are a few courses with instructors who like to be overly meticulous on format but not content. There is no actual learning at this institution. You pay your money, you get a degree.
I am enrolled in my sixth course at GCU. My courses have been challenging and my professors have been excellent. The only issue I have is the cost. However, this school is not a diploma mill in my opinion. The discussion questions have been helpful, I have enjoyed quality discourse with my colleagues. My undergraduate and masters degrees are from two public state universities. GCU works well with my schedule, especially now that I am living outside of America.
Let me preface my review by stating that I received my bachelor's in a traditional setting, on campus, from a quality institution; the experience there taught me what the college experience should be like. After the birth of my daughter I became a temporary stay-at-home mom and decided to further my education online; GCU promised quality education in a convenient format. GCU is a diploma mill and nothing more; I have so many stories that could serve as an anecdote for this. If you do the work and submit something you'll usually get a 100% on the assignment. If the professor is trying to seem alive or interested in teaching the course they might ding a few points off arbitrarily, but you're getting an A nonetheless. The professors rarely read what you submit; I've submitted a few assignments where I KNEW my answers were wrong and I've still been given a 100. There was a paper assignment for one of my courses that I particularly enjoyed writing and, when the assignment was returned to me, I eagerly looked for my instructor's comments. The paper that was returned to me wasn't even mine but that of another student's. I read it, it was barely literate and scarcely answered the paper's prompt. The student was given 100% for something any undergraduate school would have failed outright. Not only are the professors careless in their grading but careless in their instruction as well. Learning is done exclusively through the text book; if you're not someone who can learn from the book alone well you're SOL. If you have a question, god forbid, the turn around time on answering it is usually longer than the week long module and by the time they answer you're onto the next topic. I once had a question about the accounting concept behind a problem on a particular assignment and was told to "do my best" and nothing more. Never in my academic experience have I been rejected for help by a professor before; yet I witness this on a nearly weekly basis as my fellow classmates ask in vain for assistance or understanding on the forums. The 8 week online courses are notoriously inflexible- if you're looking for something where you can go at your own pace, look elsewhere. To get full credit for the weekly discussion questions and participation you must post a minimum of 5 times on 5 different days. You're stuck committing to being online 5 days a week which can be a real hassle if you're traveling or working. For whatever reason assignments cannot be submitted early (explain that one to me) and you're expected to adhere to the class's rigid time table with no exceptions. 8 weeks goes by far too quickly and it's far too short a time to devote any significant amount of time to the important material covered. I am now one class away from receiving my master's degree and I have a 4.0 GPA. I would say that I am absolutely unprepared to enter the work force and perform accounting work; I have learned precious little and retained even less. I could never, ever, hope to take the CPA exam, which GCU's program description assured me I'd be ready to do by the end of my studies. Take heed and read the reviews here, save your time and money and look elsewhere for your education.
This is the worst kind of degree mill. An embarrassment of a program that reads like it was put together in a weekend . Professors actually copy and paste the same comments on discussion boards, that is if they show up at all and they often hardly read the work that is turned in . Students copy and paste garbage and the discussions are ridiculously boring because if this activity. I tried to get something out of it but it was mostly a waste of money and time. The advisors come and go and are used car salesmen. I had a deadline to meet for my graduate program and they wouldn't even pick up the phone to confer my degree. I missed my deadline because after spending 20000 dollars they couldn't find the common courtesy to get me a unofficial conferred copy of my transcript. The irony is that it's a Christian university but like most things this is hypocrisy. If you're an idiot you will have no problem because I know people who can't write a clear sentence and they still got A's. You even have to write papers on why prayer and prayer hospitals heal people. An entire class of anti- science Mumbai jumbo. This school should lose it's accreditation.
I wish there was more instruction, especially with the price. The structure is perfect for a person working full-time, but I had to use outside sources a lot because the instructors would merely point me back to the text instead of helping me understand. I also like that it is a regular school and people won't automatically know I did online courses.
I did a lot of research before deciding on this school. I was able to get a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the same time it would of take me to get one. I was hired as a Special Education teacher within three months of graduating. The principal that actually hired me graduated from Grand Canyon as well. I was able to easily get into a very reputable Masters program at the University of Nevada Reno with my degrees. My only issue was that the staff changed constantly which was a little frustrating. Overall, I would highly recommend this school.
I'm a student and an employee at GCU.. This is nothing but a diploma mill institution. You will not gain anything out of this place, except a debt for the next 10+ years. They will recruit anyone, and I mean anyone.. Accelerated nursing program, class you can finish in 5 weeks, (good luck retaining anything valuable). There are people that failed nursing acceptance exam 4 times, and still got accepted. Management is joke. 90% are former employees from University of Phoenix. Don't be fooled by "Christian University" . They are publicly traded and are after one thing, and one thing only, profit! Be smart and due diligence before committing to this institution.
There is a lot to be said about a "Christian" for-profit university. Transferring credits in or out of GCU is nearly impossible. The entire process feels so automated. There is no freedom in classes taken. They are the only university that I have encountered that uses 4 credit classes that are not labs. This, I suspect, is the main obstacle to getting any credits to transfer. I had two years of full-time academics at a well established state university graduate program, but GCU refused to allow me to "skip" the introduction to graduate school class. The whole experience is very impersonal. All of my concerns and questions were never fully heard. If one is a first time graduate student, then this may be a good place to consider. But if you are attempting to transfer to GCU, be very cautious and look other places.
I enjoyed the convenience of being able to attend school online. I was not happy with some of my instructors and when I filed an appeal I was not satisfied with the outcome. Overall, it was a good experience.