Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 569 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 569 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 569 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Krista
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2011
"If there was a 0, that would be the score I would give. I have had three e-mails stating I have completed my degree and now I am having to take two more classes. They are saying the reviewed by classes and now some that did count do not anymore. This is causing me 6 extra weeks of classes that are already completed and they will not release the grades. I am now forced to turn down my dream job due to the way GCU works. Also, this school will not work if you life in Oregon! The tests to not match! TRUST ME!!!!! $800 in tests and none work. Avoid!!! There is a reason they may be cheaper than other schools."
Miranda Bowers
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Grand Canyon University was not a university I had even heard of until I was matched to it through CollegeFish.org. I was just finishing up on my Associates Degree and was doing some last minute searching for a University to go on and get my Bachelor's Degree. GCU had a major that I can find at no other university, and it is geared more toward what I am going for in life.I hear people complaining about having to log on mulitple times, not getting full points when they don't log on enough, or participate in the discussion questions. Well, if it's part of the corriculum, and you need to do it for participation points, you should suck it up and do it....it's participation points....PARTICIPATION....you need to PARTICIPATE to get the points for the best grade. I have been in my first class for 3 weeks now, and am doing fine. I am doing what I am asked to do and it is paying off.If you are not willing to put in the time and do a lot of research, this school may not be for you. But, if you are willing to put forth the effort and do what is required, this school is a true blessing in disguise! I would recommend this school, but only to serious students. This is not a skater-school, meaning you won't be able to "skate your way" through the courses and get a degree. You have to do the work.Keep in contact with instructors...so far, mine has been very helpful. Keep in touch with your graduation team (academic, financial aid, and enrollment counselors) and they can keep you up to date on changes and your status. It's not as bad as a lot of these reviews are making it out to be. However, if you don't do the work, it would probably be bad."
Delores
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2011
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"Currently, I am a MAT student at Grand Canyon University. Back in February when I enrolled with the school, I signed a course fee waiver for my first class. I notice after my financial aid and refund check had posted, the $75.00 fee waiver had not posted. The information did not reflect to my account until about a week later. During this time, the school went up on their tuition rates and fees.Therefore, it left me a $125.00 outstanding balance. When the money the waiver was applied to my account, it seems the school applied the $75.00 to the outstanding bill, the bill with the overages from the new tuition and fee charges, not the first course material fees. Today, I tried talking to a financial aid counselor manager about the issue, but that was a dead end conversation. My biggest issues with the school is if you are going to have a student sign a document stating you are going to do something, then please honor that document. In addition, the financial aid counselors can not articulate the school financial aid process. Lucky for me, COO emailed me today and explained the process to me.Now, I have a clear understanding of how the process works. My advice for anyone who is about to attend Grand Canyon University is to document everything and if you have a problem do not go directly to that department, but voice your concerns to top management. Lastly, I have attended another for profit school and my experience with that school was GREAT!! Grand Canyon University has a lot more improving to do before they even get a GREAT out of me."
Jimmie Ruth Johnson
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I had been wanting to go back to college for a while and when I begin my search I had the opportunity to speak with quite a few online Colleges. But to my surprise most of them were not offering my Major.When I did find colleges that was offering my area of study I found them not to be very interested in really hearing what I was looking for. They just wanted to sign me up and get me started.Through GCU I am able to study in the area of my desire and also have a great staff of Counselors and Professors available there to help me with my present journey through higher learning. My teachers have made themselves available for me to not only communicate through email but also via telephone. I am able to interact with other classmates through class conference time and tutoring. I am also able to have one on one help.I feel that GCU wants all of their students to be sucessful and I feel that they will go the extra mile to make sure you complete your journey. I love how the Financial Aid department works with those of us who are not finanically able to pay for our higher learning without help. My academic couselors have been great and I look forward to working with this staff.Again I feel very blessed to be a "LOPE" even if I am just an online student. When I am asked what college I am attending I am always proud to say"GCU" the best college online today."
laurie l
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2011
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"I went back to school for my BSN. GCU came to our hospital, promising the world, they said they would give us a 2000.00 discount, it is now almost a month after graduation and I have to call them everyday and I still have not seen it.They also said they would transfer all my credits as a block transfer, which half into the program they went back on their word. Then lastly with two weeks left to graduate they decided not to take my CEU's and had a policy changed midstream. They did make good on this but it took me writing multiple letters all the way up to the University's president.They don't return calls, out of the entire program I had 3 excellent teachers the others could care less! I'm telling you don't do it!!!!!"
Tiffany T
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2011
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"I started with GCU in November 2010 and I have not regretted my decision yet. Right from the start I felt at home. My enrollment counselor took the time to really get to know me and my educational goals and personalized my program as much as possible. He calls me at least once a week to check on me and see how I'm doing. If I am late posting he calls to find out why and help me with any problems.I will admit I have had a few issues with my financial aid counselor, he is hard to reach and it has been changed twice. I wasn't told the first time but the second I was because I complained about it. I also did not receive as much of a stipend check as I was expecting but it really wasn't a big deal. I have seen several complaints about the first course you have to take no matter what program you're in. What's the big deal? They simply want you to do well and know how the system works. I fond it to be very useful and I have been at other online schools before.The course work so far (I'm in my 5th class) has been challenging and not only because the classes are only 7-8 weeks long but also because the papers and discussions usually require a good amount of research if you are unfamiliar with it. And I will complain about the students who can't spell or put a sentence together correctly. I will make mistakes but not like some of what I have seen. It makes me wonder how they got into college in the first place. I don't have any problems with logging in a certain number of days or responding to a certain number of questions. That's all well and good. I do have an issue with being timed out all the time. If you don't change pages on angel often enough you are timed out. However, I have never lost a post.Classmate interaction has been great. I love the fact that some of them are in different states. It has been an awesome learning experience. No trouble with instructors either with the exception of one. All of them have been very knowledgeable, interactive, and always answer my questions.So, over all, I LOVE GCU and would recommend it to everyone and I have recommended it to several people already. I still have a year to go yet but I am looking forward to the experience."
Ruth DuVan
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2011
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"For me this has been the best decision I have ever made. My counselors and everyone else I have come in contact with are very helpful, and quick to help if I have a question or a problem. Some of the classes are harder than others, but people are different. What comes easy to me doesn't for someone else. If you want to earn something as big as a college degree, you have to WORK for it."
Johnathan Clayborn
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2013
"A lot of people moan and complain about little things that happen in the school. No school is perfect, including Grand Canyon. However, that being said, I really enjoy this school and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Sure, they've made mistakes, but they have always been more than willing to correct those mistakes in my experience. The classes are enjoyable and challenging, and the cost of the school is a good value. I have 10 classes left in my degree program and I'm planning on going to the Graduate level and pursuing a Master's degree and two doctoral degrees from GCU."
Rene Miller
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I have been at GCU for about a month now and I have had nothing but a great experience even before I started classes they were great I transfered from another school and I wont name names but that school sucked big time I had nothing but a bad experience.I like the fact that GCU is christian based and that I can go as far as getting my PHd if I wanted to. The classes are 7 weeks long and you have to post on day 3 and day 5 then respond to 2 of your classmates on 4 different days and you have access to your instructor for 12-8pm AZ time.My graduation team cares about me they care about the fact that my goal is GRADUATION and they want me to get there so they are there helping me every step of the way. They call to check up on me and see how my classes are going and how I am doing. They answer all my questions and if they cant answer it then they find someone who can. You should choose GCU because they care about you and where you are headed in life. GCU ROCKS!! enough said."
Laura Haefner
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2011
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"It is hard to grasp some of the comments against GCU. Yes, you have to work hard. Yes you have to log in for assignments and discussion questions. But the currculum is first rate, the teachers are awesome, and the knowledge I am gaining is invaluable. Anyone who does not want to work hard for a degree should not be in college. Being able to go on-line is better for some than having to go to class several days or nights a week.Education is not supposed to be easy. GCU is a marvelous University and their staff is top notch. Yes, sometimes their financial department is a little lapse, but no one is perfect and they worked hard to help me get my stipends. God Bless GCU for offering such a tremendous opportunity for me to get my teaching degree."
Julie Byrd
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2011
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"Went back for online BSN, made false promises, did not transfer in my credits as "block" credits like they said they would. Did not give 2000.00 hospital discount like they said, they counselors are completely incompetent and lack any communication. The instructors out of the entire program I can count 4 who were worth anything, the rest could care less. I would not recommend this program to anyone, DONT DO IT!!!!"
GCUgrad
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2011
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"I completed my BS in Public Safety and Emergency Management at GCU in December 2010 and graduated with a 4.0. That being said, you have to WORK for it. You must be a self-starter and stay on top of your work, if you procrastinate this school is not for you. I have enjoyed challenging classes with excellent faculty (all but one) and found the classroom environment to be easy to navigate.I am now pursuing my Master of Science in Professional Counseling and doing well; again, it's hard work. The faculty and academic advisers were superb BUT the only complaint I have is the Office of Financial Aid. The FA counselors frequently change, no one seems to know what's going on, they can be incredibly rude, and you may as well forget attempting to get your stipend.Those of you that are saying people are in school only to get the stipend? There are those of us that are adults with families that have to have those rightfully awarded funds to be able to go to school and manage continuing to work and the bills as well. However, don't hold your breath or believe when a check has been sent until you are holding it in your hands-my husband and I have both gone through a class without a book (no e-book available, though you pay for one anyway) because we have not gotten stipends in time. Could I have purchased my textbooks from the school? Of course, and at 2-3 times the cost of Amazon. Budget is important to us, and GCU does NOT help in that department.My overall experience has been excellent, with the exception of FA. I also have an undergrad from another university that was earned traditionally, so I do have experience with which to compare my GCU experience and the education I have received from both was/is excellent.GCU is a great experience and a great education-just don't expect anyone to take care of anything for you. You will have to work hard (15-20 hrs/week on schoolwork) and stay on top of your financial aid counselors, but overall it's worth it! (Though I can't figure out how a couple of people in my graduate classes graduated high school, much less obtained entry into a grad program...deplorable spelling and grammar-ugh!)"
Pam
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2011
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"To begin, I was pressured into applying to this school. They made GCU sound like the best school in the world, despite being a Christian University. I sent in my application.Then they told me that I was under a contract to complete 1 term of classes with them, and that they would be charging an outrageous $650+ per credit hour, with about a mile long list of fees to go with it. If I had been informed this to being with, I would never have gone here. But I was told what funding I would get, like scholarships and discounts, so it really didn't make it that much more.The first two classes were laughable. I passed them with straight A's without even opening the text books, which are also outrageously priced, even for a college. The third class was so offensive and ridiculous that I had to drop. This is me paraphrasing something that was submitted to the online classroom:"Student: I don't understand why people suffering from depression and schizophrenia don't seek help. They would be just fine if they had God in their lives.,p>TEACHER: Yes, I know. People who haven't found God often suffer from things like that. This is why we have Psychology." No, I am not joking. Finally, when I left, I thought everything was fine. I transferred back to my community college. Then I was informed that they still had a hold on my loans, and were refusing to release my transcripts. I had to make about 7, SEVEN, phone calls, because my messages were never returned, take out a personal loan to pay the balance for my third class, and almost had to file a complaint with the US Dept of Education. This entire process has taken a year. I am now told that I was under contract for 3 classes, and that they will now reverse my loans and I will have a balance of close to $10,000 for 2 classes. It is possible that they will not release my transcripts at all, and that this so-called learning establishment will have screwed me out of a proper education until I can pay off that $10,000."
Jenny
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2011
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"I had a completely awful experience taking online class with GCU.It was bad enough in the "classroom" that we were assigned group projects for online class and that trying to get my group to communicate to get the job done was like pulling teeth; I feel like that stress took years off my life.(and yes, I got an A, but I don't feel like I learned much that was real, I wanted to take their classes so I could make business decisions based on good practices and hopefully some formulas, not by using my gut all the time, I was already doing that.)WORSE was that they suggested that I could fill out the FAFSA to see if I could be awarded any pell grant money to help reduce my costs as a cash-payer (my place of work had agreed to pay for courses). I had an extremely difficult time trying to get in touch with my assigned financial advisor and eventually gave up, only to discover, months later, that the amount that I had asked my work to pay was a pittance compared to what I actually owed in the form of a direct loan that they had accepted on my behalf, WITHOUT my authorization, and they refused to do anything to fix the issue.DON'T GO HERE!"
Dannielle ritacco
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2011
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"I can't begin to tell you how horrible my experience was at Grand Canyon University. They have the worst communication which is extremely difficult when you are going to school online. They changed my program in the middle of my degree and couldn't tell me my new requirements for graduating. They almost didn't find me a student teaching spot in time. They are completely uncooperative. Biggest mistake of my life was attending this university. They are constantly changing your adviser so that nobody knows your case. I could go on and on for days about why this University is terrible, but please, just take my advice and don't go there."
Tracie
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2011
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"I have read most of the reviews of my school and I would like to say that no school is perfect. There are many "traditional" schools that have the same bad reviews regarding financial aid and supportive staff.During my time at GCU, I never had any major problems. My financial aid was always straight, and they never changed up my courses on me. I never had a problem with counselors because I never really needed to speak with them after starting my classes. I really don't know how much you really need to communicate with your counselor about after your initial classes began.This University is not a diploma mill mainly because the classes are actually quite challenging. I learned so much in each class that I have benefited professionally from my education. Also, its a real university, which was one of the reasons I was comfortable with attending. As I have said earlier, every University has its downside. When finished up my Master's in Addictive Counseling, it took so long for them to document on my transcript that I had to start callling every single day. Each time they would send me to a new person. That was very frustrating. Finally, I recieved my diploma in the mail THREE MONTHS later. That was the one major problem that I had.But, again, most of my experience was good. I have decided to further my education and pursue my Ph.D in General Psychology at GCU because I loved the teachers and the education was very challenging. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone."
Cheryl
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2011
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"I just enrolled at GCU to obtain my masters. I have not had the problems that other posters have referred to, with the exception of the financial aid office. My enrollment counselor has been great and very accessible--although I do agree with the earlier post saying that sometimes they will forget that they called or emailed you something. This has happened on a couple of occasions but nothing major. The subject matter of the courses seem interesting and I am already enjoying the online discussions.I will say the financial aid office is a little disorganized. Since I applied 2 months ago, there has ALREADY been 3 fin aid counselors assigned to me, and the current one is hard to get ahold of. I had to call and email multiple times and then eventually ask my enrollment counselor to pass a message to my fin aid counselor. When I talked to her, it seemed like she was unsure of the answers to my questions. But other than that, I'm happy with what I've seen from GCU so far."
Deanna
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2011
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"I attended GCU in order to obtain my Master's in Teaching. The coursework is basically busy work and the professors, in general, have no more knowledge than I already do. It is nearly impossible to get anyone to email or call back from the administration side of things and I don't think I ever talked to the same person twice. I faxed the same paperwork to them three times and finally had to stand next to the fax on the phone with someone on the other end to make sure it was received.To top everything off, my billing got totally screwed up. I talked to someone about my billing when I completed my last class and was told my account was paid and up to date. Eight months later I got a bill for $3,200. The bill had absolutely no explanation as to what the charges were, it just said balance forward. When I called to talk to a person there, I was only told that they had not gotten me a bill because there had been so much turnover that it fell through the cracks and that they were really sorry, but if it were not paid in full in the next week, it would be taken to collections. I was told I could make payments, but that it would still go to collections and 33% would be added to the bill.So, in the end, I got a very expensive degree that really didn't teach me anything and now I have hired a lawyer to fight the charges. Enroll at your own risk."
Jody Witt
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2011
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"Getting in is the easy part! Once in, there is ZERO student support from "advisors or financial aid. After my first semester, my enrollment person refused to answer my calls. "My" advisor didn't exist except on paper alone. I found out several semesters later that they hadn't been with GCU but a few weeks years ago. Transferring to a professional school as I had already transferred in. I would loos what credits I was paying for. I stuck it thinking I was closer to the end than the beginning.Not so! "Error" after "error" occured and kept cost ME money. Communication is IMPOSSIBLE with GCU, even at the directors level. GCU has NO accountability nor integrity. Otherwise A student's find themselves with B's and C's on a regular basis as individual students have no control over CLC's. A student is at the mercy of thier classmates to produce. One student cannot influence or correct another students work before final submission.The entire grop takes a dive for the one incompetent student. Of course, this is never stated on the transcript. Some CLC's are worth 30% of the course grade! There is no consistency from one class to the next regarding "policy." "Reviews" never happen because there is no communication path available to the student. GCU simply ignores everyone but the prospective student. Even teachers can't get word to appropriate authorities! Save your money, time frustration and reputation, DON'T Attend GCU!"
Grand Canyon University Mistake
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2011
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"I wasted over $11.000 trying to get a BS. I was assigned 3 counselors who gave me a graduation date of 12-2010. During the course of my studies, the counselors were changed on me 3 times. Thier employees were coming and going like a revoloving door. I had 9 different counselors who would all request documents that were already sent. I ended up re-sending transcripts in on numerous occasions. They never knew what was going on and would not answer emails or phone calls for weeks at a time.The classes are rediculous. All you do is read their way over priced books. There is no teaching going on. I found many of my books on ebay for 75% off of GCU's prices, and they were in new condition versus used from GCU.December came along and my graduation never came around. I was told that they were still trying to review my transcripts. Meanwhile I had another 4 months worth of classes to take while they reviewed what was already accepted by my original counselors.They tried to milk Thousands of dollars from me, and for what. They are worthless. I could get a better education from watching the Discovery channel. To top it off, they raised their tuition rates, then said that it will most likely raise again in July.There are good schools out there, but GCU is NOT one of them. The good comments on this and other sites have to be generated from an inside source, that is probably not even students.GCU is like a black hole that you throw your life savings into. I would recommend get credits from a local college, which is wasy cheaper, then transferring the credits to a real University."