Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 562 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 562 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 562 students said they would recommend this school to others
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andi waddington
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"In theory, using an on-line educational route can be convenient, but it can also be quite daunting. GCU offers a variety of degree and graduate programs that can meet almost any need. The classes are shorter than most traditional classes, and, depending on the student, this can be either helpful or can cause some issues if one is not understanding the material. The student that will fare best in this type of environment is one who is self-motivated and capable of going above and beyond in order to get the resources needed, which is not always easy. The professors are generally helpful, but, again, this can be subjective depending on the class (they are human, after all). The biggest issue I had with the degree program is that there were often assignments given that were unrelated to the course work, although they they were relevant to my degree. If I had a professor who was engaged then he or she would take the time to explain and give examples, but there were, quite frankly, times that I did not receive the help that I requested. The courses require a time commitment each week, and the time frame is not what one would find at a brick and mortar institution. For example, Christmas is the only real break that is granted throughout the school year, so that is something to take into consideration, as well. At this time, I maintain a 3.98 average and have finished all of the requirements for my degree, but this was a labor of love for me, so it was well worth the time and money (this is a private institution, as well, so it can be pricey, although my financial education specialist worked with me, especially since I am a military spouse. ASK QUESTIONS~ this will take you far). Overall, this was a positive experience for me, although it might not be the same for all. My recommendation is to research and read more reviews in order to see if this is the right fit."
Anonymous A
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"If you're looking for professors who will strive to help you on and off campus, this is NOT the school for you. In fact, it's a complete joke. I'm honestly thinking of dropping out. They have changed curriculums 3 times since I have been here, & I am a freshman!! The professors get their information from the textbook, so you'd be better off just teaching yourself instead of worrying about their thick accents and nonchalant behavior. Honestly terrible terrible school."
Tara Jones
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2017
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Ok, so here is my honest opinion. I received my undergrad from Montclair State University. 20 yrs later I decided to change careers and needed to go back to school. I chose GCU and have never been happier. T.K., truly a gem and the reason I chose GCU over other online schools. She has been the most transparent person I have ever met. She was honest and help ease my anxiety over online schools. She stayed is constant contact with me aND always willing to help. I truly miss her as she no longer works for GCU. If u r considering going back to school, GCU is a fine choice and your champion for success!!!"
Iesha Washington
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2017
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"People would have to understand beforehand that GCU is a traditional non-profit Christian University that teaches curriculum that is intended for your major while also learning what is intended on living a Christian lifestyle while also applying it on how you want it to affect your career. The university did have amazing professors who were there for you when you needed it and wanted to see you succeed. The only problem with GCU was the advising system. I didn't have a student adviser for more than two years and the tuition was high for a in-state university."
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2017
  • Degree: RN to BSN
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I had an awesome advisor who helped me through personal and school struggles. I made it through and the classes were helpful and interesting. The Christian based learning also was great because it created a positive learning environment. The computer courses were easy to complete and didn't require a masters in computer knowledge. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to get their BSN in nursing while working."
Audrey Krakowiak
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"The nursing program at Grand Canyon University is a fast pace hands on learning experience. The core curriculum provides a Registered Nurse with the foundation to take care of patients upon exiting the program. During my course work, there were many opportunities to engage in real life experiences that translated well into the 'real' nursing world. I would recommend GCU to any entering nursing student."
Josh Villa
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"My college, is a very unique as well as exciting. It was so many features and advances for any sort of student. Grand canyon university is a one of a kind school and can at times be like a vacation. It is very safe and has all sorts of activities for many types of people. Grand Canyon university is For everyone and anyone."
Kandice Ginger
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Grand Canyon University is a place of higher education that adheres to Christian thinking and principles. Since enrolling in November 2013 I have had approximately 13-14 instructors and I have never been disappointed. The instructors are involved and intelligent and they push students to excel. Obtaining my education at GCU has been a phenomenal experience, one that I would recommend to anyone seeking to grow in grace and in knowledge..."
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Took two graduate courses for additional credit on teacher's pay scale. I had an awful experience with 2 out of 3 instructors and would advise educators looking for this type of credit to STAY AWAY FROM THIS INSTITUTION. They are inconsistent with their courses in terms of actually having rubrics to guide expectations for work completion. They hire individuals who have equivalent educations and experience to the students (i.e., under-qualified instructors), and they do not and will not treat you like the working professional you already are."
MBA Junky
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2017
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This review is regarding the Colangelo College of Business MBA program as of 2017. I attended both the ASU and UA MBA programs, but had to transfer for different reasons. After taking a break, I decided to attend the GCU MBA program and it was the cheapest. The fact is that no MBA program in Arizona is competitive, especially the ones claiming to be (I'm talking to you ASU). The W.P. Carey MBA from ASU is currently the most expensive and the most over-rated; many of the other students in my cohort there had GPAs between 2.2 - 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, and were arts majors. The Eller MBA is not much better only by default because it's cheaper. The GCU MBA is the cheapest, with the lowest student to professor ratio. If you're dead-set on getting your MBA in Arizona, then the best return for your money and time is going to be GCU. The single greatest factor holding back GCU is that it's the lowest paying university in Arizona; meaning that the professors are probably in retirement or get something else from working there. I can't speak for the other colleges at GCU, but the Collangelo College of Business is a solid business school and frankly a much better name-sake than the others in Arizona (Collangelo spent many years in Phoenix managing the Phoenix Suns and the Diamondbacks). W.P. Carey was a real-estate tycoon from New York who never did anything in Arizona and Eller was a convenience store tycoon who many give credit for bankrupting the entire Circle K franchise single-handedly. The Collangelo MBA program provided me with a well-informed MBA education because unlike the other business schools in Arizona, the classes at Collangelo were small and engaging. A business school that claims to be something it is not, is not a business school; it's a scam. Therefore, a great MBA program gives you a high return on your investment, doesn't defraud you with inflated numbers and empty promises, and for Arizona, that's the Collangelo MBA. If you're still on the fence, look up the price and rank for an MBA from Washington State University. Shocker."