Grand Canyon University Reviews

2.87 out of 5 stars
(561 Reviews)
58% of 561 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 561 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Iesha Washington - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dawndra - 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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Audrey Krakowiak - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Josh Villa - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kandice Ginger - 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..."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mattie - 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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
MBA Junky - 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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Honest review of GCU - 1/19/2017
Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"This college is ok. I feel like the good reviews are mostly from students that do not have experience at other universities. The college barely opened up an engineering program, which it will be VERY hard to compete with ASU, considering ASU is a research college. GCU has NO research opportunities. What does this mean for a student? This means NO opportunities to research in a real laboratory with professors. This helps tremendously when getting a job, by the way. Another thing is GCU fails to have a language department. It is useful for anyone to have some proficiency in a second language, luckily for me I do. ASU has a variety of languages for students to learn, while GCU does not. No support in undergraduate classes and to prepare for medical or graduate school. What this means is GCU does NOT offer recitations and variety of times of tutoring for tougher classes. There was 1 tutor available for a class that is considered a "weed-out" class. ONE tutor. No recitations. Insane. Want to know what else is insane, they do not offer help in preparing for GRE and MCAT. MOST universities have classes that students can attend over the summer usually to prepare. GCU take notes. My last three cons, and I will move on to the good things: it's in a sketchy area, however GCU has security - who are VERY rude and one even stole my car key to my very expensive car. GCU did have to pay me the amount to replace my car key and I believe they fired the security guard that stole my key. No close parking. I shouldn't be complaining about this coming from ASU where you had to walk 4 miles to get to class, but they put the professor's parking the nearest to the classes. How is that fair? Most professors are nice, but some are really strange (I won't say names), but there are some professors who are really awkward and difficult to communicate with (walking away while you talk to them, or won't look you in the eyes while talking to you). The worst of these is that no one recognizes this school. I travel a lot and when someone asks me where I graduate from I say GCU, they think I am talking about a community college in Glendale. This started to bother me that no one knows about the college and kind of gives you an, "oh ok." Good things: Security (I guess, if they don't steal from you), new buildings, people are okay - you won't find a lot of variety at GCU though. Some social clubs ( WARNING: not a lot compared to other universities such as U of A). Overall, I would not recommend this place to other people. If you want a real college experience, go elsewhere. You feel trapped in a college surrounded by a crime-ridden Phoenix. The classes are expensive and they don't have multiple campuses. If you are a commuter like I was, GOOD LUCK."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Sonya Wilson - 1/17/2017
Degree: MBA in Accounting
Graduation Year: 2017
"I was very pleased with this degree plan. The Professors were very knowledgeable and they provided very good curriculum and class participation was awesome. The testing was on point and it made you keep up with the weekly tasks. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I would definitely recommend this school to the full time working mother. I worked full time and was a mother/grandmother full time and took care of my parents. It truly pushed me to stay on target. If you got behind just a little your advisor would contact you to see what the problem was. As long as you kept the Professor abreast of any unforeseen situations catch up was doable. An awesome school."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Depends on your tastes - 1/12/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"I felt that I was targeted for being secular and liberal. I had an experience where a teacher told me that the Bible was more important than the U.S. Constitution. I was in a class that the teacher told the class that science has never proved anything."
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