Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 566 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 566 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 566 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • 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."
Honest review of GCU
  • Reviewed: 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."
Sonya Wilson
  • Reviewed: 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."
Depends on your tastes
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This university should be renamed university of jokes instead of Grand Canyon University I took to classes and seen the school was only interested in your money nothing more don't waist your time going to this university so sad it is not good for adults OMG"
Jeanne D'Arc Niyigena
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My experience was and still excellent. My advisor is super nice and organized, all my instructor were so nice expect one so far, the program is well suit for a full time working mother. I couldn't say enough about how I am pleased by GCU. I recommended it to many friends, one will start the program in February 2017"
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This school is a joke.They over charge you even when you are not in the school with other students. I took THREE courses where it was just me and a few other students, i literally had to reply to my own comments for discussions. The teachers i had would change up the rules as they go along and none of them knew anything helpful that the students didn't already know. Aside from the charge being astronomical, 3000 for one class, when I went to the local university and was charged 300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is this even legal! when they get closed down like Ashford I will be the last one laughing!"
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I had to take 3 courses in GCU to obtain my permanent license to practice since I wasn't trained in the US. I don't like online classes because I don't get half as much as I would attending an actual class. But I didn't have the time to go to a campus and this was more practical. The level of expectations from the teachers was very low - I could read the crap, non-sense, stupidity that most students would write and they would still get full points. No argument, proper reasoning and everyone sharing their own personal struggles to use as examples - who cares, this is not your personal therapy or space to vent! Not only that, a lot of times some students who were commenting just to get points and had no real clue about what they were writing, would basically repeat what I was saying in their comment - copy my ideas - and get full points. I don't know what kind of professionals these people will be but the intelligence/academic level of the students is VERY low and they still get the grades to pass. SO many times have I wanted to correct them or tell them off for copying my ideas, but I just had to bite my tongue. They are just dumb and some of their comments were just plain BS bla bla with no real content, bad writing skills (bad English as well), and no logic, and beneath any university-standard I have ever seen. Teachers in the 3 courses have been very nice, accessible and knowledgeable and admin in the university as well, very helpful and quick to reply each time. The actual content of the course is pretty complete and interesting. It's the type of students that bring the quality down. But if you make an effort and focus on yourself then it should be ok. The other day I met someone who was also enrolled in GCU with a different program who told me she felt the exact same way. I'm sorry to sound harsh but I wanted to be helpful to others by writing this review."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Excellent school, excellent program. Highly recommend. Very user friendly format and lots of support. I received both my BSN and MSN degrees from GCU. I would go back for my PHd if I ever decide to pursue. I was an online student and referred a friend who also had a great experience."