Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 591 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
58% of 591 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 591 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 8/5/2010
"I am in my third year at Grand Canyon University at the Master's Level. I began getting my Master's in Addictions Counseling and recently decided to also get a Master's in Professional Counseling. I work full time as an Addictions Counselor now, and wish to become a licensed therapist.The resources are very good--especially the textbooks. Some instructors are better than others at giving feedback and sharing experiences, but overall I enjoy the classes. Be prepared to do A LOT of writing--usually every week there is an assignment. Most classes have a group project, which can be frustrating getting everyone to do their part--you will have some that do very little, but get the group credit, oh'll have slackers everywhere.Financial aid has been fine until recently when GCU changed their system. I usually get my refund around this time, and have not, which has caused a hardship for me, because I buy my books with that money. I contacted my financial advisor, Sara, who explained that there was a delay this semester. She called me the same day after I left a message, and explained that they are having to re-enter data and to watch when the funds post to my account..then it would be up to two weeks until the check is sent. Of course this is an inconvenience, and I would have appreciated some communication or notification that this was going to occur so I could have planned for it, but nothing is perfect. I was satisfied that she called me back quickly and explained the situation. Suffice to say, GCU is a good school. You should be computer literate, like to write and read, and basically be motivated to be a self learner, and assertive enough to ask questions when necessary."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2010
"This school is not for anyone that does not know how to push themselves. You have to be proficent on the computer and willing to put the time in to read the material. I have one more class to go before I start my internship.If you are depending on your financial aid to come to you in a timely fashion, don't. The class I am in now started over a month ago and I am still waiting on my financial. I have had to endure the entire class without a book. When I asked the academic department how was I to benefit from the class without a book, I never got an answer. However the classes are interesting, most of the teachers are helpful and go beyond the call of duty.I am a grad student in the addiction counseling major and the accredation falls a little short on Ohio standards, but mostly because of experience hours and not the curriculum. It is a good program just make sure you have the money to buy books and not have to wait on the financial aid. The lack of communication is sometimes nerve racking, but all in all for the most part my experience was good."
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2010
"I am in my 3rd class online... My financial aid was to me halfway through the first class, my financial advisor always checks up on me etc. I had a problem because my high school is gone and it was a christian school so GCU was the only one that would take what records i had. Compared to another az based online school the financial aid issues are nothing my bf attends there and has been in 3 classes and they still havent done anything. We are still paying his student loans and his gi bill hasnt been started.I will say the instructors sometimes are not great and some of the other students frustrate me because how can i reply to posts when they dont post but all in all i have no issues with them."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2010
"I can not believe the issues I am reading here from others. I am currently in my 5th class with GCU working on my Masters in Addiction Counseling and all online.All the professors I have had have taken the time to give me feedback on each and every paper I have written. They have a library you have access to online. They have tutoring if you need it. Everyone has always answered my calls or emails.If you choose to complete a degree online of course it seems like more work, you are reading yourself, reading the lectures and writing your papers and completing group projects. I totally 100 % disagree with all the negative talk about this university. Even from the classes I have taken so far I am able to incorporate into my work skills now."
C Wilson
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2010
"I think many are missing some of the nuances of the private verse public institution, cost, and quality of education. Firstly, one gets in what they put in. My experience was the classes were challenging, synthesis happen in all we did as long as we had the capacity for that level of thought and thinking.Everyone of my classmate had a general interest in the subject matter of Leadership and the servant leadership model was emphasized throughout the program.I was able to directly leverage my knowledge achieved through my graduate studies into a dream job as a director of an education department for a large forensic psychiatric hospital. So those that are bitter, I would subject that they would have achieved similar results at any school because you get what you put in.Secondly, I have applied for a public university recently for a doctoral program and it has been a nightmare, nothing like my experience with GCU. The fact being they lost my application packet. This simply cannot happen at a private university because I have the power as a consumer and student to hold those people taking care of me accountable.Public entities do not have the same accountability be it tenure or union contract. Also most of my instructors at GCU were retired military officers, two were generals. Many had real world leadership experience in both the military and private sector. Not strictly academic only experience. Also, my graduate degree was cheaper than my undergraduate due to a discounted tutition they offer veterans, which is awesome.Having books to read rather than online books I felt was better as I have something to hold and share with others.Lastly the graduation was next level at the Diamond Back field in Phoenix, speakers discussing servant leadership with all the stops pulled out. My experience was excellent with the university however I do not recommend the online university for everyone. Only those that are self starters and can handle the intense workload of writing and reading."
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2010
"I've read tons of these reviews and it can be a good and bad school. I've just graduated from GCU with Masters in Education. Was it worth it? Yes!Yes, much of the administration was disorganized, clueless, rude, unknowing in a lot of situations, but when you finally found the right person, it was excellent. I had a great principal that helped me with requirements for our state and in giving me a heads up when she thought I should question my GCU advisor etc.Course work, You have to be prepared to write lots of papers and teach yourself, but that is why people go on line. You have to be self motivated and be responsible for deadlines.I learned more in my onlne GCU classes than in two of the ground Universities I received my undergraduate degrees from.Some teachers were excellent and some were non-existent. The CLC work (collaborative) was a joke, but it is in any school setting. There are always one or two people who do all the work in elementary, MS, HS, or college.Technical problems are automatically put through to India. You just have to decide how long you can hold out and actually make a phone call to the ground school. Sometimes the techs in India were great help, it depended on why you needed tech support.Over all, would I do it again? Yes. It was hard work, extremely time consuming, and I had several problems with computer and online stuff. Just know going in you have to be persistent and willing to do what it takes to finish. Many of these problems are the same as ground universities."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2010
"I just graduated. GCU is the most unorganized institution I have been part of. I am flabbergasted that this place passes as a university. I am embarrassed that my degree comes from this joke."Where did you get your BA?", someone will ask. "Disneyland", I will reply. "How was your experience?" "Well, I got to talk with Mickey Mouse- he was my academic counselor."I cannot say enough... there are other online programs out there. Be patient, do your homework and stay away from this place. It's like getting a degree from Wikipedia."
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2010
"I'm about half way through my Masters in Organizational Leadership.The Angel Learning System had some major issues for several weeks, but those seem to be resolved.Some professors are great, others are barely visible. Some classes are tough, others are a cake walk. Geee this is similar to my Brick and Mortor undergrad school.You (yes that means YOU) need to be very sure to remember the cutoff dates for cancelling classes. On the other hand you are in College. You need to take on some personal responsibility!GCU has been a very good fit for me as a mature learner. I've gotten a lot out of my classes. The class discussion boards are usually interesting. I've been able to relate a lot of my classwork and papers to real world problems.It ain't Harvard, but in another year I will have a Masters and will have learned a lot. Overall, I'd give it a "Thumbs Up.""
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2010
"I have very mixed feelings about my experience with Grand Canyon University. My major is Addiction Counseling (BS Degree Program). The education is online. There have been a lot of unpleasant surprises for me with GCU.The first was all my drug and alcohol courses are subcontracted to a local community college in Phoenix called Rio Salado College. My very first two courses had a textbook glitch.I ordered my textbooks from the University Bookstore and yet the instructor and the course were written for an earlier addition. We as students noticed this a couple of weeks into the course when our reading assignments did not match our text. The glitch has occured two more times over the course of my education. Fortunately, we could work around it and no serious damage was caused but it sure has been annoying.Make sure you check your syllabus for the proper text materials and editions since you cannot trust the bookstore.Be advised you will be a self-taught student. The instructors are just their to grade papers. They facilitate the course but no teaching is involved. This suited me fine since I can learn what I need from a book and write papers. This is why I took an online degree anyway.One more problem I have to share is with financial aid. Everything went fine for me until here at the last just before graduation. I am still waiting for my excess loan money to come in. In previous modules it did work fine. It is two months overdue and I am getting the runaround.Another problem that I have to call about tomorrow morning is a grade of 'A' and credit for one of my courses last module has not appeared in the grade records as it was supposed too. I believe this happened because the instructor did not summit her grades on time and the system is not registering them.All the courses of the curriculum are good and apply to addictions counseling except for one---Spirituallity in Healthcare. This is a course written for nursings students not addictions counselors! You will just have to plod through it.On the plus side, I have a 4.0 and will have an accredited BS degree in Addiction Couseling soon. I live in California and I found that Grand Canyon University is listed in the Drug and Alcohol Counseling licensing programs out here. So you can get what you want but you are likely to have more than a few bumps in the road. So I leave with the following words: You decide."
Perpetual Student
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2010
"After a year at GCU, I can say that I wish I had never started here.Some of the reviews below are quite accurate, you basically have to teach yourself. The instructors are all but non-existent, they are only there to grade your papers.I cannot change schools now, I am too close to graduating. But if someone were to ask me, I would advise them to find another school.I continue to be amazed at the students here, I am taking 300 and 400 level classes, and there are still a large number of students who cannot spell. That bothers me, because there will be GCU Grads that are in the job market that have not the least grasp on grammar or spelling, and some employers are bound to notice. GCU online exist only for the money.GCU at the campus is probably a good school. Online, it sucks."
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2010
"I have been attending GCU for just over a year and I have had many experenices that would push someone out of GCU. I am not all that sure if I am going to stay. The classes are shorter (for me) 7wks now, but my husband is still at 8wks. The units have went up to 4. Yes, it may have increased the price but it also makes the over all general time frame is shorter.The classes are half and half. Some are way out there and others are right on. It's all based on what you already know. Most of the time I never open the book I bought. I never buy a book from their website. Amazon or Ebay. The books are overpriced.As for students services. They are the downfall. Last summer, my husband joined and they messed up the pell grants. The sent my husbands to an address he had not lived at for 20 years and they just never processed mine. I fought for four months over this. I never had a visior over a month.All I can say is save every email that you send and recieved. No they don't like calling you back or email you back. I keep calling, that is why they don't like me. I finally threaten higher issues than me calling they sent the refund and that was messed up so the next three months I received a check that should have been with the pell grant. They still did not have this done in Jan.Again I had to fight over my and my husbands accounts. It really looks like there is problems again. If it goes to leave a message I just hit number two and wait for someone else.With it being a Christian school they really push the christian schooling. They have come up with you need to satified Global warming christian studies. That does not make sense.I do enjoy the ease of the classes, they are not so bad but this was not my first choice of school and I am sad that so much has went on that I feel this way over a school, I have met many wonderful teachers and students."
Valerie Farrar
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2010
"I am a first year doctoral student at GCU. From the first day of class to right now, I am glad I selected GCU. The coursework is meaningful, rigorous, and interesting. The professors demand a high standard of writing. You get what you work for.The support service of the library, the enrollment counselor, and financial aid counselor are fantastic. My enrollment counselor continues to keep in touch. I attended my first residency in June. GCU has an actual campus. More importantly I learned information and research techniques that will prepare me for the dissertation process.GCU is not for everyone. The doctoral program demands time, scholarly effort, committment, and the ability to think critically and write well. Organizational skills, positive attitude, and self evaluation are a must. This is a great school. I researched seveeral other before making my choice and I haven't looked back."
mad dog
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2010
"I just finished my degree at GCU on Sunday. It's not a great school, but it's not bad either. It's okay.If you are considering the online school, be prepared to learn the material by yourself. Except for a few classes, the discussions were not very enlightening. This is due to the students at the time and the engagement of the professors. It is not easy to make a blanket statement on this subject, however, quite often you will be on your own. This isn't Harvard, so don't expect really engaging conversations.There are a lot of papers. One every week in every class. I appreciated this because I like writing and I improved from it. However, it does get tiresome. Yet, because this is the main source of the grade you have to buckle down and get them done.There are good professors who really take care of you, but there are some who apparently are just pulling a pay check from their home computer in Ohio or some where that don't seem to give a rip.The students are okay. I only had a few that seemed like they knew much about the subjects we were studying- that is, the ability to apply the knowledge in useful conversation and writings. I had a CLC thing where we had to write a paper together. I did the majority of the work and totally re-wrote my partner's work. Whatever. You do what you have to to get it done.To the person who says that getting a hold of people doesn't matter- wait until you deal with GCU. If you need to get something done, as with almost everything at GCU, be prepared to push and pull for yourself to get what you need. I have had 4 different people that were suppose to be my academic counselor and 3 different financial aid counselors. The phone numbers change constantly. I have had to follow up on everything. Everything. For almost two years. Everything.To that person who said that that isn't a legitimate issue, just wait to see how annoying it becomes.The Angel system is really bad. It is constantly broke somehow and it is not easy to navigate.You don't get a day off. Class ends on Sunday, the next quarter starts Monday. This was really lame at first, but then I realized that my degree is going really quickly. That was awesome. It keeps you engaged and tired and it is weird that I don't have class anymore.I just graduated and last month I received my acceptance letter. This is an indication as to the logistics issues of GCU.So, I would recommend this school for people who don't care about doing everything alone. I for one learned a lot, but only because I was proactive. There is a lot, a lot, a lot to say about why this school sucks. But, it is recognized in the graduate school level (for how long is questionable).Apparently, GCU sold out somehow and is less stringent on its requirements. I'm done. GCU is okay, I guess."
yvonne harris
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2010
"I enrolled in this school in june i have a masters in leadership and want to teach at the college level and I enrolled in the masters of elementary education program. From the beginning there were problems:transcriptsfinancial aid nightmarebooks out of date by 5 years!angel network nightmare!turn it in format down or doesn't worktask stream a joke why would you pay $75 for a program you will run for 1 month duh wouldn't you have to purchase the program afterwards to view your information?nice people who appear to read a script except for the very rude individual in the teacher certiication program and my advisordon't register because once its in the system and you try to drop they will charge you $2,000 for one class that why I am still there I can't leavecourse work consists of papers and online discussions for every class and a collaborative group project that's a joke remember I am in the teacher certification program its the summer teachers don't work how the heck can i interview staff!! are they crazy! we don't work in the summer that's why I enrolled in this program!ebooks you better download to your computer why they will disappear however they will charge you even it you buy the book why!!in case you don't know they charge you for a block of classes therefore, it is next to impossible for you to drop out because you must formally drop all the classes and good luck getting the form i tried they told me they would make the form out for me why!!!!don't they think i can read and write on my own something real fishy herewhen I received my loans i received a call and I was told to be very careful with online classes because they will overcharge you and use your money up and then tell you there is a balance owed now you have no money to go somewhere else this is why I am still here!help!!someone needs to report these criminals!!all responsibility for enrollment transcripts oh yes that famous back ground check through the fbi why!I now have to secure a background check fingers prints and other stuff that I will have to pay for and it is not needed in my state because I am all ready a teacher and that has been completed twicethese people are totally incompentent and read from a script as do the professors cleary insulting your intelligence they are saying (what the heck do you expect i wouldn't send my puppy dog here)!!!"
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2010
"I have attended GCU for 2 years. I have seen nothing but improvement in student services and have had many people go above and beyond. Perhaps those here haven't practiced the Golden Rule? Be kind, patient and committed to excellence and you will find the same.My instructors for the most part have been helpful. Talking to friends who attend other online programs I have had it far better.My financial advisors have been awesome. They make sure I never borrow more money then I need so that I don't end up owing $$$$ when I graduate, and GCU is one of the lower tuition rates out there, plus it is well rated. When I applied as a para-pro I was asked where I was going to school and when I said GCU the principal smiled and said that is a great school! I am going to do my student teaching there while working so I get paid. GCU helped me figure it out.I am not sure where other people are attending, but it is not GCU. They do not baby you, you have to be accountable and do your work, seek assistance, and be responsible, but everything is there that you need. Sadly it is only those that are disgruntled with a chip on their shoulders that like to tear others down that post reviews (even notice that on Amazon?)I know how challenging my courses are, and the great people that are helping me so I wanted to share what it is really like to be a 'Lope. If you want success go to GCU if you want a diploma mill – look online and good online programs, there are PLENTY of them."
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2010
"I've attended for 2 yrs and found that the Christian School really is not Christian orientated as far as I'm concerned they are only concerned with the money that goes in their pockets.As of July you will pay more for your education and required to have 4 unit classes which increases the amount you pay for each class - yet Make Note you will go from 8 wks of study to 6wks. You will be required to Pay for Online Textbooks - no choice not to - If you don't have a printer, flash drive or the money to pay for aburds amounts of ink, paper, and wear and tear on your printer you are just out of luck.Oh but the school supports you they say go to the library and read the books there and do your homework there. Oh, and don't forget your refunds are now only twice a year and You will recieve approximately $1600 - 2 times a year! Good luck using that to assist you in living while going to school.I have dropped out of this school and found other colleges to teach you a real education and you will have standard credits, textbooks, and normal refunds. I would encourage everyone to think long and hard and not to believe everything that they try to explain to you manipulating the words they used to sell you. Think car salesmen.Remember that all of this credit and money juggling is an increase money you will be paying back. They say no it is helping to pay off your loans so you won't owe them. No it has increased the money 10 fold into the pockets of this so called school.As far as what others have said about communication lacking, it is absolutely true and most of my counselors since I've started changed every few months. This school has literally changed the school it was when it started to this shear insult to its students.BEWARE, BEWARE."
James Helton
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2010
"I left University of Phoenix to transfer to GCU. It was a mistake. The website is not stable, I get kicked off Angel (their web site) all the time. You spend 10 minutes writing a response to a post and it does not post because you were timed out.Yet sometimes I go to bed with the computer on and I am still on the school's web site after all night. There is no logic behind it.They are changing to e-books. But... you have to be online to open the book. I downloaded my text books from 2 classes to my laptop, and while on a long flight I decided to read a chapter or two. WRONG, they say it is for Copyright reasons, but if you are not online, you cannot open your books.They changed classes from 3 hours classes to 4 hours classes as a way to increase the tuition, and THAT screwed up the system.The website changes ever semester, and there is no standardization between classes. In one class assignments will be under the Classroom tab, and in another it will be in the Syllabus. You have to hunt until you find what you are looking for.Unique to GCU is the CLC, the Cooperative Learning Community, or some such nonsense. Most classes you are divided up into 3 to 5 person groups for a PowerPoint presentation or a paper. It is rare that the entire group contributes. Often it is me and one team mate that complete the assignment.Bottom line, avoid GCU like you would a sexually transmitted disease until they get the bugs worked out."
Sharon Oliver
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2010
"I just finished my first class at GCU. I totally loved it. I have read alot of reviews about not being able to get in touch with advisors, but I have had NO problems with this. I always talk to everyone the same day I try to reach them. Alot of time they answer the phone when I call. I even get occasional calls from an advisor just to see how my week is going and if I am having problems.I am very excited to start my next class. I would highly recomend this college to anyone seeking an online university."
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2010
"Before I chose this school, I read all reviews, good and bad. The bad ones honestly scared me, but after weighing all of my options, thought this school was the best choose for me. I am glad! On the bad reviews I read, students said they could never get a hold of academic or financial counselors. I have emailed them ALL and they get back to me by the end of the day I email. And they are awesome and help me with everything!The coursework online is fun, and feels like a classroom if you put effort into it. You use Discussion Forums to participate in student discussions, and to me, it feels like I am talking with people face to face. So far, nothing but positive thoughts about Grand Canyon University!"
Alexander Austin
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2010
"I am amazed at all the negative reviews I have read. However, after reading a few you will see their is a trend. Everyone that is complaining is complaining about how someone from the school hasn't held their hand long enough or cut their steak into small enough pieces.I am in my last class, in 7 week I will have my MBA. Before GCU, I spent a year at Penn State transferring to Christopher Newport University in Virginia (my home state) Family couldn't afford out of state tuition.I got my Paramedic from VCU (Virginia Commonwealth Univ)What I am getting at is I have had my share of college experiences. In fact I finished my last year at CNU online. The problems that everyone has discussed are no different than any other school.Learn to work the problem folks.... you call and leave a message with no call back.... call them back a ask to talk with the next available representative.In fact, I didn't pay attention to the course calendar and forgot to start a class, after four days without the first post..... GCU called me to make sure everything was ok! How about that!!!The online forum (ANGLE) is great! I love it. CLCs (yeah so what, you do more work that someone else and they get a good grade) Welcome to the real world!The only heartburn I have was the switch from 3 credit to 4 credits per class. I will have taken 16 classes when I am done, now the same MBA is like 9-10 classes. Plus I had an extra class pop up in the end? The one I am taking now. This only effects those of us that where unfortunate enough to be enrolled during the switch. It will have no impact on new students.The course material has been very educational and stimulating.... yes weekly papers has just about got me burned out. For those that complain..... I ask you this: Have you got a better system? If so, whats the name of your University? exactly!!Hopefully you expand your research past this site. I assure you that GCU is a great school. You get out of it what you put in! If you are a mommy's boy that doesn't know how to do his/her own laundry, then yes GCU may not be the best place for you!Sincerely, Alex Austin GCU MBA 2010"