Student & Graduate Reviews
Michael Schmidt - 3/18/2020
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am a doctoral student at GCU in the dissertation writing stage. GCU does not provide proper support for doctoral students in the dissertation stage. We are required to take worthless continuation courses that are shell classes. These are not real classes, but we still are required to pay for them. GCU's technology department kept me from being able to access my student portal the week before my second residency RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. Dr. Wayne Schmidt told me in person that since I had access to my class seven out of the eight weeks before my second residency that he could not help me because "I should have finished my class preparation before my last week before my class". This jerk who claims to be helping me actually said this. Dr. Wayne Schmidt also told me "I will support Dr. Pam Epler-Brooks no matter what she does". Dr. Wayne Schmidt at GCU actually said this to me. Dr. Epler and Dr. Wayne Schmidt refused to help me even though it was GCU's fault that I was not prepared for my second residency RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. I asked GCU to refund all of my money inc. my hotel expenses, and to allow me to retake my second residency because it was GCU's fault and GCU refused. Dr. Pam - Epler - Brooks was extremely difficult to work with. Dr. Pam- Epler-Brooks gave me a grade of an F that I worked ten hours on, and she gave me the absolutely lowest passing grade of a C+. I already hold two earned doctorates. I have never been given a C in any of my doctoral work (At GCU, Liberty University or Gwinnett-Hall Baptist College). I won the award in academic excellence at Liberty University, but Dr. Pam - Epler-Brooks at Grand Canyon University gave me an F for my final presentation. I prepared a very nice Power Point presentation for that presentation I am an excellent public speaker. I even bought a beautiful brand new suit for my final presentation. Dr. Pam Epler- Brooks mocked me for dressing up in that nice brand new suit in front of other GCU students. I heard her do this with my own ears. It was GCU's fault that I was not properly prepared for this class. I wasted $4,000.00 on my GCU RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus on campus class. To make matters worse Grand Canyon University disciminates against disabled students. I was retaliated and disciminated against by Dr. Pam Epler Brooks and Grand Canyon University in my RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus class. Grand Canyon University refused to give me the disability accommodations that I asked for while I was taking RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. I was refused extraq time to take a test. I was refused a private room to take my test in. I wad also discriminated in many other ways during RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. Grand Canyon University ha continued to dicriminate against me since my second residency. The GCU Disability department is NOT helpful. I have musculaqr dystrophy, chronic pain, and many other health issues. GCU refuses to follow my medical doctor Dr. Christopher Crooker's medical disability advice. Dr. Crooker MD told GCU that I need more than two extra weeks to complete each class due to my disability. GCU refuses to follow Dr. Crooker's written medical advice, causing me to not do well in several dissertation writing classes. I was in a horrible car accident on 1/17/2020. I sent GCU a lot of medical info about how I was injured. GCU would not let me drop that class. GCU would not let me take an incomplete. I was too injured to do my work so because I was injured I made a B not ban A bin that class. GU did nothing to help me, they just took my money."
Sara - 3/12/2020
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"Horrible horrible program. Teachers are very rude, inconsistent, and do not seem to understand the subject material, they do not answer questions, and do not teach; if you go here you will teach yourself everything and pay extreme amounts for useless classes and horrid staff members who will degrade you, yell at you, blame you, and then disappear when you actually need something. The textbooks are not worth the money, all of them I used had some type of problem which the staff did nothing to help me with. The grading is spotty, shady, and inconsistent at best, I had straight 100's for more than a year, on every single assignment, even assignments that had obvious errors in them I honestly don't think the instructors even read the assignments, they just slap a grade on it. Feedback is non existent or spotty at the very best, and almost always grammatically incorrect or so unorganized that it doesn't make sense. Do not trust anything the school tells you, they will lie to you and manipulate you to get more money out of you, it's all they care about. Transferring out is a nightmare and a half, but if you are in the program, please get out. Don't waste your time and money on this ridiculous school, there are SO many better ones out there."
T. Coleman - 3/11/2020
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2017
"I graduated from the RN to BSN online program at GCU in 2017. I had nothing short of a great experience. I've read many complaints in the reviews. I can't think of one single complaint, other than the occasional lazy instructor. I worked 2 jobs and was able to maintain my grades. The only time I felt stressed is when I waited until the last minute to write a paper. Otherwise, I highly recommend this program and University. The course was very user friendly and I'm happy to be starting the MSN in Education program in a couple of weeks. I pray that I have another great experience."
MHWGrad - 3/10/2020
Graduation Year: 2019
"There are some good things to say and some not so good things to say. One disappointment I noticed early on in the program is the quality of students enrolled at the graduate level. At this point of an academic career, students should be able able to write in complete sentences. I have been embarrassed by some of the class posting by how poorly they are written. With that said, you get out of the program what you put into it. Like anything in life, you reap what you sow. I personally enjoyed the journey. The one negative aspect to the university is how they process financial aid. I never had an issue getting textbooks and needed materials for classes when I was an undergraduate, but at the graduate level, financial aid is not disbursed for at least 4 weeks after a semester starts at the very earliest. One semester, I had to take out a personal loan to get books and then pay the loan back after I received my financial aid. If you can get by without the university's assistance, you are better off."
Jennifer McCoyVerrico - 3/10/2020
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"I am in the process of applying to this academic institution and I am very alarmed. My admissions rep entered my name incorrectly (hyphenated as I was married). My FAFSA has my legal name and she tried to backstep and has asked me to text her (on a private cell that does not come up at GCU at all...this is a private number) a photo of my Drivers License, my marriage license, my passport and my Social Security card...(the last 4 digits were acceptable). All of this to just apply (not financial aid, nothing more than the application)...I am surprised they did not ask me for my children's personal information or my bank accounts to apply! I told my rep (and her "manager") that I was uncomfortable doing this and would like to resubmit my information....they both said this is not possible and they kept pushing to get my personal information. The last thing I heard was that I could send information on a secure fax...after the conversation, I am not comfortable with that either. Why are they asking for this information?? I am told, this is the "only way" to get me in their database and work with my FAFSA. This of course is 100% incorrect as my previous college attended had me at my maiden name from when I was 18 years old (I was a returning student after 19 years) and they were able to use my FAFSA funds with my legal name as is now. I called Tech support there and was told that the admissions rep should be able to alter my application and fix what she did incorrectly, or at the very least, merge my original application with another to allow it to be correct. This school has questionable reviews and this experience is making me feel as though this institution is scamming in some way. Be WEARY people....this is seeming very shady."
J.H. - 3/5/2020
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"When deciding on how and where I would complete my graduate degree and teaching certificate, I determined that efficiency and convenience was more important than the quality of the experience in my individual case. As an undergrad, I had an amazing and empowering educational experience, but because I was already employed in education and proficient in my field, I did not feel that I needed to duplicate that experience. GCU fit the bill. However, for those people lacking adequate experience working in education, I would not recommend GCU. GCU was ok. The assignments were relevant and the workload was manageable for an adult working full-time and with a family. I think grading was inflated. I graduated with a 3.93 without a ton of effort. I skipped lots of assignments when it became apparent that my grade would not fall below a 4.0. My biggest challenge was the weekly participation posts. Three participation post are required weekly, but the expectation was generally that you would respond to a classmates post. This would look something like "I like that you said... I agree with you... nice post..." They were so lame and lacked any value at all that I avoided them out of spite. Occasionally a professor would post questions to respond to, which improved the requirement, but more often then not, the posts were redundant and a regurgitation of what someone else said. Talk about "busy work..." It was also apparent that there were lots of less capable, less intelligent people in the classes. Graduate level students ought to be able spell, write coherent sentences, and follow directions. At times I was shocked at what I was reading, other times I could not decipher what I was reading. In one particular class, several students began posting that students in school shouldn't be able to wear clothing displaying the Mexican flag because it meant they were in gangs. There was a spew of not-so-subtle racist posts that went unchallenged by the professor. Freedom of speech? Sure. But these people are our future teachers. That was a disheartening concept. The professors were mostly fine. They didn't add much to the classes. GCU provides the materials and assignments, not the teachers, and the same assignments are recycled time, and time again. Sometimes assignments were outdated, and sometimes links to materials were no longer available. Other times, someone clearly attempted to update the assignments and/or materials but misaligned the course as a result, which became problematic to both the students and the professor. Because of how GCU is structured, the difficulties equally impacted students and professors, but there was no recourse for either of us. A lot of times I didn't understand what the assignments required, but I'd wing it, submit it, and get a 4.0. I received very little feedback and often wondered what other students were submitting and if anyone was actually reading my papers. I contemplated submitting a random paper to test the hypothesis, but never followed through. Another issue that I encountered regularly throughout my experience, was high similarity scores for plagiarism with other past students. Because the same assignments and readings have been reused hundreds of times, I'd submit essays that were identified as being submitted by another GCU student. ALL OF MY WORK WAS ORIGINAL, but a concept can only be explained so many different ways before it starts appearing similar to how someone else described it. Sometimes I would need to rewrite a paragraph three or four times before it cleared the system. By the end, it would no longer even reflect my thoughts or writing style, it would just be written in a way necessary to clear the system. Ultimately, GCU was what I expected; a sub-par collegiate experience that provided the certification I needed to advance in my career, but not because of the certification, but because of the ample experience I possess. For a younger student (I am in my late 30's) with less experience, I would encourage you to explore other options that will provide the valuable experiences that we all need to be good at our craft. For older adults like myself, GCU may help you advance your career if you already possess the bulk of the knowledge and skills that are foundational to your next steps. In regards to other experiences I have read about, I personally had a good student services team who was supportive and responsive. My criticisms apply only to how the online program is structured, the obvious need to update classroom assignments and materials, and create a more dynamic and engaging online learning community. To all of you, I wish you good luck and a prosperous life."
Sandy - 2/16/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"This is the worst school I have ever attended. I learned literally nothing from the instructors who did not seem to understand the basic pathophysiology behind NP or medical practice. It appeared to me the school dragged anyone off the street as long as they had a NP credential - whether they understood the material or not. My rating of the instruction is an F. Literally , the instructors seemed to know maybe 10-15% of the material. For the most part the instructors just read off outdated, poorly written Power Point slides. If you asked a scientific question about the material, it was a rarity ANY of the instructors throughout the program could give a competent, coherent answer. The instructors literally struck me as incompetent and stupid. I cannot imagine how they treat their patients. If you want to practice medicine, go to MEDICAL SCHOOL and skip these junk NP programs - especially at Grand Canyon University - the worst of the worst IMO."
Just disgusted - 2/13/2020
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am currently an online student studying Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a focus on cyber security. My GPA 3.8 after 3 years. I am currently at the point of looking for internships and other employment opportunities. I have been attempting to use the student portal to look for some sort of career assistance. I was unable to log onto that part of the portal. I then contacted my councilor to see why that may be. I was informed that ONLINE students do NOT get career assistance. Although we pay just as much money as traditional students. This is not what I was told. I do not have a way to break into the career path in the field of study I have chosen. I am currently unhappy with the instructors they have been less than full of information. I have had very few video lectures and none of the ones I have had were given by the instructors teaching the classes. My councilor only communicates when it is time to pay for the courses and I have been paying out of pocket. There is no excuse for some students to get things that others do not. Is this a form of discrimination? I will not have to do as I have throughout my education thus far teach myself on find some way to break into the career file on my own. I am beyond disappointed I feel like this so called Christian University has taken my money and built a good basketball team but will not help get me employed. Just disgusted!!"
Countrygirl8719 - 2/13/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I withdrew from GCU & my financial aid paid for all of what I took in school. GCU is trying to charge me for a course I never took nor logged into. I checked my financial aid & they paid everything there was owed to GCU. GCU is not a school I will recommend to anyone."
Doctoral program - NO! - 2/9/2020
Graduation Year: 2019
"The doctoral program has many problems all at the expense of the student. The promise was a program where you work on your dissertation from day 1, 2 residencies, and completion in 3 years. This is absolutley not what happens. The program has been changed so many times students cannot keep up with the requirements. Approvals are not completed in a timely manner if at all because staff seems to be spread too thin. Additionally, feedback is vague at best. Students are told this is an independent journey but one is totally dependent on the opinion of the reviewers. Very high cost with no little return for your money. Out of 8 people I know that started the doctoral program, all 8 stopped because of the delays and continued cost. To make matters worse, they now require a 3rd residency that was not part of the program and not worth it."
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