Grand Canyon University Reviews
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I had the worst experience with this school. Will never recommend this school to anyone. All they want is your money, doesn't even matter if you gpa is 1 they will still enroll you as long as they get paid.
This review is based solely on my experience as a fully online student majoring in Elementary and Special Education. You should know right away that many of the teacher education courses require 15-20 practicum hours to be completed in an actual school setting. You will not be completing all of your course work online. My first two GCU classes were what I call “Welcome to College” and “Welcome to Online Courses” courses. They were extremely easy and redundant, especially since I had taken so many online courses before. You take one course at a time at 7 weeks a pop with GCU online, so that added 4 months to my completion time and $3600 to my debt load. I accepted this all things considered. I imagine there are people out there who are not tech savvy and/or have never taken a college course before that might benefit more from these courses. Anyway, after those first two mostly unnecessary courses, I took Critical Thinking. That course taught me a lot, and I have enjoyed every course since. I have taken them seriously and prepared for every assignment as if my life depended on it, since I am investing too much in this to take it less than very seriously. I have had classmates who are obviously phoning it in, and I have had serious students such as myself, and everything in between. Many of my instructors keep office hours at the Phoenix, AZ campus and were just a phone call away. Those same instructors would call me periodically and check on me or to follow up on a question I had posted in the course’s discussion forum. They have all been engaging and effective at the very least. Financial aid has been seamless for the most part, and I initially had some issues with eligibility that required an FA officer who loves a challenge. Needless to say she got the job done. There have been a handful of times where my FA adviser did not respond to my emails and/or voicemails right away, but she took care of the situations which prompted me to call or email in the first place and eventually got back to me to follow up. I get the impression that she is spread thin, and I totally get that since I am at my job, too. I received an $800 institutional scholarship after completing my third GCU course. I also received a smaller one for starting a class during the Christmas break. I transferred in all of my credits from three previous colleges. I am nearing the end of a dual major program, B.S. Elementary and Special Education. So far, so good, but if my experience changes I will definitely update this review accordingly. In terms of GCU’s credibility, I was offered a teaching position for when I complete my program by a principal who never heard of GCU. My point is that there a million private universities throughout this country that nobody’s heard of. If you deliver the goods in your interactions with people, particularly people in positions of granting opportunity, your best asset will always be yourself. Likewise, your worst asset can be yourself. Anybody that has a preexisting bias against for-profit schools or online degree programs is not somebody whose opinion or approval I am going to seek. I have spent 25 years working with and for the products of the traditional, not-for-profit university system, and I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, the brilliant and the absolutely useless. Remember that you are the sum total of all of your experiences, educational and otherwise, and the name of the college printed on your diploma and transcripts alone does not have the ability, more often than not, to sell you. That is your job. This concludes my sermon for the day.
This school is a load of crap dipolma mill. All they care about is your money and don't ever complain about an istructor because you will be targeted. This school is a complete joke I got my BSN which I refer to as my bull**** nursing degree because all you do is write papers. I signed up for a hybrid cohort and was told it would be at a hospital.
This school is an absolute joke. This degree has not helped me one bit. When asked where I went i say GCU and the response is ohh yah so you paid for your degree. Ontop of that they promote this nursing honor societ in which they let anyone into so how is it an honor to pay for a memebership that anyone can belong to woohoo!
Financially appealing. No requirements to get in. No out of state tuition.
They issue you a graduation team (of students I think). They call you every week it seems, but have no idea of what your progress is. My team swapped 4 or 5 + times in 3 segments.
The academics are a bit of a joke online. Responses/grades/notes are copy pasted on your work. When I figured it out, I literally put "This won't even be read, so I made this project up", in the middle of a paragraph between to conflicting points, and it went unnoticed. I then repeated it in the following paragraph. I got a middle of the road A, with the same copy pasted critique from the 2 prior projects.
Academic assistance is a bit of a dupe as well. When I actually needed help, I got a no replies to communication attempts. When I finally did, the instructor was overwhelmed, and wasn't able to help. She was a part time instructor for online courses, and it was a supplemental job for her. Turns out I had an undiagnosed learning disability. So I was getting easy A's, and had no idea there was an issue until it was too late. Then at the first sign of trouble, the graduation team vanishes. No one contacts you back. Then the billing department starts calling.
University's reporting system is flawed. I ended up losing 200 points on my credit score because the registrar's office got behind in reporting, and I kept getting dinged for late payments while supposed to be in deferment. When I attempted to later contest the flawed reports, I got the run around. I ended up having to wait it out and rebuild my score. I will emphasize that this was while attending class, receiving grades, and in the middle of a segment. Not while out of school.
Online: You have to prove attendance by answering questions, and posting online. You then have to reply to other's (quantity depending) posts. At no point did a single instructor mediate the posts when they got off topic or incorrect. It is a religious school, but you would think that when discussing something like psychology, genetics, etc... "God made them that way" would never be an actual answer. Another example is quoting your pastor as a source.
It is what it is. There are people who will fool themselves into thinking it is a great institution, because it is easy and unchallanging.
I hope this helps someone. Don't be fooled by the potential morality of the school. It is a business, and they just want the money. They fool a great deal of people. School doesn't have to be hard to be effective, but interaction with instructors is a must. You have to have the opportunity to try, then get real feedback to progress. This is not the place for learning. It is a great place to pay for a degree. Hopefully your employer doesn't research the school.
Grand Canyon University does not help their students. They are only out for money and that is all. I had a family emergency, put my family first and it has cost me more money than anything. Thy are holding my transcripts, so I can't start another school or anything with my education. They are not willing to help the student out, who are the ones that PAY their salaries.
I signed a MOU to begin classes in February, and since there was a balance on my existing account they would not let me start any class. The bad thing was I was told by 3 different people from Grand Canyon University my balance was 3 different totals. After 2 degrees and a returning student they would have mercy and be willing to help.
If you are thinking of this school, I would run the other way. They are only out for the money.....sad but so true! and they say ''we are a Christian College'' they can sell that bull to someone else, because this student has become starter now!
I am currently enrolled at GCU. I am completely satisfied with my enrollment team. Every week, there is someone on my team calling me to check on me and how I am doing. I recommend this school.
GCU is a great online school to attend for your education needs. Since attending GCU it has been nothing but great accomplishments for me. The instructors have been wonderful in helping me succeed. The outline of assignment has given me the intuitive to move forward.
Im so excited and waiting patiently to graduated in May of 2014. Thank you GCU for helping me complete my dream.
God bless truly
Grand Canyon University's online education program allows me to work full time and earn my degree at the same time.
My online experience has been wonderful!!! The instructor are awesome and the academic advisers are very helpful. I would recommend GCU to all of my friends.
I am a GCU student and this school has changed my life for the good. GCU has great teachers, caring academic teams, and I will be getting my masters from this great school, also. I feel like I have my own personal cheerleading team helping and encouraging me along my journey.
Any student has to take responsibility for their own academics and work hard to achieve those goals. if the student is not ready to work then don't enroll. i look forward to hanging my GCU diploma in my classroom. Go 'Lopes.
I did the RN-to-BSN program because my hospital is phasing out ADN nurses, sadly. I only had one instructor that I felt was not helpful- well, actually two: the instructor for Statistics was clueless and could not understand my requests for clarification. I had to drop the class on the 3rd day, pay $250 for the privilage and wait 3 weeks for the next class to start with the instructor that came highly recommended for his ability to teach a difficult subject. The other instructor was very hostile and quite high-strung.
The group projects were a joke. for most of my classes I was the only student (4-14 in a group) who had English as a primary language so I ended up not only heading the group, doing all research but putting together the many papers/Power Points and following up. The one time I DID complain, I got a reduced grade for not displaying "a collaborative attitude"... SEE THE HIGH-STRUNG INSTRUCTOR COMMENT ABOVE. Are you KIDDING me!!??? Seriously, if I wasn't preJUDGIDICED before this class, I certainly was after: I find it hard to tolerate those who take advantage of the American Way but fail to buy in to the concept. Some of my councellors were great- some, I could never contact.
The weekly discussion questions were an exercize in repetition, redundancy and biting my tongue: how many ways can you say the SAME THING in the same day?? Quality comments were not appreciated (some instructors did not appreciate Dark Humor and some just didn't GET IT. When faced with students who have NEVER practiced as a nurse, espousing how wonderful Nursing is, they need a reality check from those of us who HAVE wiped butts for over 20 years!) and it appeared they wanted idealistic drivil comments about how inadequate my previous education was and how incredably professional my practice would be after I attained the BSN! REALLY? I can honestly say that the 16 month experience has not improved my OWN bottom line as a nurse and all it has done is put me further into debt and estranged me from my family (time constraint-wise).
Do it if you must: but know you will have NO time for family,if you care about making A's it will make you insane to deal with students who can't spell, much less speak the ENglish language and know that it is mearly a Paper Chase (Google that term-- it applies, implicitly!).