Grand Canyon University Reviews
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I have just started my online college career at GCU I am almost done with my first class and hold a 4.0 GPA. I was reading some of these reviews and to be honest had I read them before I started class I would have never ever started them! That being said I have to say in my experience it is not true! My admissions adviser is always there when I need her as well as my professor who not only gave us his office phone number but his cell phone number too so we could reach him anytime day or night. (When i speak of"we" I mean the whole class.) I have never encountered one ounce of disrespect from anyone of my classmates, professors or advisers when ever I call them they r there to help. I really think that people need to look at the experience as a whole and not just the negative as well as take responsibility for what you have done and do to yourself! Be an adult! I truly believe this will be a wonderful learning experience I will write another review in 5 years after I Graduate. Please see what thy have to offer I thus far have not been disappointed.
I have attended GCU since Summer of 2013. I love it! My adviser is excellent and keeps in close touch with me by phone. We email back and forth every few weeks. I have been privileged to have some amazing instructors. They have all been very helpful and engaged. I have learned so much and I have mastered APA format writing all the papers that are required. Research really helps you to learn a lot. I am honored to be a part of GCU. Only 4 courses left until graduation. I love it so much I am planning to get my MSN through them also. I have attended other schools online and this is by far the best. I have nothing negative to say. I am sorry some of you have had issues and I don't know your circumstance but in my book GCU is top-notch.
I love the classes and I think most of the teachers come from a good place but like any other place it only takes one to spoil it for everyone. I have had to retake classes because the teacher and I did not see eye to eye so they would give your two point under a passing grade and you must retake the whole class to get a new teacher and get a A in the class. They play with your money they tell you that you owe or that it is their mistake but because you are the students you will have to pay. They take your money and try to talk fast and get you to act fast so that you will loose track of your money. I WILL NEVER EVER RETURN TO THIS SCHOOL FOR ANY PURPOSE. Lastly, they are not a Christian University no no no they need to stop they are a money making school that cares about their staff the ones that they no not let go and make them say they are moving up in the company JOKES.
I am currently starting my fifth course at GCU and I love it. I am reading a lot of bad reviews (and some good, of course), and I do not read anything here that cannot be fixed. I have friends who complain about the school I just transferred from, "They are so bad, I can't get anyone to help me, they've wasted my time..." and those people are just plain lazy. As a nontraditional student, I am speaking to my instructors, counselors, financial aid advisors, educational advisors, military advisors, etc. on a regular basis. If they do not call me for two weeks, I call them. I make it a point to build a relationship with them so they remember who I am. Being kind will get you very far. I also agree that you will get out what you put into it. I attended four different community colleges prior to transferring to GCU and 80% of my classes were on campus, while approximately 20% were online. It does not make a difference either way. One can sit in a classroom face to face with their instructor and "zone out" and not learn a damn thing. I love online classrooms because you are required to read the material to get to the next level. Sure, you can give vague answers and hope you get passed by and still get credit. But, where will that leave you? UNEDUCATED. I could sit here at home and educate myself without paying $11,000 per year and learn just as much if not more because I am a motivated learner. A smart person knows how to become EDUCATED. I want to be a teacher, and for that I need a BS, therefore I am here, just like any other college, to get my degree so I can get to the job I want. This is the first job I have wanted that required an education. I just left my previous career due to a back injury. I was a Chef for years and recently (within the past 5 years) an Owner and Chef. I did not need a degree for that. However, I studied my ass off and self-taught to the point where I opened my own business without even Culinary School. Those of you who are complaining about your counselors, PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL THE NUMBER! Your education is YOUR PROBLEM! YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Does not matter what college it is, the smart will succeed regardless.
I have had a wonderful experience at GCU. I am almost finish my BSN and plan tocontinue for my masters in nursing ed. The curriculum was very current and applicable to my current practice. Instructors were very helpful and responsive. I had no problems with tuition payment and felt my money was well spent for the education I received. The curriculum was challenging but not impossible for a single mom working full time. I would highly recommend Grand Canyon University and have to others wishing to pursue a nursing degree!
I HATE GCU ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY! THE TEACHERS ARE RUDE AND SHORT WITH YOU, NOT EVEN "CHRISTIAN LIKE". I REALLY REGRET COMING TO THIS SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY WHEN I COULD HAVE GONE TO ASU AND HAD A BETTER COLLEGE EXPERIENCE! DONT GO THERE.
I transferred to this school with 56.8 credits from the local community college, Anthem College and National University. The process went smoothing and all my questions were answered by my academic counselor and my financial advisor. I took seven sophomore classes that were rather easy and my initial impression was that the coursework wasn't challenging enough. However, I chose to take one senior level course and it has been a bit of a challenge for me. I think I would have rather taken this class on campus than online, but once I enrolled as an online student I had to stay one because of how they distribute financial aid. So far, I haven't ran into any problems with the instructors and they seem more than willing to help you out if you have questions about your assignments. The syllabus is straightforward and I find that if you put in at least some effort you will be able to pass. My academic counselor has changed at least twice since I first enrolled July of last year, but I have still been transition from one AC to the next without major issues. I have taken courses at another University and I have experienced the same problems with staff changes so there really isn't a discrepancy with communication between one online university and the next. I actually feel that my experience at GCU has been more pleasant than the one I had at NU. The instructor reminds the class every week what chapters we will be covering and what assignments are expected to be turned in at the end of the week. Participation requirements are very clear and they count as a significant portion of your grade. Overall, its a fairly good school to go to. It's not Harvard, but than again its not Carrington College either.
My experience simply was not good. I have had numerous errors, including being one of their top students, but receiving a letter that said I was failing so badly I was on Academic probation (at the same time that I had an A average). I also have had a horrible issue lately. A student was rude to me and excluded me from a CLC assignment and then told the instructor that I was not part of the CLC. I had done one CLC assignment and completely pulled my own weight, plus I had met every deadline and was carrying an A. The student berated me, compared me to people who had nothing to do with me, caused me embarrassment and ruined my reputation with the instructor and school. I reported this and looked for help and what is rapidly happening is that I am being penalized over it. I am not learning anything - I find assignments and classes boring at best. Not to mention that they don't even give you contact numbers for people to call for problems, but I did find a few ways around this. I am rapidly being railroaded and my grades suffering. I had huge hope for this degree and to get a teaching license for a future and career as a single lady. This is not yet resolved but what has been occurring here is a real nightmare.
I want out of Special Education - this school ruined that for me. The field of Education itself is fine - I just want to transfer to another school.
Check out reviews and how highly rated online colleges are before you sign on the dotted line. About GCU - run away as far and as fast as you can!
My financial advisor never was around, she filed the paper work wrong so I did not get my loan, now the school will not give me my diploma or transcript until I pay them over 954 dollars for their mistake.
No, I was told that I would not need a GRE and that My degree would be good anywhere. Not so, I can not get my doctorate in psychology the degree is not any good.
Don't Attend Grand Canyon University.
As they will tell you during you "College 101 Class" for your program, you will get out of it what you put into it. You can do the minimum or you can go above and beyond. I was fortunate and all my instructors were great and very involved with the class they taught. However, be aware that if the online platform they use goofs up they may not want to review your grade. We used "LoudCloud" and the quiz feature crapped out during the final of one of my classes. This caused several people in the class to get a lower grade than they deserved in the class. Unless you can prove a miscalculation of the score on the test or discrimination, they will not take into consideration that the online platform caused the issues and you are stuck with a grade that is lower than you deserve. Appeal as you might, they will not hear you.