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This is the worst kind of degree mill. An embarrassment of a program that reads like it was put together in a weekend . Professors actually copy and paste the same comments on discussion boards, that is if they show up at all and they often hardly read the work that is turned in . Students copy and paste garbage and the discussions are ridiculously boring because if this activity. I tried to get something out of it but it was mostly a waste of money and time. The advisors come and go and are used car salesmen. I had a deadline to meet for my graduate program and they wouldn't even pick up the phone to confer my degree. I missed my deadline because after spending 20000 dollars they couldn't find the common courtesy to get me a unofficial conferred copy of my transcript. The irony is that it's a Christian university but like most things this is hypocrisy. If you're an idiot you will have no problem because I know people who can't write a clear sentence and they still got A's. You even have to write papers on why prayer and prayer hospitals heal people. An entire class of anti- science Mumbai jumbo. This school should lose it's accreditation.
I wish there was more instruction, especially with the price. The structure is perfect for a person working full-time, but I had to use outside sources a lot because the instructors would merely point me back to the text instead of helping me understand. I also like that it is a regular school and people won't automatically know I did online courses.
I did a lot of research before deciding on this school. I was able to get a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the same time it would of take me to get one. I was hired as a Special Education teacher within three months of graduating. The principal that actually hired me graduated from Grand Canyon as well. I was able to easily get into a very reputable Masters program at the University of Nevada Reno with my degrees. My only issue was that the staff changed constantly which was a little frustrating. Overall, I would highly recommend this school.
I'm a student and an employee at GCU.. This is nothing but a diploma mill institution. You will not gain anything out of this place, except a debt for the next 10+ years. They will recruit anyone, and I mean anyone.. Accelerated nursing program, class you can finish in 5 weeks, (good luck retaining anything valuable). There are people that failed nursing acceptance exam 4 times, and still got accepted. Management is joke. 90% are former employees from University of Phoenix. Don't be fooled by "Christian University" . They are publicly traded and are after one thing, and one thing only, profit! Be smart and due diligence before committing to this institution.
There is a lot to be said about a "Christian" for-profit university. Transferring credits in or out of GCU is nearly impossible. The entire process feels so automated. There is no freedom in classes taken. They are the only university that I have encountered that uses 4 credit classes that are not labs. This, I suspect, is the main obstacle to getting any credits to transfer. I had two years of full-time academics at a well established state university graduate program, but GCU refused to allow me to "skip" the introduction to graduate school class. The whole experience is very impersonal. All of my concerns and questions were never fully heard. If one is a first time graduate student, then this may be a good place to consider. But if you are attempting to transfer to GCU, be very cautious and look other places.
I enjoyed the convenience of being able to attend school online. I was not happy with some of my instructors and when I filed an appeal I was not satisfied with the outcome. Overall, it was a good experience.
The overall experience with GCU was a positive one. I'd say 9 out of 10 of my teachers were all great, you get a "meh" one here or there. Only had one that I couldn't stand and was super rude. My original counselor was AWESOME but he went to work somewhere else so I spent the last 6 months of my program dealing with a new counselor who I had no relationship with at all..... it was a bummer. The courses were challenging but manageable. The final two courses of the program were super time consuming! I did not like that we graduated (i.e. walked) in March but weren't done with classes until June!! So the last few months dragged pretty bad. I definitely am glad I went to GCU to get my Masters, no regrets and I'd do it again.
The campus is lovely, the teachers I have had the pleasure of working with are absolutely AMAZING! If I do have a complaint is the frustration in dealing with the academic advisors and financial aid. My academic advisors have been changed a few times and I never got an e-mail letting me know of the change. Financial aid could be clearer as it is confusing.
I enjoyed the classes and the staff made the experience very rewarding. When I had to change my major to accommodate where I work, the staff were easy to work with and made sure to transfer as many classes as possible.
I recently graduated from the RN-BSN program, and have to say it was a very challenging course. The instructors were helpful and always answered questions on time and I had one even call me instead of answering online because it would be easier to answer my question. My advisor was always helpful and I had no problems from course beginning to end and either did two friends are attended along with me. The actual program was very challenging with all of us learning much about the nursing profession on a higher level. I had a friend attend WGU at the same time and the difference between my capstone and hers was interesting. Our references could be no more than 5 years old and had to be peer reviewed nor do they have to go through a plagiarism site. Her BSN capstone was 10 pages long with references up to 10 years old. Everyone who does research knows that reputable research is can only be 5 years max. My BSN capstone was 36 pages long with 18 research articles. A friend who went through a state university doesn't even have to turn her papers into a plagiarism site and her references can be much older than five years. GCU has a strict plagiarism policy and all papers must be submitted. People here have complained of Loudcloud (LC) being problematic. None of us ever had issues. The forum is easy to use and works quickly. You can format, change font and it even has a spell check. LC worked just fine for the nursing program.