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I entered into the RN to BSN program in the fall of 2013. I was very excited about the opportunity to complete my education. However, things went terribly wrong for me at GCU. During my second course I became very ill, so ill that I had emergency surgery and ended up on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Until my illness I had achieved outstanding scores. When I was released from the hospital, I logged in to the online program to update my instructor of my illness. I was told that since I logged in to their system, I was no longer eligible to withdraw from the course and I would have to take an incomplete which would effect my over all GPA and in the long run my financial aid. Not only that but I was required to pay for the course plus I would need to pay again to take the course over. I had complete and appropriate documentation of my illness but this did not seem to matter. The eye opening event for me here was this educational system is a money making scheme. It would seem reasonable that a person be able to withdraw and take the class the next term when it was being offered again especially under these circumstances. Steer clear of this program and look elsewhere!
Every advisors were friendly during the enrollment. First class was great. The second class was given by Dr. G.. Dr. G. never reply on time, he is not able to help the student to improve a grade and the individual assignment it is vague. His expectation is too high but the instruction in regard the assignment do not clarify what he really want in the individual assignment. Many students are having the same issue with this teacher. The adviser promise to help with the material by providing guidance and feedback but do not call you back until few days after giving back the assignment. When you want to withdraw or change to another teacher class, she just explain that the amount of money paid it was for that class and you will lose the money. Informing of an transfer of school is worse, since the only reaction it is that the money would be needed to be pay out of my pocket. Crazy.... Think hard before attending GCU and explore others school.
I am currently in my fourth class at Grand Canyon. I only have good things, no GREAT things to say about my experience at Grand Canyon. The instructors are supportive and very helpful. Both the professors and the support staff returns emails and calls promptly. The entire staff is professional and represents Grand Canyon well. The teachers are knowledgeable in their field. The online classes are not Mickey Mouse classes. I work my butt off; however, I am enjoying it. I have learned a lot from Grand Canyon’s teachers so far. I have never had a bad experience with any staff member at Grand Canyon. I highly recommend Grand Canyon to anyone who is looking for a school. Grand Canyon displays a Christian atmosphere, but does not shove their beliefs down your throat. I do not regret for one minute deciding to do my masters at Grand Canyon. I LOVE Grand Canyon, the professors, and the administrative staff.
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.