Grand Canyon University Reviews
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Both my 'teacher education specialist' and 'financial aid counselor' dropped the ball several times causing me numerous problems with completing my program. I am now in the very last week of my very last class and was looking forward to graduating.
But now I'm being told that I owe $985 because the school sent back money to my loan provider. The costs were posted in September, my loan was disbursed in October, I received my stipend in November, the school supposedly sent back $985 to my loan provider in December and now in January I'm told my financial account has this past due amount. Either the financial aid people can't properly subtract tuition costs from loan proceeds and send me the right stipend amount or the school is running some sort of scam to extort more money out of me in order to let me graduate.
In either case, this is another very bad showing from this school and I strongly suggest all potential students stay away from this poor excuse for an institution of higher learning.
I am at the end of my degree, working on my dissertation, and I have to say I love the experience that I have had at GCU. The instructors are outstanding and very caring. They challenge you to do your best and the universities rigorous program has taught me so much. I would highly recommend GCU!
I have only 4 classes left for my BS Degree and have had no major problems. There are issues with every school but I like GCU so much I'm going on to get my Masters Degree.
There have been wonderful instructors and those that don't care, but that's true of all Colleges. My financial aid person already told me that I would be about $400 short upon graduation which has allowed me time to save up the money already. There is always room for growth. I love GCU
I did not receive any support until I decided to withdraw from my course I explained I was having difficulty two days into the begining course and could never get in touch with my academic advisor but when I decided to drop he called every day at least once a day. I would rather pay the fees to grand canyon and move on to a more supportive environment.
By the end of my first week I had a fail and no suggestions on how to make it better or make up the one quiz grade that caused such a low grade. After speaking with the teacher I was told I don't have the lowest grade in the class. This gave me some hope but who wants to start their college career with a F in the first week with no assistance from my counselor. .... did attempt to help me when neither of us could get in touch with my advisor. She even helped me to speak with another advisor, however later I was told by my counselor that I was supposed to receive some sort of walk threw from ...... that was never done.
Point blank Grand Canyon dropped the ball in more ways than one and I hope in the future the university is not so quick to sign up students and make a quick dollar that the needs and concerns of the student are overlooked. I choose Grand Canyon because I thought that a more Christian way of study would bring a better experience. I did get a different experience in my opinion it was not any better.
BEWARE! This is NOT a Christian university at all. In fact, students, faculty, and staff do not even have to verify they are Christian.They have no loyalty to the people who work there and the degree from GCU will soon be just like other diploma mills and not credible.
They do not even have entrance tests for the doctoral program and everyone graduates with a 4.0. They used to be a credible, private, great Christian university. Now, the only program worth signing up for is the nursing program. They appear to have a ground campus because they give everyone scholarships from the online/diploma mills profits. Sad that they use Christ's face to get revenue.
After comparing Grand Canyon University to other online colleges I decided to enroll in Grand Canyons Master degree program in Professional Counseling. My enrollment counselor was helpful and explained to me that the Professor’s at Grand Canyon University enjoy challenging students. Of course I enrolled because I did not expect earning a Master’s degree was going to be easy. After completing five courses I withdrew with a 4.0 GPA. I have to admit this was giving to me and was not earned. During my third course I was working 60 hour work weeks and I have to admit I did not turn in high quality assignments. Of course I continued taking courses with Grand Canyon.
My Previous Course with Grand Canyon was a complete nightmare. Grand Canyon just transformed over to a new online learning environment that they called Loud Cloud. The New Learning Platform was unstable and confusing and continuously crashed. Once again I was not completing top quality assignments, but still managing to receive straight A’s.
I also only finished less than half of my final exam because of technical issues. The questions did not show up, but the timer continued running. I explained this to be teacher and she explained I probably ran out of time. Of course When I received by final grade I received a B+ despite the fact that my work was not up to par and I failed my final. If you need a piece of paper then Grand Canyon may be right for you. However, If you are looking for an education and a respectable school then go somewhere other than Grand Canyon University. This School is as close to a diploma Mill as they come.
I attended this school for over two years to finish my Psychology degree. I was told I was given a small scholarship to cover the last class I needed, since I was at my loan limit, but then after I finished the class(with an A) I was told that I didn't qualify for the scholarship. I was told that my academic counselor made a mistake, but that there was nothing they could do about it!
My degree is now being held hostage while I slowly pay back the $1500 I am told that I owe.
Very disappointing for a "Christian" university!!! After reading the reviews here, I see that I am not the only one. I am going to look into what I can do legally by making some phone calls to the Phoenix area district attorney. If enough people call they might actually hold them accountable.
I was accepted into the RN-BSN and began classes Jan 2010 after 3 classes( 15 weeks in) I was informed I was not officially accepted in the BSN program as there a was a problem with my GPA from my ADN program being .10 pts too low. Got that resolved continued on, financial aid turnover is horrible as is the turnover for advisors. I was actually enrolled into a class which required a pre-req course by my enrollment counselor then when questioned as to why - response hum uh well I know you will do well in the class. Are you kidding me?
Most of the instructors were angels sent to earth and went above and beyond to see you succeed. After completing my program in March of 2011 I was told that I still owed 750.00 for my last class when I inquired why/how this happened as I had a student loan and had received a refund check. Again the response was I don't know I just took over your account- multiple messages for the Director of Financial aid well it 2012 and I have yet to get a f/u call. I paid the 750.00. Graduated in May of 2011 after multiple calls- lies about this that or the other I finally received my degree in Aug.
The course work is vigorous 5 weeks is not a long time to really learn and retain a lot.
I am a recent graduate of GCU, however I have not been able to get my diploma or IR or move to graduate status. This is because on the last day of my schooling, a bill of $1450 was added on my account. Overpayment for financial aid, which they did not tell me about, I just happened to check my account to make sure everything was good. Now since the middle of December, I've been fighting for some kind of arrangement to get this resolved and move on. Seems crooked to me!!!!
As with most things you get out what you put in. I graduated from GCU in 2008 with my MBA and my time there is known to my family as when I was MIA. I made it a point to actually learn the material myself, and the instructors were always there with a guiding hand when needed.
I have a BA and an M.Ed from a small state school as well and I must say that the format that GCU uses was much better for me to grasp concepts. You are not simply sitting and listening to someone yammer on for an hour a day and hope you retain it, but rather you are given a theoretical framework in reading and conversations with the class, then asked to apply it in weekly projects and or papers.
I will agree that I had the same frustration with group work, but that is not uncommon among any MBA programs. I have friends that have their MBA's from state and private schools and they all state the same problem that there is always one or two in the group that will not contribute. This is not a school issue, rather an issue with individual drive and accountability.
All in all my experience was positive. I gained solid skills that have allowed me to think more globally and strategically. Since graduation, I have been able to apply those skills resulting in three promotions in 3 years and a 25% gain in income (even in a horrible economy). Again...If you want a education to fall into your lap you may be able to get by anywhere...The real test is what you do with the opportunity and information you are given.