Grand Canyon University Reviews
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I hate to say it, but while the course work and professors are relatively good, you have to realize that the bar for entry is VERY LOW. Sadly, too many students in the online environment (which is where and with whom a good deal of the interaction takes place) have NO BUSINESS being in a college level environment. If anything, perhaps a remedial 7th grade class. It's sad, because it is clear that while I can get what I need from the courses, GCU will take any breathing human being who can qualify for financing. It is little wonder the graduation rate is what it is. Far too many students should NEVER have been allowed to attend college, EVER. I feel bad for them.
I am very frustrated with GCU. There is NO support at all. The instructors take a lot time to answer your questions, and sometimes do not answer it before the deadline to post your assignments. The loudcloud is very weak. It doesn't have a spelling check, and the font is very small that you even can see your mistakes. It is just a busy work. I did not learn anything answering discussion questions and posting brochures and power points. The advisors are really unprofessional. They do not give you the support you deserve, but they are very nice during the enrollment. Advisors are very difficult to reach, they don't answer your questions or help you solve problems. Advisors most of the time just discuss finances with you, and it its all about "punish you with money." After I graduate, they sent to the district that I was applying an official transcript with "enrollment status", not "graduated status" and I lost the job I had applied. Took five weeks to me to receive my diploma after I finished my classes in June, but I had to pay it in March. You can't pick your classes or interests, that's all that interest to them. They say that they will accept credits from another colleges, but it is not the true. People are not polite with you on the phone, make you feel stupid, like you don't understand the rules, but there is efficiency in any thing. I would not recommend GCU to my enemy.
I researched a number of online schools before starting at Grand Canyon University. I needed to attend school online because I knew I would be moving before I finished my degree and I did not want to have to start over with transferring credit again. I was concerned during my first few classes because of the poor communication skills displayed by some of my fellow students and because of the profession I had for my Christian Woldview Class but, as I progressed to more degree specific classes, I found these improved quite a bit and almost all of my professors were wonderful. I would not recommend online math classes to anyone who does not typically do well in that subject, but I found that the program gave me everything that I needed to pass my Praxis exams and to do well in my student teaching. I had a bit of trouble with communication with my Teacher Education Specialist, but I stayed on top of everything and it all worked out.
At first everything was fine until I was almost finished.The program I am in is supposed to last only 3 years but it is not true. I have no real assistance and was told maybe I need to leave the program. I should get all of my money back. Now it is nothing but heartache because the professors try to find the smallest thing wrong. Yet I am in the proposal stage. The superintendents and principals I was in class with have all finished. From hearing from other teachers in school we have found only individuals with these titles are graduating. I found a dissertation that did not follow the template and yet she received her doctorate. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time because you will only get hurt in the long run.
I'm glad I didn't read these reviews before I started the RN to BSN program at GCU. I started the program 9 months ago and am finishing this week. I took 10 classes, some of which I overlapped towards the end. I liked most of the instructors and really disliked one instructor. She was condescending and officious. Pretty much the same experience I had when attending a state university in person. You're not going to like everyone. I moved through quickly and never had a problem speaking with my educational advisor. He returned my calls within 24 hours every, single time. I don't have one complaint. I never could have done this program, in person, while working, and raising a family. Five RN's in my ED have already completed the program and two are starting this month. I haven't heard one complaint.
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.