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I graduated from Grand Canyon University in June of this year. Prior to attending GCU, I earned my AA at a community college in California, and attended CSU San Marcos. Unfortunately, I had to leave CSU because of military orders.
I shopped around for online universities that would fit my needs, as I was being stationed overseas and would not be able to attend a ground campus. I looked into GCU, a private institution in Phoenix that provided the degree program I desired. *Please note… I am originally from the Phoenix area and am familiar with the history of this institution.*
Grand Canyon provided me with the tools I needed in order to succeed in the future. For the most part, my instructors were great, comparable to the instructors at CSU, and the curriculum was just as good if not more rigorous.
I am happy with my decision to attend this university, and my only issue with the school is the for-profit factor. I understand that they needed the funds to avoid failure, but I hope that one day they can go back to being a non-profit, private liberal arts university.
This school has been one disappointment after another. I have one more class to finish out my semester and afterwards I will be transfering to ASU. I was ensured by both of my financial aid reps that I would be awarded a pell grand within the next "3 weeks". I called in after 2 weeks to make sure the check had been sent, I was informed by some random financial aid person that I was not eligable for the grant, and that I actually owed the school money, rather than having a surplus.
So far both of my classes have been nothing but a waste of time. The teachers, I feel, are not well educated. The effort they put forth in the class is possibly equivalent to a part time teacher's aid. I had sent 3 very specific emails to my current instructor asking for specific feedback on an assignment I had gotten a 80% on. The teacher continued to forward me the same attachment of 3 sentances that were very dry and lacked any substance or reflection on my paper. I had to send a slightly rude email to get a better responce.
The classmates that I have are below average intelligence, I'm not even sure how they were allowed into the university. Many of the students appear to be ESL students, and most of the students can not compose a competent sentence. The grammar, or shall I say lack-there-of is horrid.
The teacher has not made any comments as to the terrible posts that are in our forums. We are required to reply to 2 posts a day and I find it increasingly difficut because about 90% of my peers' posts are garbage. The sentances do not make sense, and are normally their ignorant preaching of their beliefs. I am a Christian but I am also a student. I am not attend this school to learn more about my chosen religion, I am here to learn about my career field. Most of the posts are just some soapbox rant about their love for God and how faith is the only ans
There are about 2 other students that can formulate a decent post, but it is not fair to only be confined to coresponding to them. I would like to have the ability to interact with more than 2 students in my class but unfortunatly my patience is lacking. I say if you want a degree you pay for, rather than earn, and you do not mind all the mindless religious babble, then this school will sufice. If you really want a challenging educational experience and you are looking to broden your knowledge AVOID THIS SCHOOL like the plague.
I have been doing classes with GCU for about a year now, and I can't say enough great things about it. Yes I've had to work hard, but I would be worried if I didn't have to. As a stay at home mother of 4 young kids (ages 1,3,5 and 7) this has been a great way for me to attend school!
If there was a 0, that would be the score I would give. I have had three e-mails stating I have completed my degree and now I am having to take two more classes. They are saying the reviewed by classes and now some that did count do not anymore. This is causing me 6 extra weeks of classes that are already completed and they will not release the grades. I am now forced to turn down my dream job due to the way GCU works. Also, this school will not work if you life in Oregon! The tests to not match! TRUST ME!!!!! $800 in tests and none work. Avoid!!! There is a reason they may be cheaper than other schools.
Grand Canyon University was not a university I had even heard of until I was matched to it through CollegeFish.org. I was just finishing up on my Associates Degree and was doing some last minute searching for a University to go on and get my Bachelor's Degree. GCU had a major that I can find at no other university, and it is geared more toward what I am going for in life.
I hear people complaining about having to log on mulitple times, not getting full points when they don't log on enough, or participate in the discussion questions. Well, if it's part of the corriculum, and you need to do it for participation points, you should suck it up and do it....it's participation points....PARTICIPATION....you need to PARTICIPATE to get the points for the best grade. I have been in my first class for 3 weeks now, and am doing fine. I am doing what I am asked to do and it is paying off.
If you are not willing to put in the time and do a lot of research, this school may not be for you. But, if you are willing to put forth the effort and do what is required, this school is a true blessing in disguise! I would recommend this school, but only to serious students. This is not a skater-school, meaning you won't be able to "skate your way" through the courses and get a degree. You have to do the work.
Keep in contact with instructors...so far, mine has been very helpful. Keep in touch with your graduation team (academic, financial aid, and enrollment counselors) and they can keep you up to date on changes and your status. It's not as bad as a lot of these reviews are making it out to be. However, if you don't do the work, it would probably be bad.
Currently, I am a MAT student at Grand Canyon University. Back in February when I enrolled with the school, I signed a course fee waiver for my first class. I notice after my financial aid and refund check had posted, the $75.00 fee waiver had not posted. The information did not reflect to my account until about a week later. During this time, the school went up on their tuition rates and fees.
Therefore, it left me a $125.00 outstanding balance. When the money the waiver was applied to my account, it seems the school applied the $75.00 to the outstanding bill, the bill with the overages from the new tuition and fee charges, not the first course material fees. Today, I tried talking to a financial aid counselor manager about the issue, but that was a dead end conversation. My biggest issues with the school is if you are going to have a student sign a document stating you are going to do something, then please honor that document. In addition, the financial aid counselors can not articulate the school financial aid process. Lucky for me, COO emailed me today and explained the process to me.
Now, I have a clear understanding of how the process works. My advice for anyone who is about to attend Grand Canyon University is to document everything and if you have a problem do not go directly to that department, but voice your concerns to top management. Lastly, I have attended another for profit school and my experience with that school was GREAT!! Grand Canyon University has a lot more improving to do before they even get a GREAT out of me.
I had been wanting to go back to college for a while and when I begin my search I had the opportunity to speak with quite a few online Colleges. But to my surprise most of them were not offering my Major.When I did find colleges that was offering my area of study I found them not to be very interested in really hearing what I was looking for. They just wanted to sign me up and get me started.
Through GCU I am able to study in the area of my desire and also have a great staff of Counselors and Professors available there to help me with my present journey through higher learning. My teachers have made themselves available for me to not only communicate through email but also via telephone. I am able to interact with other classmates through class conference time and tutoring. I am also able to have one on one help.
I feel that GCU wants all of their students to be sucessful and I feel that they will go the extra mile to make sure you complete your journey. I love how the Financial Aid department works with those of us who are not finanically able to pay for our higher learning without help. My academic couselors have been great and I look forward to working with this staff.
Again I feel very blessed to be a "LOPE" even if I am just an online student. When I am asked what college I am attending I am always proud to say"GCU" the best college online today.
I went back to school for my BSN. GCU came to our hospital, promising the world, they said they would give us a 2000.00 discount, it is now almost a month after graduation and I have to call them everyday and I still have not seen it.
They also said they would transfer all my credits as a block transfer, which half into the program they went back on their word. Then lastly with two weeks left to graduate they decided not to take my CEU's and had a policy changed midstream. They did make good on this but it took me writing multiple letters all the way up to the University's president.
They don't return calls, out of the entire program I had 3 excellent teachers the others could care less! I'm telling you don't do it!!!!!
I started with GCU in November 2010 and I have not regretted my decision yet. Right from the start I felt at home. My enrollment counselor took the time to really get to know me and my educational goals and personalized my program as much as possible. He calls me at least once a week to check on me and see how I'm doing. If I am late posting he calls to find out why and help me with any problems.
I will admit I have had a few issues with my financial aid counselor, he is hard to reach and it has been changed twice. I wasn't told the first time but the second I was because I complained about it. I also did not receive as much of a stipend check as I was expecting but it really wasn't a big deal. I have seen several complaints about the first course you have to take no matter what program you're in. What's the big deal? They simply want you to do well and know how the system works. I fond it to be very useful and I have been at other online schools before.
The course work so far (I'm in my 5th class) has been challenging and not only because the classes are only 7-8 weeks long but also because the papers and discussions usually require a good amount of research if you are unfamiliar with it. And I will complain about the students who can't spell or put a sentence together correctly. I will make mistakes but not like some of what I have seen. It makes me wonder how they got into college in the first place. I don't have any problems with logging in a certain number of days or responding to a certain number of questions. That's all well and good. I do have an issue with being timed out all the time. If you don't change pages on angel often enough you are timed out. However, I have never lost a post.
Classmate interaction has been great. I love the fact that some of them are in different states. It has been an awesome learning experience. No trouble with instructors either with the exception of one. All of them have been very knowledgeable, interactive, and always answer my questions.
So, over all, I LOVE GCU and would recommend it to everyone and I have recommended it to several people already. I still have a year to go yet but I am looking forward to the experience.
For me this has been the best decision I have ever made. My counselors and everyone else I have come in contact with are very helpful, and quick to help if I have a question or a problem. Some of the classes are harder than others, but people are different. What comes easy to me doesn't for someone else. If you want to earn something as big as a college degree, you have to WORK for it.