Grand Canyon University Reviews
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Instructors are helpful and supportive. Content is practical and relevant to the field. Excellent program setup for working professionals with integrated plan for dissertation development throughout coursework. Christian focus is optional throughout.
My experience with Grand Canyon University was rather lackluster and really failed to delve into the field I working towards. I often found myself in useless classes that had absolutely no relation to the major I was pursuing. The required Christian Worldview class is completely unrelated to my degree and the introductory 7 week class is also rather useless as it is a simplified English writing class with regards to learning how to use the LMS, which could be taught in 1 hour, if that. The counselor, which I had been trying to contact for 4 weeks before I finally got a response to drop from Grand Canyon finally responded and with an attitude as if I had done something wrong to request to drop out nicely, mind you I contacted this counselor upwards of 6 times.
Grand Canyon University is a tremendous school to attend. The professors dedicate their time to students, and ensure that their students are getting the best education. While Grand Canyon is a private Christian school, professors, faculty, RA's, and etc do not push religion onto those who attend, and have welcoming arms at all times. Grand Canyon University also provides many resources to their students to set them up for success whether it be academically, or working.
Honestly, this school is fantastic if you are willing to put in the work and effort to learn as much as you can. This school focuses more on the practical application of degrees rather than unnecessary classes which focus on work loads. Study hard and you will do well.
This school is a scam and they are only in it for the money. You will be teaching yourself. The instructors constantly refer you back to the textbook when you need help. The advisors never call you back or respond to your emails in a timely manner. The only time you will hear from them is when they need more money. I can honestly say that I really haven't learned anything.
So far this place has been a madhouse. It is impossible to get in touch with your student service counselor and I have never heard of a school making you pay for three classes up front, just so your financial aid to work. They will scam you out of your money. After these three classes are over, I am going to another online university. Poor choice for me and I did not read the reviews before applying. Never heard of a university that does not deposit your financial aid in your account or a pay card, but you will receive a check by mail. HUGE SCAM. The staff never knows anything, and you talk with thirty different people before you actually speak to some you really need.
I would strongly advise not enrolling in this university. I chose this do to work commitments because of the online program. It began well but quickly turned south. Academic Adviser/Counselors could never be contacted. Either busy or would call you back specifically when you requested for them to not call you back. Changed the degree requirements halfway through my program. At one point due to a move for work I took time off from the program and they automatically dis-enrolled me, even though I had specifically communicated to my Academic Adviser/Counselors what was going on. They are a For-Profit institution and will suck every penny they can out of you. Class wise, if you do not have above a 3.0 GPA they will not allow you to take more than one class at a time, extended your graduation date. There was no instruction by the instructors/professors. Post into the discussion questions and turn in your assignment on Sunday night and you'll never hear from the instructor. Being a online student I was told I may not even be able to walk at graduation because 'spots fill up so fast' Total joke of a School. I wish I had never attended here.
So far this program has been great for me. The pace of the online MBA program is manageable and the course content appropriate. Group projects are a little challenging for the online classes, but can still be successful. My professors have been very responsive and take the time to provide specific feedback regarding my assignments and posts. In cannot speak for the students having trouble with financial aid and loans as I am not using those services. However, my student services councilor has been responsive to me when I have questions or need help.
While I did obtain my Masters in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, I thought it was a good idea to return to obtain my Doctorate degree. What a BIG MISTAKE!!! I took every single class I needed to graduate and began my research. I was approved for my proposal and began the dissertation process. My team moved so slowly, only to make me stay longer to keep getting paid until I ran out if financial aid. They kept adding me to extension courses where I received very little help from my chair. To top that off, they would not give me my degree with ABD even after I successfully completed everything but my dissertation. Other schools give their students their Doctorate degree, all but dissertation. Not GCU.
So I cannot rate GCU high. I completed my degree in 2012 online from this University. While the University is a brick and mortar school, they tend to act like other primarily online colleges (i.e. UOP, Kaplan, Capella). All they seem to care about is your money and try very hard to enroll you into student loans. Well in 2011 they messed up my student loan and sent me more money back than what I was supposed to get. I tried to tell them and repay them back numerous of times but they kept saying it was right. When I completed my last class and went to graduate, they sent me a letter stating I owe them $4000 dollars. They refused me to graduate even though the classes were completed. Eventually, they did send me the transcripts but are refusing to this day to send me the diploma due to their error...I have told several friends of mine who are going to back to school to not go to GCU and I have been a strong advocate against them and will continue to be one. I hope no one goes here ever!