Grand Canyon University Reviews

2.85 out of 5 stars
(566 Reviews)
58% of 566 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 566 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
M.B. - 2/4/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been at Grand Canyon University for almost 7 years as a doctoral student. I was told the program was going to be 3 and half years. I’ve had 3 dissertation chairs and 4 methodologists. I started at Grand Canyon University in April of 2013. Since then I have been lied to and bullied into doing things I didn't feel comfortable doing. I have voiced my concerns regarding how long this program is design to be throughout this entire process, however I just keep getting strung along. It is clear that Grand Canyon University has adopted the predatory practice of targeting minorities like myself so as to profit from the government student loans that I received. I am currently having to pay for my 11th continuation class that cost $500 each out of my own pocket. I don't qualify as a full-time student anymore and I now have to pay my student loans back but I still don't have my degree to get employment. I have al ready finished writing all 5 chapter of the dissertation and I still keep getting strung along. This so called university is a complete scam. They should not be allowed to mislead students while making a profit. The dissertation chair persons are put in place to make sure students get so far into the program that by the time they realize what has happened it is too late. This institution has taken advantage of me. I have tried to resolve this matter with Grand Canyon University but their intent is to keep things in house and to keep me quiet. Grand Canyon university is refusing to give me my degree unless I continue to pay for more classes."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lore - 2/3/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"How I wish that I did not have to write this but I am at the end of my rope. I began my doctorate program with high hopes but the subjectivity of the grading is ruining my GPA. On top of that, I have to beg me send repeated emails to get any answers from my councilor and several professors. Incredibly disappointed. I believe I will need to change schools."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Halley Parker - 2/1/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"I’m not sure how this school gets so many negative reviews. I’m in my junior year and have had nothing but positive experiences. I think it really comes down to people not reading instructions and not wanting to do the work. Online classes can be very time consuming but my instructors have been so nice and helpful!"
3.0 out of 5 stars
W.T. - 1/22/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"The bottom line up front: The school is good, not prestigious. There is a difference. Yes, I would do it again. Is it adequate to get me into a stateside medical school... not sure yet. Having read through a series of angry reviews over GCU's on-line Psychology program, I thought I would take the time to offer my own point of view. In early 2018, with A.A.S. in hand, I came to GCU in an attempt to escape the money grab of repeated coursework. They accepted most of my credits and subsequently I was off to the races. I doubled up on courses throughout the whole program, which has brought me to the end of the road in roughly a year and five months. Throughout this time, I've had a myriad of experiences with instructors. Most were good, very few were questionable, and the rest were masters of their craft. None of them were arrogant, mean, or disrespectful. The student advisers were switched out frequently, but transitions were nearly seamless and administrative processes were fast/accurate. The coursework was practical for the most part. However, there were a few courses that could have been written in finger-paint over someone's lunch break and that is of no fault to the instructor. Mostly everything has a clearly written baseline in terms of acceptability. What is subjective is the interpretation of what is considered "substantive". Some instructors want references for everything. Others harp on word count. Some are just happy if a student can marginally grasp a concept. It is on the student to be able to flex to the instructor's style, not the other way around. There is one major downside to this program... the other students. While this is not the rule and there are many exceptions, the lack of effort on behalf of some students is appalling. When the requirement is to write six posts per question, per week, it means just that. When a student shows up at the eleventh hour on a group assignment while one or two people have done all the work, they've effectively stolen a grade. When a student cannot compose a sentence using proper structure and grammar, they have no business pursuing higher education. These actions devalue the concept of higher education. There are those that are there for a piece of paper (which they will inevitably receive), and there are those that are using GCU as a platform for a career. There really is no median or mean in this group dynamic. Ultimately, it all boils down to selection criteria by the institution and the cut-line is very low with GCU. With regard to the observations mentioned above, I will most likely graduate with a 3.98 GPA if I can continue my track record. The reason I mention this: I am not very intelligent. This means that anyone attempting this program that is willing to put in the work will not only pass, but separate themselves from the rest of the pack if the smallest iota of effort is put in. I will finalize with a few words of conventional wisdom... and you should: ask questions to your instructors. If they do not answer, you have tools available to route a complaint. The coursework is designed to pass, not fail. I say this with trepidation because as a Psychology student, you'll be subjected to the goodness of two statistics-based courses. Do not post if you intend to drop a class because you will be charged every time. Check out your instructors. You'll be shocked at what you can find out about them on Google. Hint: the bad ones have track records associated with their teaching methods. Use spellcheck. Have someone sanity check your papers because you will write hundreds of them. In ending, I wish you the best of luck on your endeavors with GCU should you choose to enroll."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sidy H Ba - 1/21/2020
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I currenly student at Grand Canyon University. I learn a lot, great school and staff. I agree that sometime, some courseS are very hard and need a lot of reading and research but that what we are here for, TO LEARN AN DGAIN KNOWLEDGE. Moreover, they usually give you a lot of resources or you can also find them on GCU website."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Doug - 12/21/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have seen a lot of strange negative reviews. I found this university to be a lot like the other schools I have attended with the exception of my advisor. My advisor was the best advisor I have ever had. She did her best to help me whenever I had any issues. As with any school, this one is not perfect. Sometimes there are issues with an instructor, sometimes there are issues with their online system, but they really work diligently to fix them. When they first came out with their new online learning system that included anti-plagiarism software, it was awful. It was taking hours to get your papers back. The IT folks really worked hard to fix those issues and the faculty was very understanding and flexible about deadlines that were missed during that time. I have attended schools like Alabama, Maryland, and NC State, and this one is very similar to those."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Jacki - 12/17/2019
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am an online student extremely happy with the program until the first of my final 3 classes. The directions provided by the instructors were not clear. I was an A student until my HCA-620. I understand that this class was to prepare me to enter upper management by learning how to write an effective business plan but the directions provided by the instructor was not clear, on several occasion I felt that she was "winging" it. On 2 different occasions I attempted to withdraw from the class since I was doing poorly and was advised to stick it out. I stayed in the class but ended up dropping out week 6. I was then told I could not withdraw because it too late. I re-enrolled for HCA-620 and am currently in week 1. Here we go again, the instructor did not provide clear instructions. The Capstone program is not well organized. As a nurse I do not have a significant amount of management experience in the business environment and I am dependent on the skills learned in the program. In the past I have recommended GCU to my co-workers and other who want to pursue management degrees but I have since gone back and warned them about HCA-620 and the lack of knowledge exhibited by the instructors. I am extremely disappointed about the lack of direction provided in this HCA-620 since until this class I have only had wonderful experiences. I am fearful of what is to come in my final 2 classes."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Brayden - 12/16/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am usually not one to leave negative reviews, but my experience with this university has included a very deceitful enrollment process followed by no effort to make things right. My counselor led me to believe I was enrolling under terms that were completely different than what they actually were. I also have tried reaching out to every GCU staff contact I can find and there has been no response whatsoever. If you are planning to attend here, I would recommend not trusting the counselors and making sure you know exactly what you're signing up for."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Lotus - 12/12/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2024
"My freshmen year here I had terrible roommates. They were beyond trifling dirty dishes, dirty underwear left in our public living space, garbage stacked up the wall, etc. They also wouldn't arrange the room so everyone was comfortable. So i was crammed in the corner the whole semester. But that isn't the worst part; when I tried to get my room changed they gave me the options to pay more for a double, withdraw and reapply for housing but with this option i would have to pay a $400 termination fee, she also said a disability room was an option but didn’t mention that i would need a doctor’s note and would still have to receive approval from the school. Then just told me to wait until the second semester for an answer only to be told in January I couldn't move and "I should be more understanding of the other girls" when i asked could I pay the extra money to be roomed with a friend they told me no it had to be a random move and also said all the doubles were full which was clearly a lie. Also, since I was advised to wait till next semester to see whether I could move, instead of just cutting my losses and leaving the first semester I was charged over $3,000 for housing I could barely live in. I was eventually forced to withdraw from the whole University which was probably the best decision I made because now I am in a University that actually cares for their students. Some of their gen Ed classes also rubbed me the wrong way when they asked students to come up with derogatory stereotypes for Black people, Hispanic people and Asian people. This school is just a ball of confusion that should be avoided!! Plus the grad rate is really low..."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Becca - 12/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Do not go to this school. It is one big money making scam. They do not care about their students, they will not help you when you need it, they will run you around in circles, lie to you, and charge you for everything they can think of. The instruction, if you can even call it instruction is horrible. Instructors do not teach, there are no lessons, no lectures, and no explanation of subject material. You teach yourself everything from the textbook. Instructors seem to not understand subject material and many are unable to answer questions about subject material or assignments. There is generally no feedback on assignments or papers. In the many classes i have taken at GCU, I can think of two classes with instructors that actually provided useful feedback. Tests are not worded well and the summary of what is on the tests is not accurate. The cost is exorbitantly high, and is a complete an total waste of money for the "education" you receive. I am very frustrated with every aspect of this school, and would encourage anyone thinking about GCU to reconsider and do your research on other schools."