Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 566 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
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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  • Reviewed: 2/10/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I've been slowly plugging away at classes here for a few years and will be eligible to graduate in 7 weeks. I have no major complaints about this program... I've read through most of the reviews here and can identify with some of the frustrations expressed. It is absolutely a conservative Christian college and if you aren't prepared for that type of environment (or at least prepared to be tolerant of it) then GCU is probably not the place you will want to consider. I am personally a bleeding liberal and I did OK there - because I understand that everyone has an opinion and I don't have to agree with it. :) I am looking around for a Master's program that is more compatible for my personal views, however I am not sorry that I chose GCU and I am happy with the quality of the education that I received there."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"It was a great experience! I learned so much and had some really great instructors. So glad I chose GCU for my BSN. I highly recommend this school for the nursing part. I had a superb adviser who worked with me every step of the way. It was truly a great experience. The classes are well organized and there is little doubt as to what is expected. I have seen the negative comments online and I have been in class with the negative people. Most I can say have not been ideal students. When you turn in late work or work that is substandard, you usually do not do well in class. College is not a free ride and A's are not just handed out. You have to earn them. I would go back to this school in a heartbeat."
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2015
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I begin my career at GCU in August 2009. Everything started out pretty good no main complaints and no issues. It wasn't until I had a death in the family (my father) that I first started to notice that there was an issue. When my father died, my grades suffered but I was still in great academic standing. My Student Services Adviser SSA was out on maternity leave and her substitute called me and told me that "she didn't think I would be able to graduate on time because my GPA is not where she would have liked it" After getting that issue resolved, I proceeded to complete my Bachelors degree with a 3.0 average. When I decided to go back to further my education with my Graduate Degree, I naturally thought about going back to GCU. That turned out to be a big mistake and a huge waste of time and money. From the time I initially contacted them to let them know I wanted to come back as a Graduate student, my enrollment counselor asked me several times "and what school did you attend for your Bachelors" I kept telling her over and over that I went to GCU and that I graduated from GCU. Thinking no more of it, she helped me pick out my program and I began. It started off fine until my third class. In my third class, I realized that my scheduled class looked very familiar to a class I took in my undergrad. I contacted GCU and they said that "the classes are different because one is a Bachelors level and the other a Graduate level" They went on to say that I should "monitor the class because it is going to get deeper and more in depth". Needless to say, that never happened. I wound up using the same pages and papers that I used in my bachelors program for my Graduate program wasting over $2,100 dollars. I kept calling, emailing and reaching out to my adviser, her boss and his boss only to either get the same "its going to get deeper" response or in some cases no response at all. I finally decided to contact my Dean and expected an immediate response. She opted not to respond either. As a result I finally had to contact the Better Business Bureau and finally was able to get my money back. I say all that to say this... GCU looks good on paper but if you are a Bachelors student looking to forward your education at a GCU Graduate Program ensure that your adviser and enrollment counselor knows exactly what each other are doing. This experience has soured me on ever recommending or attending GCU ever again."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I have attended online schools as well as State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges. I have enjoyed each experience and disliked different aspects of each school. Overall, I would say that Grand Canyon University (online) has been my favorite school. I felt that two discussions plus three replies a week was a bit much but it was not difficult to do. I enjoyed the assignments and completed my Masters program with a 4.0, my undergraduate was a 3.67. I received a good education here and as a result of my practicum and course work began employment as a teacher earning me a $6000 increase in pay this year. I am disciplined and able to work online, I learn better through reading the content and researching on my own, I am a good note taker so I do not struggle in a traditional setting but prefer not to sit and listen to a lecture. We all have different learning styles and people need to be aware of how this may impact their experience. I was able to get in contact with my advisers easily and never felt any frustration. I am considering pursuing my PhD here as a result of my positive experience. I am proud to be an alumni of this school."
Kena Kump
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2015
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I have been in this online program for about three months now and I recommend it to anyone! I am in the Elementary Education program going towards my Masters and teaching certification. First of all, my advisor was very nice and helpful without being pushy, and was a big reason I came to GCU. I was going to attend WGU because it was cheaper, but glad I made the change to GCU. The professors are great, they are very fair with grading and always appreciate the hard work you put in. They give timely advice and answer any question promptly. So far I have gotten two A's in both my courses. I am in my third and have 10 more to go, and student teaching in a year and a half. I like the fact this school is not highly test based like WGU. There are 2 discussion questions a week and a lot of writing! Which I love personally. The professors also let me get 3 extra days when I was late on two papers due to illness, I thought that was nice. Also, the financial ed. department was great. I got my student refund in a timely manner, and financial aid went by smoothly. I am very happy I made the choice to come here, and I know having a Masters will help me be a better teacher. I recommend GCU online to anyone. I had a bad experience in my undergraduate, and I am glad it is so much better in my graduate school."
Ben Z.
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"The student body is so conservative to the point where it's practically full of bigots. What's worse is that no one has a clue what they're talking about because they're only basing their political views off of their parents opinions. In addition, many students are lazy, stupid, and want their hand to be held when they do something irresponsible that is completely their own fault. I am amazed at the amount of professors that are willing to accommodate a student's blatant negligence. GCU is FOX news University."
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2015
  • Degree: Child Development
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"It is a funny thing when you check reviews of businesses or schools. No matter the business, the majority of the reviews are negative. That usually is because people that are satisfied and happy are less likely to take the time to post something positive than a person who is angry who had a negative experience. With that said, I began attending GCU online in the summer of 2010. After being laid off I felt it was time for a career change and an education. I researched a lot of online schools and chose GCU because they had a working relationship with our county's office of education. I also wanted an online school with a campus based school.I did not want an online only school. I concerned about my diploma not being worth the paper it was printed on. There are a lot of diploma mills out there. I wanted a diploma that was going to carry some weight. At that time, there were not many campus based universities offering complete online Bachelors programs. I am now one class away from completing my degree and will return to the school for my Master's. With that said, the degree has already begun to pay off for me. The school is pretty reputable in educational field , at least here in California. I know many people in the educational field who have received their masters through the school. The first year I did have some hiccups with the financial aid department, but that wasn't 100% their fault. If you are diligent and stay on top of things there should be no problems. But then why wouldn't you, you are the one paying for it. What I would recommend is this, IF YOU ARE NOT DISCIPLINED, online school, at any school, is not right for you. You will get out of it what you put into it. The classes are fast paced at 7-8 weeks a class, so they go by fast. I am a married father of two, a high school football coach, and teacher. Prior to that I was working two part time jobs while I was taking classes. Even with all that, it is not that hard to stay up on the work. You just have to practice good time management. I will say the school has got MUCH better at there communication with their online students. At the beginning I had three counselors, one for academic, one for financial aid, and one in general. They have since combined them and it is a lot smoother. I have one person to contact, and she is great about returning my calls or emails. The school is definitely moving in the right direction. Since I joined they have moved up to the D1 status and now play the major universities in sports. It would be nice to see them add a football team. In the end, I will have a degree that I will not be ashamed of displaying, and I will be a proud alumni of a good school. It is not Harvard or USC, but it is a good quality school and worth it."
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2015
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Overall very frustrating experience, and a waste of time and money. Instructors all seem to be currently completing their PhDs, and I wonder if they are fulfilling some teaching requirement-unengaged, not helpful, and post comments which seem cut and pasted from prior posts. Unpersonalized and easy A's-post anything and receive credit, I find it hard to believe employers view a degree from this school as favorable. After much soul searching decided to withdraw and go to a state institution. Stay away from this diploma mill, save your money. The harassing calls from admissions should have been a sign to stay away, after four classes and 8K wasted I decided enough is enough."
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I literally just started in 12/14. I read reviews first...some great some bad. I know some ppl just complain though out of pure nature. I'm not looking for a degree hand-out. I have my M.B.A. from University of the Southwest. Why I didn't look there for teaching, not sure. I realized I can't work 40-60 hours a week in business as a single mom, I love kids and want to teach. This may seem silly but it's a potential deal-breaker for students. They have two online discussion postings a week and you have to respond on three separate days. If you are single, no kids...this is manageable. If you are a single mom with two, young kids, who blame you for liking school more than them every time you log on...not so much. If work requirements prevent you from that much online class participation, than don't go here. USW was one posting a week, responding to three it all on one night or over seven days. My biggest frustration so far is that I spend so much time on discussion questions and responses that I can't devote the time I want to on actual studies. I see the point in online peer support but not to the degradation of studies. I honestly feel that by graduate school, you should have your own ideas on things and self-motivation to the point where discussion posts are mandatory. I tried to drop but I'd owe over a grand for the first class...guess I better get used to this. To others...check out USW. I went to Western Governors University but couldn't get used to their policy where everything was due at the end. It's really hard work that can't be crammed in. I wish I had returned to USW. Too late now."
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"When looking into college programs I was just about to go with another school but then I spoke to the initial "sales person" adviser. He seemed very compassionate about some issues I was currently taking care of coinciding with enrolling in school. With a lot of encouragement I enrolled in GCU however I asked one question. I said I am Christian but not Evangelical as you appear to be. Will the Christian worldview conflict with my values, will it be worth my time and money? I was assured the worldview class was just about how Christian ideals are in many of the laws and customs we have in the world today even though they are not thought of as being Christian. This couldn't be further from the truth! The instructor who supposedly held a Doctorate in something and told the class he had attended Gustavus Adolphus, the Harvard of the mid-west. Being from the mid-west and knowing the school quite well I would have to say this statement is very subjective because most people I know find the statement funny. Anyway he used websites as curriculum, at first glance they had some good information but look further and they are full of bigotry and negative information towards most other Christian and non-Christians alike that don't hold GCU's view. It seems GCU and their corporation has formed a worldview and implemented it as a prerequisite before starting your degree (clever way to make 1,900.00 per student). I told the instructor I was uncomfortable reading anti any other religion rhetoric and felt it had no place in a college setting, to which I received information on why my religion is wrong. I went to my student adviser and she told me to get screen shots of everything which I did but at that time I knew this was a "private" college and they could teach hate and ignorance all they want hiding under their private status so I left. Later I was contacted by a man that was the salesman to end all salesmen. He asked why I left and he listened seeming to have sympathy for the situation I had gone through. He told me he to was not a Christian and had "heard" of this sort of issue at GCU. He said he knew the head of theology would want to hear what happened and he would make sure he knew. He said he would be there at every turn, he would take care of everything, I didn't have to worry this would be a completely different experience with GCU he would make sure it was.That he did. My family had a change in circumstances that tied up our cash flow so that's of course when the computer goes out. I called about my stipend at the beginning of an eight week class with another one starting days later. I was told my stipend would be dispersed in 14 days. I completed both classes with great difficulty due to technical problems, I called GCU daily no one answered or when I left a message they returned the call when I said I wasn't available. They had me starting another class and I had to refuse because I couldn't depend on my computer. When I finally got a hold of my student adviser about 10 weeks after this whole thing began he said "OK we will have your stipend dispersed in 14 days"' This was the day before I was moving to another state we were going to temporary housing, I didn't even have an address.Finally they did me a big favor and over nighted the stipend that I should have had months ago after all they had the money! We had to delay or move one day even though my husband had a report date to his new post. After all this I decided I have no confidence in this school my last two classes had been paid and I didn't start the next so I let them know I wanted no more to do with GCU. At that point it was strongly "suggested" I keep going or I will owe them 2,000 then over 900 to 700 then 500 back up to 700. At the beginning I was told I had to complete four more credits to get away now they changed their mind on that and they are throwing all sorts of figures that I supposedly owe at me, oh yeah I better pay by the end of the month or they are sending it to a bill collector! I had read things like this before I started GCU but I thought my advisers are so nice and helpful that it must just be bitter students, its not it seems this is becoming the norm at GCU. They are for profit its a corporation working under the guise of a caring Christian University. They care about the bottom line, its all about the money. Fellow reviewers have mentioned that other students papers are barely legible, that's true as well. Our diploma is only as good as the reputation of the school we receive it from, it doesn't matter how much is spent on our education if this is just a corporate venture accepting anyone that's eligible for FAFSA. I hope you look carefully before investing your money it what appears to be just an expensive piece of paper. Good Luck wherever you go to school. All experiences are mine and so are the opinions."