Student & Graduate Reviews
David H - 8/31/2011
Graduation Year: 2012
"This is a great school if you're an ADN nurse and want a bridge program for your BSN. A little bit of info. It's the equivalent of 3 semesters. You take 1 class at a time for 5 weeks, and you just have to chug a long till you complete your courses. Every week you write a paper. It does get tiresome, but after you have your mental work out, writing papers become second nature.I work full-time, and the RN-BSN program is doable. Check to see if GCU gives a discount to employees at your hospital. I get $1200 knocked off every semester because of where I work. You may ask why I choose GCU over other schools in Arizona. it's because UofA no longer offers the RN-BSN bridge program, while NAU and ASU required even for hoops to jump through which equalled 5 semesters of school compared to 3 semesters at GCU. All RN-BSN programs were online based as well, regardless of university I looked into. GCU RN-BSN program is accredited, so it is legit.They also have a brick and mortar campus in Phoenix. I can't speak for other programs at GCU, but I recommend their program for ADN nurses.If any nurses have any questions, feel free to email me at xxxxxxxxxx"
Kirsen Goetz - 8/24/2011
"I took a class at Grand Canyon for professional developement. I had all kinds of issues turning in assignments because I have a Mac. I also got a zero for an assignment because I turned it into the turitin box but not the angel box. I tried to appeal since I had evidence that I turned in my assignment but the professor fought me and won.My instructor took forever to get assignments back to me and said nothing about the zero. I got no feedback on any assignment I turned in. I will say that my enrollment counselor was amazing and did everything he could to help me get my grade fixed. I will not take a class thorugh them ever again."
Gail - 8/15/2011
Graduation Year: 0
"The past couple of years I have attended GCU and have just completed my final class in my first degree with them. I cannot say enough about how excellent the school is and the vast amount of knowledge learned from the Professors.One can literally see the difference from start to finish on how the program and the learning experience changes ones thought process. Issues being addressed and what is happening in the world today is what is taught and is very effective. The learning experience is great but it does not come easy. Course work is hard and you are expected to participate, no sitting in the back of the classroom and not participating.There were a couple of minor hiccups but this comes with every school I have dealt with and they resolved the issues. GCU is a school I have recommended to many people, friends, family and business associates, as the place to go if you are seeking a life changing experience while EARNING your degree."
Robert Messineo - 8/14/2011
Graduation Year: 2012
"This has been one disappointment after another. Neither the staff or instructors are interested in anything but money. If you happen to have an issue that needs to be addressed you will get no support and little help. If I wasn't as vested as I am I would call it a learning experience and move on. If you want to be part of a Christian organization I would suggest donating to your church or some other worthy organization. Don't waste your time or money.I had conflicts that I tried to correct and was told there was nothing that could be done. An issue in a class that the instructor simply brushed off and getting help from many of the instructors is a wasted effort. Really do yourself a favor and keep looking."
CJ - 8/14/2011
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
T - 8/8/2011
Graduation Year: 2013
"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 ansThere 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."
Jeni - 8/6/2011
Graduation Year: 2013
"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!"
Krista - 8/1/2011
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
Miranda Bowers - 7/11/2011
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Delores - 7/5/2011
"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."
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