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Do NOT attend this University! I started GCU as an online student in 2008, however I am currently not graduated from GCU! I was an excellent student. I enjoyed the classes, but anything to do the administration and financial aid became a nightmare!!! I have still not graduated because of financial aid issues which GCU created. They have since dropped me from the school. They have also locked my account, I have NO ACCESS to records and are holding my transcripts HOSTAGE so I cannot go anywhere else. They are blaming me... yet it was their 'counselors' (I use that word hesitantly... because during the two years I attended... I had several different counselor assigned... They changed all the time. What was worse is... they were all student workers who did NOT know what they were doing!!! They held my 'academic life' in their hands and they massacred it! They denied me an education at GCU, because of their errors, miscommunication and/or complete failure to do their jobs! I have spoken to dozen of people who tell me a different story each time. In the end, I am told I owe $3,392.14 for classes I NEVER took! I am a single Mother of 4 children. When my son died... I was beyond devastated! I tried continuing at GCU, but I eventually could not and informed my 'counselor' that I was needing sometime off to deal the grieving process. However, my 'counselor' failed to withdraw me properly... and I was charged for classes that I did not take, which is where these charges came from. However, Now I am told there are additional charges to my account the I was not aware of. I have not met a compassionate soul at GCU! Especially in the counseling and/ or financial offices; they are heartless and cruel. I have tried several times to re-enroll over the years, they end result is tears. I cannot get back in the door, even though I am an honor student with over 40 credits just sitting there; WASTED! I have also accumulated extravagant debt for an education that I cannot access or apply. I went back to college to better our lives. I sincerely do not understand why a Christian University cannot extend the same compassion and mercy that they teach/preach! PLEASE... Do yourself a favor... Do not go to GCU! They say they are a Christian University, but Christians are honest, empathetic people. I sincerely wanted to continue at GCU, but I after my last attempt today 4/6/18... I was told yet again... "You can not enroll until you pay!"
Gcu seemed good to me at first coming from California , than they hiked up the tuition and housing cost the next year grabbing every penny & using all financial aide they could get ! They dont care about any families with low income or single moms like mine & dont help u on getting extra financial help even if youve got suoer good grades I regret not going to my local colleges instead ! My mom worked very hard to keep me there for 3 years just for them to kick me out of my dorm due to rising tuition cost !!!! I had just one more year to go and got no help or advice from GCU & they penalize u if your out of State for a fee Yes it seems GCU is more about money than helping its students sincerely! Anyone whose interested on attending there please dont or you will be In Debt
I was an online student at GCU for both my undergrad and for my first Masters. I will be obtaining my second masters from GCU as well. My experience has been absolutely wonderful! I LOVE being a LOPE! My SSA is someone I trust and value. I have great respect for all of my instructors, as they have been instrumental in my success. I had to work hard for my Masters 4.0 GPA, but more importantly, I am motivated to work hard and not complain about things that indicative to EVERY university. I have not encountered any of the negative experiences that have been reported on this site, not to say they did not happen, but I want to report that GCU is supportive and provides me with the tools/recourses that I have needed to be successful within this environment. If I need anything, I simply pick-up the phone and CALL my SSA or my instructors and communicate with them. I am accountable for ALL of my interactions with GCU and I strive for each Interaction to be a learning and positive experience. LETS GO LOPES!
I love this campus! It is beautiful, new, and green. I enjoy hanging out and studying on campus. There are so many resources and learning tools that it has to offer, that it makes it convenient for me. I do not live on campus, but I spend a lot more time here.
In all honesty, the quality of your education here depends on how actively involved you are in the learning process. Whenever I felt that my classwork was not adequately proportional to the class level (e.g. getting level 100 coursework for a level 400 class), I would engage in extra-curricular activities that served to increase my knowledge on the subject I needed more info on. That's what internships, honor societies, and other extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are for.
I really liked the program at GCU. It allowed me to live life, yet work on my schoolwork in between. Too bad they required us to go to AZ for their residency 2 times or I would have continued my EdD there as well. The teachers were amazingly supportive, although keep in mind that any online program educators basically serve the role of facilitators rather than true teachers. This did not affect the quality of education I received however, and I actually got my husband and friends interested enough to attend there as well! It is awesome to find a university that supports education around nontraditional students' lives. I would recommend them.
The good Lord sent me to the right place. I was looking for a school that would help me get the degree I needed, so I could teach. I have learn so much already and still have more to learn. I have always gotten the help and support I needed from everyone I have to deal with.
I have finished all core classes, now I just have to finish internship. I have a favorable impression of GCU. My only complaint are the other students. Some are lazy and submit subpar work. This makes everyone look bad. I have found most professors to be excellent. Most have a PhD/EdD and truly care. I did drop one class because of poor instruction, but that was the only class I have had an issue with. I have put forth my best efforts and have found this to be a rewarding experience. Be prepared to struggle every 6 weeks to find a location to do the required CFE hours for each class. While it can be stressful, I managed it.
Grand Canyon University is a Christian university and has a solid base in terms of the level of education/learning you will experience. The quality and content of the education you will receive here is of a high caliber. However, GCU leaves much to be desired in terms of their program roll out. This school was formerly a not for profit college, and I feel that when they switched over to the for-profit sector, they replaced God at the top of their organization with money. The doctoral program advertises completion for students in 3.5 years. I have found this to be the exception, not the rule. Prepare yourself for an average of 5 years (without time taken off). They have "streamlined" the process multiple times in the 5 years I worked on my doctorate. Those of us who had reached certain milestones were supposed to be grandfathered in to the previous version, however we were "encouraged" to switch over to new versions with new expectations. In an attempt to increase the academic rigor and academic quality of the program, there are 7 layers of review to get through, each with a new perspective that will cause major rewrites on your committee approved work (so your committee is not trusted to uphold a high caliber or work from their learners). I understand this is necessary when you have more than 2,000 students accepted into your doctoral program; the school does not want to look like a degree mill. Also, each chair (mentor, etc) has a case load of approximately 15 learners, and your methodologist has approximately 40, in addition to the expectation that they also teach courses. This is not in the best interest of either the learner or the committee members. So if you want to go for your doctoral degree, I would recommend a school with a much more rigorous acceptance policy so that you will receive the level of education and support that you deserve and are paying for.
Anyone seeking a doctorate from GCU should be warned, especially if you need to use financial aid. Once you enter the dissertation phase, exceed the continuing research course, and move to the extension of the extension courses, your aid will expire. Once your aid runs out, you are obligated to pay out of pocket for additional extension courses. The kicker is, whether you are progressing in your dissertation or not, they will still want payment to keep the "classroom open", even though you are not earning credit. Not to mention, getting past your AQR can be a nightmare! Some of the staff who are associated with the program are difficult just because they can. When your committee can attest to the difficulty of their peers, you know it is bad. I have hired a private editing service to help with my dissertation. With the phenomenal work that has been done, I still have not progressed because of GCU faculty. What their deal is in making the dissertation so adversarial, beats me. The point of higher education is to ensure that students are learning and preparing to give back to the educational community. If one cannot get through the dissertation, they may be stuck in All But Dissertation (ABD) status regardless of efforts to supply the faculty with the criteria they are asking for. It really seems as if GCU is in the business for money along. I cannot say that they genuinely care about their students on all fronts. On a positive note, the core classes were great. I have learned a lot.