Grand Canyon University Reviews
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My school Grand Canyon University was pretty tough as far as the schoolwork went, but the support that came with my experience was exceptional. There wasn't a time where I felt like the staff wasn't on my side. They encouraged me and did what they could to help me succeed. This is a Christian based school so everyone is helpful and pleasant. I think the fact that it was a faith based school helped throughout my time there because it reminded me that I can accomplish all my goals as long as my faith was strong.
STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT stress this enough! This school is most definitely a joke. The instructors are NOT helpful except for a select few. The assignments are VAGUE, IRRELEVANT and unnecessarily tedious. The program is NOT friendly to working professionals. The turn around time for assignments is often not reasonable especially if you work full time and have a life other than working on school stuff. The forum is a joke. I could have taught myself all the information I have learned thus far. Nothing new. Nothing fascinating. Just a lot of work in a very short amount of time often with little to no feedback. ***********STAY AWAY! This online program is not worth your time and money************
Grand Canyon University was an overall good school to complete my bachelors at. The teachers were very easily available to answer questions, however some where pretty harsh on grading- which is a good thing.. sometimes! Some of them really tried hard to make you think twice and put in a lot of effort, while some where more laid back and showed more flexibility in their teaching styles. The housing options made it a fun atmosphere especially with so much going on. Concerts and basket ball games are the best! I really advise to try and live on campus because students will make a lot more connections and be more apt to head to the library or favorite food spot to work on homework because it is so close and you can literally walk there! I would advise for future students to take the time to really try hard in classes and make the effort to study because it really will help them in their future whether it be for their career or for another job they might get out of college. I made the mistake of slacking off and just trying to get by in some classes- and now it really shows when I don't know things about skinner or Freud and I'm a Psych major! However, when I really applied myself and challenged myself- it paid off because I now work for a great company working with autistic kids and I'm on my way to obtaining my masters at ASU! All in all, GCU has great teachers, a fun campus life, and the students who go there are passionate, good people who all have the same goals as you- to finish college and get their diploma!
My complaint is against Grand Canyon University and their PhD program. The allegation that I am reporting is not only Program Fraud, Mismanagement, Consumer Complaint, Quality of Service, Quality of Education, and Theft of Govt Property. Please do not go to this university.
Terrible experience. I had to change my degree from an Ed.D to Ed. S. Due to poor guidance and being reassigned 3 different chairs. Then, in new program, got my account blocked for 2 weeks and had no access to my resources and nobody returned emails or calls to help me resolve the issue. Very stressful. Several academic counselors hung up on me rather than work towards supporting me in resolving the issue.
This program is so unorganized. The instructors are mostly adjunct staff. They are usually doing this as a part time job and usually only last for one or two semesters. They often say that they don't get paid very much and this is demonstrated in their efforts. The curriculum curriculum often changes in the middle of the course. This is due to their violations with the state boards from what I hear . Communication with staff is minimal and administration is almost impossible. The attitude of administration is unacceptable. Just not a very good learning experience. You are lucky if you run into one of two good instructors but they don't stay long because of the poor organization of the program. Program not recommended
In theory, using an on-line educational route can be convenient, but it can also be quite daunting. GCU offers a variety of degree and graduate programs that can meet almost any need. The classes are shorter than most traditional classes, and, depending on the student, this can be either helpful or can cause some issues if one is not understanding the material. The student that will fare best in this type of environment is one who is self-motivated and capable of going above and beyond in order to get the resources needed, which is not always easy. The professors are generally helpful, but, again, this can be subjective depending on the class (they are human, after all). The biggest issue I had with the degree program is that there were often assignments given that were unrelated to the course work, although they they were relevant to my degree. If I had a professor who was engaged then he or she would take the time to explain and give examples, but there were, quite frankly, times that I did not receive the help that I requested. The courses require a time commitment each week, and the time frame is not what one would find at a brick and mortar institution. For example, Christmas is the only real break that is granted throughout the school year, so that is something to take into consideration, as well. At this time, I maintain a 3.98 average and have finished all of the requirements for my degree, but this was a labor of love for me, so it was well worth the time and money (this is a private institution, as well, so it can be pricey, although my financial education specialist worked with me, especially since I am a military spouse. ASK QUESTIONS~ this will take you far). Overall, this was a positive experience for me, although it might not be the same for all. My recommendation is to research and read more reviews in order to see if this is the right fit.
If you're looking for professors who will strive to help you on and off campus, this is NOT the school for you. In fact, it's a complete joke. I'm honestly thinking of dropping out. They have changed curriculums 3 times since I have been here, & I am a freshman!! The professors get their information from the textbook, so you'd be better off just teaching yourself instead of worrying about their thick accents and nonchalant behavior. Honestly terrible terrible school.
Ok, so here is my honest opinion. I received my undergrad from Montclair State University. 20 yrs later I decided to change careers and needed to go back to school. I chose GCU and have never been happier. T.K., truly a gem and the reason I chose GCU over other online schools. She has been the most transparent person I have ever met. She was honest and help ease my anxiety over online schools. She stayed is constant contact with me aND always willing to help. I truly miss her as she no longer works for GCU. If u r considering going back to school, GCU is a fine choice and your champion for success!!!
People would have to understand beforehand that GCU is a traditional non-profit Christian University that teaches curriculum that is intended for your major while also learning what is intended on living a Christian lifestyle while also applying it on how you want it to affect your career. The university did have amazing professors who were there for you when you needed it and wanted to see you succeed. The only problem with GCU was the advising system. I didn't have a student adviser for more than two years and the tuition was high for a in-state university.