Grand Canyon University Reviews
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So far this place has been a madhouse. It is impossible to get in touch with your student service counselor and I have never heard of a school making you pay for three classes up front, just so your financial aid to work. They will scam you out of your money. After these three classes are over, I am going to another online university. Poor choice for me and I did not read the reviews before applying. Never heard of a university that does not deposit your financial aid in your account or a pay card, but you will receive a check by mail. HUGE SCAM. The staff never knows anything, and you talk with thirty different people before you actually speak to some you really need.
I would strongly advise not enrolling in this university. I chose this do to work commitments because of the online program. It began well but quickly turned south. Academic Adviser/Counselors could never be contacted. Either busy or would call you back specifically when you requested for them to not call you back. Changed the degree requirements halfway through my program. At one point due to a move for work I took time off from the program and they automatically dis-enrolled me, even though I had specifically communicated to my Academic Adviser/Counselors what was going on. They are a For-Profit institution and will suck every penny they can out of you. Class wise, if you do not have above a 3.0 GPA they will not allow you to take more than one class at a time, extended your graduation date. There was no instruction by the instructors/professors. Post into the discussion questions and turn in your assignment on Sunday night and you'll never hear from the instructor. Being a online student I was told I may not even be able to walk at graduation because 'spots fill up so fast' Total joke of a School. I wish I had never attended here.
So far this program has been great for me. The pace of the online MBA program is manageable and the course content appropriate. Group projects are a little challenging for the online classes, but can still be successful. My professors have been very responsive and take the time to provide specific feedback regarding my assignments and posts. In cannot speak for the students having trouble with financial aid and loans as I am not using those services. However, my student services councilor has been responsive to me when I have questions or need help.
While I did obtain my Masters in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, I thought it was a good idea to return to obtain my Doctorate degree. What a BIG MISTAKE!!! I took every single class I needed to graduate and began my research. I was approved for my proposal and began the dissertation process. My team moved so slowly, only to make me stay longer to keep getting paid until I ran out if financial aid. They kept adding me to extension courses where I received very little help from my chair. To top that off, they would not give me my degree with ABD even after I successfully completed everything but my dissertation. Other schools give their students their Doctorate degree, all but dissertation. Not GCU.
So I cannot rate GCU high. I completed my degree in 2012 online from this University. While the University is a brick and mortar school, they tend to act like other primarily online colleges (i.e. UOP, Kaplan, Capella). All they seem to care about is your money and try very hard to enroll you into student loans. Well in 2011 they messed up my student loan and sent me more money back than what I was supposed to get. I tried to tell them and repay them back numerous of times but they kept saying it was right. When I completed my last class and went to graduate, they sent me a letter stating I owe them $4000 dollars. They refused me to graduate even though the classes were completed. Eventually, they did send me the transcripts but are refusing to this day to send me the diploma due to their error...I have told several friends of mine who are going to back to school to not go to GCU and I have been a strong advocate against them and will continue to be one. I hope no one goes here ever!
For a online program I actually feel that I am in the classroom. There is always positive response from the professors and the material is easy to grasp. I am looking towards the following classes and the dissertation process. There is a standard of intergrity that is uphold at this university.
Excellent professors. A challenging program. The program requires 20 hours per week and its on spot. I have not went through dissertation yet but I'm positive. Good online structure. Very good learning environment. Couple frustrations w different teaching methods but expected in learning environment
I was really hesitant to start an online program to obtain my bachelors degree. Now, I am beyond happy with how much new knowledge I have gained and I plan to pursue my M.Ed. through GCU as well. My advisor and supervisor were always available when I had a question.
I did like attending Grand Canyon University, however, getting my second degree has been a nightmare. The student services counselor is not knowledgeable about process and procedures and they really screwed up my schedule. My schedule was incorrect from the beginning and I was told that I needed to take three weeks off of school due to the class not being available. Then I was told to submit a leave of absence, which was done, but what I was not told is that in order to re-enter on my first day after the leave of absence, I needed to post on the first day. Today I spent over three hours posting and doing my discussion post only to log in again and find that I had been dropped from the class and all my work lost. I am doing my online classes because it seemed to be convenient and easy for me, however, this process has been terrible and very disappointing. There was no follow up prior to re-entering the next class and I was not told that I needed to post on the first day or I would be dropped from the course.
What a terrible experience, this place is by far the worst fraud currently being perpetrated on the American Students. Faculty are mean and uncaring across the board, and few are trained in the subjects they are actually teaching. Administration only care about keeping you enrolled in classes and paying tuition. At one point I was actually attacked verbally by my student services advisor Daryl Snow, in an email format. During the email he claimed I was an ignorant f!@#.