Grand Canyon University Reviews

2.87 out of 5 stars
(561 Reviews)
58% of 561 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 561 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
MBA - 2018 - 8/13/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"This is one of those things to where I don't want to give a review but feel obligated to do so. GCU needs some improvement, particularly with the academics and professors. I received my Bachelors in Marketing from there; it was a cake walk, not challenging at all. I decided to get my MBA from there as well, because I figured it would increased my professional value and it seemed like it would be a challenge I could accomplish. I completed both degrees online and they were TOO EASY. I graduated both with about a 3.5 GPA with very little effort. I maybe averaged 4 hours a week in total schooling. I love education, I think learning is the key to success. My MBA didn't even provide me with a real capstone project! The 8 week course had me work one a portion of a capstone each week, then the last week, I copied and pasted each portion into a final draft to submit. Numbers were made up, calculations were garbage, etc... You put in what you get out but at the same time, if a teacher doesn't hold you accountable OR doesn't work with you to actually challenge you, it's pointless. I had three teachers that received their "doctorates" from Nigeria... Their English was nonexistent. Imagine being in an MBA class, receiving online messages from your teacher with words like "yur" and grammar like "I am need you to" ... I also had to call them a couple of times for clarification because they couldn't actually explain some projects in the online setting. I couldn't understand them over the phone.. I wrote a complaint, about a page and sent it directly to the Dean. I explained how frustrating it is to be an MBA student, wanting to push personal limits and be taught by someone that can't even type proper grammar in an MBA class. It fell on deaf ears. I'm worried that the value of my MBA will decrease, if this trend continues. It will be a running joke for HR managers. I have considered hiring a lawyer regarding this, since it cost about $30,000 for the MBA. They hire unqualified professors to teach graduate level and there is no option of a refund; once you're committed, you're committed. All of that being said, I'm in a very successful career ($100k+) but zero credit goes to GCU. Frankly, I've considered leaving my MBA off of my resume for future positions because their reputation keeps decreasing."
5.0 out of 5 stars
scov - 8/9/2019
Degree: Healthcare Informatics
Graduation Year: 2024
"I've Been reading quite a few bad reviews, I'm a new student and although i have not started any courses yet I can say the enrollment process has been very pleasing. I am going to be attending as an out of state Distance Learner so I expected it to be a lot of back and forth and confusing but I am very pleased with my counselor and how attentive he is with any questions I have. now as far as how to manage the online system the tutorials and videos have made things very clear and I feel there are a lot of resources on the portal for any technical issues you may have. I will continue to update my reviews as I complete courses and semesters to give my honest opinion, but at the moment I am satisfied with the help I have been getting...and I hope it continues. :)"
1.0 out of 5 stars
School review - 8/8/2019
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2019
"I wanted to say the GCU is one of the worst schools ever. They hire the worst teachers ever. they don't know how to communicate and disrespectful, they know nothing about the materials they teaching. they treat students so bad. It is an expansive, so it is expected to show some professionally but they are not. I had many communication issues with my teacher she does not communicate with students and she is rude, I tried to communicate with someone else but they all the same"
1.6 out of 5 stars
Ball Marit aoho - 8/8/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"This University does not care about the success of the students. They are only interested in using students to collect student's loan, land you into huge debt and do not care about your graduation. Please do not waste your money and your time, there are great universities where you will be successful, not this university."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Valerie Nelson - 8/5/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"I attended Grand Canyon University because of the high regards from many former students and the positive reputation for their nursing program. I chose GCU because it was a bachelor's degree program and I knew that in the future I would need that degree as many healthcare organizations are now requiring nurses to obtain their BSN rather than and ADN. I attended a satellite campus, and I appreciated the close proximity to my house. I was not thrilled with the instructors and changes that took place during my time as a student. We had 3 different Deans in my two years of attendance and instructor turnover was high. My campus always go the short end of the stick in regards to clinicals, instructors, and communication. My cohort had to do a lot of self-teaching and learning. I appreciated the experience as it prepared me for my current program of online learning. I would not go back there as a student because of my experience. I hope that the program is more stable now and they have fixed any issues that I dealt with as a student."
1.0 out of 5 stars
N/A Jo - 7/21/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. They are a bunch of liars. They will harass you until you answer. They only care about making money. When you tell them you not looking to go back to school right now but in the future they will be setting you up to attend anyway. They said they had scholarships but that was a tactic to get people to come. Never seen any type of scholarship. Never even told me what they were for or how much and thats because they never offered me one."
1.0 out of 5 stars
JS1984 - 7/19/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please, please, please triple-check program accreditation in your state before enrolling: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2019/07/18/grand-canyon-university-recruiters-committed-fraud-lawsuit-alleges/1772342001/ This is real problem. I found more details here: https://www.grandcanyonuniversitylawsuits.com/"
1.7 out of 5 stars
Dan - 7/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"Please search for another university. I have been in this program for nearly 7 years and am going nowhere. I went to my first residency with an approved (by my chair and methodologist) 10 strategic points and prospectus. I was ready to start my Chapter 2. However, (with hostility) I was told to trash my approved work and start over. I spent the entire week of residency changing what I had worked on for the past year. Once I returned from residency, I had a difficult time making the new direction work. Eventually my team told me to undo what residency made me do and go back to my original work; this was 6 months of going back and forth. So things were back on track and a year later, I make it AQR with an approved proposal that was reviewed by my chair, methodologist, and content expert. However, I was told by AQR to change my design and my research was getting dated (must be within 5 years). Correcting my dissertation his took a considerable amount of time because one change impacts other areas. I am now waiting for the results, but have lost faith in the institution. I am constantly complemented on my work but don't feel as if I have an advocate that really wants me to graduate. There is minimum collaborating as I was often left to figure things out on my own. Another reviewer pointed out the wait time and they are correct. They take 2 weeks to review your document which gives about 6 days for the student to address concerns and resubmit. Another point, during our core studies we do not write any parts of the dissertation which forces you to take the continuation courses at the end of the program which cost $500 per class. I would like to know the graduation rate for PHD students. I have met several GCU students along this journey and no one has graduated. We have all been in the program over 4.5 years. I honestly I think they will continue to misguide me and will not allow me to reach my goals of graduating until they reach $100, 000. Find better, you deserve it!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Paul E - 7/5/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"I found the quality of the instruction to be excellent. The quality of some of the student online assignments could have been better but I got the most I could out of the program. I was hired at my practicum site after completing my last course. I received a raise in pay because of the M.S. and was put in charge of a new outpatient program. Thanks GCU."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Impossible to Complete - 7/1/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Everything seems fine and dandy until you are too deep to get out. I have been stuck trying to earn my doctorate degree way longer than the 60 hours. I have worked long and hard at this degree only to find out now that I have to take "continuation courses" for the faculty to approve my dissertation. Well, it has been impossible to get approval because no one will get back to me. And when I do finally get through to someone, there is always some new excuse. But, I have already invested way too much time and money! A lot like one of the lawsuits I found on GrandCanyonLawsuits.com. I really hope these lawsuits help straighten things out!"
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