Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 591 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,800
58% of 591 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 591 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 2/20/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"When I first start this program I specifically express my concern about taking (English class) to help me better my grammar and language. I took Eng 101 and was lucky I pass the class. Call many times been frustrating with most of the class assignments due to my poor grammar, I end up failing in 2 different classes. I request support and they told me I could call for (tutor) the one offer only 15 minutes per call. For me to continue this program I had to pay $1,513 due to the class I didn't pass. I spoke to the counselor about repaying the recent class, I never disagree to pay, all I did was asking for a payment plan and that I was willing to pay $100 monthly towards the class, this counselor told me she couldn't accept that amount that I needed it to pay more. I just got a bill from the collection agency. You don't receive the support you need, and once you agreed to pay the class, they would accept the amount I was comfortable to pay monthly and instead send me to a collection agency. I wouldn't recommend this college."
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have mixed feelings about GCU's PhD program. I have completed all of the core curriculum, but will be withdrawing from GCU before entering the dissertation classes. I obtained my bachelor's and MBA online from two different schools, and the GCU instruction was similar to other schools. The online instructors act more as facilitators, rather than teachers. While this was fine in the other degree programs, this did not really work at GCU with doctoral students taking core courses, while working on their dissertation topic. Essentially, the core course instructors give very little (no) guidance in your dissertation work. At the end of each core course, the student submits an annonated bibliography highlighting 10 articles pertaining to their dissertation topic. The student is graded simply on the submission of 10 new articles - there is no feedback. The student has no one to communicate with to determine if they are heading in the right path with their dissertation topic. Communication regarding the dissertation comes at two required residencies in Arizona. The residencies cost more than the traditional courses because the student pays for lodging and meals. The residencies also mean time off work and transportation costs out of pocket. At residency, the students present their unguided dissertation work to dissertation chairs. While it is great to actually be able to communicate during the residency with dissertation chairs, it is succinctly stated that even though the chairs can help align your topic and put you on a good path - everything can change when the student is assigned their own chair at the end of the core courses. From my understanding, this happens often. Many students who thought they were on a good path from residency feedback found they were back to square one when entering the dissertation courses. Square one in dissertation work is not a great feeling, and I wonder if this problem could be resolved by implementation of a different system. During residency, students are also given what is referred to as "shock and awe" at the timeline to dissertation completion. If everything goes well during the dissertation cycle, you may be able to obtain your degree in 1 1/2 - 2 years after beginning your dissertation courses. However, I know of a student who was stuck in just the AQR cycle for 2 years due to multiple changes of chair, methodologist, and different perspectives on his work. While every situation is unique, it seems there are many students who get stuck at different points, and the timeline to completion can grow dismal. The three dissertation courses required for the degree completion quickly become continued dissertation courses at approximately $2000 each. At some point, the continued course price drops to $500, but many students have exhausted their financial aid and are not only paying back their loans, but also money out of pocket for continued courses. In addition, a third residency is now required after a certain number of continued dissertation courses. Essentially, the completion of this degree may require many more years of time and finances than initially anticipated. I may return to complete the dissertation, but only when I know I am in a good place with the time and finances to finish successfully. Overall, I think GCU needs to restructure their doctoral program in a way that sets students up for success. When enrolling, students are told the program takes 3 1/2 years to complete. That timeline does not appear to be the norm/reality at all, and I think potential doctoral students should be aware of the reality of the program structure from the beginning. After students are given "shock and awe" at the timeline during first residency, a great deal of work, time and money have already been invested, and it is up to each individual student whether to continue or cut their losses."
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"The majority of the program was excellent. The professors are usually helpful and grade promptly. However, I had the worse experience with the two classes designed to help teach specific subjects (Math and English). The courses are not designed with students with special needs in mind. Instead, the classes are geared at general education classrooms. Instead of providing advice and techniques to teach students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities we are required to touch on that subject in a single area of the 5-page lesson plan format. The math teacher is expecting us to write impractical 20-page lesson plans. I was graded poorly on a 12-page lesson plan because it was not detailed enough. Her initial feedback was good, but then it just became rude and unnecessary. The information that was in one area of the lesson plan she wanted repeated throughout the lesson plan (we couldn't refer back to it) and required full scripts of potential dialogue to be written out. DR is one of the worse and most impractical teachers I have had the displeasure of working in within my 15-year academic career. She claimed researched, and peer-reviewed techniques were not useful or practical but did not explain her reasoning or offer what she considered to be more practical suggestions."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2019
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I would advise any future students, do not apply to this school, just run away, anything else is better that this one, this is an scamming institution and the other reviews here are accurate, i enrolled in online RN-BSN program and as soon as i noticed (less than 4 days) how hard was the professor, i requested to Drop the class, counselors delayed to respond or help as long as they could, i was attending just less than a week and i was so frustrated, that i decided to withdrawn from school. I was in class less than a week and they are charging me north of $1700, (i have the invoice to prove it, and now the are sending me to collection), please don't take the bait and fall into their scamming tactics, they may look nice, they will make you feel good to convince you to enroll with then, you will regret it."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"I Just recently transferred to this school and it is horrible so far. The classes are fine, however trying to receive my left over funds from my student loans is another story. You are not allowed to talk to anyone in the financial department, you have to communicate with a liaison. who by the way is just reading / typing a response from a pre-written response. Of course the college has taken their payment already, but suddenly it may take weeks to process my portion. "Christian" school I think not. Sketchy definitely. I find it funny that other colleges (with way more enrollment) can process in 3 weeks what this school is saying could take up to a month and a half. They somehow got me enrolled and approved for financial aid in less than 2 weeks. But now when it is time to disburse my money it is a slow and long process! Very shady! Avoid this school!!!!!! It is too late for me they have me sucked in now! Save yourself!!!!"
D Messmer
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2019
  • Degree: Education
"I was excited to start online classes. When my grandpa got ill and passed away they would not approve enough time off. I got charged for a class I did not take. But today I got an email from them saying they would forgive the money of I came back before Feb 28th. I responded with a few concerns. The response I got was to ignore the email I got because they would not honor it. They did not even address my concerns. They truly only care about money."
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2019
  • Degree: Emergency Management
"GCU was a HORRIBLE experience. I spoke with them multiple times before enrolling asking about financial assistance and payment plans. I was told that I could have a payment plan for the remaining balance after my federal loan amount was applied. I checked with them multiple time sin regards to the payment plan. It sounded great. I enrolled and started classes. Then I get a bill for $2500. I call to ask about payment plans and they said I couldn't have one and needed to pay the full balance. Absolute liars! I couldn't afford that bill right up front, which is exactly why I asked about payment plans before even enrolling. Now I am making payment through a fucking debt collector all because of these lying people. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCOOL. For the classes that I did take the education was sub-par and not really any better than other schools. Do not trust anything that is said to you. THey will say anything just to get you to enroll. I had to stop going to school until the balance is paid off. Such a*******."
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
"Grand Canyon is a close-minded school and Im ashamed I ever went here. The education was average, the professors were hard to work with, and it was overpriced. If you want a good education from a university that embraces open conversation and diverse learning experiences, dont go to GCU."
Best Decision I Ever Made!
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"Going to Grand Canyon University was the best decision I ever made. After two years at the local community college, I needed a school that offered me the flexibility to have a job and get my assignments done. I have read other reviews on here and I would suggest that anyone interested in an online college education not buy too much into reviews from students who attended only a short amount of time or did not graduate. College is extremely hard and time consuming; this is no different with Grand Canyon Univeristy (GCU). If you think going to school online will be less work than other schools, you are wasting your time. You need to make the time to learn the material, post your required discussion posts and respond to the required participation, this does not include the assignments, homework, and quizzes or tests that may be necessary. You will get out of GCU what you put in, but this is a full-time education, therefore, you will have to put in the man hours. I am a 43 year old mother who also works and had not been in school in 20 years. I graduated GCU with a 3.98 GPA which should demonstrate to those who are serious about getting an education as an adult learner that it is absolutely possible with hard work and commitment. I have already been offered a position in my field and will start the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program in two weeks. GCU is not for everyone, but neither is distance learning. Not every instructor is going to hold your hand and make learning easy for you. You must be an active participant in your education. As a student, you must be self-disciplined, willing to sacrifice time, energy, and sleep (if necessary) for a better future. But if you are willing, you will be giving your and your family the opportunity at a better future. I am so grateful for the education I received at GCU and am excited to continue my education with them for a second time. Don't base your decsion on a handful of negative reviews. Seek the truth for yourself and make the decision that is best for you."
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"GCU seems very promising and, honestly, perfect when you first attend, but you quickly realize just how money-hungry the school is and how little they care about their students. While the campus if gorgeous and safe, faculty and leaders couldn't care less about the wellbeing of the students. Campus food is unreasonably overpriced (for example: a carton of eggs is $6), professors show no concern for struggles students are having outside of the classroom, and you aren't even allowed to temporarily park on campus to bring up your groceries without receiving a $150 ticket. The nursing program is disorganized, racist, and sets students up for failure. The program is more concerned about students representing the school well at clinical, then they are at actually teaching you how to be a nurse. I wish I would have attended ASU."
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"Please be cautious before enrolling and or transferring from another university to Grand Canyon University. Prior to attending GCU, I had been a presidential honors student. I decided to transfer to Grand Canyon University due to being offered a full ride/tuition scholarship. Hence, I decided to take clear advantage of this opportunity in order to not have substantial student debt. Unfortunately, the enrollment counselor did NOT mention that my 3.8 GPA would not be transferred simply due to policy. This private Christian university carries a mission statement primarily based on collecting monetary value and nothing beyond this point to better help students succeed (according to personal experience). Though, Im not overly upset towards the tuition because I did not have an increase in student loans. Im most upset, because I have not learned anything I did not already know before transferring to Grand Canyon University. Grand Canyon University is a very private, close-minded campus. I felt a tad bit moronic attending the required Christian classes. Attendance in Christian classes certainly defines a Requirement when being a GCU student. Realistically, my overall character does not include religion, though my beliefs and individualism promote spirituality. Religion and spirituality correlate; both are also divergent in unique aspects. WARNING- Do NOT bother expressing being atheist, agnostic because the faculty will treat you entirely different. Whether being unreasonable or inflexible, unethical... be prepared. Do NOT express personal religion even if Asked by professor (s). The majority of classes personally attended started with a prayer session. Uncomfortable experience. Attending Grand Canyon University has provided negative insight concerning this campus. ADDITIONAL WARNING- Yes, Grand Canyon University has a good reputation. If a potential student is not religious, then attending Grand Canyon University would not be a compatible fit. Also, if and when a potential student would like to gain knowledge of majors while excluding religious distractions, then the potential student should continue to browse for suitable universities then narrow down the most suitable university by comparing pros and cons. Now, I am soon to receive a BS in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University. Therefore, I am depressed, alongside resentful towards myself for making the Worst decision thus far in my life. I have two current options: finish the BS without honors and feel "average" which forces upon depression, disappointment OR I can earn my BS elsewhere with Honors to only Start All Over. Did I waste these past three years attending Grand Canyon University? I sure did! And if I could take back the decision in transferring to Grand Canyon University, I would in a single heartbeat. Lastly, my experience attending Grand Canyon University has not been desirable nor satisfactory-focused. Closed-minded faculty, judgement towards students not being religious, the private university is expensive, and I had been uncomfortable needing to associate myself with prayer sessions the beginning of some classes. My academic advisors have been changed three time in the past two years without notice. I'll call to speak with the assigned academic advisor to only discover another academic advisor has been assigned again without the university feeling the need to provide me with such essential updates. Unprofessional. Hopefully, this post helps potential students."
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2019
  • Degree: MBA
"I just graduated in December with an MBA. A lot of students struggled primarily because the business school does NOT require the GMAT therefore many student do not have the requisite math or English skills to succeed nor did thy have any real world work experience. I had several classmates that had no business being enrolled in a graduate level business program (no pun intended lol). The most successful students have either financial (accounting, finance, etc), engineering, or healthcare background (RN, PT, etc). In addition, all the successful students that I worked with were either employed and needed the degree for promotion or had a specific plan after graduation. Here are some of the big points about GCU's MBA program 1. Relatively inexpensive 2. Can complete entirely online without residency requirements 3. GCU will allow you to accelerate your studies if you're paying cash (I finished the 22 month program in 16 months) 4. It is a self directed educational experience The faculty are NOT there to teach you. They are there to simply grade your work. This is graduate school so there is NO hand holding (unlike a bachelor's program). You must learn the material on your own and find the answers to questions yourself 5. You need to be proficient in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. You should be comfortable with freshman college level math and writing 6. GCU uses a flawed anti-plagirism software package - all assignments must be run through this ridiculous program. I was falsely accused of academic dishonesty. The instructor never had any real proof and when I requested a formal hearing they denied me and just sent me a silly non-disciplinary warning letter. My recommendation for potential MBA students is if you're good at self learning, comfortable with MS Office software, can write a good academic paper, have sufficient basic college level math, have a background in accounting, finance, engineering, medicine, nursing, etc and have sufficient real world work experience then GCU will be a breeze for you. If you are lacking any of the aforementioned then you will struggle dearly and I wouldn't bother enrolling"
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"So far, great school EXCEPT that the requirement for ONE online class is participation 5 DAYS A WEEK. YOUR GRADEs SUFFER IF YOU DON'T. Their policy is 3 days but ALL of my professors REQUIRE 5 days, so forget about taking more than one class. Don't believe counselor."
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2019
  • Degree: Christian Counseling
"I would advise any future students to be careful in applying to the school because they might take advantage of you and then cover their tracks. Instead of being all about the students, they are more interested in their programs and what they are trying to establish."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"Grand Canyon University is a scamming institution and the other reviews here are accurate. I too feel dumb being duped and wish I would have looked at reviews before enrolling. They claim to be a Christian institution but act like money hungry heathens. I am a stay at home mom trying to get my masters in English Education and needed an online course to help my struggling family financially. They made all these promises and were so sweet on the phone. They take up hours of your time manipulating and coercing you that you can do it. Claiming you only need to work a few hours 3 days per week. Its triple that work load. They do not care if you are barely passing the class. They do not care if the instructor is lazy and terrible at explaining things. They only offer to talk to the professor when you are already failing and nothing can be done about your grade. They do not care if the teacher triples the work load right after the cut off for getting a full refund on tuition. Their first intro class is boring, endless busy work, way more work than any online course I have ever taken at CWU, terribly taught, confusing, and over $1,000! My family was going through a sudden death in the family and I became extremely ill due to grief and almost went to the hospital the week after I enrolled. I tried unenrolling on time but was too sick to sit at the computer and when I finally was able to I got the run around with how to unenroll. I finally spent two hours searching for myself to find out how to do it. I was only 2 days away from the cut off with unenrolling and they refuse to refund me. They do not make allowances for extreme situations. They lie over and over that there is nothing they can do. I do not have $1,000 to fork over. I got the same fake persona salesman liar from their manager even after explaining my circumstances. I had been using all financial aid to help pay for this degree and planned on paying it off myself when I got a teaching job. Now instead of blessing my family its cursing it. They will only give you 4 months to pay it off with a payment plan. I wish I could give zero stars. Bottom line run away from this fake lying greedy university!"
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2019
  • Degree: History
"Abundant lack of care, professionalism or help when it comes to teaching or helping students. Have been waiting 3 months for a form to pay for a class that was failed twice, with no help from any of the staff or assigned counselor, to help explain the material. Counselor would only say "well just pass the class". Obviously not doable when the material isn't comprehensive and no staff at GCU can be bothered to teach. Now it seems they're a fan of blackballing students even when they're trying to pay out of pocket for a class to be able to continue education. Extremely disappointed with GCU."
Sharon Coleman
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"This school should be closed for their fraudulent practices, theft of funds and all out deception. I was enticed into attending this school. They received my financial aid and kept the stipend while telling me they mailed it. They lure you in with promises of earning a PHD while all the long lying to you about the degree and what you can do with it. This type of practive has to stop. We do not enroll in universities to end up defrauded out of our financial aid. I intend to fight."
Grand Canyon University is a Scam School
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Education
Shelby Cornett
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Awful! Out of the years worth of online schooling I did, there were two teachers that were even decent instructors. My student services counselor was a joke! I clearly stated for 6 weeks straight that I had serious personal problems going on that were extremely important and needed my attention, what did she and the instructor do? NOTHING! I was to the point of being so stressed out I emailed my counselor informing her of my desire to commit suicide before FINALLY being allowed to take leave of absence! Upon returning after my LOA, I encountered technical difficulty after technical difficulty on top of literary being severely ill every other week. What did my instructor do? Close my assignment drop-box and give me a 0%! Im a 4.0 student! Who also kept him up to date on EVERYTHING!! I found out two days ago about the assignment drop-box which was the straw that broke the camels back. Got online, applied to Kansas University, and sent GCU an email requesting my transcripts immediately be sent to KU. Im SO DONE with this awful school!!"
go girl
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2018
  • Degree: Special Education
"Grand Canyon's online Master's program was the perfect program for me. It allowed me to obtain my degree while working full-time in my current job. The degree allowed me to advance within my company and as a professional in the community. The work required me to apply my education in real life situations through observations, teaching opportunities with partner schools, and through submission of a multitude of work. Great teachers that worked with you, especially in those times when a student didn't "show up" for their part in a group project. I actually have made a lifelong friend through my program as well. We still to this day communicate to share curriculum and the most recent developments in special education. I recommend the online school for anyone who needs flexibility in their educational goals."