Grand Canyon University Reviews

  • 566 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
58% of 566 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 566 students said they would recommend this school to others
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N/A Jo
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2019
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Please, please, please triple-check program accreditation in your state before enrolling: This is real problem. I found more details here:"
  • Reviewed: 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!"
Paul E
  • Reviewed: 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."
Impossible to Complete
  • Reviewed: 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 I really hope these lawsuits help straighten things out!"
Christina Lafferty
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2019
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Grand Canyon University labels itself as a "Premier Christian University". However, I attended GCU for their music program with the promise of a full ride scholarship, and what I experienced while there was anything but premier. I began my college education at Mesa Community College, which was well known for having the best music program in the Arizona community college system. It is natural to expect that a University music education would bring you from where you are to the next level. What I found was that the program I was apart of at Mesa Community College was far superior to that which GCU could offer. It was a very disorganized program, and to this day I feel that the only good instruction I received in the program was from my private vocal instructor. I have talked to current students as well who have similar complaints about the music program four years later. I noted at the beginning that I was promised a full ride scholarship. I came to find out that this full ride scholarship was capped after a year, and because of that, I was forced to take out student loans when I had not been planning to. Again, this is a problem experienced by many other GCU music students."
S. Robin
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I enrolled in the nursing program and had a great experience. The professors, dean, students are all really encouraging and supportive. I made friends throughout the program that I still keep in touch with. The classes were tough but the support is there. We all know nursing isn't an easy career field, it's a passion so none of us should be surprised the classes when the classes are challenging! Be engaged, study, don't wait until the last minute, etc. and you'll succeed."
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2019
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"My experience at GCU was great. I attended the university all 4 years of my bachelor's program. I participated in a duel degree program that allowed me to study both Digital Film and Communications. The film program, while fairly new, allowed students the opportunity to jump right in with film projects while also using cameras and film equipment. The professors were extremely hands on and insightful with all film projects throughout the program. I completed all of my film classes in a traditional classroom room setting, while I completed my communications program mostly online. The online classes were great, however, I greatly enjoyed my on ground communications classes. The professors in this program were also insightful, helpful, and engaging. Perhaps my favorite experience about GCU is the opportunity I had to be involved with student leadership. I believe this is where I developed and grew the most both personally and professionally while in college. There are many opportunities such as RA, spiritual life, activities, student government, multicultural, and several others to try and be a part of as a student leader. GCU puts a large emphasis on their student leadership opportunities, which I think makes the institution stand out when compared to others."
Lifelong Learner
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2019
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I dont understand how every single person I know who attended this school owes money??? I need my transcript and all of a sudden I owe $2000. I have friends that were in my doctoral cohort and they owe $2000. Is that the magic number? I feel ripped off and we all need to file lawsuits with them. This needs public attention because people, we have been taken advantage of. DO NOT ATTEND or you too will owe $2000."
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"This program is the absolute worst excuse of a graduate college. The DNP program is so misleading, so disorganized, so massively unprofessional. They have set up entire cohorts of students to fail. The provide little guidance on the DPI project and then provide a long list of things you cannot do in your final three courses after working on the project for 2 years.The faculty has some challenges understanding the clinical environment and the overall program is a massive joke. If I could rate it less than one star I would."