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For the past 11 years since earning my Bachelor's degree, I had been on a slow, reluctant search for a graduate program. I am wanted the advance degree but I also knew it would place a financial and daily demand on a schedule that had been free of course work for a decade. Not to mention, I wasn't much if a tech type of person so online courses were not even seriously considered. It all changed when the most caring, no nonsense Grand Canyon University representative visited my school recruiting, as well as celebrating one of my colleagues who had graduated from there. She encouraged me to apply and allow them to research possible financial aid eligibility. They found my aid and had me enrolled by December 2017. The experience has left me speechlessly pleased with a growing sense of accomplishment. Each instructor has shown tremendous patience. The student counselor and tech department have been very responsive and thorough with whatever my concerns were. I am on my 4th online GCU Grad course, angrowing in knowledge and readiness for the 21st century classroom. I would not change ANYTHING about my GCU experience!!
Hello! So I just graduated April 2018, and I received the Masters in Education leading to a credential in multiple subject and frankly, I am highly dissapointed that the school lacks communication regarding specific requirements from outside states. I live in CA and I was never told that I needed a CLAD authorization which is an authorization to teach language learners. (their SEI requirement) which caused me to add additional testing after the program ended. Do not waste your time going here if you live in CA. CA's schools has this authorization embedded in their teacher programs so I would go that route. If you go here, you will end up taking additional courses which will cause you to add to your debt. Now, I have to pay 3000 for a course in CLAD certification and add 9-12 months which I could be searching for employment. So disappointed and sad.
Grand Canyon U was convenient because I needed to work fill-time while I went to school. The professors were quality and helpful. So were the other staff that helped me achieve my goals. The classes taught me what I needed to know to become an educator. The observation hours helped me see the strategies in action. Great program.
Grand Canyon University was the best place I could have gone for my undergraduate degree. They offer a small campus, community feel with small class sizes. Because of the small class sizes, the professors got to know me and my strengths and weaknesses. They helped me long after I was finished with their specific course.
My experience at GCU has been a great experience! The faculty and the counselors are wonderful! They were very helpful, and kind! Im excited to announce that I have about 3 more weeks, until I become a GCU graduate!!! Grand Canyon will always be an University I will highly recommend other students to attend.
I have had a wonderful experience thus far at Grand Canyon University. My advisers have always been available to help me with any questions or concerns I have had in a timely manner. The teachers I have had in my program have been very knowledgeable in their subject area and I have learned so much! I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
Anyone seeking a doctorate from GCU should be warned, especially if you need to use financial aid. Once you enter the dissertation phase, exceed the continuing research course, and move to the extension of the extension courses, your aid will expire. Once your aid runs out, you are obligated to pay out of pocket for additional extension courses. The kicker is, whether you are progressing in your dissertation or not, they will still want payment to keep the "classroom open", even though you are not earning credit. Not to mention, getting past your AQR can be a nightmare! Some of the staff who are associated with the program are difficult just because they can. When your committee can attest to the difficulty of their peers, you know it is bad. I have hired a private editing service to help with my dissertation. With the phenomenal work that has been done, I still have not progressed because of GCU faculty. What their deal is in making the dissertation so adversarial, beats me. The point of higher education is to ensure that students are learning and preparing to give back to the educational community. If one cannot get through the dissertation, they may be stuck in All But Dissertation (ABD) status regardless of efforts to supply the faculty with the criteria they are asking for. It really seems as if GCU is in the business for money along. I cannot say that they genuinely care about their students on all fronts.
Do NOT attend this University! I started GCU as an online student in 2008, however I am currently not graduated from GCU! I was an excellent student. I enjoyed the classes, but anything to do the administration and financial aid became a nightmare!!! I have still not graduated because of financial aid issues which GCU created. They have since dropped me from the school. They have also locked my account, I have NO ACCESS to records and are holding my transcripts HOSTAGE so I cannot go anywhere else. They are blaming me... yet it was their 'counselors' (I use that word hesitantly... because during the two years I attended... I had several different counselor assigned... They changed all the time. What was worse is... they were all student workers who did NOT know what they were doing!!! They held my 'academic life' in their hands and they massacred it! They denied me an education at GCU, because of their errors, miscommunication and/or complete failure to do their jobs! I have spoken to dozen of people who tell me a different story each time. In the end, I am told I owe $3,392.14 for classes I NEVER took! I am a single Mother of 4 children. When my son died... I was beyond devastated! I tried continuing at GCU, but I eventually could not and informed my 'counselor' that I was needing sometime off to deal the grieving process. However, my 'counselor' failed to withdraw me properly... and I was charged for classes that I did not take, which is where these charges came from. However, Now I am told there are additional charges to my account the I was not aware of. I have not met a compassionate soul at GCU! Especially in the counseling and/ or financial offices; they are heartless and cruel. I have tried several times to re-enroll over the years, they end result is tears. I cannot get back in the door, even though I am an honor student with over 40 credits just sitting there; WASTED! I have also accumulated extravagant debt for an education that I cannot access or apply. I went back to college to better our lives. I sincerely do not understand why a Christian University cannot extend the same compassion and mercy that they teach/preach! PLEASE... Do yourself a favor... Do not go to GCU! They say they are a Christian University, but Christians are honest, empathetic people. I sincerely wanted to continue at GCU, but I after my last attempt today 4/6/18... I was told yet again... "You can not enroll until you pay!"
Gcu seemed good to me at first coming from California , than they hiked up the tuition and housing cost the next year grabbing every penny & using all financial aide they could get ! They dont care about any families with low income or single moms like mine & dont help u on getting extra financial help even if youve got suoer good grades I regret not going to my local colleges instead ! My mom worked very hard to keep me there for 3 years just for them to kick me out of my dorm due to rising tuition cost !!!! I had just one more year to go and got no help or advice from GCU & they penalize u if your out of State for a fee Yes it seems GCU is more about money than helping its students sincerely! Anyone whose interested on attending there please dont or you will be In Debt
I was an online student at GCU for both my undergrad and for my first Masters. I will be obtaining my second masters from GCU as well. My experience has been absolutely wonderful! I LOVE being a LOPE! My SSA is someone I trust and value. I have great respect for all of my instructors, as they have been instrumental in my success. I had to work hard for my Masters 4.0 GPA, but more importantly, I am motivated to work hard and not complain about things that indicative to EVERY university. I have not encountered any of the negative experiences that have been reported on this site, not to say they did not happen, but I want to report that GCU is supportive and provides me with the tools/recourses that I have needed to be successful within this environment. If I need anything, I simply pick-up the phone and CALL my SSA or my instructors and communicate with them. I am accountable for ALL of my interactions with GCU and I strive for each Interaction to be a learning and positive experience. LETS GO LOPES!