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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Chavon
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"GCU is a joke if you are looking for a college do not go with them. They do not know how to answer questions your student service advisor gets changed without notice. If you live in another state other than AZ for most states you have to pay to license in AZ and your state. When complaints are filed they do nothing about them. I will not return to them for my masters. They are also expensive my husband attended for a year and half his loans are only $10,000 under mine and I attended for 4 years."
SKH
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"GCU tells prospective students that it takes about 3.5 years to complete the degree. No. The coursework takes 3 years, and you can't double up on classes even if you are not employed. The dissertation takes anywhere from 1 to 7 years. The Ph.D. program at GCU did not prepare us for the dissertation process well. The online courses were transformative and did help with reading research and writing skills. However, the quantitative and qualitative courses did not cover dissertation topics beyond the literature review and how to use SPSS. You do not get to select or change your committee chair, who is the be-all/end-all of the dissertation process. The rubrics, milestone guides, and templates are not aligned, but that almost doesn't matter because each chair interprets the prospectus and proposal based on their own interpretations. I am an honor student (even with GCU), and this was the worst school experience I have ever had. If you are considering a Ph.D. be sure it is what you need for your career. If I had known ahead of time that intense frustration in dealing with incompetent or nonresponsive teachers and the impossible dissertation process, I would never have pursued this degree. I did not graduate from GCU, but transferred to another school. I am covering important research skills that were skimmed over at GCU. I might actually finally graduate!"
Marina
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I had great experience at GCU finishing my FNP degree. They found preceptors for all three practice classes for me. Student counselors were very professional and helpful. I attended my program on campus as evening student. Most of professors were very good. I had one bad pharmacology professor reading PPTs. I am not sure how is for online program, however, I heard from my colleges evening program is much better."
Nporter
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2019
  • Degree: Secondary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"If I had it to do over again, I would NOT attend Grand Canyon University. I felt like I constantly had to push them and ask for help and direction before they would offer anything in the process of obtaining my teaching certification. (Also, when I would reach out to them for help inevitably that "wasn't their area" and would have someone else call me back.) Never once got any of my counselors without having to wait for a return call (living overseas the time change made that difficult.) They were not pro-active in helping guide me through the process for licensure and it was only after submitting everything for my license application I found out from the state of Arizona that I still had to take a professional knowledge test. Only thing they are pro-active about is getting your money. Hounded me over a $51 error they made and said I owed them. In the 18 months of my program I had 3 different field counselors. No consistency."
Alma A.
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I am slated to graduate this October, 2019 with a Masters in I/O Psychology. I have enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. I like the flexibility of going into the classroom on your own time and most of my teachers have been very responsive to any questions I've asked and also to posting responses to student DQ answers. I have two complaints and one is that the DQ questions and assignments are written very poorly. They are difficult to understand, the spelling is atrocious as well as the punctuation and clarity are sub-par. If I'm working on graduate level work, I expect graduate level content. My second complaint is that my advisor isn't very responsive. Takes weeks for her to respond to questions either via email or phone. But in the long run, the school is good. I have found them relatively easy to work with and I can't wait to be done!! 1 class to go, plus my capstone!! WOOT WOOT!!"
Baylee Van Winkle
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Grand Canyon University is a growing community and an exciting place to receive an education. They have a good balance between fun community-building events and serious scholarship. The psychology program does not have many research opportunities; however, the teachers are incredibly supportive and if you are willing to ask they are more than happy to help you find research opportunities in the community."
Baylee Van Winkle
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Grand Canyon University is a growing community and an exciting place to receive an education. They have a good balance between fun community-building events and serious scholarship. The psychology program does not have many research opportunities; however, the teachers are incredibly supportive and if you are willing to ask they are more than happy to help you find research opportunities in the community."
Baylee Van Winkle
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Grand Canyon University is a growing community and an exciting place to receive an education. They have a good balance between fun community-building events and serious scholarship. The psychology program does not have many research opportunities; however, the teachers are incredibly supportive and if you are willing to ask they are more than happy to help you find research opportunities in the community."
Vicki
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"All I can say is GCU s****. Avoid it at all costs. Talk to prior students, and above all, avoid Professor M. She doesn't know the policies of GCU and can't handle any confrontation without becoming abusive. When reported, the college does nothing. There's a lot more to the story too! The Internet is a wonderful thing..."
Iwasledon
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2019
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"If you are reading this before applying to the GCU doctoral college, stop and choose a different University a doctorate! You will bleed time and money and question the selling of a "Private Christian University" The classes were not easy, as expected, it is a doctoral program. Residencies are required and the student is told "The work done at residency streamlines things once you start the dissertation courses." What a lie! You can attend both week-long residencies, at over $1000 each, and still be told in your 1st dissertation class, "Start over!". Once in the dissertation phase, you will get lots of subjective feedback from your "committee" and reminded that "Committee gets 10 business days to respond to communication." Waiting 2 weeks to get feedback on changes made to a handful of sentences in a 200 page document, all while paying for this time, will leave you feeling like a sucker even if you graduate. I even watch people who worked for the University quit the program midway!"