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They are nationally accredited, not regionally accredited. Try transfer credit to a state school that is regionally accredited and you'll be denied any credit. Just good for resume padding for job but if trying for higher learning degree at another institution prepared to be denied.
Grantham is what you make of it. I feel my did help me land my current position as a controls engineer. The only suggestion I would have for the school is, they should seek ABET accreditation for the engineering degrees. This would help them attract more students.
At times, the course material was very challenging, especially the "Systems and Signal Theory" class. But if you give it 100%, you can complete your degree as I did. My goal was to obtain a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering with a 4.0 GPA, which I was successful in doing. For me, GU's online program gave me the best opportunity for completing my engineering degree, as I work full time with limited time to drive to a college. I must say something about my student advisor, Katie Langford. She was awesome in helping me obtain my degree. Without her help, I would have been forced to take one more class to complete my degree, which would have given me ~132 credits. Thanks Katie!! Even with this one class issue, I would strongly recommend GU to anyone. For the most part, the class professors were accommodating to student's needs. Interacting with them through discussion posts and emails provided a connection that was a conduit for learning. My very first professor, professor R., told me I was her first student to obtain a 100% in her class, and she wanted me to keep in touch (this was in 2011). Every year since then I have sent her an update on how my classes were going. Even though she no longer teaches at GU, she was still encouraging me to complete my degree. It was awesome telling her I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, which she knew was my goal. Professor's like Professor R. is what makes GU so special.
Great School, I graduated in 2014 with distinction (3.8 GPA)! My first job after returning from Afghanistan was working for NYU Langone Medical Center making $51,000 as a supervisor. The next job was working for Koch Industries (Georgia-Pacific)--yes the Koch brothers lol--as a production supervisor making $65,000 a year. Now I'm making a little over $100,000 a year working for another billion dollar Fortune 500 company, though I did build a business on the side as well. The fact is, college is what you make of it, what you put in is what you get out. So, through "good planning and hard work" you can definitely increase your earning potential and become the top 10% of Americans (Proverbs 21:5).
Grantham seems to be a small building with about 40 employees, including faculty, in the middle of nowhere. I was excited to attend this school and tried to make it work. I think "trying to make it work" includes graduating, which I did. However, their ENDLESS IT problems (not user error, mind you - but BlackBoard issues), not being able to access grades, not being able to get a simple printout of my account with tuition and student loans, as well as having the same professor over and over again for coursework that was not in any way related to healthcare. Overall I am very disappointed and feel that even though I have the credential of a Masters degree I have learned significantly more at my workplace by networking and asking for extra projects than I have learned from Grantham. I was hoping for a comprehensive healthcare Masters program and instead I got a hodgepodge of random coursework that slightly related to healthcare if I made a significant stretch. I would not recommend the curriculum, the advisors, the professors, or their version of BlackBoard to ANYONE. I used BlackBoard for my entire undergrad education in one capacity or another and had no issues in comparison to daily issues with their version. Select another school.
Several important points regarding this school: 1. NOT regionally accredited--so your credits won't transfer. 2. Most employers view this as a cheap, online college where you pay for a degree and don't learn much. (They're correct.) 3. Grantham only cares about your money. They'll pretend to want to help you, but in reality, their 'admissions advisers' are paid by how many people they can get into classes. 4. They will mislead and outright lie to get you to register. 5. Overall, they have VERY HIGH teacher and employee turnover. There's a reason for this--this is a churn and burn program. People don't want to work there for good reason. Recommendation: Find a way to attend a regionally accredited school. Alternately, find an apprenticeship with a skilled worker of some sort. Learn to be a mechanic or a welder. Once you're established there, you'll make just as much money (probably more) as you would with an online degree.
Very unprofessional financial aid department. Only 1 class left, and not able to graduate due to the fact that since I'm not enrolled in 2 classes my financial aid will not be available. 8 weeks shy of a degree, and they robbed me of that chance. Also, the "classes" taught me nothing about coding, and billing. The discussions I read, had me shaking my head. Terrible School. Please do not waster your time, money or energy!
Degree was 100% accepted by Government employment as well as world wide companies without question. Loved my experience and yes, I would recommend GU to anyone. It will advance your career and help you with advancement as well. I have had nothing but a positive experience and appreciate what I have gained through GU.
I have mixed feeling about Grantham University. Some of the courses I took were very good, mostly on the business side. Some were poorly organized and there was not enough interaction with the instructor, mostly on the electronics side. Had I not had a few decades of experience I feel I may not have made it through some of the courses. You really are just dusting off what you know and getting a piece of paper saying that you know it. It would be extremely difficult to come in fresh and expect to learn that much material that quickly. My biggest negative is my own fault. When I enrolled I never thought about a master program. Now that I am looking at a masters program I have come to realize that no regionally accredited school will take this degree for a systems engineering masters program. So if you have plans for a graduate degree in the future you may want to look elsewhere. I never had any negative experience with any administrative folks but some of my instructors were not very good. Then again I have been enrolled in five different Colleges / Universities over the years and I can say that about all of them.
Degree is worthless. This school is NOT regionally accredited, NOT ABET certified, and NOT recognized by the government so you CANNOT get a government job. Waste of time and effort. Waste of money. Go the CC route. Go to a regionally accredited university and get a degree you can be proud of.