University of Arkansas Grantham Reviews

  • 96 Reviews
  • Kansas City (KS)
  • Annual Tuition: $8,280
53% of 96 students said this degree improved their career prospects
55% of 96 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Amanda
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I was attending the University of Arkansas's eVersity, to complete both my associate's degree and my bachelor's degree. Before I could finish my bachelor's eVersity "purchased" Grantham University, and I was forced to transfer. While enrolled with eVersity it was always very accommodating to a working student's schedule. As a mom of four, working full time and attending school was a stretch, but one that I was willing and able to make with eVersity. The financial advisors were always on top of things and never had any trouble. Then the instructors were always involved with their instruction and the reading material matched up with the assignments, and it was a realistic amount of instruction. When transferring to Grantham my financial aid advisor didn't seem to know how to work with student loans, and I received large refunds, but then also received a bill for tuition. Then on to the classes, the reading never seems to line up with the assignments, but I have tolerated it because professors were helpful, until this term, which happens to be my very last term. The class I am in bounces all over the place and the assignments might be over something you won't read about for two weeks or something you read earlier. On top of that, the required reading generally includes 2 chapters of 50 plus pages, regulations to read from a federal record which are very long, and then a "lecture" which is never about what our required reading was about, and takes at least another hour to read and then a short video. Nothing makes sense, I cannot get in touch with the professor, and it is now week 8 and she has only graded up to week 2...and there are only four students enrolled in the class. I have reached out to my advisor who is very nice, but nothing happens, she was supposed to reach out to the Dean, and I heard nothing back from that. I cannot find any way to contact the Dean myself, or any other leadership member. Point blank worst experience, thank goodness I was close to finishing my degree, or this would have completely derailed me."
Kelly
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2022
  • Degree: Business
"I do not recommend coming to Grantham University. They convince you that they are a great school and it turns out not to be true. I have done everything asked stay on time with assignments emailed people when I have concerns (communicated) and they literally do not solve them most of the time. Financial team is no help and certain teachers will be no help. It is rare that you will meet great people at Grantham University. Some people are saying if you put in the work you will have a great experience. I have been doing and putting in work 10x and I’m still having the worst experience. As long as Grantham gets their parts and are satisfied most of them care nothing about the students. They have gotten rid of or disconnected all the people that actually care to help with the process of getting education at this university."
lyric22
  • Reviewed: 7/26/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I transferred to Grantham University from another school and it was quite literally the worst decision I have made. For one I should have done my research because this school has a 8% graduation rate. And the instructors grade your work the last minute, I feel like I'm not learning anything relevant the books are bias and a bit offensive. And as soon as the school get's paid they leave you high and dry. And as far as the financial aid department, they are quick to collect your money for school fee's but make their students wait weeks to get their excess refunds. And I keep hearing that Grantham degrees are worthless and now I see why."
R. Creamer
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Now the University of Arkansas Grantham, I hope they push for better accreditation. Like most online schools I had some really bad professors who basically just gave you As. I also had some real tough professors who really pushed me to do better work and judged every assignment. If you cant manage your own time, do not attend an online college because that's part of the learning. You need to be able to understand what you are doing each week and manage your time to complete the assignments. I work for the government so getting the degree done increased my earning potential but that did not take away from the amount I learned at Grantham. I have used a large portion of my lessons in my career already and look forward to the rest of it thanks to Grantham. While the school had a bit of a diploma mill feel, you need to make an effort to learn and apply the lessons. Yea you can pass going through the motions but don't you are cheating yourself."
Juan M Aviles
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2022
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"This is a solid school. The customer service from all offices and advisor are excellent. The courses are challenging as they should be, and the professors are always available to provide help. I have obtained various degrees from other schools that are regionally accredited, and I have to admit that the University of Arkansas Grantham has as an awesome program to prepare their students."
Marijo
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2021
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I had to write another review. I just can't understand why people think it's possible to put in 10% of the work you'd have to put in if you were in a classroom somewhere. Grantham NEVER applied for more aid than necessary. What they plan to apply for is CLEARLY posted online after you log into your account. You have to electronically sign it BEFORE they will actually commit to the funding plan. If you don't agree with it then they state for you to call them so it can be discussed and be more suited to the individuals needs. These people think the admin is supposed to do all the work! It is very clear that some students just aren't cut out for online education. These are the same people who would NEVER be disciplined enough to have a work-from-home career/job/employment. It's truly sad that people are just that lazy and want everything handed to them instead of putting forth AT LEAST 100%. EXPECT A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE IF YOU PLAN TO GIVE ANY LESS!"
Marijo Mitchell
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2021
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"There is a negative review of the Financial Aid Dept. at Grantham University. My experience with the FA Dept was, without a doubt, extremely simple and easy. It was PAINLESS. I can say it did have the potential to be stressful, frustrating, and negative. What makes the difference between a positive and negative experience with Grantham FA Dept had everything to do with responding to the emails they sent when there was paperwork or action needed to be addressed. Had I not responded to those requests, which were by email mainly, I would not have received my Federal Aid on time and would have needed to postpone my actual start date. The attention needed throughout the FA process and my classes/courses was exactly the same. You have to do the work, the school wasn't going to do the work for me! That's simply common sense. You get out of something what you put into it. If you don't do what's expected of you then you can't expect the other end to do what's expected of them. It's just that simple! I'm not exactly sure what the issue was with the individual who gave a very negative review of GU's FA Dept. but I can say they were very diligent, helpful, and informative throughout the whole Financial Planning/Aid process. I'm sure GU did something right or positive with their FA process but only commented on how terrible they were. Since almost all the reviews were positive, just as mine was, it appears the issue was with the student. They couldn't possibly do well with everyone else except one person. The record speaks for itself. I do apologize for such a lengthy review but I thought it important & relevant to convey my experience. To all the prospective GU student who may need financial aid, DO NOT BE DETERRED BY THAT NEGATIVE REVIEW. I'm certain your experience will be just a seamless, efficient, simple, and effective as mine. I mean this only as constructive criticism. Learning how to write well, use correct grammar, punctuate, and spell never hurt anyone. Actually it makes for a more reader friendly experience. I wish you the best with continuing you education."
Will
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Grantham university is a scam 100%, i did everything that was asked of myself...called everyday to get information and updates and notta, complete waste of time, did fasfa paper work everything notta zip zilch, never had a problem with the other schools, turned them into bbb"
J Medina
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Worse School I have ever attended. I had two instructors who I have never seen, talked to, and their response to your questions take 72hrs and weekends are not included. Two classes I had Network Cert and Cyber Cert classes, I had an extreme amount of assignments that had me working 16hrs to complete them before the date to turn them in. You will be given instructions by this so called instructor that basically does their job because you will not have any Zoom meetings or phone call correspondence at all. They tell you to read 3 Chapters a week, write 2 Discussions and respond to two, YOU WILL BE GRADED! So aside from all the reading and research you have to do you have to also do Labs and quizzes each week! You have a limited time to complete the labs in their Testout site. After so long doing labs you're asked to extend or turn it in. I asked questions to my instructions regarding the labs, it took over 72hrs for a response! How does that work for anyone who has a life? I thought this was meant to be a casual learning experience, but instead I was so stress out I ended up in the Drs...After I told them I will drop out now and pay what I owe they said I may get money back and to hold off on the payment. I waited, but instead of them sending me money back they claimed I was past due...This company is a complete SCAM and worthless for education. Udemy will give you more video instruction than this raggedy "Company"! I would never call this place any sort of education source. They are a company who SCAMS potential students and gives the student the the Instructors work to do for them and say you have to read this and that...why do we pay you!? That is your job to educate the students! Stay away from this raggedy education company!"
Wayne
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2021
  • Degree: Engineering Management
"The reviews on this panel that talk about Cengage are correct. Only they have moved away from ANY books at all and moved to online only access, but still charge you the $250 plus book fee. And don't get me started on the teachers. The classes that are taught by decent teachers are few and far between. Some of them are really not good teachers at all. I know some of these people are PhD's, well goody for them But if they can't teach it, it does no one any good. Don't have an Apple computer and go to this school, because much of the software your required to load for labs is not Apple compatible. Which is funny since Apple offers the best incentives for school laptops. Just stay away. Look at more major colleges for their online programs. In this field, you get what you pay for. If $50 per credit hour is what you are seeking, then by all means, you will get what you pay for, $150 of education. But if you seek an environment where your teachers want to see you learn, grow and succeed, keep on looking. I had one person, one of my first student counselors, who was just awesome. Nicole was just superb. She handles only the Freshman people. Once you move to Sophomore, then you get the people who don't even really care. Josh was my next one and he couldn't even find time to call and see how things were going. I finally just told him to bug off and leave me alone, that if he couldn't be consistent with it then I would call him if I needed him. I'm just a few credits away from graduation then I am so done with them. That's my only reason for staying."
Jim P.
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2020
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"My experience with this institution was very positive. The educational materials provided were more than adequate. Acceptance of previously earned college credit and military training was more than fair. Instructors and staff always responded to my questions in a timely manner."
Muriel Gatlin
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2020
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I was looking for an accredited university that had a Master’s Degree program that would: accommodate my busy and hectic schedule, be challenging as well as rewarding and I would be able to use my GI Bill. Having worked in my career field for over 30 years, I wanted a degree in something other than Nursing. I found a degree plan for Human Performance Improvement. I never heard of it before so my interest was definitely peaked. I applied for the program and was accepted. The Grantham staff was very accommodating. Books arrived on time. Syllabus spelled out what I needed to know for each course. My advisors and instructors responded in a timely fashion to my questions and concerns. I was extremely impressed with my whole experience at Grantham University."
Darrell Tiller
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"As an active duty soldier I needed a college that was flexible. Grantham University created a positive learning environment that supported my unusual schedule. The counselors were amazing, knowledgeable about soldier education benefits and were absolutely committed to assisting me through my degree program. This is the best online learning forum for adult learning. I would recommend Grantham University to anyone looking for a online university."
Rob K.
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2020
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Overall, I would recommend this school to others. The things I like about Grantham University: 1) Military Friendly, My tuition assistance covered all the tuition and there were minimal fees in the beginning, circa 2018, fees were eliminated later with the exception of a graduation fee 2) My student advisor was awesome, he would answer any question or get me any info I wanted to decide what class was next or how many classes I was going to take. I never took more than two at a time, but I did that three terms in a row once to make up for my slightly long summer break. 3) They use blackboard for distance learning, it works great, they really work very hard to keep it operational 100%, I think it only suffered one time from an outage in two years. 4) Most, if not all, of the teaching staff are super flexible."
Tory Hill
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I am a military vet and really enjoyed my time earning my Bachelors degree from Grantham University. The attention given to you as an online student by the faculty and instructors is invaluable. The interaction with my online instructors made my virtual classroom experience just as good as an in person experience. I found the instructors to be knowledgeable and facilitating. The coursework itself was challenging and relevant to today's workforce. I highly recommend Grantham University as an option to further your education."
Craig
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2020
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I decided to go to Grantham because the EET program is ABET accredited and the price of tuition was affordable. In the end it turned out to be a great choice for me because of the 8 week courses and the non-stop delivery or courses (no summer, spring or winter break). This allowed me to quickly complete my degree and in a pretty short period of time. The courses were challenging but usually enjoyable. Some instructors were better than others, this is typical for any school. Especially one that uses a lot of adjunct instructors. I was already working in the field and the completion of my degree allowed me to get promoted shortly after the degree was awarded. This university was a fantastic choice for me as a working adult with lots of previous college hours and work experience. I would recommend this university for anyone in similar circumstances."
Patty D
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"I am very pleased with my experience with Grantham. The student advisor was always prompt in responding to me and was always touching base to see if I needed anything. This was very helpful considering it had been over 30 years since graduating undergraduate school. The courses were challenging but also achievable with a super busy work and personal life. I highly recommend to anyone who is thinking about finally finishing that last hurdle to a Master's."
UnhappyWithGrantham
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Information Systems
"Grantham has recently turned to Cengage Learning for ALL course content - assignments, quizzes, reading, etc is ALL hosted by Cengage. The professors have little to nothing to do with the learning environment anymore. I have taken courses previously with Grantham and they were okay until this occurred. If I wanted to learn something from Cengage, I would have gone directly to them and NOT to Grantham. This school has turned into nothing more than something that wants to grab as much cash as it can from their students and really not provide much in return. An example of the cash grab was Grantham used to allow students to buy their books from other sources and not just Grantham's bookstore. Books often were $100 or more cheaper buying them elsewhere - Let's say that the book was selling at Grantham for $150 and you could find them for $50 elsewhere. Most students would buy them elsewhere. Well, Grantham has decided to include the books into our tuition now BUT increased tuition by $210 to accommodate for it - netting the school an additional $60 on top of the $150 they wanted for the book before. *sigh* I recommend avoiding Grantham at this point. They used to be a good school but they are nowhere near what they once were. Higher education in the US is no longer about education but is an industry and Grantham is just the latest school to take the profit model and it isn't for the better."
SW
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"Online college is what you make of it. You will never get the personal touch that you would at a brick and mortar campus. It is on you to do the reading and teach yourself. Time management is also on you. If you expect anything else, online school is not for you, no matter if it is Grantham or any other institution. I graduated in two years with an MBA taking one course at a time, using either TA or paying out of pocket. The fact that Grantham prices courses at $250/hr for military is nice. There's also a scholarship for active military that you can get once per calendar year that takes care of another course. The professors were hit or miss. Like every online school, these are "collateral duty" professors that are doing it as a side gig. Some were very involved with discussions, feedback, etc and others weren't. As noted above though, friends at other schools had similar experiences. Like some others have mentioned, I went through a number of student advisors; I think I was on number 5 by the time I graduated. Nothing was ever lost in a transition though, and I only really used them to answer a logistical question here or there or process my TA forms. In all, I learned some good information and got an MBA for a very affordable cost. Lastly, Grantham is nationally, not regionally accredited, meaning if you aren't sure you want to take it to the end, I would not go here because credits won't transfer. However, this information is readily available and advertised; if you are surprised by this when you go to transfer, it is your fault for not researching your school."
focus123
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"Online college is what you make of it. If you have trouble self-motivating or managing time, online school is not for you. Either way, you won't get the same experience you would at a live campus. Many of the downsides noted in other reviews are not unique to Grantham - my colleagues going to other military-heavy online schools have similar qualms with their programs. The professors are hit or miss. If you read their biographies, they are all doing this as a side gig, and unfortunately, they work with the material they're given. I had everything from professors who were very interactive in discussions and weekly announcements, and gave personalized feedback, to those who you never heard from except for generic feedback to coursework. Some had differing interpretations of APA requirements and their own preferences for coursework, which meant I had to "adapt" my submissions to each professor (annoying, but not like it caused me to fail). There were several tests that required the use of ProctorU, which is the world's sketchiest proctor service and brings a host of cyber-security risks with it. I have never felt more vulnerable than when I had to work with them and their add-ons and give a stranger remote access to my system. I removed all their software immediately and ran power-eraser scans on my antivirus after each use. I just wish there was a better way. The turnover of student advisers that others note was true for me as well. I was on my fifth adviser by the time I graduated, but I never had issues with stuff being lost in transitions and I didn't require any assistance from them beyond processing TA requests and answering a random question here or there. They always responded quickly to help. The fact that Grantham prices courses at the TA rate is not a bad thing; they are simply battling for business, and this is a tactic. There's also a scholarship that is open to the military to fund a fourth course each year. I finished my MBA in 2 years and only paid out of pocket for three courses, learned a fair amount to help me in my current (and future) job and got a degree to be more competitive. In all, it was a good experience. I never dealt with the financial aid office, so I cannot speak to some of the frustrations others have noted."