Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
Grand Canyon University Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Derek Harada and Sheia Dwyer are wonderful
M.S. in Professional Counseling - November 18, 2015
I am an online student at Grand Canyon University. Advisor Derek Harada is wonderful. Professor Sheia Dwyer is wonderful. Love Grand Canyon U. I am an online student in the Master of Science in Professional Counseling program at Grand Canyon University. My enrollment advisor, Derek Harada, is a wonderful enrollment advisor who gives me a phone call every week to see how I am doing in my online class. My professor, Sheia Dwyer, gave me a phone call because she was concerned that I wouldn't successfully pass the online class. Professor Sheia Dwyer is very responsive and asks thought-provoking questions during the class. This is the final week of my online class, and I am sad that the class is coming to an end. My experience as an online student at Grand Canyon University has been very positive and wonderful. I highly recommend Grand Canyon University.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good program but buyer beware.
Master of Science in Professional Counseling - November 8, 2015
If you're considering this degree program, there are several things to consider: 1) If you want a government job in counseling, don't go here. The university is not CACREP accredited and the VA requires this. Unfortunately, no adviser told me this initially. 2)Very solid curriculum. I am licensed and working in the field but please see point #1. 3) Internships are required and must meet your own State licensing requirements in the end, though you can meet the State of Arizona's to get the degree. It's a great program for people working in the field who have a network in place and have a place lined up to intern or 'real' options lined up. The internship is the student's responsibility entirely. 4)Like most colleges, GCU is a for profit institution and the online programs are a 'cash cow'. As you can tell by other reviews, they will gladly take your money if you decide to drop out or not attend after classes have started. You better be a responsible individual to do the program and don't complain about not reading their refund policies. 5) IMPORTANT - I measured their curriculum against my peers in the field and GCU is solid. Spoke to two librarian friends at major universities (U of Michigan, U. of North Carolina) and GCU has exceptional library resources. They give you most tools to be successful but the lack of CACREP accreditation is problematic. You will be prepared for your State licensing exam coming out of here if you do the work but if you are planning to work for the Federal Government, go some place else. I imagine it is just a matter of time before individual states start following the Fed's lead, so beware. Hope this helps. I had a great experience here but trying to keep it real for potential students who may not be aware of Federal licensing standards.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1,495 dollars to drop a class within the first week
M.S. in Professional Counseling - November 6, 2015
During the first full week of online classes, I tried to drop my online class and withdraw from Grand Canyon University. I was told that if I dropped my class, that I would have to pay off a 1,495 dollar balance within 3 months. Most real colleges/universities allow you to drop a class within the first 2 weeks without penalty.... Now, I am stuck and have to take this online class, even though I have significant health problems....The Grand Canyon University Policy Handbook states that students are entitled to a 75% tuition refund during Week 1. However, Grand Canyon University is threatening me, telling me that if I don't pay my balance of 1,495 dollars within 3 months, my case will go to collections
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bacelors of Science in Elementary Education - November 1, 2015
I highly recommend not going into debt getting a degree from GCU and here is why. I am a foreign educated Elementary school teacher who was required to have an American degree to teach in my state. I hold multiple bachelor degrees from another country and have taught as a teacher there for 9 years. At the time I chose GCU because they were accredited and were available for online education. I was convinced by the financial counselors there that the cost of the student loans would be able to be paid back because of the teaching salaries I would earn. I was told that because I had foreign degrees that were accredited, I could achieve an American degree in 3 years instead of 4. The truth was that even though I was a student that achieved a 3.8 GPA, it still took 4 years, the student loan kept piling up to the tune of almost 50K. I constantly found my professors far from adequate to teach these courses and my experiences with GCU staff were horrible. It required intervention many times through the years by the Dean to get continuing messes they caused cleaned up. Although I have great American references from my student teaching and a good GPA it has been over two years with no job opportunities. Lots of substitute jobs which don't pay the bills. I have excellent reviews by teachers and students and their parents but no prospects for a classroom of my own. It seems that in this field it is so political and that nepotism is running rampant. My loan interests have risen beyond the point of no return. None of these issues in this field were ever brought up by GCU. They had an extremely hard time finding a school to take me in as a student teacher as most schools were looking for student teachers from more well-known universities. Bottom line is GCU Degrees in Elementary education are not the ones you want to present to a future school for a job. They are not well looked at unless you want a charter school or work in a risky area where they are desperate to keep teachers. Save your money and look for a better institution to spend the next 4 years at. These are my opinions but this mistake will affect me the rest of my life and the debt will stay with me past retirement. You need to consider all the facts from all sources before you make these types of decisions.
Master's in counseling
M.S. in Professional Counseling - October 13, 2015
Gaining internship is very difficult to impossible. There are too many counseling students per internships. I live out of state and the places I have tried to acquire an internship told me the school needs to first inquire for their students. The schools in this state set up the chance for the students. Now I have completed all my bookwork and received a 3.1 GPA and cannot find a place to work towards an internship. University doesn't seem to care and if they care too much they no longer work for the university. I owe all this money for schooling and do not a place to complete an internship. Be careful when you go to this school if you are looking for a counselor's.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
ED in TESOL - October 8, 2015
What a great experience! Approximately 44% of students starting a bachelor's or master's degree will not finish! That is a sad fact! It requires great effort, study and commitment to complete a degree program. Unfortunately, those who do not see it through need to vent. They use this website as an outlet for their frustrations. If you take the time to view many of the colleges' reviews (regardless of which college or university you choose), you will see that almost half are negative reviews. This is in line with the 44% failure/drop out rate I was talking about earlier. GCU is no different. My experience has been wonderful. I was an online student that finished a master's in education. Immediately I saw my pay increase over $10,000 annually. Many of the frustrated individuals that could not hack the requirements and want to blame the university for their failures don't seem to understand that GCU is a respected regionally accredited university that provides an excellent education. Had they 'stuck it out' they would have realized that.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Grand Canyon University equals University of Phoenix plus God and Cheerleaders.
English Literature - September 27, 2015
You will never get into any graduate school in any sort of a traditional degree like English, Sociology, History, or Anthropology because you don’t learn the same things at GCU that the students are apparently studying at the regular schools. So your only option is to get your Master’s degree from GCU too or go to University Of Phoenix or Walden or one of the online schools to get one of their degrees and then hope you can get a job teaching at one of the online schools because regular colleges are never going to hire you to teach at a regular college with a degree from GCU or University Of Phoenix. So just hope that University Of Phoenix and GCU floods the market with so many graduates that finally someone will let you into graduate school. Even if the other schools would let you in they would probably realize you don’t know anything pretty quickly then kick you out. The employees constantly change at GCU and the “professors” are not permanent and you end up dealing with a bunch of GCU graduates as your teachers and they work for GCU too, so that is how you get your degree. Forget going to conferences and stuff like that – it isn’t happening. It is basically like a giant University Of Phoenix thing with Christianity and cheerleaders mixed in so that it appeals to parents and kids who have tens of thousands of dollars to throw away on a sort of fake degree.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
GCU unprofessional, pedantic, nursing instructors
Nursing - August 15, 2015
The BSN degree program suffers from multiple weaknesses. Below are some of the sophomoric behaviors of these instructors: -Instructors deduct significant points for exceeding word count with no notice. -Students are forced to work in groups where the other group members drop out without notice or warning and being responsible for the missing work. -The "spirituality" class which is a thinly disguised Christian fundamentalist xenophobic oratory. -Teaching assistants making corrections on style supposedly to the APA- in opposition to what the APA blog specifically clarifies as the proper method (this writer has an MA in English Literature, and degrees in 2 other subjects as well) -Reading assignments are often egregiously overloaded, obvious attempts to cover the reported curriculum and not actually addressing the issues. -Disrespect by a number of the instructors to working, experienced, intelligent, well established RNs, which goes against the very issues concerning validation of nurses' experience and value as addressed in the courses. -Obvious errors supposedly covered by "that was a mistake you were supposed to find"- rather questionable, given the experience If you use this program, you will learn about the issues covered. But if you put true effort and spirit into the course, you will have a lot of frustrations. Be advised to look at GCUs settled litigations, (misrepresentation of job placement- federal fines of $5M), and other issues which may be found by "Googling" 'GCU complaints' or 'GCU instructor problems'. If you want a quick (though intense) course, then this fits that category, but I will not be pursuing my MSN here, nor do I recommend this program for a decent overall learning experience. Good luck, don't let them push you around (funny how the worst of the instructors list 'anti-bullying' as one of their foci) and caveat emptor, and spread the word- together, we can combat these disgraceful institutions. Oh, and by the way, to those who might thing this is “sour grapes”: I have a 4.0 average- strong 4.0. This review is for fair warning based on many years of real life expectancy of educational programs. -k
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Masters of Education in Elementary Education - May 22, 2015
This University is 100% about money and doing whatever it takes to get your money in their pockets. One of their enrollment counselors visited my school and completely lied about the cost of tuition for a degree. I enrolled at the school and was about to begin classes when I read over some fine print that the counselor had glossed over and discovered that I didn't actually qualify for a grant he has promised me and guaranteed me I would qualify for. This doubled the cost of tuition and I was so outraged that I called his boss to report this. She didn't seem bothered at all that he had directly lied to me. Needless to say I dropped out as fast as possible and began attending a real school where counselors were very honest and helpful instead of salesmen trying to close a deal. Also, you will never ever be able to reach you student service adviser. I called this person often and she never answered the phone or returned any of my messages.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a good School
Christian Studies - May 2, 2015
I am at the tail end of my Bachelors degree at Grand Canyon University. I have been an online student the whole time. I have had a very good experience. I have had conscientious advisors who have responsible directed me in the student loan department. I have not been encouraged to borrow all I can. They have worked with me to make wise decisions all along. The classes have been decent and worthy. Yet, I admit there are some classes I would have preferred not to take but I would probably say that at any University. Since I have been on the Den's List this whole time I have been here, I can not really give any information on tutoring services. I have passed each class with either an A or B. The Instructors are great and will generally work with anyone wiling to apply themselves. I had health issues that forced me to take a couple months off and I got alot of support. I have never been made to feel like a number. It is apparent that there is general care about my success at GCU, what more can anyone ask? I was told that my review would not be excepted if I scored GCU a ten so I was forced to lie to give it a smaller rating. I believe that GCU is worth a ten star rating. Name one perfect school! In my opinion Grand Canyon is darn close.
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