Grand Canyon University

Review Averages: 5.7 out of 10 (270 reviews)
Ranking: #68

Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona is a private Christian school awarding degrees for campus-based and online learning. Dozens of bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available in the following areas: business, education, liberal arts, and nursing & health sciences. GCU’s degree programs can be completed in two years or less.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
For-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bachelor of Psychology
Business Administration - December 9, 2017
I have been attending GCU for almost a year in their online program. You have two people that assist you continuously through your study: your academic adviser and school counselor. In my experience, they both are pretty consistent in their availability and promptness in responding to any of my needs. Classes are through Loud Cloud, which is an easy program to use. The books are predominately an e-book that you get free through the class site, but those not covered are easily purchased as an e-book through online vendors (thank you Crtl+F for quick searches btw). To be brutally honest, some of my classmates have been clearly academically disadvantaged and are probably getting their grades at a steal... reading their posts hurt my feelings at times because I am producing college level work and theirs resembles a high school students challenged attempt at sentence structure and spelling. That being said, the course content is very strong and the class format has a higher focus on comprehension of the content rather than just a study and test format. Papers are required, but they are rather short (less than 2000 words) and geared at helping you show what you've learned. If you take the online program, you can guaranteed do well as long as you consistently meet deadlines and follow the grading rubrics. The teachers are very hit or miss, but I have had a couple that were awesome. Some professors were clearly just there to grade and post bogus responses though. I have been just ignoring the negatives and focusing on my own work and learning the subject. Hope this helps! :)

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good luck
Nursing - October 12, 2017
I am still currently in the RN-BSN program. I did not do my research and now I am stuck in this program. It is not like a traditional university where you can withdraw at the beginning.... but they don't tell you that. When you sign up you are signing a contract!!!! They do not care about you. They care about getting your money. I have had a terrible experience with my advisor. I told her how I work full time nights and to please to to call me after 3pm, yet she calls me every single day at 2pm. The only way to get communication across is to email them because then it is a legal document. The tech support has been great. They are polite and prompt and very helpful so kudos to them. As for everything else.... When I signed up for the program they were very misleading and told me the program was set up so that I could work and go to school. I definitely got more than I bargained for. This program has been nothing but stress and I had the opportunity to talk to some of my other classmates during our CLC group projects and they expressed the same thing. I truly believe there are better schools out there. Make sure you do your research and read the fine print before you sign because otherwise you will be surprised by all the stuff they didn't tell you upfront. Good luck.

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stay away
Master of Science in Professional Counseling - August 18, 2017
I am about 1/2 way done with the online portion of the Masters in Counseling program. That being said I also hold an MBA, a teaching certificate and undergrad degree in finance. (I'm not stupid). This is the most frustrating program I've ever worked with. The other classmates seem to be on a different level- a much lower academic level. There is a huge amount of copying that goes on for weekly question posting. Once your answer is posted its free game for anyone to copy and re-word as their own work, there is no recourse. I am also well versed in APA format, some facilitators (I hesitate to call them professors) give full credit on APA while others will take off points for APA formatting. I've been using APA for over 10 years and my format certainly doesn't change from class to class. Some assignments are pointless, I am currently in PCN-515 and most weekly papers are personal essays yet these require references? I've had classes where weekly 'papers' are simply outlines and the entire class focuses on how to write a research paper outline, rough draft, final draft etc- in a graduate level program I would expect people to know how to assemble a 'paper'. No assignment has required more than 2000 words. Other classes have multiple powerpoints and not papers. I also realize this is a Christian University but I am not in the Christian counseling program, many of the classes have a strong religious overtone to them, which is off-putting to a secular person. Honestly- this program takes very little effort- less than 3 hours a week and I have over a 3.8 GPA. If I had to do this over again, I would pick a different online program.

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
GCU Student Instructors are Terrible
Healthcare Informatics - July 2, 2017
I have been taking graduate courses for Healthcare Informatics at GCU for the last year or so, and have maintained a 3.9 GPA.... Thta seems like it may be changing though as GCU has an annoying habit of randomly assigning "Student Instructors" to these courses in order to save money. This is a problem because these are just students as well, and oftentimes do not fully grasp what they are supposed to be teaching, and end up trying to overcompensate for this by pretending to be a Road Scholar, or something. That is fine by me, but becomes a problem when you get one that is overly harsh in their grading of your work. I realize that a strict teacher is not something that can really be complained about, in fact it might be a good thing, but it IS a concern when they start taking points off of your work for little things that you KNOW you did correctly because they don't even know what they are talking about. Case in point, my current instructor is constantly riding me like Seabiscuit about my APA formatting, and references for projects, but she obviously has no clue about APA formatting herself, and seems to be just making it up as she goes along. I KNOW APA format like the back of my hand, but she finds something wrong in almost every sentence of every paragraph of my papers. So, I submit a solid 'A' paper, and when she finally gets around to grading it, I end up with a 'C-' because she is confused. Also, there does not appear to be any recourse for an online student to complain about an instructor available from GCU, and their mentality is basically, Oh Well, we got your money so tough luck. Maybe you should have thought of that before you enrolled. As well, you are almost ALWAYS directed to contact your Student Advisor about troubles with the school, but they are really just a switchboard to direct you to somewhere else, and after a while you get tired of being ping ponged back and forth by people who obviously do not care at all. The "system" (stretching that word) in place at GCU seems to have ZERO to do with helping you learn, and more to do with getting your tuition payments, and I am seriously considering dropping out now, even though I am only 3 courses from completion.. I have to warn anyone who is considering this institution to BEWARE, once they get your money, they no longer give a hoot about you!!

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good learning experience
Nursing - May 21, 2017
I completed RN-to-BSN in GCU. Currently. I am working on my MSN. My experience with GCU is very positive. The course materials are up-to-date and related to my work. If you make your efforts in reading all materials and completing all assignments, you will learn a lot. I am very happy to have the opportunity to recharge myself. What makes my learning experience even better is that my company pays 80% of my tuition.

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Better Options Out There
Master's of Education in Secondary Education - March 30, 2017
The enrollment process was a nightmare. And then I was bounced between two different counselors who never told me the same thing. My professor was non-existent as he felt free to access YouTube videos were an acceptable substitution for teaching. Vague directions with specific expectations. Just not a positive support network. I stayed for one class and then left as quickly as I could. They charged me nearly $2,000 without applying financial aid for a non-education with an absent professor. Sounds fair, right?

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
DNP Student Not Allowed to Graduate
Doctor of Nursing Praactice - March 25, 2017
Since internal review board (IRB) approvals for each student's capstone project have taken such a long time for GCU to complete - many students in the DNP program have been forced to take additional extension courses in order to initiate, complete, write-up, and submit their Capstone projects. Extension courses cost almost $2,000 each. Additionally, the program now requires DNP students to have their Capstone project reviewed and edited by a professional editor which costs another $3,000 to $5,000. The DNP students are further required to stipulate that their editors submit an affidavit to the school attesting to what they changed or recommended be changed. Many students are stress out and contemplating leaving the program as many believe GCU will never allow them to graduate. Students considering this DNP program should do their due diligence, they may never be allowed to graduate.

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Level of students is VERY low
M.S. in Professional Counseling - December 21, 2016
I had to take 3 courses in GCU to obtain my permanent license to practice since I wasn't trained in the US. I don't like online classes because I don't get half as much as I would attending an actual class. But I didn't have the time to go to a campus and this was more practical. The level of expectations from the teachers was very low - I could read the crap, non-sense, stupidity that most students would write and they would still get full points. No argument, proper reasoning and everyone sharing their own personal struggles to use as examples - who cares, this is not your personal therapy or space to vent! Not only that, a lot of times some students who were commenting just to get points and had no real clue about what they were writing, would basically repeat what I was saying in their comment - copy my ideas - and get full points. I don't know what kind of professionals these people will be but the intelligence/academic level of the students is VERY low and they still get the grades to pass. SO many times have I wanted to correct them or tell them off for copying my ideas, but I just had to bite my tongue. They are just dumb and some of their comments were just plain BS bla bla with no real content, bad writing skills (bad English as well), and no logic, and beneath any university-standard I have ever seen. Teachers in the 3 courses have been very nice, accessible and knowledgeable and admin in the university as well, very helpful and quick to reply each time. The actual content of the course is pretty complete and interesting. It's the type of students that bring the quality down. But if you make an effort and focus on yourself then it should be ok. The other day I met someone who was also enrolled in GCU with a different program who told me she felt the exact same way. I'm sorry to sound harsh but I wanted to be helpful to others by writing this review.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome experience
Nursing - December 7, 2016
I graduated from GCU's online BSN program in 2014. My experience was great! It was very time consuming but I loved the shortened classes. I chose a different school for my MSN simply because I wanted a slower pace for a while. I am about to graduate with my MSN in education and will be returning to GCU for my DNP. I have found over the last few years that most of those who complain did not put 100% into the program. I had great instructors and my advisor was excellent. She was faithful to call me every 5 weeks and she also would change me out of a class to a different instructor if I wanted someone in particular. School is not easy and it is not a free ride. I spent upwards of 20 hours a week on school work during my BSN education but I learned so much. I know the DNP will not be easy and it may make me insane but I will dedicate as much time to it as is necessary to be successful. I recommend GCU. If you are having a hard time or don't have a great advisor, request another one. You are paying them so they work for you. Be sure and ask questions and make sure you understand the rules and regulations. This is adult education and we have to be responsible adults and own it.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I/O PhD program
Industrial and Organizational Psychology - November 15, 2016
I have been a student at GCU since the summer of 2015. With any school, it has its positives and negatives. I have two bachelors and two masters from different schools. At any rate, the campus is absolutely beautiful. I'm sorry that many of have not had a good experience with school; however, I have had just the opposite. The professors are like professors at any other school I've attended, the positive and the so-so. I have not come across any professors who wasn't there to answer my questions when needed. I have participated in 8 classes and 1 residency. I've learned a lot and all the classes are coming together to where I better understand what I'm shooting for in the program. Some of the material is slightly dated; however, we are research students and researching is paramount to our success in the program and completing our dissertation. The curriculum is spelled out and it's not difficult to understand, at least for me. There are two discussion questions, the first one is due no later than Saturday at 11:59pm (Phoenix time) and the second one is due no later than Monday at 11:59pm (Phoenix time). Three responses are due to fellow students and/or to the professors' questions on three separate days. I do not understand how confusing that process could be. Normally, the initial question response and response to either the professor or other students is between 150 - 250 word count with at least one reference and in-text citation. Again not difficult to understand. All documents state this school uses APA format and again, this is something that a student should have learned in high school, if not during their bachelors' program, especially if they had to write papers. Even with my most difficult class (Statistics), the professor provided great help and I pulled an A out of the class. I am not a numbers person. The professor provided his personal phone number and email for any of us who needed extra help. and boy did I need extra help. To be honest, when we enter college life, we should not expect a babysitter because professors are not there a day camp. Loud Cloud appears to be stable and since starting last year, I have run into only two problems. One were Turnitin was down nation-wide for a day or two; however, we were kept up to date of the process. And the second were, my assignments would not attach but we came up with a work-around to ensure our assignments was submitted in a timely manner. I cannot speak on student loans that some many others have spoken about because I have not used it; though, I was told that it was a requirement to submit the FALSA (or however that's abbreviated) paperwork even though I told them I wouldn't be using student loans. I have been paying every month out of pocket and hope at the end, the government will not chase me down to repay something I never used. I supposed I had better verify with my student advisor.

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Old Comments

Dec. 2, 2010, 7:57 p.m.
-3 votes/
GCU is higher ranked than Utah State University, Weber State University and Southern Utah University and is as highly ranked as BYU and the University of Utah! That is the truth like it or not. By the way you said "If someone comes into my office to interview for a job,...." You don't have an office anymore since you were "released" from GCU a year ago! Remember? LOL!!!!
Dec. 2, 2010, 7:14 p.m.
+3 votes/
Who is the person insulting all schools in Utah? Seriously? Who would honestly choose GCU over BYU or the University of Utah? Those are great schools. Please stop with your uneducated attacks on other schools. 
If someone comes into my office to interview for a job, I value an education from a reputable school over an online degree from Strayer, GCU, Phoenix, etc.. It's not even close. 
And onto a more familiar comparison I would attend ASU or UofA over GCU. It's like comparing the Lakers to the Clippers.
Dec. 2, 2010, 3:32 a.m.
+2 votes/
I have my master's degree from GCU! I loved my educational experience! The curriculum and instruction along with outstanding professors made it a great choice. I also have graduated from a large public university (UCLA) which is far, far academically superior to that Utah State College you attended! So don't try to tell me about GCU and public universities 'Buddy'!
Dec. 2, 2010, 3:24 a.m.
+3 votes/
You are either unaware of what really happens at public universities or you are lying. Simply google the name of pretty much any university  and the phrase "pending law suits' and you will see a long list including everything from misappropriation of funds to discrimination! I pay taxes to support those types of activities? We should be outraged! You, on the other hand want to fool us into believing that your 'crusade' against GCU has nothing to do with your agenda and personal gain! You may think we don't see what you are attempting to do but we do! You have posted over thirty negative posts in this forum and numerous fake negative reviews over the past year!
Dec. 1, 2010, 11:52 p.m.
+7 votes/
I feel like Grand Canyon University is out to screw its students. There were too many lies in the recruiting process. I wonder if they train their enrollment counselor recruiters to lie. In my mind they are unethical in the way they do business. It's not like it is a public university. They make money off of us and it all starts with the way they tell you what you want to here so you'll chose their school;Then you're stuck and it's hell trying to fix the problems.
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:16 p.m.
+1 vote/
I have seen administrative service be poor at another university. I attended and graduated from a state university in California. The service was WORSE than GCU. That is no excuse however. They do need to improve administratively. That being said, the curriculum is strong, the professors are very good and the educational experience is great at GCU! I highly recommend this university!
Dec. 1, 2010, 5:28 p.m.
+2 votes/
This is an understatement. I haven't seen such poor service to students at another school. Maybe one day the school will get their act together and treat the students as a priority. Until then, I'll never attend Grand Canyon University.
Dec. 1, 2010, 6:05 a.m.
+1 vote/
I really enjoy the online experience this college has to offer; however I do not feel that the administration is as focused as the educators are. I use the military tuition assistance and it is free money for the military. They  do not even take the appropiate steps to obtain this money correctly. I hope to finish at this institution, time will tell.
Nov. 27, 2010, 3:14 a.m.
-1 vote/
Did you know that GCU is more highly rated than EVERY UTAH STATE COLLEGE according to Profiles of American Colleges 2011 (29th Edition)? Well, now you know! (How is that Utah State College degree serving you? Not so good I assume!)
Oct. 25, 2012, 11:38 p.m.
0 votes/
Why are so many comparing GCU to just Utah colleges instead of colleges across the nation?  Without comparing, I can tell you that the staff is a joke.  I have an academic scholarship at GCU and am on the Dean's list.  But because I dropped just one class (to be taken at a later time), I lost my scholarship, and got fined $500.00 for dropping the class.
Dec. 6, 2012, 10:45 p.m.
+1 vote/
Grand Canyon University is a horrible school. I attended the University since 2009. I have passed majority of my classes, but up till this year I started to struggle. I work 70 hours a week plus I was doing my homework and going to class. THe instructor's happen to be horrible and they do not care about the student, only the money that they can make from teaching the class. The instructor said I plagiarized material. I never did I used my resources and did everything in my power to be honest with my homework. The instructor had something against me from DAY 1. Because I stated I'm against the bigotry of the tea party and the republicans. This instructor happens to be a Republican and was offended. I felt I was discriminated against.
Dec. 4, 2012, 1:40 a.m.
+1 vote/
This school has no right calling itself a "Christian" school. It is the furthest thing from it. All they care about is money and the professors are horrible. Do yourself a favor and find a different school 
Nov. 29, 2012, 4:36 p.m.
+1 vote/
My MEd was accepted by the State of California and my school district. The university is regionally accredited (Higher Learning Commission) since 1968 and was awarded a 10 year accreditation in 2007 (good to 2017). That is the longest possible renewal.   
Nov. 28, 2012, 7:10 p.m.
0 votes/
Hello, I am curious if any graduates of GCU's Bachlors in Elementry Ed program could help me by verifying they were able to be accredited after receiving their degree. Please also note the state you are accredited in. Thank you, very appreciated. 
Nov. 14, 2012, 3:26 p.m.
+1 vote/
There are two sides to every story. I would like to hear her version and what the university has to say. Just remember that they deserve to have their story told as well. There is no reason what so ever that we should just take your word as the truth. 
Nov. 13, 2012, 5:45 a.m.
0 votes/
GCU has recently kicked me out for a short term because of false accusations. They know I'm innocent because their is no proof what so ever that what this girl said i did. I have no record what so ever, never been in trouble and I am a pre med student so they are with holding me from my classes because they know I wont be able to catch up on time from missing 2 weeks of school so ill have to drop my classes for this semester and start all over. It sucks beiing a pre med student. GCU IS TERRIBLE!!! they only care about your money! only about their image! they dont want to deal with me because they know im innocent and can prove it and they dont want me to make a big deal about it so im not allowed to talk to anyone yet. 
Nov. 9, 2012, 6:28 p.m.
-1 vote/
Well, well, well! It is the former employee that was 'let go' by GCU. This clown has posted 80% of all of the negative posts. Do not be fooled by his propaganda! I would believe 'Big Bob' and 'Claudia' and other former students rather than this fool.
Nov. 9, 2012, 5:59 a.m.
-1 vote/
To Scootman78 comment - You're right on!  Grand Canyon University is all about taking in Title IV funding, enrolling as many students (cattle herding is more like it), and making sure every cent is stolen from the individuals wishing to heighten their intellectual journey.  In return, the student(s) receive poor communication from the college after enrolled, lack of a learning platform, many "technical problems," loan overcharges, ledger mistakes in their favor of course, and what's more, you truly come away with feeling lied/cheated to, you're a number not a student, and $54,000.00+ in debt for a negative experience with the credibility of attending a degree-mill college.  

My advice to anyone entertaining attending GCU, don't do it!  Simply put, GCU - Grand Canyon University should be dubbed Grand Scheme Artists.
Nov. 2, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
0 votes/
I am in the military and found my experience at GCU has been absolutely the best...  From the prompt and attentive financial counselor to the supportive and encouraging assistance I've received from the enrollment counselor.  The classes are challenging and the professors stimulate thoughtful learning, and they understand and have worked with me when I had military obligations.  For those of you considering this school, everyone has their own individual experience... some positive, some negative.  Mine has been very positive!  Do your research.  I don't think you'll regret coming to GCU.  I am always recommending people to consider GCU.
Oct. 27, 2012, 2:29 a.m.
-1 vote/
So what? Who cares? You knew that you couldn't drop a class and maintain the scholarship. That would be your fault! Accept the blame since you deserve to be blamed. You and Carol are exactly the same......finger pointers!
Oct. 27, 2012, 2:25 a.m.
0 votes/
No one is comparing GCU to Utah public colleges. I see one post that says Utah public colleges suck! It must have something to do with that one chump that graduated from a Utah state college and took a job paying about half of what the average college grad makes. He posted dozens of times in this forum under many different names complaining about GCU because the university let him go. 
Oct. 25, 2012, 8:27 p.m.
0 votes/
It is my opinion that Utah public universities suck!
Oct. 19, 2012, 12:11 a.m.
0 votes/
This is my second time attending GCU and I am disappointed again! First time I was not awarded credits for two classes and discussed the points/grades with teacher and they refused to budge on 2 points away from a D. The second time (yes I like a dummy went back to GCU)they took my money for a class for a upper / senior classman I was not supposed to be in this class! Yet I was charged for the class and I am having a hard time getting my funds reversed.  I discussed this class with my Academic Counselor and he discussed with his supervisor who said no she cannot take this class with out taking the pre-requisite. Yet here i am trying to get my hard earned money back. I have been given the run around..I left a message for the Dean who has not returned my call but passed it on to another Academic Counselor! How can GCU justify placing me in a class that I was not eligible to be in..Oh and I posted my bio so one post....and GCU took $500 !  

Also I work with a lady who experienced the same thing she was so many points away from a D and she flunked then GCU turns around and places her into the same class ! So now she is paying twice for the same class!

Grand Canyon University is not a christian college, the teachers are not knowledgeable, or christian, the college is a rip-off! 
Sept. 13, 2012, 6:54 p.m.
+1 vote/
The facts are:

1. GCU was a traditional brick and mortar university for the first 55 years. It struggled for most of that time financially. For the past 8 years it has used the for-profit model and has been hyper-successful.
2. GCU is investing $100 million dollars in building projects to construct a new humanities building as well as two new dorms. 
3. This investments does not include the tens of millions already invested in new buildings that have gone up in the last four or five years. 
4. GCU is a traditional brick and mortar with an online program and a for-profit model. It has been a very successful change for the university in my opinion.
5. The university will continue to grow at an incredible pace. GCU = successful grads going on to do big things. Take it from big bob.   
Sept. 8, 2012, 9:11 p.m.
-1 vote/
In the beginning GCU was all for students they will call you and check on you to see how you were doing. Then bam after a while when they think you got it they will not answer your call, financial counseors didn't have any knowledge in what they were doing! They have stolen my money that the VA was paying towards my tution. The act as if they didn't recieve the funds from the VA but luckily the VA sends me an email and a letter of for every payment they make to the school. Once I confronted the school and let them know that I have a reciept from VA they all of a sudden find and trace the money. Please pray and think twice this school isn't all that they cracked up to be. They say it's a christian school but how can christians steal students money?!! They refuse to give me the full amount of my pell grant even when I made all A's. Think twice about coming to this ragly lying school!!
Sept. 5, 2012, 5:55 p.m.
+1 vote/
You should read up on things before speaking! The post on August 27 is correct. Eighty percent of the top 25 universities in this country are private; not public! Public education is falling apart in this country. I would attend a private university especially since they are so giving with scholarships. I bet you didn't even know that GCU has given out millions in scholarship money to needy kids that cannot afford any college including public. It is a real shame that people such as yourself post in forums like this without really knowing a damn thing!
Aug. 27, 2012, midnight
+1 vote/
On August 14th Stephanie wrote:
" Go to a REAL state school, unless you want to be working as a server the rest of your life." State schools are ridiculous. To begin with, they are currently suffering through the worst cut-backs ever! A degree which should take four years to earn takes six!Faculty lay-offs are common place. Tuition went up 30% in one year alone here in California! It is no mistake that only four of the top twenty five universities are Private, not Public! My suggestion is to attend a private university. Plenty of students attending private universities receive complete (or at least partial) tuition remission. Do not follow Stephanie's advice. 
Aug. 14, 2012, 9:36 p.m.
-1 vote/
Online schools are a joke. You will never get the same quality education that you would at a brick-and-mortar university. Keep telling yourself that it is convenient for your busy schedule.
Aug. 14, 2012, 9:33 p.m.
+1 vote/
I have about 8 friends that graduated with their Bachelors or Masters from GCU and they are all about as smart and driven as a 2-ton boulder. Who is guiding you people in high school? What guidance counselor would actually condone going to this school? My friend, with his joke of an MBA from the school, never had to take his GRE or GMAT to get in. No thesis, no research! He spent 3 days working on a "Capstone" project. 

This school will accept ANYONE!? Why do people always take the easy route. Go to a REAL state school, unless you want to be working as a server the rest of your life. This world will be a better place once GCU and UofPhoenix shut down.
Aug. 9, 2012, 10:09 p.m.
0 votes/
Horrible school.The Education is ok, easy to pass with no real learning involved but if there are any problems then you will get no help from the counselors. The school is only worries about your money! I mean my academic counselor does nothing to help me when I have a question and they do not even call back most of the time when you leave a message. Even my financial counselor takes all the time in the world to do one thing and I still have to call back constantly to have something completed, oh but if my payment is one day late they call me! You can see where there real priorities are. I mean I do not mind the school work and one must be on top of the work in order to do good in the classes. All I can say is this school is NOT Christian. 
Aug. 8, 2012, 6:06 p.m.
0 votes/
GCU's education program (MEd) was great! It has made me a better educator. I was able to advance in my field and have raised my income considerably since graduating.  I would highly recommend GCU to my colleagues. 
July 20, 2012, 8:27 p.m.
+3 votes/
I think some students get into college only for the refund checks, you need to pass your classes people! When I started online my finance counselor emailed me everything I needed to know about paying for my classes, my loans, and financial ramifications I could face if I didn't do my part as a student--which is aim to succeed in classes.  It's one class at a time, no one is there to micromanage you at all, it's you doing the work and getting the grades.  It's college people, take some responsibility for YOUR loans! I went to community college first to save money, then a state school for my 4 year degree, and I am now in a Grad program at GCU.  I don't borrow more than what I need to pay my tuition and fees to the penny.  This saves me over $4k per semester not including all the interest that would be added.  I am able to work a full-time job while continuing my education.  Financial Aid should not be used as a crutch. GCU also has a campus where you can attend live classes and hybrid classes. Majority of those who complain probably didn't do their due diligence for themselves, which is sad, and then go on to blame everyone else, which is more sad. 
July 11, 2012, 6:52 a.m.
0 votes/
I graduated from GCU with my Masters degree about 2 years ago.  Where I seen trouble was with the academic counselors and office staff. The communications was nearly nonexistent. It seemed almost every semester I had a new counselor and no way to get a hold of them. From an online student's point of view this was very stressful. I got a chance to visit the campus on my last year attending. I requested to visit my counselor face to face. I was told this request was unable to be granted to me. The reasons were bizarre and unreasonable. Considering I lived over 900 miles away I was disappointed, but on a high note I did get to see one of my instructors and he even took the time to meet me on campus just to give me a book for my class.  As for the faculty and students it was a great experience. They push for group participation and I've never written more papers in life until I attend these classes.
Another side issue is on student alumni, considering more and more students are online and spread out around the world this group should try to be active, or become a great point of contact for those choosing a career path that requires networking. Sadly, at GCU this is nearly nonexistent and a great example of this is on the GCU board on Please go and see for yourself. 
I'm not saying GCU is a bad college, but I am I'm saying there are area's which they could reach out and improve. 
If you are a GCU alumni remember your connection doesn't stop after you walk off the stage with your diploma in hand. There are people just like you needing help in finding the doors to their career dreams.
Personally I wish I was an academic counselor guiding people to reach there goals and dreams. I believe this would be a reward in it's self.
May 29, 2012, 10:58 a.m.
0 votes/
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May 22, 2012, 3:01 a.m.
+1 vote/
I HATE this school. The online classes are awful. The program they use is not user friendly and probably the cheapest program they could buy. I have been to 4 community colleges in my long academic career and all of those schools have used better more user friendly online programs. The other issue is the online 
"participation requirements." You have to have discussions X amount of times a day with classmates, but the classmates barely speak English which makes having conversations, let alone discussions, impossible. I do not feel I am getting a good education, but I'm just going to be a teacher, educating the minds of tomorrow so who really cares. I fear I will not be prepared. Also I hate the administration. Almost all my teachers have been wonderful understanding helpful people but the admin is really just out to get your money. And the turnover at that place is CRAZY! I have not even been here a year and they have already tried to steal my money with ridiculous rules they say someone told me about. Its just nonsense. I am looking for a new college because GCU is a joke. It makes me so angry what this school is going to America, giving degrees to people who cannot even punctuate or write properly. No wonder America is a joke to the rest of the world. If you actually care about what you will be doing with your life, if you are looking to get an education that will make you good at your career, look elsewhere. This school is just one big headache.
April 25, 2012, 2:31 a.m.
0 votes/
I am about to finish my BA. I transferred from a community college and I have to say I am very disappointed. I have been through 5 academic advisers and 3 financial advisers. That is not even my biggest complaint!  My biggest complaint is how they force us to interact with people who should not be there.  These students cannot write at a college level and post the most horrific responses I have ever seen in my life on a message board.  Then, we have these group assignments and I have to rewrite the entire thing because of my group members' inability to follow simple instructions or write at a college level. I am terrified of one day having to work side by side with someone who graduated from GCU as I know now that they refuse fail people who are writing at a 1st grade level.  No joke!  Do not go here if you want to stimulated or engage in any type of intellectual conversation.  
April 12, 2012, 9:23 p.m.
+2 votes/
Gcu is a supposed christian college that only cares for profit. If you are looking for a school with christian values do not go here, its just a credit mill.
March 22, 2012, 5:52 a.m.
0 votes/
Please do not attend this horrible university! You will be in debt up to your neck with a worthless degree. My experience with this school has been nothing but a headache.
March 21, 2012, 2:13 a.m.
0 votes/
Personally, I love the school as a whole. It has a nice a atmosphere, the class sizes are manageable, and there a lot of other factors that lead this school to be a school with a heart like God's.

The one thing that I could say, is that the counselors are terrible. They are usually fresh graduates from the same school, and most of them don't give a crap about our schedules and classes. 
If GCU could change this, then I wouldn't be complaining.  
Feb. 21, 2012, 12:26 p.m.
-1 vote/
Best college ever! In my final MBA class (on-line), and the experience has been great. Took me 18 months to complete, and I am done. Some of the classes were challenging, but it's what you put into it.
Feb. 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
0 votes/
I have been a student at GCU for over a year now. When I started I admit the classes where a bit easy. However, now that I'm taking upper level classes I'm being challenged and pushed. I earned a degree in Media Studies from a small Midwestern university (on campus) about 10 years ago. I would compare the two colleges to be on par with one another. I would say the majority of what you read on the web is true. That being said I would be more inclined to complain then to encourage. I call it "The Bad Meal Syndrome" Your more inclined to go out of your way to complain about a bad meal or service you had at a cafe then to go out of your way to compliment it. Could bad things happen to you if you attend GCU????? Sure..... If you work hard and study will you earn a degree you can use in the real world????? Yes you will. 
Feb. 9, 2012, 1:35 a.m.
0 votes/
I love this and I just started. My professor is so nice and she takes a lot of time with her students. I will finish and get my degree from Grand Canyon University.
Jan. 30, 2012, 10:35 p.m.
+8 votes/
HORRIBLE!!  Do NOT start here!  I feel most of the online reviews do are posted by people who work for this diploma factory.  I went to a real college for a while, and the quality of this institution is not even close!  I have had nothing but problems with GCU.  From contacting my academic advisor to the experience I have had with the financial aid department--everyone is not helpful and just after your money.  I met someone who actually stayed in the online classes until she received her diploma, and she had so much trouble finding a job.  Graduate schools also wouldn't admit her even though GCU is "accredited."  Do not fall for this trap like I did!  

This is the worst experience and biggest headache I have ever encountered.  Stay far, far away!!!
Jan. 29, 2012, 6:18 p.m.
-2 votes/
Keep up the great non peer reviews.  This is why I love it at Grand Canyon University.  No sweating from me...I would say god bless but look at what you are and the students you have.
Jan. 22, 2012, 1:38 p.m.
+4 votes/
Any company is only as good as the people who work there.  To me, that means each campus will vary, as will each college. The Tucson NP program is notably weighted down by extremely poor Administration, the Incredible Revolving Door of Academic Counselors (a new one every month!), previously described (in many forums) financial aid nightmares, and being under the thumb of control of the Phoenix Campus NP college administrators.   Despite the rhetoric, they DO NOT find your clinical or practicum sites, so good luck on that, competing with ASU residents and nursing students, and all the other for-profit nursing schools. The new administrators (about every 8 months) cannot provide ready answers because they haven't been there long enough to really know the policies, and they have to check with Phoenix on EVERYthing, so you spend literally weeks in limbo on critically time-sensitive issues.  If you looked in the bogs of Scotland in the winter, you could not find a worse quagmire to taint your life and leave your cold hard body (and cash) on the Banks of Deception. All the more sad, because you and your classmates start bright and motivated, and some of the instructors too, but by halfway through, we all just contemplate educational suicide, but we can't transfer more than 9 hours and the debt is still screwed up by a clerk with seemingly a GED from a Charter school.   So beware the GCU fast-talking enrollment machine, financial faux-aid,  and bi-polar administration if you are contemplating the GCU NP Few Years of Misery tour.  
Jan. 22, 2012, 5:51 a.m.
+1 vote/
My personal experience with Grand Canyon was horrible. The customer service department are there to destroy your finances and get all the money they are able to steal out of your pockets, it seems that you don't have any rights or respect as student. If you have a problem, you spend days trying to reach for somebody. When I tried to get tuition reimbursement I spend months trying to get the papers I needed from them and everything they sent to me was wrong. Advisers and the majority of workers don't stay long, you are always talking with somebody new . Some instructors are good, but many others want you to do complex work with very little explanation or guidance. 
Jan. 15, 2012, 4:04 a.m.
-3 votes/
I find it ironic that so much negativity makes it to the internet and yet the positive aspects of a company are forgotten.

I have worked from the time I was thirteen. GCU has far surpassed any other company for whom I was employed. While they have their issues, as ALL companies do, they work hard to improve employee and student experience using the CONSTRUCTIVE feedback provided them.

Companies are entities of change and anytime something alters the student, staff and faculty body throws a fit. It is absolutely ridiculous.

Aside from being employed at this company I am also earning a Graduate degree. The work load is heavy and not for the feint of imagination. While you are required to pay taxes on your degree the University does offer an incredible tuition program for employees who qualify. How do you qualify? You work for GCU longer than 90 days and you do your job.

The amount of complaining in this forum is indescribably juvenile. If you want to know how much your tuition is go to your Student Portal: ALL financial information is posted there. Of course, you would only know this if you READ your Student Welcome package emailed to you upon entry. Also, GCU campus is improving everyday. Each building is being serviced and security has been doubled to help protect campus denizens.

I have enjoyed this company far more than the IRS running, micro managing, perverted commenting occupations of my past.
Jan. 11, 2012, 6:52 a.m.
+2 votes/
I completely agree as a former student and 3 year employee the school will not Fail any student in the first 2 courses, no matter how poor you write or how little you contribute, Why?  because the school wants to get paid and keep their enrollment numbers up!  Then the student hits their 3rd course and reality sets in and they are unprepared. Many can't write and probably should not even be in college without some remedial courses first. The school is motivated by Money...bottom line.  Profit.  They leverage the "Christian" banner but are far from any Christian values and are out to enroll anyone and everyone and take your money.
July 25, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
+1 vote/
Name one University that does not do the same thing.  Name one student who does not complain about the multiple prerequisites that are required at universities all over the United States and the cost of those prerequisites and their uselessness.  I went to a public University and started out in easier classes like English 101 and English 102.   They were very easy and very few students failed out of them.  they even offer classes on how to study.  Many students take those classes and pay for them.   Nobody fails unless you don't show up.  However as you move toward upper division they get progressively difficult and you are required to figure out much of it on your own.  I took college Algebra at ASU.  The teacher taught us the basic material but the test required a lot more.  I took a test for three hours one time because I had to figure out and teach myself the material that the teacher hadn't covered.  Even a full fledged professor taught a statistics class.  She spent her time writing proofs on the board that nobody in the class understood and the test was on questions that were entirely different then what she taught.   Classes always start out easy and get progressively more difficult and it is true that if you fail the first class you are less likely to go on.  That is true at any University.  
April 25, 2012, 2:36 a.m.
0 votes/
I knew it!  I am still wondering how many of these people get to upper level courses.  They should NOT be there.  The message boards are atrocious and it infuriates me that I cannot have a decent conversation due to their inability to communicate properly.  Most of these students would not last one semester at a non-online college.   
Jan. 4, 2012, 9:13 p.m.
+2 votes/
I regret ever attending GCU. The advisors are mere post grads that have "higher than thou" attitudes, and most of them drink and smoke...that says a lot about the quality of Christian education you'll be getting from that school. The secretary thinks that she has some kind of high position and will do whatever she can to not let you see your advisor. She loves the fact that she has the "power" to deprive students a chance at an education just because she graduated from a community college. The library is some little tool shed that they threw desks into and smells like the carpet is molding. You probably will never get any studying done anyway because they put speakers the size of those tower speakers you see at big concerts right next to the window of the library and throw concerts almost every week. The class rooms are a little bigger than my walk-in closet. The teachers greatly favor ass kissers and will reward you greatly for being fake. If you want an easy A, just go to Dr. Arford's class go and tell her that her pink glasses are pretty.
Nov. 17, 2011, 2:18 p.m.
-4 votes/
I have nearly completed the RN to BSN program and will be going directly into the MSN program.  This has been nothing but a positive experience.  This is not for the undisciplined student who cannot manage time and meet deadlines.  The workload is comparable to any RN-BSN completion program, which means this is not a "skate" course.  You will write a paper each week, work on group projects, and complete Power Point presentations.  If, however, you are mature and intend to work each class is only 5 weeks long.  No matter how "bad" one thinks the class is, one can handle anything for 5 weeks.  My only complaint is that the financial and academic counselors rarely return calls or emails.  However, my admission counselor is fantastic and when I contact her about issues that are not in her area, she always follows through and ensures actions by others.  It's college, people.  It's a lot of work, but the rewards are there.  Quit whining and study!
Nov. 4, 2011, 1:34 p.m.
-3 votes/
I am in a doctorate program and it is the BEST ever. Really professional support and direction. This is my second degree (MA Special Education) and it has been an incredibly useful learning experience.
Oct. 27, 2011, 5:03 p.m.
+9 votes/
They are horrible! I was attending for a MA in Secondary Education. They had their field adviser quit and did not tell me. This caused the school I was student teaching for to kick me out. GCU blamed me haha! What a horrible school. Stay FAR AWAY! Now because I was mad about their mistakes and told them how shizzy they were, they are expelling me. What a crock of shiz.
Oct. 3, 2011, 12:42 a.m.
-1 vote/
The best academic decision I ever made was to attend GCU. The professors were great and the office staff was caring and always gave me the attention I needed. The degree program itself was outstanding. The Master's required about 20 hours per week of reading, researching and writing.  It is a university that will test your academic skills. However, if you want an outstanding graduate degree program and you are not afraid of the workload and being academically challenged, then this is the school for you! You'll love it!!!!
Oct. 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
+1 vote/
This school was absolutely the worst experience of my life.. and I've been through a lot of things. I was switched advisers about 10 times.. no kidding.. no exaggeration. I was overcharged for a class and they would not send an official transcript to my employer because they were saying I still had a balance. That waS IN APRIL. It is still on there! I am now finished and cannot get my certification paperwork finalized until that is taken care of. The staff is absolutely horrendous. Only about one person out of 50 have done their jobs and done them well, and unfortunately that person left. I don't even care about the tuition, it was the staff that was awful and made the experience absolutely horrible. I seethe every time I think about everything I have dealt with the past couple years. They kept adding classes and switching my program. Listen, I am a teacher. I am a very thorough person and work hard for everything that I do. I'm not exaggerating. DO NOT go to this school. You will be in for nothing but stress and frustration. You will constantly have to monitor your own account and make sure all is in line, and it won't be. These are promises. You'll be completely powerless especially if taking online classes. Don't even think about going to this school. I know you may have read other remarks, positive and negative, but this one you should take to heart. I even had my state representative involved and my father (whom I'm receiving VA benefits from). Make good choices. Don't go to this school.
Sept. 29, 2011, 8:04 p.m.
+2 votes/
It is called an increase in tuition. Every single university does this. In California a couple of years ago the University of California System (public) increased the tuition by 30% in one year! 
Sept. 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m.
+1 vote/
we were misinformed about fees and discounts.  Now my wife is almost finished with her masters and they tell us the school made a mistake.  We owe almost $1600. It's called bait and switch.  I will not stand for it and I am interested in knowing how many other students have been taken by a higher fee increase after getting over half way through the program. 
Sept. 22, 2011, 3:36 a.m.
+2 votes/
The vast majority of GCU students and graduates love the university! End of discussion!
Sept. 21, 2011, 6:06 p.m.
+4 votes/
This is an interesting comment board. You have someone affiliated with GCU responding to all not-so-complimentary posts about GCU's background. You also have past students, current students, past employees and current employees posting there experiences and opinions.
I worked at the school from 2007 to 2008. I wouldn't be able to tell you everything negative about the school because there's not enough room to post in here.
If the public saw what I saw this school would not be in business today;they would force a closure immediately. 
I am ashamed I worked there. I am  sorry if you are a student who was convinced to attend via a strategy of 'finding your pain' and making you feel you couldn't succeed without attending the university. To this day, I wonder how they got away with their enrollment process. 
Sept. 17, 2011, 9:02 p.m.
0 votes/
I was going thinking about going to GCU,I am very scared I am going to stop everythings and find another online university. I am try to finish up my teaching degree.
Dec. 29, 2011, 4:27 a.m.
-2 votes/
You're pursuing an advanced degree and can't assemble a cogent sentence.  Whose fault is that?
Sept. 11, 2011, 6:23 p.m.
0 votes/
GCU is great! If you want an excellent education go to GCU!!!! I loved it there and I believe you will as well! Don't believe the negative reviews and comments being written by one 'man' under various names. Believe U.S. News & World Report, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, OEdB, etc. that have all published facts and figures that support what I say. The former employee that is responsible for the mis-information in this forum relies on blogs!
Sept. 10, 2011, 8:25 p.m.
+1 vote/
I had horrible experiences with GCU. Their recruiting people would call me every day, over and over. I told them I was not interested and they kept calling. I knew by the way they didn't respect what I said that it was not the school for me.
I want to know how they get our numbers? I never requested information from them!
From what I have read online about the school, I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. There are too many negative reviews, including this site. Please don't let them push you around.
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:54 p.m.
+2 votes/
Let's look at the gainful employment question. Why should for-profits be held to that standard if non-profits aren't. Our tax dollars support those institutions. 

Let's look at an example. The former counselor from GCU has said that he was released from his office job in Utah ( I suppose a 'branch office'. I would also venture to guess that he has never actually been to the GCU campus). He has also told us that his lofty position paid him under $40,000 yearly. He has also 'proudly' told us that he holds a bachelor's degree in business from one of the Utah public universities. 

Since the national average yearly income for bachelor's degree holder is $54,500 putting him a huge 36% below the national average, shouldn't he be able to sue his alma mater since he did not attain gainful employment?
Sept. 3, 2011, 10:19 p.m.
+5 votes/
This is what you should know about GCU and the Dept of Education:
The Education Department includes several early conclusions:

-  Federal officials want more information about Grand Canyon's compensation plan for enrollment counselors. Under new, tougher federal rules, schools can't base admission workers' pay on how many students that they enroll. But at the time of the program-review period, Grand Canyon had a policy that allowed some of the pay counselors receive to be based on enrollment figures, a practice that was allowed at the time under a "safe harbors" provision.

-  The University's Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies programs was not eligible for federal financial-aid funds because it did not prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized field. The school said it is pleased that the allegation, which at one point focused on all its liberal-arts programs, now only impacts one.

Read more:
July 25, 2012, 5:45 p.m.
+1 vote/
Thats funny.  I went to ASU and their were plenty of programs that did not prepare a student for gainful employment.  I'm sure most of the programs at universities do not in fact prepare students for gainful employment.  Now if you take the cost of education at any university and compare it to the Job that one may get after graduation what is the definition of gainful employment.  Some people have over 50 to 60 thousand dollars in school loans and have psychology or political science degrees from public Universities.  Now is that considered gainful employment.  Maybe after 25 years.  I would agree that no liberal arts program should be considered for financial aid since none of them in any university prepare students for gainful employment, unless janitorial service is considered gainful employment to basically pay off the cost of the university.  What a joke!  Don't use this line against GCU, use it against the American higher educational system.  
Sept. 2, 2011, 8:53 p.m.
-2 votes/
Your comment about student loan debt and not obtaining gainful employment was funny. Obviously since GCU has a student loan default rate which is 3.4% (about half the rate of non-profit universities and one-third the rate of other for-profits) graduates take their superior education and highly regarded GCU degree into the job market and get high paying positions. You keep trying to divert attention with 'misdirection blogs' filled with whinners and excuse makers. It is not working! People are smart enough to look through your smoke screen.
Sept. 2, 2011, 6 p.m.
-2 votes/
You obviously did not read my post dated August 26. GCU has one of the lowest student loan default rates in the country. Now why do you think that is?
July 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m.
+1 vote/
could it be that many of the students are on military grants.   Their student retention is very poor.  I'm guessing that this has to do with the winnowing process because students are accepted very easily but by the third class cannot hack it and drop out.  
Sept. 2, 2011, 3:48 p.m.
+1 vote/
Grand Canyon University does have some struggles right now. I decided to do my own research after reading these posts. You do not want the Department of Education finding that your programs are lacking. Gainful employment rules help us as consumers and students. We don't want thousands of dollars of student loan debt with a lower chance of obtaining a career path.
Is anybody else getting the vibe we won't see many of these online, for-profit schools in ten years? Each day we read of more issues or litigation with them.
If you want to read some interesting articles, type for-profit schools and gainful employment into Google. After you can search a particular school by entering the name of the school into the search. 
Aug. 27, 2011, 11:51 p.m.
-1 vote/
The former 'counselor's' reviews are all sounding the same. They are generic and non-specific. The pattern goes lie this:
1. Call it the 'worst' place on earth
2. Complian about office staff
3. Suggest a 'caring public university'
4. Be as vague as possible

All of the above are completely contrary to my experiences. GCU is:
1. A caring environment where office staff do everyhing possible to be of help.
2. Is one of the BEST educational experiences of my life.
3. I graduated from a top 25 public university in California. Believe me the office staff couldn't care less according to my experience. Steer clear of public institutions if you can. If you check the academic rankings, 84% of the Top 25 universities in the U.S. are PRIVATE universities. Therefore I would say go private if you can!!!!

Here is what you should do:
1. Check Barron's Profiles of American Colleges & Universities 2011 
GCU is rated 'Highly Competitive'.
2. Check OEdB! GCU is highly rated.
3. Check CNN (Money). GCU's Online Business Entrepreneur Program is ranked in the top 5 nationally!
4. Check U.S. News & World Report has GCU's student loan default rate at 3.4% compared with 6.0% at non-profit universities and 11.6% at other for profits. 

These are all highly credible sources. Do not make the mistake of buying into the former counselor's 'blog sources'
Aug. 27, 2011, 3:10 a.m.
+2 votes/
It is very unfortunate that the former enrollment counselor is so filled with hate! He is obviously not objective nor does he do his homework before posting his dribble. Here are the facts:

In the case of GCU, there is a lag between initial borrowing and subsequent graduation that artificially inflates the university's borrowing to credential ratio. 

Your quote below from was based on a research study done by If you had done your homework and followed up you would have seen this. It is also possible that you did follow up but intentionally left this important information out to make GCU look bad. I wouldn't put it past you. 

Here are some more facts for you to chew on:

GCU's tuition is $8,250 per semester for 12-18 credits. I will do the math for you. 
That is $16,500 per year for tuition.(

The average tuition at a private university is $27,293. 
That means that GCU's tuition is $10,793 less than the average.
These figures come from the

Given the fact that the student loan default rate at GCU is a mere 3.4% compared with 6.0% for non-profits and 11.6% for for-profits, GCU is an educational bargin (given that it is a private university). In addition, GCU extremely low student default rate we can only conclude that GCU grads go onto higher paying positions which allow them to repay their student loans.

All in all, I would say that you have made yourself look very bad in this forum. You have used sources such as blogs and wikipedia which are not credible. In addition, I believe that you have either not done your homework and are grasping at straws in attempt to make GCU look bad, or
you have intentionally left out important information. I have clearly demonstrated that in this post.   

Aug. 26, 2011, 1:04 a.m.
+2 votes/
Sorry ! Your source is not credible. Didn't you learn about not using sources like Wikipedia, blogs etc. in college? I guess you didn't attend college. In any case, if you would have used a credible source, you would have found that the average student at GCU takes on $10,072 in student loan debt during the four years at the university . A total of 57% of the students are getting federal student loans. GCU had one of the lowest default rates on student loans in the country at 3.4% compared with 6.0% for non-profits and 11.6% at other for-profits (U.S. News & World Report).  The reason for such a low default rate is the fact that the superior education at GCU allows the graduate to attain high salaries in the work place hence allowing for repayment. The unfortunate fact is that blogs & wikipedia, where you get your information from , are not credible. Sorry former enrollment counselor! 
Aug. 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m.
0 votes/
The legal action that you are referring to was legal action concerning a mere legal dispute with some fired clerks. That is all. For-Profits should absolutely have access to federal student loans just as non-profits do. You are wrong once more.GCU's superior education allows graduates to obtain high paying jobs which gives them the capacity to repay those loans. That is why GCU has one of the lowest default rates in the nation at 3.4% according to U.S. News & World Report! That is far below the default rate of non-profits which stands at 6.0%! Those are the facts from a credible source. You are very confused and blinded by hate and bias that you cannot explain these facts away! GCU gives it's students an excellent education which translates into large salaries in the market place. When will you move on and find other employment?
Aug. 25, 2011, 6:54 a.m.
0 votes/
This article has nothing to do with GCU nor does it mention GCU. Your blogs and other ' sources' are meaningless! I have provided U.S. News & World Report, CNN as well as Fortune and Money Magazine as credible sources. You have provided blogs! 
Aug. 25, 2011, noon
+1 vote/
GCU is mentioned twice in the article. So many for profit schools have been sued, including GCU. We are talking about our tax dollars and it affects us. Go to the top of page 6 and the bottom of page 8 to see GCU mentioned. 
I'm all for for-profit schools as long as government loans can't be used there. That would fix the problem.
Aug. 25, 2011, 6:39 a.m.
0 votes/
Dear Former Recruiter;
You are trying to tell us that all for-profits are the same when they are clearly not. I have provided credible sources that have hailed GCU as an outstanding university that provides an excellent education that results in high salaries for their graduates. I have provided sources such as U.S. News & World Report, CNN, Money Magazine, Fortune Magazine, etc. that refer specifically. You on the other hand provide blogs ad your sources with crying, whinning and complaining by those that could not hack the demands of the curriculum. The last web site you provided speaks in general terms about some universities; not all. So, once again you have failed to provide us with anything substantial but your bias which stems from you being asked to leave GCU. I amamazed that you are still here posting your trash after almost two years now!
Aug. 25, 2011, 12:53 a.m.
0 votes/
CNN & Money Magazine, two highly credible sources, have rated GCU's Online Business/Entrepreneur Program in the top five in the Nation!  Read it at
Again, the choice is yours! You can read the blogs suggested in this forum by the former recruiter ( who was 'released almost two years ago and has nothing better to do with his time but complain in this blog)  or you can read facts from credible sources such as U.S. News & World Report, CNN, Money Magazine & Barron's Profiles of American Colleges & Universities! 
Aug. 25, 2011, 12:06 a.m.
0 votes/
More blog bs! U.S. News & World Report says GCU has one of the lowest student loan default rates in the nation including all non-profits! Since the education you get is superior and top notch ( providing you can hack the academic demands put on you) you will land a great position! This translates into GCU grads having the financial capacity to repay their loans! Now I ask you, who are you going to believe? Will you believe a disgruntled former ' recruiter' who is blowing off steam in a blog crying, complaining, whinning blah, blah, blah or will you believe a credible journal like U.S. News & World Report?
Aug. 23, 2011, 11:31 p.m.
0 votes/
You are completely correct! That joker wants to cite 'ripoff report' as a serious source! It is a blog! Nothing more! Everyone knows that has any academic background that you don't use a blog as a source since blogs are not credible! You, on the other hand, cite U. S. News and World Report ( a respected journal) to make your point. Who cares if Joe Blow crashed and burned during his studies at GCU and dropped out? Who wants to read his excuses for failing? What do we expect him to say after not being able to hack it? I want facts and figures from credible sources like you have posted!  Excellent work. Your point is well made with real information that people can use when deciding to attend GCU. The fact that their student loan default rate is half the national average of non-profit universities says a great deal about GCU. It does indicate a high salary placement or promotion which results in the ability to repay!!!
Aug. 23, 2011, 5:13 p.m.
-1 vote/
Facts from U.S. News & Workd Report:

Loan Default Rates:

For-Profit Average = 11.6%
Non-Profit Public Universities = 6%
Non-Profit Private Universities = 4%
Grand Canyon University =. 3.4%

GCU degree = high paying position = ability to pay back student loans

It is a simple equation!!!!
Aug. 23, 2011, 5:06 p.m.
0 votes/
The choice is simple: you can use 'ripoff report' as a source of information about  or you can use
U.S. News & World Report! Using 'blogs' you get a lot of people who have failed to complete their studies ( blah, blah, blah). You get the real story from a real source. Now, the facts are that GCU is a great school! Graduates go on to get well paying positions in leading fields. The evidence is the fact that GCU has one of the lowest loan default rate in the nation! Check out a real source:

Aug. 23, 2011, 3:15 a.m.
+2 votes/

Do your research so you're not deceived by GCU.
Aug. 21, 2011, 6:55 a.m.
0 votes/
GCU's student loan default rate is less than half the national average for non-profit universities and one quarter that of for-profits! How can that be? Simple! The quality of the education is high and employers respect GCU. The education you receive allows you to land high paying jobs or get advancements/raises. This puts them in a financial position to pay off their student loans hence the extremely low default rate!!!!
Aug. 21, 2011, 6:48 a.m.
+2 votes/
People who are writing fake negative posts need to do their research before posting! GCU has only 8 & 16 week sessions. Check it yourself at (university academic calendar). You would think that these liars would at least get their information straight. 
Aug. 10, 2011, 2:51 a.m.
+1 vote/
GCU has 8&16 week sessions according to the website! Check the academic calendar!
Aug. 5, 2011, 7:46 p.m.
+1 vote/
You are probably not telling the truth in my opinion. To begin with GCU has 8 week sessions, not 6 week sessions. You also are not giving us the entire story! In addition, you made errors in your post!!!!!!
Aug. 8, 2011, 5:34 p.m.
-1 vote/
Do your research before you make false claims. Read the first paragraph where it mentions the 6-week sessions.
Aug. 5, 2011, 7:42 p.m.
+1 vote/
Your story sounds fishy. You are not related to the dismissed clerk from Utah are you? 
Aug. 3, 2011, 9:15 p.m.
-1 vote/
GCU screwed me over so well with my Federal student financial aid. GCU paid classes way ahead of time making sure that they got paid. Meanwhile I have absolutely no control over my tuition, my schedule (2 times I was signed up for 2 sections of the same class and they were both paid for way ahead of time, so GCU got paid twice.) I was able to unregister for 2 classes due to family obligations taking my attention, but those classes were already paid for remember. I was told by my finacial aid advisor that I would have to pay for them again when I went back to take them for real. They must have kicked me out of school because nobody calls me or returns calls and they are trying to collect on a Balance Forward (money that is in my account) How do you pay them money they already have?  And then they have made bogus reports to the IRS of figures that look like nothing I have seen on my school web pages. They are perpetrating FRAUD all over the place. I now have a 3rd party collection agency after me.  So GOD DAMN GCU TO HELL ! ! ! 
July 31, 2011, 1:23 a.m.
+2 votes/
Outstanding experience without the religious propaganda! I highly recommend this university if you are interested in getting a great education in a caring environment!  
July 27, 2011, 8:40 p.m.
-1 vote/
First of all the first thing I have to say is I love my first class.  With that being said the rest of the GCU experience has been traumatic.

I came from a homeless situation and at the rate I am going will be there again.  The lack of compassion given to me was anything but Godly.  When it comes to the money they will go secular on you.  I would only recommend you go online if you have money and if I had not had such a bad experience I would have recommended the campus route.  

If you can take a rude or untrained group of people then you have your University.  I am here for the Biblical training and surprisingly enough I a getting it from the staff more than anything else.  I am waiting for my financial aid to go through which they said would take six weeks and instead of me getting transcript they would do it.  My six weeks is almost up and I will see.  

If I had of stayed on campus instead of going online and the benefits would have been great.  They worked on me and worked on me like a telemarketing company until I was in school, online and early.  I planned on going in August and started in June.  No one told me I would loose everything and that online and campus are two different entities.  In replacement of all the benefits they slick talked me out of I received a $750 bonus for going to school early.

There was no God in this and I came for the Ministry degree.  What did I get from this the understanding of why Jesus was always fussing at the so called believers.  Money is what is important and if you believe anything else you have been deceived. As it was put to me , I cannot say it is Grand Canyon's fault.  I agreed to it.  Made me feel as if I had just been mentally raped.

I love God and Jesus and I also believe every religion has its good and its bad but to use God for ill gotten gain is anything but Godly or even humane.  

Once again I state I love my class and my professor is great, but everything else has been a nightmare.

I few helpful tip:
1.) Do not go online if you are seeking those grants they promised.

2.) Do not start a class until you actually have financial aid.  I owe as of now over $2000 for a class and still no funding.

3.) If in it for ministry find a ministry school there is a difference.  

4.) Ask all the questions you can and do not believe them when they say they are thinking of your interest.
July 23, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
+1 vote/
Great school! Flexible schedule. Instructors work with you. I am about to go in vacation and asked my professor to see how i could those two weeks off from school. She is well to work with. She gave me the option to finish before or right after my vacations. Pretty happy with the course so far. I just start in May 2011. I have had a great experience the classes demand homework due every week and participation plays major role since these are online classes they want participation. I would recommend this school. So far the instructors are easy to work with and give great input on assignments. The academic counselors are also courteous and guide to every step of the way! Way to go GCU!
July 20, 2011, 2:03 p.m.
+1 vote/
I attended GCU and obtained my BS in Business. I am an older student and waslooking for a college that would allow me to work take care of my family and complete my degree. This college provided all of that and more! I am currently completing my masters at a traditional university and I can tell you that the course work at GCU prepared me well for this next phase. I have read some of the other reviews especially the negative ones and all I can say is this; I could tell which students we applying themselves and those that were slacking or coasting on the coat tails of others. 
My advice is as follows: if you are serious about obtaining your degree and growing personally in the process, then GCu will suit you just fine. If you are looking for aa paper mill don't waste your time or money because you will find everyone to blame for your lack of committment to the endeavor.
If I have any complaints it would be working with the counselors, but I found that if you establish clear expectations at the beginning (bot parties) there were no problems after that. I had a great experience and actually flew to Arizona for graduation. I have never been so proud of myself and am a proud graduate of GCU!
July 7, 2011, 6:31 a.m.
+1 vote/
GCU is a great university! My experience was terrific. The professors were wonderful and so was my counselor! Keep up the great job GCU!!!!!
June 23, 2011, 1:35 p.m.
-1 vote/
These guys are sharks. They just want the student loan money. 

I dropped a class because I found a better program, for less money. Since I had e-mailed the teacher to tell the teacher I was dropping the class, they say that means I took the class and are charging me $1400. 

I had already taken two classes from them. The curriculum was okay. The teachers were a mixed bag, but I'm not sure they read my work. I got A's on everything and I guarantee I could find issues with my papers. 

Don't go here if you don't have to, and watch your wallet if you do go. 
June 2, 2011, 1:51 a.m.
-1 vote/
I have been a nurse for 25 years and went back for my BSN, going to GCU was the WORST mistake I have ever made. They make false promise, the acedemic counselors are a joke, especially Jason. I was told I would be able to use CEUs to transfer in, have emails as documentation 2 weeks before grduation, without any notice they changed their policy! It have been 2 weeks, I have no answers, and I am in complete LIMBO, other employees I work with are in similiar situations, Im telling you FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL!
May 30, 2011, 11:26 p.m.
+1 vote/
Great experience! I loved the caring environment! 
May 15, 2011, 4:22 p.m.
+1 vote/
GCU has a student loan  default rate of 7% compared with other non-profit universities of 12.5% and 25% for other for-profit universities!
May 11, 2011, 5:43 p.m.
+1 vote/
My friend says that the Utah State College he went to was a horrible experience not to mention the fact that it is very lowly rated! 
May 10, 2011, 4:07 a.m.
0 votes/
May 2, 2011, 6:19 p.m.
+1 vote/
April 25, 2011, 3:58 p.m.
+1 vote/
I love GCU! The professors are great and the entire campus atmosphere is one of caring and compassion! 
April 19, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
+1 vote/
I have to agree with you completely. The facts are that GCU is a fine university with high rankings! The financial aid issues have to be addressed but the actual learning environment is top notch! 
April 16, 2011, 7:52 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am a current GCU student and am really puzzled by all of the negative talk about the university. It seems that most complaints come from financial aid issues, not receiving refund checks, overpayment, etc. I have had none of those problems. Online education requires a high degree of independence and a dedication to hard work. If your sole purpose in attending an online university is to get a check every few months, that is probably your first problem.

If you can focus on your studies and actually make a valid attempt to learn something, you will succeed and most likely not have to deal with and/or complain about these petty issues. GCU is not at fault for your incompetence. 
July 27, 2011, 9:01 p.m.
-1 vote/
Until I came to Arizona I never would have believed a, black person with me being black, when they said that things were different and I did not know.  I had never experienced many things,until one day I walked into M&I bank.  I went in of February 4, 2011 to get some funds out of my school debit card and they made it seem like they could not get it to go through.  Now what they were really doing is gathering together the head office and the police.  When the police got there they made me drop my bag and handcuffed me in the lobby. I just came in to get funds to pay my rent.  They never apologized and even made it sound like my license  may not be valid, yet gave it back to me.  I was racially profiled and if not had seen it for myself would have continued to believe that it was a thing of the past.  I knew about racism but no one had ever done that to me.  They got of free but his words still ring in my ears, "They were going to take you to jail but I stopped them.  You should be happy about that."  I am what most people think is to clean and he is telling me this, like I was some dog off the streets.  That is when I got a new found idea on racial bigotry.  Just because you don't experience it does not mean it is not going on.

I am grateful that you had a good experience but all of us do not.
July 28, 2011, 12:52 a.m.
0 votes/
The post about the bank was a reply to a statement.  I am trying to let people know just because they have had good experiences, all of us have not.  I am not trying to state they are bigots.  Just using example to get a point across.

It is nice to hear that there are some decent people in GCU.  My problem is with all the stuff going on around me I can only see it in my Professor right now.
March 30, 2011, 3:35 a.m.
+2 votes/
I believe GCU is a great school I have done extremely well in our online classes even though I was out of school for over twenty years
March 27, 2011, 6:08 p.m.
+2 votes/
You are absolutely correct! I have had an excellent experience with GCU as well. The university has wonderful professors in the education department. I highly recommend it! 
March 21, 2011, 8:09 a.m.
+1 vote/
I currently attend GCU. I am graduating this May with a BS in Accounting. I am glad I made the decision to attend this institution. I don't know why so many people hate on this school.

I attended California State University San Marcos, before transferring to Grand Canyon University. Unfortunately, I could not finish my undergraduate degree at CSUSM because they don't offer certain accounting classes online, and I had to relocate because of military orders.  At CSUSM I was able to take a couple of online classes, and I found that the level of difficulty is similar to GCU. I found that instructors at both institutions provided the same amount of feedback. I have, however, found instructors at GCU to be quicker to respond. 

My only issue with the school is that it is a for-profit entity, but I understand the need for investment funds to keep the school flowing. Maybe they will eventually go back to non-profit status?????? Who knows. 

To cut to the chase, any university will be what you make it out to be. Work hard, study, put 100% effort and you will benefit.  Yeah it's no Harvard, but Grand Canyon University does give you the tools you need to succeed, but you have to do your part.  Good luck! :) 
March 21, 2011, 1:50 a.m.
+1 vote/
GCU has been a great experience. Unfortunately there are far too many people in our society that are flakes and finger pointers. They simply are not willing to accept responsibility for their actions (or in-actions). I am sick and tired of them carrying on and on, not just in this forum but in all of the forums at this website! My advice is simple; take responsibilty for your failures and stop blaming others!
March 18, 2011, 9:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
Does anyone have information or experience with the quality of the  health care management online degree program at G.C.U. Thanks
March 17, 2011, 4:14 p.m.
+7 votes/
The Professors at GCU are great, but the financial aid staff really needs to get their act together, I would not recommend GCU to anyone who is looking for good tutition rates, and expect prompt service from the financial aid staff when you plan to transfer. It has been a month since I have finished my last enrolled cours, and I still do have my financial aid clearance to attend another school. This is SAD!
March 11, 2011, 6:47 p.m.
0 votes/
I highly recommend this university to all of my colleagues wanting to earn a Master's in education. Simply outstanding! 
Feb. 25, 2011, 5:14 p.m.
+4 votes/
GCU money hungry? Really???? Read this!

GCU gives to the community: "The Promise"

"Grand Canyon University would offer all 62 of the second-graders full scholarships to the school. They would be called 'Sydneys kids'l
Feb. 22, 2011, 9:20 p.m.
0 votes/
I had the exact opposite experience! I never was over charged and never waited on the phone or argued with anyone. I think the previous poster is lying! I strongly recommend this university! 
July 28, 2011, 1:57 a.m.
-1 vote/
If I didn't know any better I would think you are a poster for GCU.  How can you state a person is lying solely on your experience. We do not get the same experiences.  I am taking my first class at GCU and it says get all the facts before you make a fool of yourself.  In law it teaches us that also.  Were you there, did you get any of the facts or are you just slandering someone.  If that is what the student believes then find a better way to prove him wrong.  Don't defame their character.  That makes you look guilty at least that is what my law and psychology books say. 
Feb. 22, 2011, 6:29 p.m.
+2 votes/
I have strong suspicions that this school has a financial scam in place. They are VERY pushy and have way too many financial descrepancies to be accidents. example- I paid IN FULL and then 3 months later owed $300 for sales tax (why would sales tax tack on AFTER payment????) and I was charged the wrong amount per credit hour. I would strongly recommend going elsewhere for your educational needs unless you are willing to keep a constant eye on your account and spend countless hours on the phone arguing with people and leaving unreturned messages.
Jan. 31, 2011, 7:10 p.m.
0 votes/
I'll be starting my Bachelor's in Secondary Education on February 14th, 2011 and so far, so good. I don't have any complaints about my enrollment counselor, Brian. He has been very helpful with any questions I have and also in dealing with anything that comes yet. I have yet to speak with my financial aid advisor and academic counselor so we will see how that goes. Hopefully just as smooth and easy as the enrollment process. :)
Jan. 31, 2011, 7:07 p.m.
0 votes/
I attended Pennsylvania State University for graduate school as well as GCU (in two different subject areas). I found the courses at GCU to be just as challenging and required more work/hours per week. The typical class at Penn State required one term paper (10-15 pages) as well as one presentation (20 minutes)as well as textbook readings and discussions. My workload at GCU included weekly papers of 10-15 pages, textbook and journal article readings as well as classroom discussion. Although the workload was heavy I feel that it was certainly worth it. I learned a great deal and with my master's degree from GCU I am earning $40,000 per year more! I highly recommend Grand Canyon University.
Jan. 31, 2011, 10:07 a.m.
+2 votes/
They needed a huge tax write off! GCU does not care about people. Its all about the benjamins.
Jan. 31, 2011, 10:04 a.m.
0 votes/
Don't believe these positive comments about GCU. Look deeper, think about it. GCU is a for profit school. Their counselors are sales people. If you do not have money they will not care about you. After you pay, they stop caring because the sale was made. I have experienced all of the negative comments about GCU first hand. Horrible experince and a total waste of over $10k. Buyer Beware!!! Get everything in writing and read the fine print, as it has a tendancy to change in favor of their profit margin. Google "GCU complaints" and see just how many agree.
Jan. 24, 2011, 1:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am currently attending GCU online. This university is very excepting and understanding of all people with different backgrounds and lifestyles. I happen to have a felony on my record from when I was in my late teens and I have been blogging about my experiences for over year with dealing with the daily struggles that I face with a felony conviction. I had no idea that I was able to qualify for financial aid with a felony conviction, but GCU had not problem helping me apply for financial aid and admissions. I was granted financial aid and was excepted by GCU after explaining my situation. I am now in my third class and have been doing great. I love GCU so much that I even advertise for them on my blog and write about my experiences frequently. You can check out my blog at 
Jan. 17, 2011, 4:47 p.m.
-2 votes/
Jan. 16, 2011, 3:56 a.m.
-1 vote/
GCU has once again demonstrated that it is indeed a community leader here in Phoenix. I am very proud that we have such a fine institution of higher learning in our community. Giving those  62 full scholarships really demonstrates GCU's commitment to this city and state! Thank you GCU! 
Jan. 15, 2011, 6:25 p.m.
0 votes/
This is amazing!!! GCU gave out 4 million dollars in tuition to these 62 students. This is what we need more of in our society; universities that care enough about those who can't afford college to give them full scholarships. I was truly touched by this act of kindness! Those in this forum must feel very ashamed and foolish for having said that GCU is 'out for the money'. Really???? How would they explain this act of kindness and compassion? 
Jan. 15, 2011, 3:45 a.m.
0 votes/
I read the article about GCU giving all of those poor children full scholarships! I was so moved that it  made me cry! Now I ask you; what type of a university would go and do such a wonderful thing? A university that puts people first! A community leader! GCU is wonderful!
Jan. 15, 2011, 3:39 a.m.
+1 vote/
GCU gives to the community: "The Promise"

"Grand Canyon University would offer all 62 of the second-graders full scholarships to the school. They would be called 'Sydneys kids'l
Jan. 12, 2011, 10:30 p.m.
0 votes/
I started to go to this school in the summer of 2010, online. And, what a joke. I was in the Masters Education program. First of all, my advisor told me that I do not need any experience. However, the professor's first assignment required recalling information for the classroom. And, they called me 2 months later asking for more money!!!! 
Jan. 12, 2011, 6:25 p.m.
0 votes/
This school is very deceptive. It's like wolves in sheep clothing. The way they have things setup makes you feel at ease, the decision is undeniable. Everything is to personally fit your needs; the academic adviser was there to help answer every question asked. I felt like wow, this is amazing. Never before would I have ever considered an online school until someone told me about their 8 wk. classes. The deception is that once you start if for any reason, your application is denied you still have to pay for the entire class. They will let you start immediately, but if something about your application doesn't fit their qualifications you will be required to pay for the class regardless. Another thing, your first class will not be transferable because it's a foundation class specifically for their University's. They tried to tell me it was financial aid that rejected me, but that was not true due to me being a transfer student I was already approved for the year. I've been calling all week to dispute their claim but I am getting nowhere. It's not worth the headache, go somewhere else.
Jan. 6, 2011, 4 a.m.
+1 vote/
I had a great experience at GCU! I would very highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong Masters program in Education! 
Jan. 4, 2011, 7:27 a.m.
0 votes/
Read about it here.
Dec. 27, 2010, 5:21 a.m.
+1 vote/
Attended GCU for a year, online and although I am now attending college in my town, I will be returning to GCU as soon as I'm done. I absolutely LOVED GCU. The financial aide was the only problem I had which wasn't as nearly BAD as the community college in the town I presently live in, Denver. GCU is where I started and where I will return. PLEASE do not listen to the negative reports, experience it yourself and form your own opinion. Like any college, it tends to get a bit busy and crazy.
Dec. 16, 2010, 3:45 p.m.
-1 vote/
GCU gets top ratings from:

1. OEDb ranked 7th
2. Fortune Magazine ranked in the top 5 business/entrepreneur programs in the country!
3. Profiles of American Colleges ranked GCU VERY COMPETITIVE(ranked above EVERY UTAH STATE COLLEGE!)
4. Onlinedegreereviews ranked 6th among all online programs.

The former counselor that has been posting negative comments under over 30 different names says: "I don't know why someone would choose GCU over other schools..."
Well just read the above list little man and you will have your answer. 

It is obvious that he knows nothing about curriculum, instruction and overall program quality. He continues to ignore the high ratings that GCU gets. I believe he is only out for his benefit and is promoting his 'cause'!

This forum is about the academic merits of a university not to discuss labor relations for clerks at any particular school. It is disgusting that the same individual that has posted bogus comments and reviews is using this site to further his own agenda. 
Dec. 16, 2010, 3:36 p.m.
+1 vote/
I attended Pennsylvania State University for graduate school as well as GCU (in two different subject areas). I found the courses at GCU to be just as challenging and required more work/hours per week. The typical class at Penn State required one term paper (10-15 pages) as well as one presentation (20 minutes)as well as textbook readings and discussions. My workload at GCU included weekly papers of 10-15 pages, textbook and journal article readings as well as classroom discussion. Although the workload was heavy I feel that it was certainly worth it. I learned a great deal and with my master's degree from GCU I am earning $40,000 per year more! I highly recommend Grand Canyon University.
Dec. 16, 2010, 3:53 a.m.
-2 votes/
Be careful when dealing with Grand Canyon University. Make sure you document all your phone calls and communication. In face, I would record your phone calls with the enrollment counselors, finance counselors and academic counselors. You have to realize that you're dealing with a for-profit institution. Their past shows a lot of dishonesty so be careful. I don't know why someone would choose GCU over other schools but this is a fair warning to anyone looking. 
Jan. 11, 2011, 10:45 p.m.
-1 vote/
All calls are recorded at universities so that the students can have a record of exactly what was said. A recording made by a student without notification to the other party would not be admissible in court...
Feb. 7, 2011, 5:33 a.m.
0 votes/
In Arizona only one party can legally record another by law.  A third party cannot record and have it be a legal record, but it's fine when only one party is aware of the recording.  I have used this myself in a court.
Dec. 15, 2010, 5:24 p.m.
+1 vote/
I attended Pennsylvania State University for graduate school as well as GCU (in two different subject areas). I found the courses at GCU to be just as challenging and required more work/hours per week. The typical class at Penn State required one term paper (10-15 pages) as well as one presentation (20 minutes)as well as textbook readings and discussions. My workload at GCU included weekly papers of 10-15 pages, textbook and journal article readings as well as classroom discussion. Although the workload was heavy I feel that it was certainly worth it. I learned a great deal and with my master's degree from GCU I am earning $40,000 per year more! I highly recommend Grand Canyon University. 
Nov. 27, 2010, 3:09 a.m.
0 votes/
What really matters when choosing a university are the academic merits of a university. The fired counselor that has been the only negative voice here has posted over thirty times under various names to deceive the public into thinking that there is a massive movement against GCU. In fact it is a 'movement of one'! This self serving fool wants to push his labor dispute agenda in this public forum. Please take a moment to check the sources posted here that clearly demonstrate GCU's academic merit. Do not be fooled by the former clerk!
Nov. 26, 2010, 4:47 p.m.
+1 vote/
GCU gets top ratings from:
1. OEDb ranked 7th
2. Fortune Magazine ranked in the top 5 business/entrepreneur programs in the country!
3. Profiles of American Colleges ranked GCU VERY COMPETITIVE(ranked above EVERY UTAH STATE COLLEGE!)
4. Onlinedegreereviews ranked 6th among all online programs. 

This forum is about the academic merits of a university not to discuss labor relations for clerks at any particular school. It is disgusting that the same individual that has posted bogus comments and reviews is using this site to further his own agenda.
July 27, 2011, 9:11 p.m.
-1 vote/
I am real person and all I wanted to do was be obedient and serve God.  I do not post lies to ruin people's lives and I know what I know.  I am stuck at GCU until next semester because I declined my financial aid and I was mislead.  It was my faith in my fellow man that got me here and I will live with that so some of us are actually telling the facts.  Yes, we may be upset but if your boss came in and told you were fired today and your life and livelihood were being taken, would you be happy?
Nov. 20, 2010, 9:58 p.m.
0 votes/
In a complaint filed in Maricopa County Court, a former Grand Canyon University enrollment counselor seeks punitive damages for being fired for refusal to “call and threaten” a prospective student regarding a $100 non-existent application fee, to shred records of calls to members of the Do Not Call registry daily, and to use sales scripts copyrighted by the University of Phoenix. In addition, the (Courthouse News Service, April 9, 2010)
Nov. 22, 2010, 7:23 p.m.
+1 vote/
I highly recommend GCU! It is a fine university and in fact is one of the best I know! One other former counselor is posting here and we have a difference of opinion. Some of us are able to move on while others apparently cannot!
Nov. 19, 2010, 8:09 a.m.
-2 votes/
I agree with John D Agnew. Grand Canyon University only wants your money. If you are looking for a quality education look beyond GCU. Military personnel don't waste your time or well earned money here.
Nov. 15, 2010, 4:52 p.m.
-1 vote/
Go to the Carolina schools if you have that option. To me, GCU would be an option only if other options disappear.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:57 p.m.
+1 vote/
If you are an out-of-state student, UNC and NC State is extremely expensive (for a state school getting all kinds of financial aid from the government):

UNC (graduate)  $500- $850 per unit  $1,500-$2,500 per class

NC State (graduate) $500-$1,300 per unit $1,500-$3,900 per class

These figures have been rounded. However, I think all of us not living in wonderful North Carolina that this is extremely expensive!
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:37 p.m.
+1 vote/
The article makes no mention of Grand Canyon University. I would call them to find out. I do know this; my friend had her Federal Loan completely forgiven after she received her Master's in Education from GCU (she is obviously an educator). Therefore, if a GCU education is good enough for the Federal Government, it is hard for me to imagine that Intel would not find a GCU education good enough.
Nov. 14, 2010, 3:10 p.m.
-1 vote/
As I was studying my options of universities I read that Intel doesn't allow tuition reimbursement at the UofP and at schools which are similar. Does this include Grand Canyon?
Here is the link I read.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:31 a.m.
+1 vote/
1. State Schools are easily more expensive than GCU per credit especially if you are an out-of-state student.
2. You won't be treated like a number as you are at state schools.
3. The student to faculty ratio is much smaller at GCU than at any state school including UNC and NC State.
4. I would certainly choose a private university given a choice between state and private. I will remind you that 84% of the top 25 universities in this country are private, not public (U.S. News and World Report in conjunction with the Princeton Review 2011 Rankings). 
5. Please stop with that garbage about no one accepting GCU credits or degrees. You are lying about that. I have personally received a promotion with my Master's Degree from GCU. My friend is getting her PhD at Arizona State University. She received her Master's from GCU. So you can stop lying about that. My experiences say that you are wrong.
Nov. 14, 2010, 1:12 a.m.
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Some of these lawsuits have to be somewhat legit. There is a lot of smoke and there must be some fire behind them. 
It may not be a terrible school but it is definitely expensive. Tell me why I would chose Grand Canyon for a post-graduate degree? 
What advantages does it have to UNC or NCstate? I can do online at these and a few other schools and they're less expensive. I know they'll be accepted when I want a job promotion.
Please give me the pros and cons of a post-graduate degree from GCU.
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:42 p.m.
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Grand Canyon University Ratings

(Dec. 2009)
Grand Canyon University: As of November 2009, Grand Canyon University made the list of top 25 online colleges. The Online College Rankings considered accreditation, cost of tuition and books, student feed and more. Not only in the top rankings, Grand Canyon University also offers a great curriculum at a low cost. With $350 per credit hour for undergrad and $450 for graduate programs, a student can earn an outstanding accredited degree from Grand Canyon University.

2.) OEDb’s Online College Rankings 2009

For each college, we gathered data for eight different metrics — acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer Web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited. The overall ranking, shown below, ranks each college by its average ranking for each metric for which data was available.

GCU #7 score: 15.5 (Top 15% Ranked 7th out of over 40 universities that were rated).

3.) Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2011 Edition

GCU Ranked: Very Competitive (Top third)

New - Best Online Colleges for 2010
Ranking of top online colleges based on over 2,000 reviews, find the best online universities
TOP 2% : GCU Ranked: 6th
Nov. 13, 2010, 5:40 p.m.
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What a silly notion! The idea that because GCU was sued for 5.2 million dollars makes it a ‘terrible university’ academically is absurd. If you Google ‘pending lawsuits against the University of California System’ you come up with over 1.1 million results. There are currently dozens and dozens of lawsuits filed against this university system. Yet according to U.S. News and World Report 2011 Top Ranking Colleges and Universities List (in conjunction with the Princeton Review) 6 of the top 50 National Universities come from the University of California System. Are we to assume that these are terrible academic institutions because they are being sued dozens of times? Therefore, I have to dismiss what the former employee had to say about the lawsuit in connection with him believing that GCU is a terrible academic institution. It is a ludicrous statement from a ludicrous person motivated completely by revenge.
Nov. 10, 2010, 9:04 p.m.
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Do Utah State Colleges suck?
Well, apparently they are producing some 'graduates' with 'business degrees' that:
1. Take on lowly clerk positions that pay $15,000 below the national average for college graduates.
2. Produce some grads that cannot keep a job due to under performance
3. Cannot find work for more than a year after being fired.

So do these Utah public colleges suck? You be the judge!
Nov. 10, 2010, 7:16 p.m.
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The link above about another lawsuit against GCU does not belong in this forum. Two 'released' emloyees in Utah allege that GCU did not pay them the overtime they deserve. This of course has nothing to do with the fine curriculum in all subject areas. It has nothing to do with the wonderful instructional program at GCU. It is simply a case of a pissed-off former employee posting this unrelated article here as a way of seeking revenge. Please disregard these links.
Nov. 10, 2010, 5:21 p.m.
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It is shameful and sad to see these links being posted here. Most have nothing to do with GCU. The frustration that causes this smearing of the university steams from being unemployed for a long period of time. I was 'released' from GCU a year ago. It has been impossible for me to find a job. My 'wonderful state college education in business' has proven to be a bust. I have not been able to find work with my worthless degree. I know it is difficult ti resist temptation. I too have been posting negative comments and reviews in this forum for a year now. I urge you to stop the madness!
Nov. 5, 2010, 7:10 p.m.
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Typically classes are 3 credits each (although they can range from 1-4) at most universities. GCU is no exception. To get into a PhD program at a school such as Arizona State University, every class is scrutinized carefully. If the classes at GCU are 'difficult to transfer' they certainly would not be accepted by ASU with or without a degree. Therefore I stand by my original statement that you are factually incorrect. I believe you have an agenda. I do not believe a fired employee nor should anyone else reading these posts!
Nov. 5, 2010, 6:06 p.m.
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You will have problems transferring credits from GCU to another school. It's easier if you have a degree but people change schools all the time. Don't go to GCU if you have any intentions of transferring before receiving your degree.
Nov. 5, 2010, 4:19 p.m.
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My friend with her Master's degree from GCU was accepted into the PhD program at Arizona State University! She is in the process of writing her dissertation! That is a fact! Therefore you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. That is probably why GCU fired you!
Nov. 5, 2010, 3:07 p.m.
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If you have any ideas or a chance of transferring to another college do not attend GCU. You'll have a hard time with most schools accepting their courses. Trust me...I've seen this through personal experience.
Nov. 4, 2010, 5:04 p.m.
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I am very much enjoying my experience at GCU! The professors are great and the campus is wonderful. I feel that I have always received help and support from the faculty and staff. I can recommend GCU for it's low student to professor ratio. You really get individualized attention!
Oct. 26, 2010, 6:29 p.m.
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Grand Canyon University is a for-profit university... The ones you mentioned above are not-for-profit schools.
Also, the lawsuit against GCU is much different than at other schools. It was a whistle blower lawsuit. The government was involved and deemed them dishonest in their enrollment actions. 
When you're dishonest with recruiting/enrollment, it affects the students. They have to pay back the money and we as taxpayers, have to cover the burden during the mean time.
Avoid the for-profit schools. You'll be much better off going a different route.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:08 p.m.
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Oct. 25, 2010, 9:05 p.m.
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+1 vote/
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Oct. 23, 2010, 11:46 p.m.
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Oct. 23, 2010, 11:39 p.m.
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Oct. 21, 2010, 5:16 p.m.
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I have found another school. Now they are not wanting to give me my transcripts. I also caught them in another lie today. They messed up my VA certifications. They told I had to call the VA and fix it and I did.However, I cannot fix the mistakes its the schools job. The VA told me something totally different than what the school did. The school told me the VA changed their ways of certifying and thats what messed me up. Pretty much passing the blame to the VA. Well the VA told me they havent changed anything with any schools and the certification forms from the school is the reason I am messed up. Then I called the school and told them what the VA said and I was told they had to talk to their manager and then call me back later.
Oct. 21, 2010, 4:05 p.m.
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According to the rankings you've submitted many times, WGU is rated in the same category as GCU. They're rated 9th at
It definitely wouldn't be my first choice to get an education but it is regionally accredited and it's not-for-profit. You'll spend less than half the money you'd spend at GCU.
I would chose a state university that offers an online program but if that doesn't work, look around.
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:03 p.m.
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I am going to GCU right now and I'm in about 1/3 of the way or so. Anyway, I have not had any problems with GCU at all. The academic and financial aid advisors call/email me back in a timely manner, and my financial aid is processed and my excess checks sent back in a timely manner. The tuition for me, in Professional Counseling, is about $1395 per class plus books. I've attended University of Phoenix and it was not too bad, I don't remember having too many issues with them either. I guess it just depends on your personal situation. I'd recommend GCU for those who want to stay at home and get an education.
Oct. 20, 2010, 2:50 p.m.
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I can see that some have had their share of problems. I cannot say the same. In fact I would highly recommend the university. The professors have been very supportive. Most have given out their cell numbers so that they can be reached immediately in case of a problem or question. The masters program has been a great experience for me. I have had no problems at all getting my degree recognized. The university is RA. Why should there be any problem at all with transferring? RUN TO GCU! You will love it!
Oct. 20, 2010, 4:19 a.m.
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If you can transfer, I'd get out as quickly as possible. I had nothing but problems with the University as well. Your money is more important than your graduation. They promise the world and only deliver the county landfill.
Your problem will be transferring your credits. Many schools will not accept credits from GCU. If you're not too far along, run!
Oct. 19, 2010, 5:41 p.m.
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I am extremely unhappy with GCU. I chose an online school because I live an hour away from the nearest ground campus. There has been nothing but problems from the start. It is always difficult to reach someone when you need help. The professors are supposed to email you within 48 hours of a question and that almost never happens. The course work does not match the the courses. They dont check your work. I purposely sabotaged a essay and I got an A on it still. Most people wouldnt complain about that but I am there to actually learn something and not just be pushed thru. Also, they know nothing when it comes to the VA. They have me so screwed up with my certifications that I now owe the government money because they certified me as part time after certifying me as full time. I have been full time the whole time. Anyhow its up to the school to fix it and I have been ignored so I am stuck paying for my classes and paying the VA for money I recieved for a full time status. Even though I was always a full time student and not part time. I have recently transferred to another school and its alot better.
Oct. 15, 2010, 3:58 a.m.
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Oct. 14, 2010, 6:22 p.m.
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What a silly notion! The idea that because GCU was sued for 5.2 million dollars makes it a ‘terrible university’ academically is absurd. If you Google ‘pending lawsuits against the University of California System’ you come up with over 1.1 million results. There are currently dozens and dozens of lawsuits filed against this university system. Yet according to U.S. News and World Report 2011 Top Ranking Colleges and Universities List (in conjunction with the Princeton Review) 6 of the top 50 National Universities come from the University of California System. Are we to assume that these are terrible academic institutions because they are being sued dozens of times? Therefore, I have to dismiss what the former employee had to say about the lawsuit in connection with him believing that GCU is a terrible academic institution. It is a ludicrous statement from a ludicrous person motivated completely by revenge.
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:29 p.m.
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Some of the best teachers I had were adjunct professors who were working in their professions. It all depends on the situation. I'd prefer to have a teacher who has experience and not just book work experience. Some teachers shouldn't have been teachers because they were teaching what they didn't know how to do on their own.... So, it all depends on the situation.
Oct. 12, 2010, 8:35 p.m.
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This is my fourth update, the last one was May 5, 2010. I now have five courses remaining before I complete a bachelors in business. Throughout this process of posting my experience, the most important point I've discussed has been the quality of education. I still believe that the curriculum and course material presented is substantial and is the base of a good - quality education. 

The issues that GCU has had with regard to system upgrades have been without a doubt, painful. It does seem that they have however moved past a near gridlock condition with regard to administrative services, which is a very positive development, and are now providing what I percieve to be better service. 

Throughout this education process one other thing has managed to stand out about GCU, and that is the polite and calm and professional demeanor of the administrative employees of the school, regardless of the difficulty in executing thier tasks while suffering the difficult launch of their new information system.

I don't know if I will make another post on this sight. It seems that many of the posts her have comopletely detracted from the credibility of this site. I wonder if anyone can feel like they might be able to seriously consider any of the postings here as a basis for choosing GCU to satisfy thier education requirements.

Good luck all.
Oct. 6, 2010, 5:49 p.m.
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There's another national news network that's going to run a  long news story about some of the crap at a few for-profit schools. They contacted me, students and a few other people who work/worked at GCU to interview us in regards to some major current issues. It will be very informative for everybody to view this. 
When I know when they're going to run the news video, I'll let you all know here.
Oct. 5, 2010, 1:17 p.m.
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I appreciate your level head Neutral. I do see a lot of potential in Grand Canyon University but you have to realize that schools are judged in sections and as a whole. Their recruiting practices are part of the school. It doesn't matter how great their education becomes...if they are corrupt in one part, it will affect the entire school. If students are being lied to and sold to get into the school, the students are not going to be as happy of students in the future. This will drastically affect the school's perception from within and from without.
Here's my problem with Grand Canyon University:
The whistleblower lawsuit was started in 2007. You'd think the school would clean up its recruiting practices shortly after. Well, this was not the case. Their shady, unethical practices were still occurring on a regular basis almost 3 yrs after. 
If they were truly committed to being an outstanding school, they would have addressed their problems and fixed them much sooner. Because of their practices, many students were lied to and they're stuck with lots of debt to pay back. What's funny is that GCU pretends it can just move forward without any opposition to its practices. 
To be fair, it's not just GCU taking criticism right now. It's many of the for-profit schools in the United States. They've created a negative perception because of some money-motivated decisions on how to run the programs. If for-profit schools do succeed they'll still have a negative stigma from many onlookers because of bad business practices. To me, I don't see how for-profit schools can continue doing what they're doing without some backlash. There needs to be changes. I, as a tax payer, don't want to be filling Grand Canyon and other schools' pockets with my money to feed a corrupt practice.
Oct. 5, 2010, 1:35 a.m.
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I am a neutral observer as well. The way I see this forum's 'discussion' is simple. There is an alum that makes his points about GCU with some stats which I have checked and verified. GCU has received it's share of praise! On the other hand, the gentleman that posts as 'Former Counselor in Utah' has also raised his concerns about enrollment practices and  problems and irregularities in financial aid. He offers an e-mail address and offers proof. I think they are discussing different aspects of the university. One is discussing curriculum and instruction while the other is speaking about administrative issues. I hate to be the one to tell you guys that they are not the same. So, I believe that both people have made their points and should just respect that fact!
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:42 p.m.
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I happened to stumble upon this website as I look into online schools and I am a bit disturbed by a lot of the comments I see.  Bickering, arguing, and name calling.  Is that how the students are at this school?  I think after seeing much of the same on other sites, I will look elsewhere.
Oct. 4, 2010, 3:01 a.m.
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If you can't defend your GCU facts, then just admit it.  I can say TIME magazine published an article stating GCU sucks, but without giving proper references its safe to say it doesn't exist (just like your fake stats).  If you want to attack me and not defend your posts, then meet me by the bike racks after class.  Seriously grow up...
Oct. 4, 2010, 12:22 a.m.
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Once again you prove your GCU degree has little value if you rely on such a source over the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website.  Wake up and smell the coffee, your sources are fake and you cannot provide any citations to prove your stats.  Anyone visiting this site won't find them either.  Must be part of your GCU recruiting script you have.  I don't think you are going to make your quota this month buddy or the next as long as I am here.
Oct. 3, 2010, 4:49 p.m.
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Why is it that people are really leaving GCU?  It can't be because they are world renowned for their academia (think Harvard, Yale).  These government stats speak for themselves!
Oct. 3, 2010, 4:46 p.m.
+1 vote/
Federal School Code: 001081

Graduation Rate: 56%
Retention Rate: 81%

PO BOX 210066
Federal School Code: 001083

Graduation Rate: 58%
Retention Rate: 78%
Oct. 3, 2010, 4:43 p.m.
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Here's some more stats:

Federal School Code: 001074

Graduation Rate: 42% :(
Retention Rate: 39%  :(
Oct. 3, 2010, 4:31 p.m.
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I approve of this institution!
Oct. 3, 2010, 4:18 p.m.
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1. OEDb’s Online College Rankings 2009

For each college, we gathered data for eight different metrics — acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer Web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited. The overall ranking, shown below, ranks each college by its average ranking for each metric for which data was available.

GCU #7 score: 15.5 (Top 15% Ranked 7th out of over 40 universities that were rated).

2. Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges 2011 Edition

GCU Ranked: Very Competitive (Top third)

New - Best Online Colleges for 2010
Ranking of top online colleges based on over 2,000 reviews, find the best online universities
TOP 2% : GCU Ranked: 6th

4. Princeton Review: Rank Top 40% of all universities ranked.
Sept. 29, 2010, 11:42 p.m.
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We get that you work for GCU as a facilitator.  I'm guessing you were a former enrollment counselor and completed your Masters at GCU because of that.  In fact it is quite common for employees to also be attending GCU, so its only natural that you would continue to spit the same posts over and over and over gain.  You got your Masters in Education, which is honestly quite useless anywhere or for anything but teaching at the university in which you earned it.  You obviously have no sense of business and how that is what GCU is first and foremost now that it is for-profit.  Other universities may have legal issues as well, but the fact remains no public university has scammed students for their financial aid money and then provided them a poor excuse for an online learning environment.  You really give no examples of how this university operates or how classes are laid out, other than that two professional organizations rated the school high but probably never attended the school directly.  Check my post in the Bachelor section for Accounting, I think I summed it up better than anyone here.  Those are the real facts.  I had doubts back in March about this college and they are now confirmed by the employees who have posted here.  

Public university with an online extension is the way to go!
Sept. 28, 2010, 8:35 p.m.
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I'll post on multiple for-profit school's forums. I, personally, have issues with the 'for-profit' structure of post-secondary learning. I think a lot of people do...I watched the Frontline video and it made me want to study more of the for-profit universities.
Sept. 28, 2010, 6:29 p.m.
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I appreciate your response but I didn't see where you wanted me to answer a question. It seemed more like a rhetorical question to me. 
I've been researching some schools and according to my searches, the schools with the majority of the legal problems are the for-profit schools.... Grand Canyon University included.
And no. I have not posted under multiple names. My agenda is not to smear GCU... It's to openly discuss a problem we're seeing at multiple for-profit schools.
Should Federal Aid money be allowed at these schools, including Grand Canyon University?
My question is to anybody who views this site...not only to the person to which I'm responding.
Sept. 28, 2010, 4:42 p.m.
+1 vote/

These for-profit schools will lie and deceive to hit numbers. It's pretty sad because that's a lot of money.
Read the article about Everest College, a for-profit college. Many students finished associates degrees but couldn't transfer their degrees to reputable universities. So a group of students filed a lawsuit against the school. 
I think you're going to see many more of these lawsuits because many universities don't accept transfer credits from online, for-profit schools... That's a lot of money to pay for something that's not valid to other schools.
Sept. 27, 2010, 4:03 p.m.
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I agree that GCU may be better than the University of Phoenix but they were recently sued and they settled for millions of dollars. This was a very similar lawsuit to the one the University of Phoenix lost a while back. I believe there are more similarities than differences. 
GCU was a not-for-profit university for yrs but most of the complaints and lawsuits have occurred after they became for-profit. If I'm looking at going to a school, I'd want to attend a school known for honesty and integrity. I just don't see much of this at most of the for-profit schools. 
Plus they cost about 4 to 5 times the amount of a community college. If you had the choice of doing a completely-online degree from Arizona, Arizona State or Grand Canyon what would you chose? For me, I'd definitely chose Arizona or Arizona State first.
Sept. 27, 2010, 1:50 p.m.
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This is some very informative. Who's for for-profit schools? Who's against them? is not affiliated with Grand Canyon University in any way.