Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.7 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
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M.S. in Professional Counseling - May 29, 2016
Grand Canyon University does not require any sort of testing before being accepted into the M.S. in Professional Counseling program, and unfortunately, this shows in the quality of the many of my classmates. Some classmates are not able to form coherent sentences. Most are barely able to write at a high school level. The quality of the instruction is lacking in most cases as well. There have been times when I, and other students, have asked for feedback and the instructor is unwilling (or perhaps unable) to provide any insight into the topic. Other instructors have been so awful, I've lost my interest in learning in those classes. I've felt like I was alone. I am basically teaching myself and learning from textbooks. I listen to my coworkers talk about their counseling program classes, and I am envious. They're actually learning how to do counseling. I feel like I'm learning how to fake my way through it. If I were an employer, I would require some serious intelligence testing before I hire anyone with a GCU degree, simply because the program does not actually teach, but still passes out counseling degrees. It is not surprising then that GCU is not CACREP accredited.
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Christian Views my ASS
Business Management - May 27, 2016
If you do not know what it means to pull they wool over someone's eye's, well then let me introduce you to GCU. AT first the state that they will do what it takes in making sure that all your credits are transformed over and that they will assist you in making the correct chose when attending GCU. Well the only thing they did was to pull me in to the school and about half way in turn around and tell me that the credits that I had would not be transferred over. When asked why it was that they did not meet their standards and that there was nothing anyone could do about. The Christian values that they announce and stand behind are not for them, but more of a line that is used to attract students. This school was all about money, money and more money. The instructors for the most part know how to read off a book and some do have experience but not in the field I needed. Most of their material was obtained from FEMA web-sites or other free sites that anyone can get at no cost, but GCU makes sure that they will charge you. My advice to students is make sure you research the school not once or twice but three times and have someone there with you so that they can bring you back down to earth when they try to paint a pretty picture. The values that GCU has are none, I would be a shamed if I were them to say Christian views and values.
Get ready to owe your soul to the GCU company store
Nursing - May 27, 2016
Really not what I thought it was gonna be. Lots of silly deadlines, group work sucks the most, and you all get graded for whatever free loader or should I say free loaders that fail to do their part. I am 45 years old A honor student even in nursing school so yeah I have no problem putting out the effort, but this school is terrible. Price is also very expensive, I was being told something different from my financial adviser when I found out I had been charged 4,000 more worth of student loans than I was made aware of. Honestly I would look into UTA they have one of the best ADN to BSN programs around.
MBA in Marketing - May 19, 2016
Would not reconmend! Much like the majority on here have previously said, this school is just in it for your money. I was originally instructed to apply for a grant and was approved up until my first class ended. Then they continously called asking for $800 to pay for my "books" that I used in my online class and that I would have to continue to pay for the classes because somehow my "grant" readjusted itself and was denied last minute. Then, when I asked for my full course schedule, they kept running me in circles, telling me to check the website when I demanded to see my personal schedule. They were attempting to sign me up for fluff courses explaining it was all mandatory but yet I saw it nowhere on their website. Everything feels so insincere and it became clear to me this was a scam. Even now I have fully withdrawn from the school and they still try contacting me to see if I want to continue my degree. No thank you! Be honest up front and definitely don't tie religion into your lies. They should be ashamed..
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Business Management - May 6, 2016
Everything was going well. I spent four months communicating with my contact at Grand Canyon University (GCU). I thought that I had asked every question imaginable. Once I made my first post as an online student, suddenly a wealth of information was provided. Much of the information would have influenced my decision to attend a different college. My biggest complaint is being lied to by the people at GCU. I started recording my phone conversations with GCU. It is only fair because they record all of the conversations that I have with them. As far as I can tell, I am within my legal rights as a first-person member of the conversation to record the conversations. I have caught them in several lies. I do not get myself involved with litigation, so these recordings are merely for my benefit. It took several months before I could get someone to admit the “mistake” that has cost me about $18,000. I could have stopped attending this university and gone somewhere else, but I had spent a great deal of time convincing the VA to pay for my classes and filling out paperwork. I am not sure that the VA would have continued to pay for a different school. I will never be proud enough to hang my diploma on the wall. I will be obtaining my master’s degree from somewhere else. This time, I will be sure to let the person know that I will be recording the conversation.
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A shame before God.
Sociology - May 4, 2016
I am at the end of the first class that Grand Canyon University, said I must take and pay for. But, the degree I wanted was social work and I was told I could take the social work class, but I had to find somewhere to get the hours I needed as volunteer services which was 400 hours. I called the board for social services in my area and found out that GCU is not accredited for social work. So when I contacted my student adviser. She told me that the degree does not lead to a license. Of course I asked her what was the degree valid for if I can not get a license. This was something I truly wanted to do. To help many in the community who are less fortunate. Now, they are telling me that I will have to pay for three classes even though I have not taken nothing but one class. So, now I am stuck at their school that lied to me about having a relevant social worker program. I am so disappointed and I believe that this type of fraud to students who are receiving student loans that are guarantied by the US government should be looked into. They should not be able to commit fraud at their leisure.
Nursing - April 14, 2016
I am in my third class in the RN-BSN program. I really enjoyed my first instructor but this last one has been a mess. She is very vague on assignments on exactly what she is looking for and takes off points for everything. I really try hard to make A's on my papers and she will demerit you to death. A lot of the problem is really her lack of clear instructions. Also, the group assignments are awful. So many people don't really care about them and they expect everyone else to carry their load. It really makes it hard to make a decent grade on them. I don't understand when they give you the end of course survey and you honestly tell them this stuff, nothing seems to change. It is still a mess on the next course. I am really not too happy with my experience so far. I will continue on but it has not been a very encouraging environment.
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Poor Quality of Masters Students
M.S. in Professional Counseling - February 18, 2016
Let me start by saying this is part review and part frustrated vent. But please think twice before starting a Master's program here. My experience so far has been fine as far as the teachers, staff and curriculum. I have many years in the behavioral health field but need the Masters to get to the next level. I'm truly enjoying what I'm learning and have good experiences with my profs and their teaching. What is really starting to leave me utterly disappointed is the quality of students in my online classes. The majority of the discussion posts are written by students who cannot write complete sentences or critically think. Almost weekly 90% of my class doesn't read the instructions on what the discussion posts are about. Assignments are turned in that completely leave out the answer to the very specific question by the professor. They either don't answer the question at all, they don't cite their work, they call five sentences a solid post or they tell each other,"GREAT POST!" when the work is clearly below high school level. I just find it incredible that this is a Master's level class with the academic work being produced from students that are in these classes. They don't know how to comprehend the work or write at the graduate level. And like another reviewer wrote...it's the same people in every class! It's sad really, I'm paying a lot of money and spending all my time on these classes...which I should...only to feel like there's not a University level quality among the students. I'm getting A's so I know I'm doing something right, but my patience is wearing thin for what should be an vigorous academic environment and just isn't coming close to what I thought a Master's Degree would be like. If you're looking for an on-line masters program consider yourself warned.
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Poor school, bad staff
MBA with an Emphasis in Leadership - February 13, 2016
The platform they use for their online classes is horrible. You cannot tell what needs done and when - a due date for a discussion post versus when comments are due. The syllabus stinks. You have to go the student handbook for late policies and finding numbers for IT help is like wandering down a labyrinth. I wanted to talk with my program director and was told I could only talk with my adviser. The assignments are poorly written, the syllabus had typos. Stay away!!!
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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - January 31, 2016
In short I have never seen a more unethical University . I was billed for fees that I was not advised of and registered for a class without my knowledge or consent. I have complaints filled with both the BBB and Arizona Attorney General's office . I only wish I had done a google search I would never gone near GCU
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