Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.7 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
Grand Canyon University Reviews:
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Academics - Questionable Entrance Requirements
Accounting - October 11, 2016
To obtain a college degree, any college degree, you have to want it. You have to be willing to put in the time and the effort to attain the level of knowledge that is associated with a college degree. The level of instructors is no better or worse here than at ASU, UCLA, or USC where I have obtained other degrees. That isn't the problem that I have with GCU. My issue lies in the competency of other students with whom I must converse via the online classroom. There are some students who are barely literate, let alone the caliber of student that should be required prior to admittance to a university. While my success or failure does not depend upon my fellow students on a routine basis, there are occasions when we must enter the Collaborative Learning environment. What a JOKE! On all but one occasion, I have written the majority, once the entirety, of the project while my team mates accepted the "A" grade. In one instance, four team members had worked fairly successfully together for the week. On the last day, the fifth team member took the finished product and submitted it as his own. I filed a complaint with the instructor, but I never got resolution on the matter. This is my biggest challenge with the university. I believe it is unnecessary to require people who have never seen each other, who are often employed full-time and have vastly different schedules and availability, to work together to create a cohesive, truly collaborative end product. GCU is no better or worse than any other institution with regard to finances and response from representatives. College is expensive. College should be challenging and the level of literacy and intelligence should rise accordingly. Students who can't form a complete sentence should not be enrolled in a university. They should attend a community college where they can get remedial help before moving on to attain a college degree. In closing, GCU is a good school with excellent programs and adequate instruction. Entrance exams should be mandatory however.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An OK program
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - September 30, 2016
Grand Canyon's DBA program is fairly new. I have been in the program 3 years now and have entered by dissertation phase. I do not believe I will complete my dissertation by the end of the dissertation courses and fully expect to use at least 2 or 3 extension courses. I have heard of people needing 5 + extension courses to finish in the program. The course part of the program is very soft skills heavy. There is not enough emphasis on accounting, finance, etc and too much on strategy, HR and such. What I liked: 1. The coursework was generally pretty interesting. 2. A few of the instructors were top notch and fully engaged. 3. The online classroom and resources seem pretty bullet proof. I can only think of one time that I could not log in during my three years in the program and it was resolved within a couple hours. 4. I like the idea of the residencies - however see my comments in don't likes. The residencies were great for networking with other students and honestly the other students were more helpful than the instructors. Feedback from instructors at the residencies was often contradictory. What I did not like: 1. 2/3 of the instructors are useless. They provide little useful feedback and are typically slow to respond if at all. 2. In the program, they state that you are working on your dissertation from day 1. However once I got to the true dissertation phase that was rubbish. What I thought I had was not fit for purpose or even truly useful. I more or less had to rip it up and start from scratch. 3. The residencies are disorganized and for the most part very little information is imparted to the students. They main problem is the student to instructor ratio. There are just too many students in each class during the residency and each student is working on a unique research proposal. Generally speaking the squeaky wheel gets the grease and the loudest student gets the most attention. I would have gotten more value from a solid 4 hours with an adviser one on one than a week at a residency. 4. No breaks in the program except for Christmas. It is a marathon that never ends. Classes are 2 months long and the day one class ends the new one starts the next day. It is exhausting. I would prefer a couple week break between classes even if that meant graduating later. 5. My dissertation adviser is new to GCU and has not a clue. Additionally as I mentioned before I had to pretty much start over from scratch. My adviser tries hard but just does not have the experience needed to support my needs in the program. My final verdict is that the program is average. I am not sure I would recommend it to anyone but I would not try to talk someone out of it either.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nursing - September 10, 2016
I may be wrong about all of this but online educators seem to get meaner at you progress through the program at GCU, especially those in the Capstone courses (DNP 955, DNP 960, DNP 965). I am beginning to wonder if they really want us to even graduate since so much minutia is required to moved forward. The program chair is particularly abrasive toward students. She has both a PhD and DNP but her arrogance toward students seeking the DNP is unbridled. I have been at GCU for many years and have been successful with several nursing degrees there (MSN, FNP, etc), however, there seems to be a cloud of animosity that nursing educators, retained by GCU, have toward to students. I believe much of that comes from the program chair. The Chinese say, "the fish stinks from the head down." I do not currently believe that I can or will graduate from the DNP program, although I've made almost a 4.0 average in the program. Of course, I will continue to strive ahead to meet the demands of the program. I've never failed at anything - but this may be a first. If you are planning to do the DNP at GCU - ask some hard questions first. How many DNP have they graduated? While this is a relatively new program, I know they have graduated one crop already - many of which are used as on-site educators. Honestly, I'm not a complainer - I understand how life goes, but I'm very concerned about the current DNP program chair at GCU and the contract educators that she uses. Regardless, I wish everyone the best ever as they seek out a DNP to move their career forward. Regard,,,,,,,,,,,Anonymous
RN to BSN - Great Experience!!
Nursing - August 30, 2016
I completed the RN to BSN program in December 2015 and my experience with GCU was phenomenal! Everyone from the enrollment councilor to my last instructor was everything I thought it would be. The course work is all laid out for the entire course and it was all very well organized. It was a lot of work and required you to put in the time, but the end result was worth it. The best part was that all of the course work was applicable to the practice of nursing. If you are an ADN RN looking to earn your BSN I highly recommend GCU.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good experience at GCU
Masters of Education in Elementary Education - August 23, 2016
My experience at GCU was excellent. From my initial counselor who enrolled me, to my final experiences on campus for graduation, I recommend this school. My initial counselor provided his cellphone number, and it was very easy to contact him and he always returned my calls quickly. I had no problems with classes, as once one was finished the next in line would show on my portal. My professors more often than not held doctorates, and were generally very helpful and communicative. I did not care for one professor's style, but that is bound to happen and does not reflect on the University as a whole. The classes were challenging and I was required to do a ton of research papers. The other people in my classes were very professional and a joy to do projects with. Never at any time did I have any type of financial discrepancy with GCU. However, I have seen many people on this particular review site whine and complain about things that were their own responsibility to take care of, not GCU's. They blame GCU for not being accredited, or they blame GCU because their degree did not lead to certification/licensure. Really? The blame lies solely with them for not verifying these things up front. With anything in life, do your research and make an effort to get a positive outcome. Be proactive, not reactive. I am glad I did!
Very good program for online
Business Administration - July 31, 2016
I have read a few negative reviews about GCU and that may be their experience but it is not mine. I have attended the Bus Adm. program online for 3 years now and I absolutely love it for the most part. I have gained a wealth of knowledge that I can use in the corporate world. There is a ton of work and some of the assignments are very challenging so you really have to work hard in order to be successful. If you do not have any experience in classes like accounting or marketing, I would suggest getting a tutor because they can be really hard. I am excited because in 8 more weeks I will receive my BS in Bus Adm. and I have a 3.0 GPA. Since I have attend GCU I have had maybe 3-4 Advisors but for the past 2 years, I have had the same one and she is very helpful and she always return phone call. One time I had to call the top person over the program that I am in and I received an immediate phone call back and my problem was resolved. In order to be successful at GCU or any online school you have to stay on top of your work and put forth a lot of effort but in the end, it is truly worth it. I will say that they can afford to charge less for the classes because I think they are to high. Yes, you may come across an instructor that is not so good but that happens at any university. What I would say if that happens, stay in touch with your Advisor or someone higher and keep notes of the issue, I did and it worked to my advantage. GCU has one of the best online setups and I would not change that at all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
GCU review...Very Good School!
Nursing - July 27, 2016
I AM JUST ONE WEEK SHY OF OBTAINING MY msn from GCU. I have had a very good experience with the school in general, it is true that I went through a few lecturers who were awful but I also had lots of very good instructors . If you are disciplined, hard working and ready to study, GCU is a right fit for you. I will not hesitate in recommending this school to anyone. I was an online student with a bachelors degree from a different country, it is true that they will not spoon feed you but of course am used to not being spoon fed, therefore I have worked so hard to succeed and I will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in a week's time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Find another school
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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