Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10 (226 reviews)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.
Grand Canyon University Reviews:
62 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Please read this heed my advice
January 12, 2012
As a recent graduate and former employee for over 3 years I suggest you consider looking at other options...the campus is run as a Christian Univ but online is far from it. The compelling motivation is money, bottom line, profits for their investors and succeed at all costs. This Univ is not authentic. The employees are a good group but the management team comes from other online for profit schools and almost all of them are frauds. There is no integrity here I am considering mailing back my degree I am so disgusted in the way they treat their staff and their students. Financial aid counselors have little empathy and believe all students want money (stipend) not a good education. The full time faculty are instructed to pass every student in the early courses. The CEO recently joked "how do you kill a frog? Throw him in a pot of cold water and turn on the heat" HA HA Enrollment counselors are referred to as "monkeys or dogs"... My advice, go to community college for 2 years, look into Western Governors Univ or Liberty if you want a "Christian" school, less money and better value. The school is corrupt and rotten at the top level, unfortunately most of the staff are really good people who care. The good ones eventually get fired if they do not "produce" which is to sell...and that means enroll students at all costs. Grow the school and increase profits and make the stockholders happy and earn the CEO his $ 1 million annual Bonus. What a crock. If I can sway one student away from here I believe I have been successful and cost the school over $54,000 in lost profit for their bogus bachelor degree. By the way they claim over 40,000 online students per year X $2000 per class X 6 classes per year = $480,000,000 over 90% of which comes from loans guaranteed by US taxpayers and lining their pockets. Jesus would be ashamed using his name in vain, "Christian University" no way.
39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Well Balanced and Growing
August 8, 2012
In reading many of the reviews posted here it becomes obvious the ones that were primarily motivated by issues with receiving financial aid. I have not had any issues in that respect so I write this review unbiased by that. In my experience I have really enjoyed the majority of my classes. I am a graduate student in the MS Psychology I/O program and I am about seven courses into it. Thus far my classes have been both challenging and interesting and my instructors have all been quite good. In comparison to my experience with a brick and mortar school, I would say the work is more challenging in the sense that there is more of it (assignments each week)versus one or two big assignments/tests at the midpoint and end of a class which emphasize more memorization (you can judge if that's good or bad). It is a different experience which I think works well. The recent upgrade to a new system, from Angel to Loudcloud, was a little rough because there seemed to be a lot of glitches initially, but a lot of them are already worked out and I like the new format better. One complaint I have is the conformity to the pre-written syllabus that is required of the instructors, but I'm sure there are reasons for the standardization. As far as all the complaints written about support by counselors etc. I have not had much need for assistance from my counselors, but when I have they have been helpful. I did not expect anyone to hold my hand through the program since that would not happen at a brick and mortar school either.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
August 27, 2012
I do not see where some of you guys are coming from. No school is profect and they will never be perfect. I had no bad experience with them. It seems as some of you are complaining because of finanical aid and it sounds as though some of you are just here for the money instead getting knowledge to better yourself in order to get a better job. All of the people who I've worked with has been very professional and on their game. I never had a problem with finanical aid, never had problems anywhere for that matter. Credits are transferable because I have transfer from another school and they have accepted it and i have called around to see if my credit will be transfer to another school once I finish GCU and I was told yes by the other college. Also for the person who said their fees have went up, they do that at every college. Think of it like this, everything in life goes up. Our food, clothes, and other things tht we need cost goes, therefore, so does school fees.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
The Good and the Bad (From a Pre-med student)
February 20, 2012
Hello, I'll be graduating this December with my Bachelor's in Biology: Pre-med, ground student, so I thought I'd give my review for other students considering it. Expense: Yes, it's expensive. They do offer scholarships, but even with my Presidential Scholarship for high GPA ,my full pell grant, and a travel grant for living off campus, I still require about $2,000 in student loans per semester for tuition costs. But it's a private university. Expect to build some debt unless you have loaded parents. ;) Administration: This gets ugly.. Are the people friendly? Absolutely. Do you have to stay on top of them to make sure stuff gets done correctly? All the time. Especially the finance department. You need to call, e-mail, show up in person.. keep records of everything. It is not easy getting them to do what you ask. But you can, if you stay on top of them. They are just very disorganized. Professors and classes: This is pretty much like any other university. (I transferred from NAU so I've seen both.) Some professors are awful. Some are great. However, GCU has cadavers (Gross dissection). NAU does not. I find this class to be extremely helpful in learning the anatomy of the body. Whoever has said that GCU gives easy A's... take Organic Chemistry with Dr. Grubbs (He's the best O-chem teacher there, in my opinion, just not personable.) Seriously.. It will be the hardest A you've ever worked for. I had the same experience at NAU. Some professors are great, others not so much. Some classes are easy A's.. Some will challenge you to the max. Community: This is why I transferred here. The students are very friendly and most of the faculty are as well. People are much more close-knit because the classroom sizes are so small and professors know you by name. NOT everyone who goes to GCU is a christian but obviously a good chunk of them are. Does everyone act Christ-like? No... but I've been to a lot of churches that don't either. In my opinion, GCU as a whole, had kind of has adopted the "Let's accept everything" attitude..to avoid offending people of differing beliefs. Campus: They are expanding it, thank God! lol. Their chemistry labs need some serious help. Some chemistry labs are being done in their biology labs at the moment.. lack of equipment becomes a problem. But they'll have the new building up soon with new labs. They'll also be adding classrooms =[ Of course, I'll have graduated by then. (GCU's number of ground students have been growing like crazy recently) That's my take on it. We shall see how hard it is for me to get into medical school soon enough ;) since people on here keep claiming it has a bad reputation.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
April 23, 2012
Grand Canyon University's online MBA program is a good choice for busy adults. I find the coursework challenging, and have learned a great deal over the past six months I have been in the program. I have never had a problem with my counselors, either before enrollment or as a student. The teachers have made themselves available and are quick to respond to my needs. I see plenty of lukewarm comments about the school. I don't know whether they have just worked harder and hired better faculty and staff than in previous years, but I have had a pleasant overall experience and would recommend the school as a place to meet your educational needs.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Happy Online College of Education Student
June 19, 2013
This review is based solely on my experience as a fully online student majoring in Elementary and Special Education. You should know right away that many of the teacher education courses require 15-20 practicum hours to be completed in an actual school setting. You will not be completing all of your course work online. My first two GCU classes were what I call “Welcome to College” and “Welcome to Online Courses” courses. They were extremely easy and redundant, especially since I had taken so many online courses before. You take one course at a time at 7 weeks a pop with GCU online, so that added 4 months to my completion time and $3600 to my debt load. I accepted this all things considered. I imagine there are people out there who are not tech savvy and/or have never taken a college course before that might benefit more from these courses. Anyway, after those first two mostly unnecessary courses, I took Critical Thinking. That course taught me a lot, and I have enjoyed every course since. I have taken them seriously and prepared for every assignment as if my life depended on it, since I am investing too much in this to take it less than very seriously. I have had classmates who are obviously phoning it in, and I have had serious students such as myself, and everything in between. Many of my instructors keep office hours at the Phoenix, AZ campus and were just a phone call away. Those same instructors would call me periodically and check on me or to follow up on a question I had posted in the course’s discussion forum. They have all been engaging and effective at the very least. Financial aid has been seamless for the most part, and I initially had some issues with eligibility that required an FA officer who loves a challenge. Needless to say she got the job done. There have been a handful of times where my FA adviser did not respond to my emails and/or voicemails right away, but she took care of the situations which prompted me to call or email in the first place and eventually got back to me to follow up. I get the impression that she is spread thin, and I totally get that since I am at my job, too. I received an $800 institutional scholarship after completing my third GCU course. I also received a smaller one for starting a class during the Christmas break. I transferred in all of my credits from three previous colleges. I am nearing the end of a dual major program, B.S. Elementary and Special Education. So far, so good, but if my experience changes I will definitely update this review accordingly. In terms of GCU’s credibility, I was offered a teaching position for when I complete my program by a principal who never heard of GCU. My point is that there a million private universities throughout this country that nobody’s heard of. If you deliver the goods in your interactions with people, particularly people in positions of granting opportunity, your best asset will always be yourself. Likewise, your worst asset can be yourself. Anybody that has a preexisting bias against for-profit schools or online degree programs is not somebody whose opinion or approval I am going to seek. I have spent 25 years working with and for the products of the traditional, not-for-profit university system, and I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, the brilliant and the absolutely useless. Remember that you are the sum total of all of your experiences, educational and otherwise, and the name of the college printed on your diploma and transcripts alone does not have the ability, more often than not, to sell you. That is YOUR job.
29 of 53 people found the following review helpful
RUN AWAY AS FASTV AS YOU CAN!!
January 10, 2012
If I could rate it a ZERO star I would. These people are frauds. We paid cash for the tuition. The university took a Sallie Mae loan for $7000.00 and refuses to correct the situation. VERY POOR support from financial. We can't even get a receipt for reimbursement. Poor support. A student got very sick and was assured she would be allowed to submit her work, which was complete. They then issued an F and kicked her out. This is Christian behavior? I hope God strikes them with a bolt of lightning! Counselors don't call back, are unresponsive. Generally not fit to be called a university. PATHETIC!!
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Criminal Justice MS
August 16, 2012
My overall experience was good. I read some of the horror stories, but did not have a problem with the program. I work full time, a veteran, and still in the Reserves. This online program is one that you MUST discipline yourself to meet deadlines. As with any program, you get out what you put into a program.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I know what goes on behind those closed doors
February 6, 2013
I was an employee of GCU for almost 7 years and watched it go from a small Christian faith based school into a University of Phoenix clone almost overnight. The emphasis since becoming publically traded has shifted from student service to making money and simply getting students enrolled and posting their first day of class no matter what - WARNING- if you post that first day you are stuck with the entire cost of the class. The entire online division is numbers driven where counselors will do anything to get students enrolled for fear of loosing their own jobs. The university engages in constant cover up in regards to Federal Compliance regulations, hiring practices, and sexual discrimination. A pretty female will always get the promotion over the more qualified candidates. Pretty females finishing a grad program at teh school will always be hired over more qualified outside candidates. University staff ( who's salary is funded by publically traded investors money) regularly engage in such practices as internet surfing of inappropriate sites, online gambling, sneaking away while on the clock to gamble at the local casinos. Staff sit in meetings and laugh and poke fun of their online students and regularly leave their computers unlocked on on with student information upon the screen. Had your ID stolen? It probably happened because GCU was careless with your info. Staff regularly encourage students to borrow heavily with student loans to fund school and at one point it was actually a written corporate policy to not disclose to students what the consequences of borrowing are. Staff reguarly tell ONLINE students that they can use federal money to pay for computers, cars, housing, and even for vacations ( to ease the stress of school).
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
GCU Has Been A Positive Experience
May 16, 2012
I have been at GCU for two years and I have found it to be a positive experience. I was impressed from day one. My enrollment counselor walked me through each step in a professional manner. Every question I had was answered promptly. My instructors have always shown that they are well educated and were interested in my success. None of my classes were rubber stamped. They expected you to perform at a high level and I was constantly challenged by my instructors and course work. I loved their research library and always recieved superb help from their librarians. There were technical glitches at times, but their technical support staff was excellent. My counselors call me frequently and unsolicited to check in on my progress and to see if i have any problems. I would not say GCU is a perfect university, but overall, I felt comfortable there and will miss it when I graduate soon. I definitely feel I am a better person for attending GCU.
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