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:
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 Even now I have fully withdrawn from the school and they still try contacting me to see if I want to continue my degree.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..
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.
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.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Save your money and run!
Business Administration - January 12, 2016
Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from Gran Canyon. First off, they have about 300 potential students (mostly Seniors in High School) assigned to what they call an Admissions Representative. This person is actually a COMMISSIONED SALES REPRESENTATIVE assigned to a region of the US. They are very difficult to reach and difficult to get answers from. You find out very soon that everything goes through them - I MEAN EVERYTHING! You cannot contact anyone at the University for real, only your representative. If you want to talk to someone at GCU, you have to wait until your representative gets you an answer (in our case it was sometimes weeks). We missed a deadline and were not told by our Rep that there was a fee associated with it. When our child decided not to go to GCU, and told them we were unaware of any fee, we were repeatedly billed for the fee. They would not cancel the fee regardless of our struggling financial circumstances. We also found out that the school has a pretty low reputation across the board and yet the tuition and fees for GCU are among the highest for a Christian school in the nation. Overall, the lasting impression is that this is a BUSINESS first and NOT a ministry. They are not interested in helping mid to lower income families get a degree at a Christian University - they are mostly interested in making money, building their facilities so they can compete with Liberty University (which is very similar by the way). There is no financial assistance for those in need of help, no compassionate response to those who cannot pay their exorbitant tuition, and no access to department heads, faculty, staff, student information representatives for parents who want direct answers to questions in a timely manner. It's kind of like the whole goal is to get your kids signed up for a program, get them to sign a contract (PLEASE DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING!), and then gouge you for fees if your child withdraws or decides not to attend. Advice: Send your kid to a junior/community college the first two years and then let them finish at a reputable university so they have a degree that is worth something! This will save them about half of the total cost of a college degree! Be advised, the directors who run GCU are hard core businessmen, living lavish lifestyles, building their financial base, and living large under the covering of a "Christian University". That's not right! As Christians, we are supposed to help those in need, provide assistance to those seeking education, making Christian Education accessible to everyone, not just wealthy parents who want to send their kids to a "Christian" baby-sitting school with bed checks and separate dorms so nothing bad can happen. WAKE UP PARENTS, get smart and skip GCU!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nursing - December 31, 2015
DNP Instructors mostly over committed adjunct faculty mostly from other institutions; as with many institutions (some with high ratings) these faculty in quality vary considerably Syllabi woefully poorly written especially discussion questions and have not been routinely updated throughout; it appears because they are seeking AACN accreditation for their DNP program that they do not want to draw attention right now to this problem. Typhon is not intuitive and poorly organized and explained despite several references or documents trying to explain it. When this program is advertised and listed as Self-Learning...believe it!!! An online fast paced self-learning format is not for everyone. GCU should certainly stick to the Post-MSN with an APRN certification for this program consisting of 12 eight-week courses.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
B.S. in Elementary/Special education - December 29, 2015
I am a new student to Grand Canyon University. After taking two classes and passing both with an A I can say I would enroll all over again. There is a lot of work and research that goes into being an online student. One must be disciplined and dedicated. I will be graduating in 2019 and plan on obtaining my Masters Degree as well.
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