Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
Grand Canyon University Reviews:
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!
1 of 1 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.
3 of 3 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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Derek Harada and Sheia Dwyer are wonderful
M.S. in Professional Counseling - November 18, 2015
I am an online student at Grand Canyon University. Advisor Derek Harada is wonderful. Professor Sheia Dwyer is wonderful. Love Grand Canyon U. I am an online student in the Master of Science in Professional Counseling program at Grand Canyon University. My enrollment advisor, Derek Harada, is a wonderful enrollment advisor who gives me a phone call every week to see how I am doing in my online class. My professor, Sheia Dwyer, gave me a phone call because she was concerned that I wouldn't successfully pass the online class. Professor Sheia Dwyer is very responsive and asks thought-provoking questions during the class. This is the final week of my online class, and I am sad that the class is coming to an end. My experience as an online student at Grand Canyon University has been very positive and wonderful. I highly recommend Grand Canyon University.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good program but buyer beware.
Master of Science in Professional Counseling - November 8, 2015
If you're considering this degree program, there are several things to consider: 1) If you want a government job in counseling, don't go here. The university is not CACREP accredited and the VA requires this. Unfortunately, no adviser told me this initially. 2)Very solid curriculum. I am licensed and working in the field but please see point #1. 3) Internships are required and must meet your own State licensing requirements in the end, though you can meet the State of Arizona's to get the degree. It's a great program for people working in the field who have a network in place and have a place lined up to intern or 'real' options lined up. The internship is the student's responsibility entirely. 4)Like most colleges, GCU is a for profit institution and the online programs are a 'cash cow'. As you can tell by other reviews, they will gladly take your money if you decide to drop out or not attend after classes have started. You better be a responsible individual to do the program and don't complain about not reading their refund policies. 5) IMPORTANT - I measured their curriculum against my peers in the field and GCU is solid. Spoke to two librarian friends at major universities (U of Michigan, U. of North Carolina) and GCU has exceptional library resources. They give you most tools to be successful but the lack of CACREP accreditation is problematic. You will be prepared for your State licensing exam coming out of here if you do the work but if you are planning to work for the Federal Government, go some place else. I imagine it is just a matter of time before individual states start following the Fed's lead, so beware. Hope this helps. I had a great experience here but trying to keep it real for potential students who may not be aware of Federal licensing standards.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1,495 dollars to drop a class within the first week
M.S. in Professional Counseling - November 6, 2015
During the first full week of online classes, I tried to drop my online class and withdraw from Grand Canyon University. I was told that if I dropped my class, that I would have to pay off a 1,495 dollar balance within 3 months. Most real colleges/universities allow you to drop a class within the first 2 weeks without penalty.... Now, I am stuck and have to take this online class, even though I have significant health problems....The Grand Canyon University Policy Handbook states that students are entitled to a 75% tuition refund during Week 1. However, Grand Canyon University is threatening me, telling me that if I don't pay my balance of 1,495 dollars within 3 months, my case will go to collections
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bacelors of Science in Elementary Education - November 1, 2015
I highly recommend not going into debt getting a degree from GCU and here is why. I am a foreign educated Elementary school teacher who was required to have an American degree to teach in my state. I hold multiple bachelor degrees from another country and have taught as a teacher there for 9 years. At the time I chose GCU because they were accredited and were available for online education. I was convinced by the financial counselors there that the cost of the student loans would be able to be paid back because of the teaching salaries I would earn. I was told that because I had foreign degrees that were accredited, I could achieve an American degree in 3 years instead of 4. The truth was that even though I was a student that achieved a 3.8 GPA, it still took 4 years, the student loan kept piling up to the tune of almost 50K. I constantly found my professors far from adequate to teach these courses and my experiences with GCU staff were horrible. It required intervention many times through the years by the Dean to get continuing messes they caused cleaned up. Although I have great American references from my student teaching and a good GPA it has been over two years with no job opportunities. Lots of substitute jobs which don't pay the bills. I have excellent reviews by teachers and students and their parents but no prospects for a classroom of my own. It seems that in this field it is so political and that nepotism is running rampant. My loan interests have risen beyond the point of no return. None of these issues in this field were ever brought up by GCU. They had an extremely hard time finding a school to take me in as a student teacher as most schools were looking for student teachers from more well-known universities. Bottom line is GCU Degrees in Elementary education are not the ones you want to present to a future school for a job. They are not well looked at unless you want a charter school or work in a risky area where they are desperate to keep teachers. Save your money and look for a better institution to spend the next 4 years at. These are my opinions but this mistake will affect me the rest of my life and the debt will stay with me past retirement. You need to consider all the facts from all sources before you make these types of decisions.
Master's in counseling
M.S. in Professional Counseling - October 13, 2015
Gaining internship is very difficult to impossible. There are too many counseling students per internships. I live out of state and the places I have tried to acquire an internship told me the school needs to first inquire for their students. The schools in this state set up the chance for the students. Now I have completed all my bookwork and received a 3.1 GPA and cannot find a place to work towards an internship. University doesn't seem to care and if they care too much they no longer work for the university. I owe all this money for schooling and do not a place to complete an internship. Be careful when you go to this school if you are looking for a counselor's.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
ED in TESOL - October 8, 2015
What a great experience! Approximately 44% of students starting a bachelor's or master's degree will not finish! That is a sad fact! It requires great effort, study and commitment to complete a degree program. Unfortunately, those who do not see it through need to vent. They use this website as an outlet for their frustrations. If you take the time to view many of the colleges' reviews (regardless of which college or university you choose), you will see that almost half are negative reviews. This is in line with the 44% failure/drop out rate I was talking about earlier. GCU is no different. My experience has been wonderful. I was an online student that finished a master's in education. Immediately I saw my pay increase over $10,000 annually. Many of the frustrated individuals that could not hack the requirements and want to blame the university for their failures don't seem to understand that GCU is a respected regionally accredited university that provides an excellent education. Had they 'stuck it out' they would have realized that.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Grand Canyon University equals University of Phoenix plus God and Cheerleaders.
English Literature - September 27, 2015
You will never get into any graduate school in any sort of a traditional degree like English, Sociology, History, or Anthropology because you don’t learn the same things at GCU that the students are apparently studying at the regular schools. So your only option is to get your Master’s degree from GCU too or go to University Of Phoenix or Walden or one of the online schools to get one of their degrees and then hope you can get a job teaching at one of the online schools because regular colleges are never going to hire you to teach at a regular college with a degree from GCU or University Of Phoenix. So just hope that University Of Phoenix and GCU floods the market with so many graduates that finally someone will let you into graduate school. Even if the other schools would let you in they would probably realize you don’t know anything pretty quickly then kick you out. The employees constantly change at GCU and the “professors” are not permanent and you end up dealing with a bunch of GCU graduates as your teachers and they work for GCU too, so that is how you get your degree. Forget going to conferences and stuff like that – it isn’t happening. It is basically like a giant University Of Phoenix thing with Christianity and cheerleaders mixed in so that it appeals to parents and kids who have tens of thousands of dollars to throw away on a sort of fake degree.
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