Review Averages: 5.9 out of 10 (173 reviews)Grantham University is a nationally accredited school that offers a variety of online associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as online MBA degrees and master’s programs in information management and information technology. Grantham also offers certificates in criminal justice. All students choose between standard and accelerated course delivery formats.
Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council
Grantham University Reviews:
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Honest Opinion of Grantham
November 12, 2011
I recently received by Bachelors at Grantham. Overall I have been impressed with the school. Now I know there is a issue with accreditation among a lot of folks. Nationally vs regionally does not make a difference from a workforce standpoint.Its an individual/business bias. Actually very few employers even ask about accreditation. If and when a company/business does a degree audit it will still show its accreditation by the Department of Education. Most employers don't know the difference anyway and neither is better than the other. Only area it might affect you is transfer of credits going from a Associates to a Bachelors to a Masters. But its no difference going from one regionally accredited school to another. Ask me how I know. They will not accept all transfer credits either. But for those that plan to go to a regionally accredited from a nationally accredited there are a number of schools out there that will transfer over credits with ease from nationally accredited colleges. For those getting teaching degree's or other specialized degree's I would recommend you stick with RA. Most of them will not accept a NA as it stands right now. Currently there is a national body at the federal level that is trying to level the field and have all colleges and universities that accredited at both the NA and RA levels make it easier on the student in credit transfer.But keep in mind schools whether RA or NA are going to try and get as much money out of you as they can. Doesn't take PhD to figure that out. Do your research on both accreditation. Go to the Department of Educations website. It has all the info you need on the subject. Don't take my word or anyone else word read it for yourself. Then make your choice from there. I'm finishing up my MS in Information Management-Project Management at Grantham. And oh by the way my degree from Grantham so far is netting me a 6 figure income.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Still enrolled at Grantham and hoping to graduate
July 23, 2012
O.k., so I am currently enrolled at Grantham University. Like every university, it has its good and bad points. I have attended a total of 6 (Yes 6!) colleges over the past 8 years of my military service. I guess I am a positive person, because I found each to be a unique experience. I'm not sure that an online situation is right for everyone. I'm not saying that at all. My brother graduated high school this spring and I pushed him to a traditional community college. If you wonder why, it simply has to do with maturity. At 18, he just isn't disciplined enough to succeed in an online environment. For me, I am 33 and capable of sticking to my goals. I plan the work and then work the plan! Got that attitude in Army. We getter done. For me Grantham has been a blessing. They accepted a lot of my transfer credits (The one's related to my degree focus) And as long as you do your work on time and don't make excuses, they are pretty cool about everything. When you are deployed, they work with you on extensions. Little hard to turn in daily homework or comment on blog posts when you are in a battle theater. So it has taken me a little longer than I initially planned, but should be on course to graduate early 2013. Has it been easy? No. Has it been worth it? Yes. I plan to stay in the service and use my degree in a Green to Gold Officer program. I'm just trying to be encouraging for others who might be considering Grantham U or any other solid online school as an alternative to completing your degree. Just do it. The investment you make in your education is worth while. And if you are in the service, Military Tuition is a great cost reducer. Use it while you can.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
October 4, 2012
As far as I am concerned, Grantham University is a great school and a wonderful value. Not everyone can afford to go to Harvard or Yale! Also I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in on this issue about DETC Accreditaion. The HETA agreement has resulted in over 200 regionally accredited colleges and universities that will accept DETC accredited institutions' credits for transfer and their bachelors degrees as a basis for enrolling for masters degree programs. If any of these institutions will not accept Grantham's credits, then it would be strictly because they do not believe Grantham's Academics are up to par in spite of their DETC accreditation. HETA removes the national vs. regional barriers of credit and degree transfer, but the schools are free to reject credits for other reasons. I graduated from a DETC accredited college and I am eligible for Master's degree programs at so many Regionally Accredited schools that I'm having a hard time deciding. I sent transcripts to Capella, St. Leo, and University of Northern Alabama (all regionally accredited schools) and have been accepted for all three. Now I just have to pick one. The only reason I'm not mentioning my school by name is because I don't want to drag it's name into this rip-off discussion. I'm not rebutting the assertion that Grantham's Credits are "worthless," but I definitely have to point out that DETC accredited institution's degrees are not worthless as a whole. All U.S. federal government jobs are open to DETC accredited degreeholders and all Florida state jobs are open to degree holders from institutions accredited by nationaly accredited (like DETC) institutions. From what I can tell this is true of most other states as well. I am sorry that Louisiana requires a regionally accredited degree for state jobs. If that is true, then they are out of step with the rest of the country, but then that is generally true of anything in Louisiana because of the French legal/political/social traditions there. My best friend lived ouside of New Orleans for 3 years, 20 years ago, and he claims it was like living in another country. I guess I'd better add that when I said "all" federal and Florida state jobs above, that excludes some professions like medicine, law, and engineering that have to have seperate accreditation from a professional association. Almost all professional associations, will only accredit regionally accredited institutions. So in closing, I don't think you necessarily made a mistake going to a DETC accredited school, the mistake may have just been in choosing Grantham. I grant you that you could have gone to any regionlly accredited school and had much less problem transferring though. If you go to a DETC accredited school you have to have a plan for your future education and make sure that the DETC accredited school fits into the plan. Here is a list of the regionally accredited schools that will accept DETC credits for transfer and will also accept the bachelors degrees toward post-graduate degrees (the list is growing). These colleges and universities can be proud to have demonstrated that they are forward-thinking, progressive institutions. 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Marie, MI) Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY) Lexington College (Chicago, IL) Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (Lincoln, IL) Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) McKendree College (Lebanon, IL) Mesalands Community College (Tucumcari, NM) Midstate College (Peoria, IL) Millikin University (Decatur, IL) Mohave Community College (Kingman, AZ) Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) Morton College (Cicero, IL) National Park Community College (Hot Springs National Park, AR) New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) North Arkansas College (Harrison, AR) Northcentral University (Prescott, AZ) Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, IA) Northwood University (Midland , MI) Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) Regis University (Denver, CO) Rio Salado College (Tempe, AZ) Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN) Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Saint Mary of the Woods, IN) Saint Paul College (St. Paul, MN) San Juan College (Farmington, NM) Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) Southwest Missouri State Univeristy (Springfield, MO) Southwestern Michigan College (Dowagiac, MI) Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford, OK) St. Louis Community College (St. Louis, MO) Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS) The University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD) University of Arkansas at Monticello (Monticello, AR) University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, MN) University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, OH) University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN) University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) Upper Iowa University -- Extended University (Fayette, IA) Urbana University (Urbana, OH) Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN) Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) Walsh College (Troy, MI) West Suburban College of Nursing (Oak Park, IL) Winona State University (Winona, MN) Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME) Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH) Dean College (Franklin, MA) Eastern Maine Community College (Bangor, ME) ICHM Cesar Ritz (Suffield, CT) Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI) Kennebec Valley Community College (Fairfield, ME) Landmark College (Putney, VT) Middlesex Community College (Middletown, CT) Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH) Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) Regis College (Weston, MA) Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT) Southern Vermont college (Bennington, VT) University of Maine at Farmington (Farmington, ME) Urban College of Boston (Boston, MA) Concordia University (Portland, OR) Fort Belknap College (Harlem, MT) George Fox University (Newberg, OR) Heritage University (Toppenish, WA) Olympic College (Bremerton, WA) The University of Montana (Missoula, MT) Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV) Utah State University (Logan, UT) Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) Wright State University (Dayton, OH) Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) American Intercontinental University (Los Angeles, CA) Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY) Barry University (Miami Shores, FL) Brevard College (Brevard, NC) Bryan College (Dayton, TN) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord, NC) Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Charlotte, NC) Central Florida Community College (Ocala, FL) Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (Pineville , KY) College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX) Community College of the Air Force (Maxwell AFB, AL) Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN) Elon University (Elon, NC) Florida Christian College (Kissimmee, FL) Florida National College (Hialeah, FL) Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC) Hiwassee College (Madisonvile, TN) Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) Lee College (Baytown, TX) Life University (Marietta, GA) Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN) Magnolia Bible College (Kosciusko, MS) Marymount University (Arlington, VA) Miami Dade College (Miami, FL) Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, MS) Motlow State Community College (Lynchburg, TN) New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, LA) North Harris Montgomery Community College District Northeast Texas Community College (Mt. Pleasant, TX) Parker College of Chiropractic (Dallas, TX) Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN) Pensacola Junior College (Pensacola, FL) Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, FL) South College (Knoxville, TN) Southwest Georgia Technical College (Thomasville, GA) St. Andrews Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, NC) Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX) Sullivan University (Louisville, KY) Technical College of the Lowcountry (Beaufort, SC) Thomas University (Thomasville, GA) Troy University (Troy, AL) Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) Virginia Highlands Community College (Abingdon, VA) Walters State Community College (Morristown, TN) Warner Southern College (Warner Southern College, FL) Wayland Baptist University (Plainview , TX) Wilkes Community College (Wilkesboro, NC) City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Feather River College (Quincy, CA) Lake Tahoe Community College (South Lake Tahoe , CA) San Diego City College (San Diego, CA) Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA) California State University - Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA) California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA) Hope International University School of Professional Studies Pacific Christian College of Hope International University Touro University International (Cypress, CA) University of Guam (Mangilao, GU) University of Judaism (Los Angeles, CA)
20 of 35 people found the following review helpful
From a former instructor.
May 29, 2012
Grantham University has all of the makings of a solid online school. However, this is a for-profit institution, and they are set on making sure students stay enrolled. As a former instructor, I was continuously battling with having proper student policies followed, versus the administration wanting students to get a "pass." Instances of academic dishonesty went unpunished, as it was more important to keep students enrolled and paying than it was to maintain a high standard of the student body. While many of the instructors were highly qualified and educated, much of the administration received their degrees through online, for-profit institutions, and this cheapens any work that Grantham could ever hope to accomplish. My advice is to avoid this at all cost. For the price, attend a reputable community college or online program (with a solid bricks and mortar basis). Otherwise, you will end up with an expensive piece of paper from Grantham that will not open any doors to your career goals.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
FINANCIAL AID IS HORRIBLE AND UNRELIABLE
September 19, 2014
The only complaint I have is the financial aid process. It takes a long time to recieve your refund, and when you call to ask the status of your refund you can never get a straight answer, they make excuses saying they are using a new system for part of your loan and the old system is processing another part of the loan which makes not sense to me whatsoever. With all of the complaints regarding financial aid at Grantham you would think by now they would have it all together. The coursework is okay for the most part, and the instructors are easy to work with. Just please fix your horrible financial aid process and hire people that know how to explain what is really going on.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Grantham U has come a long way
December 31, 2012
If it has worth to anyone, from my experience at Grantham, I will try to speak to some of the complaints seen in these reviews posts. I attended Grantham University for a year while I was on active duty. It was a college recommended by the education office on the military installation. When I first enrolled in courses with Grantham in 2002, the curriculum had much to be desired. They were issuing softbound course documents, which seemed to be published by the university. In 2007, a few years after I retired from the military, I resumed my classes and Grantham had just reconstituted in Kansas City after being leveled in Louisiana by hurricane Katrina. Curriculum and Faculty integrity The degree programs and course material had been completely overhauled. They use the same texts and curriculum that you’ll find in any higher education school. The classes require weekly student interactive posts on course aligned subjects, and depending on the course, there are chapter assignments, research to perform, questions to address, and papers to write. I saw one student who plagiarized some web content and submitted it as his discussion post. The instructor handled it discreetly, but I saw that he had to resubmit the post and his grade was severely impacted by his poor judgment. There are open book tests at GU, but for most of my courses, the homework and research papers carried the most weight in the grade-book. As I recall, the cumulative test scores were usually less than 15% of the overall grade. The quality of instructors is what you’d find in any college. In my case, I Googled them and checked their backgrounds on LinkedIn. In many cases, I found them to be MS and PhD educators in their subject field for many years. Some were industry practitioners in the discipline they were instructing. I also found some to have published works. As for the GU system being “setup to pass everyone”; NOT TRUE. I received an “F” in a precalc course that was completely my fault. It remains on my transcript. Administration This review forum is chocked with people who had administrative problems. I don’t doubt them, but my experiences are completely opposite of theirs. I had nothing but professionalism with Grantham; from the initial admissions contact (Victor), to the student progress reps (Lauren, Kami), the finance dept (Carlotta), VA support (David), and on to graduation help (Gina). Accreditation Currently accredited nationally with DETC, Grantham has some in-work goals for accreditation, and they are not done growing. Their video recording of testing has launched and this should help with student test integrity. As for the worth of the Grantham degree, those that belittle it as “only the federal govt will recognize”. I don’t agree, my company uses it when competing for contracts to indicate the level of professionals they bring to the program. It’s on my resume, and my company pays me on a bachelors degree scale for it. For anyone intending on transferring credits to another school, always do your research. Be aware that any school you transfer to will require a certain amount of credits be taken at their school so not everything can transfer. Read the “DETC Accreditation” post in this forum by NolaAnthony764.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Good School that is better than it is given credit for
October 6, 2012
Grantham University offers significant value for the money. I have read all the reviews and I am writing this based on my experience with Grantham as oppose to other online schools and brick and mortar schools I have attended. I am in my MBA with Grantham and have attended Walden and St.Leo's for a few terms. The DETC accreditation is generally accepted by most employers. The regional vs. national is strictly a ego thing between schools. The instructors I have had are all Doctors and have been extremely strict with the grading. I also read the concerns about plagiarism with assignments and this is a legitimate argument. The fact remains ,cheating occurs everywhere and is not exclusive to only online degrees. I have worked in business for the better part of ten years and could tell you for certain my company which is fortune 500 has accepted and supported my Grantham Degree path. The degree is really scrutinized when you are young and entering the workforce to help add value in place of inexperience. Grantham has applied for regional accreditation review and I am certain they will get it. The work is challenging and the instructors carry very impressive credentials. I also realize people have had mixed opinions on Grantham. If you really do the research you will see similar complaints with all on-line schools. I am not writing this to bolster Grantham’s image by any stretch. The purpose of online education is to better yourself while maintaining a fulltime job, raising a family, and living the adult life. The online experience is what you make of it plain and simple. If you are not a disciplined person you may want to attend a regular college. I noticed many complaints that seemed more vengeful than constructive. The school has always been upfront with me and never set untruthful expectations. In my view he MBA program has really challenged my mind and has kept me extremely engaged. I have six classes left and I am proud to have earned a degree regardless of what the school name is. The end game is betterment of one self and this should be the real motivation. Grantham continues to improve and I think if you do enough research you will see that all online schools have a similar feel and flavor. In my final thought a degree mill is a place you pay a fee without doing any work and receive a phony degree. I assure you Grantham is far from a degree Mill. If you look on CHEA and DETC site they are considered a legitimate higher education provider. I wish school was as simple as paying $120 to receive a fake diploma but then everyone would be doing that. I am extremely satisfied with the level of education I have received thus far and would recommend Grantham to those who need the flexibility and affordability this school provides.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This school has improved greatly
July 1, 2012
Grantham University really has become a great University. I see some of the former instructors concerns about plagiarism and this is a valid issue. The truth is my friend attends Rutgers and told me is fraternity has files full of papers they use to cheat. The cheater is only cheeping their own experience. The school offers plenty of challenging classes and the instructors all have respectable credentials. I started my schooling at St. Leo's which was good but Grantham is just as hard. I no they applied for Regional accreditation and I hope they get it. This school has improved dramatically since I started and I feel they should be looked at more seriously. Many of the arguments against them seem common place with all other on-line Universities. These degrees require discipline and self motivation and that is based on individual choice.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
GU has been good to me
September 12, 2012
To all those who say that GU has failed them and is not a good place to attent, that is you opinion. Opionions are like friends, well all have them. In my opinion, I think that GU has been the best thing for those who are soldiers and do not have the time or Money to attend a Major University. They Have been there for me every step of the way. I have had some challenging classes and tough instructors who are either Chief of Police to Lawyers. From day one, my stundent progress Rep and has been in constant contact with me the whole way through. I am near completion of My BA in criminal Justice with only 5 classes to go. It is what it is. The University ir recognized, so what's the problem people. Find what works for you and stick with it. If GU is not for you, move on and kick rocks. Bashing GU for what they have done to you, seems like a personal problem. If you donthave nothing nice to say don't say nothing at all. I have encouraged all my friends and co-workers that are not in school to attend GU for the simple fact that they are great for the hectic hussle and bussle of a soldiers life. As a soldier I am grateful for GU giving me the opportunity to further my education goals. Thanks GU.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, if you are not looking to transfer
April 4, 2012
To all of you that are complaining about the credits not transferring: that is your fault, for having not done YOUR research prior to enrollment. If you just blindly signed into this, then you have no one to blame but yourself (or your base college office rep, as they are to help you with that if you are in the military). True, they do switch up student advisors entirely too often, but that is my only complaint. I signed up with this school for 2 reasons - the cost is extremely cheap (relatively speaking) and the military recognizes it for going officer. I knew going into it that no one else would accept the credits, but Im not looking for a masters degree...I only want whats required to go officer. To date, I have completed my associates, and I only have 2 classes remaing for my bachelors....putting in officer's package in 2 months! I would highly recommend this school to anyone in the military, seeking out their bachelors. The teachers are all more than willing to work with us, as they understand we have extremely unusual schedules and time can be very limited with training and deployments.
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