Review Averages: 6.0 out of 10 (175 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:
MBA - May 18, 2015
I started with my AA in Electronics, got my BSEET and the my MBA in Project Management at Grantham. I started when the school was in Slidell and followed them through to Missouri. I gained a lot from my education there, although I feel that some instructors were less involved and less critical of assignments than others. It ocmes down to gaining what you have invested in the education. Most of the problems I have seen are in the administrative and financial aid department. I had no issues there and used my military TA throughout my education.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Effort
Business Admin - April 16, 2015
After reading many comments from other former students, I decided to chime in with my opinion. I live in Slidell, La, just down the street from the former Grantham University. I was in the Louisiana National Guard at Camp Villere, and we were solicited to continue our education using our benefits; tuition exemption is an earned benefit of LANG membership. I didn't have time to check out the program because we were deployed that year to Afghanistan, but when I returned I did start to take a few classes. Hurricane Katrina put a stop to my continuing education after a few classes, but I picked back up in 2008 as a full-time student at Grantham. I'll admit, the classes were at your own pace, so I waited a month to get started, then spent every spare moment of the second month completing assignments and reading the books. After they switched to Angel, the classes were more structured, and I got into the rhythm of assignments and discussions. I only experienced one issue; after completion of a class, I was informed that that class was no longer part of my curriculum, but despite that change, I learned new information from taking the class, got to keep the grade to boost my GPA (not all A's are given, I had to earn my grades), and they refunded me for the full cost of the course. I graduated with a BS in Business Admin in 2011, immediately got a new job based on my degree, and earned my MS in Information Technology from Grantham in 2014. Admittedly, the Master of Science degree was a struggle, and maybe I could have slacked off (it appears not all students put forth the same effort into assignments), but I am pleased with my decision to attend Grantham. My bosses like that I have continued my education. You get out of it what you put into it. At times I feel like I am not respected for having attended an Online institution, but we cannot all attend the same university. I held down a full-time job the entire time I was enrolled, and balanced personal time with my course work obligations. Still, I have been rejected from Textron for not fitting the description of the desired intern due to my online degree because they really wanted someone from a big Ivy League Institution. It is what it is. I have a great job because of my earned degree from Grantham. What else is there?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
No problems here.
Computer Science - January 16, 2015
I read all these horror stories and in the 5 years I have been going (2 Bachelor Degrees) to Grantham, I only had one major issue...and in all honestly it was my fault. Sure I had some issues with various teachers and such but never had unanswered replies or questions. Student Financial Aid (FA) goes like this; fill out everything correctly, first time submitting or submitting in January or October (larger amount of people enroll) takes longer, and when any award is shown in your Grantham account they will hold it for 14 days as this is what they are allowed to do. During this time it may show a - (negative amount) only if you have anything left after paying your tuition and this will be your refund. You cannot have it any other way...it will go to the school first and you will wait up to 14 days. Then on the 14th day it will be processed for a refund. If you set up for direct deposit(quickest way)then it will take 72 hours after the 14th day to show up in your account, anything sooner is a blessing. The last few times I got my refund on my 11th day after being credited to my Grantham account and thought the Earth shifted in the universe. All teachers are different and grade differently, some are up your butt and others are lazy giving you an A for spelling your name right. If you don't think this happens at any other college then you are an idiot as big name colleges offer extra credit assignments, grade on a curve, or just give you a passing grade so they look good for their yearly review and get a nice bonus. On line schooling is not about having a teacher at all...it's about receiving the weekly assignments and turning them in and learning on your own. It is not for everyone. The teacher is really there to grade your stuff and help you in the very short amount of time you have learn 2 or more chapters of knowledge in a week. I personally have been able to put what I have learned to use and have received 2 promotions at work, one of them to an Engineering role. If you think you will remember everything from classes on government to writing C++, you're an idiot. I had some classes that were just PPT or referencing websites but because I read them...guess what, I still learned something. I have not received an A in all my classes even trying to do my best (the labs in General Chemistry where a pain), and no it wasn't a B either. Hey....IT'S ONLINE SCHOOLING, what do you expect? It will never be looked at the same as attending campus schools but some employers look for Bachelors Degree... ok check, you're good to go. I don't expect to have someone like NASA drooling because I graduated from Grantham, but I'm still better off than having no degree. I don't regret going to Grantham and in my mind it's the best thing I've ever done. I would not be making $75k a year without my degree (still need to finish one more) from Grantham coupled with my military experience working on electronics
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Business Admin - December 22, 2014
Just completed another course for performance improvement. So far two instructors have been exceptional, one mediocre, one terrible. Two courses were fairly well designed, one needed improvement and the last was a disaster. Just as the perfect storm the terrible instructor was paired up with the class that was poorly designed. Attempted to get help from the school and that essentially stopped at the student advisor level as the chair essentially took no action to rectify a poorly designed class or an instructor whose focus was more on form than on function. They will get only one more chance, then I move somewhere else.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
AA Liberal Arts - October 29, 2014
I have been going to Grantham for about 7 months now. Never had any issues with anything. Which from reaidng these commments seems I shouol dhave all kinds of issues. I have needed a refund from them for a transcript and got it in aboiut 4 days. No different then getting one for something I bought online. Heck, Ebay or paypal take longer then that. I have also emailed Teachers, student advisors and recieved an email with in 24 hours, usually within 2-4. After having some issues not being ablke to see my classes. I called and the guy walked me through the new blackboard. Spent about 15 minutes helping me navigate through it. I have had issues with submitting work that it didn't open right and the Teacher understoofd and just had me resubmit it. It did take 3 times submitting it but this was before blackboard. The teacher coul dsee where I was submitting it and then it just wouldn't open or would crash her computer. She knew wasn't my fault. Another time I lost internet due to a storm for couple days and I emialed from work and let them know it was going to be a day or so late. Teachers understood and worked with me. I have also called a few times with questions and have been able to reach some one every time in a timely manner. So far my experiance has been great with Grantham.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!!!
Information Technology - September 30, 2014
When I 1st started Grantham University it was in the beginning of this year (2014) & everything was Okay for my 1st two terms, HOWEVER THIS term has been absolutely HELL and all of it is coming mainly from their Financial Aid department, I completed all of my forms in JULY, was sent an email saying they didn't receive all of my forms ALTHOUGH I did send them, so I sent them again received the same email, So I tried to get in touch with someone at the Financial Aid department it LITERALLY took me an entire month before I could get in touch with someone to explain to me what was going on as to where I stood, the person I spoke with said they had received all of my information and that it should have been processed accordingly, and to bear with them as they switch from an old system to a new one which is probably why I been receiving the emails, since speaking with someone then I have received more then 15x the email stating my files are still not all in, My Financial Aid is not processed, my student account is on hold because of this crazy shenanigans, When I try to call and speak with someone you NEVER get an answer, The phone always says FA Department has HIGH call volume (As If) and eventually if you wait to long on the phone the phone systems automatically kicks you out to leave a voice mail that never gets returned, I got tired of selecting FA Department in the phone system cause it automatically dismisses you that I starting routing my calls to The Student Advising Department, and since its not their department of expertise they really cant help you with anything, I am two months past the allotted time I was suppose to receive my FA Money, I'm failing in all of my courses right now because I don't have books, they are not available for e-download and I cant buy them myself because I don't have a job, I've stated my concerns many times with different individuals that work at that school and obviously they do not care about their student, BUT they will send you an EARLY bill to cover your courses, but will not make sure that you have the funds to cover yourself in your education. FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS SCHOOL SUCKS STAY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY FAR AWAY FROM IT IF YOU CONSIDERING TO GO, THEY TREAT YOU LIKE A DOG THAT SHOULD LIVE UNDER A DOG HOUSE SO FOR YOUR OWN GOOD DON'T EVEN MAKE THIS SCHOOL A LAST OPTION!!!!!!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
FINANCIAL AID IS HORRIBLE AND UNRELIABLE
Medical Coding & Billing - 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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not a bad school
Information Technology - August 16, 2014
Ok, I have read the reviews that are posted, and I have to agree with some of them. The good ones that is. Not to say that I haven't had my problems with the university, but that happens in any school. I am in the Army, and they were very adaptive to my needs. I took classes while overseas and had books delivered on time for the most part. If I didn't have a book, my instructors were understanding and allotted more time to complete the coursework. As for if the degree is useful, it is for me. This degree allows me to get my commission and allows me to progress at work. I will be completing my Masters with them. The only issue that I have is when degrees are completed it takes forever to receive your degree or even the transcript. This is not the instructors fault, but the admin office.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Information Technology - August 14, 2014
I started taking classes 4 Jun 14. On 16 Jun 14, I was awarded the VA 31 benefits so my education would be completely paid for. I tried to call my financial aide officer from 16 Jun 14 to 1 Jul 14 with no avail until 2 Jul to which my financial aide documents had already been processed. I then just told the financial aide office to just disperse my loan as I was never able to talk to someone about cancelling them. It is now 14 Aug My student account has been in the negative(meaning my refund) has been that way since 13 Jul I keep being told 30 days more everytime I ask a question. Due to all of this long waits on phone never talking to anyone my account totally messed up I dropped my second semester on the second day. Now I am being told my account is on hold for refund as they are still reviewing my account as I may owe something.... I have emailed everyone and done everything i can and I am never going back. THIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL. I am now a student at UMUC within the first days of me registering my VA, my books and I was registered for classes in a matter of 5 days. Whenever I call I get an answer within 5 minutes and if I email I get same minute response. I am a veteran and currently work in DoD. I will never recommend this school to anyone.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Criminal Justice - August 13, 2014
I have been attending Grantham University since July 2, 2014, the instructors are great. The financial aid office is one big JOKE I have called them and they states that they are missing documents and for me to referee back to goafo. Of course gofao is not telling me anything, called back and then they tell me they can NOT help me I need to call the student loan people myself (which was a lie per student loan officer) I still have an balance when my loan was sent to this school in 8/5/2014. Financial aid has no compassion, no people skills, no nothing just rude and worthless! This is my opinion and no one can change it. I will not be returning as a student next semester.
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