I'm currently in the RN-BSN program and in my 6th class. I waffled at first with GCU, even though my employer, had an affiliation with them. A lot of the bad stuff that happened did so when they first started online. What I understood was they grew too fast and could not keep up with the high demand and their system sort of took a nose dive. All this was from a GCU counselor who admitted they had some severe growing pains for a while.
My counselor calls me once every few weeks or sends me an email to see how I'm doing. They know my grade, because they are checking! My financial aide was a breeze and everything went through in a timely manner. No problems whatsoever.
Instructors, professors etc: I have two other friends attending GCU. One has had an instructor that has some pretty strict rules on posting that seem over the top to me. However, my other friend and myself have had good instructors who have challenged us. All have been responsive to questions we have asked. I even had one call me to tell me the answer to my question.
Those five weeks go quickly and be prepared to write a paper or do a power point for every week for those five weeks. They tell you that you will spend approx. 10-12 hours a week on homework. Be prepared for more than that. On heavy assignment weeks, it can be double that. I come home many times after a 12 hour shift only to sit down and write out a paragraph or two for my paper and get up 5 hrs later for work. Now that I have a rhythm down, I spend a bit less time, but not much. We were all hit between the eyes on the amount of work. However, with that being said, I have met some nice people in my classes and some very nice instructors. My stats instructor was cool and highly sought after.
I'm currently pulling a 4.0 which is good, but I'm very busy with papers and everything else has taken a back seat until next April, lol. My grade has not been handed to me.
Religion: There is a spirituality class that I have to take. I think it's going to interesting and open to a lot of debating in the open forum. So far religion hasn't even been mentioned in any of the classes.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!