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Grand Canyon University (GCU)

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    Private, For-Profit

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    4 Years

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Grand Canyon University (GCU) was founded in 1949, by the Southern Baptist Church and is a private for-profit college. The university was initially called as Grand Canyon College. It is located in Phoenix, Arizona but had its first campus located in Prescott, Arizona.

  • GCU provides education to those students who are employed through evening classes. 

  • The university continues to improvise in providing quality and affordable education.

  • With constantly updated amenities, top-tier infrastructures, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, the university is expanding rapidly.

  • GCU acceptance rate is around 57%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 19:1 with a total graduation rate of 43%.

Online Education at GCU

  • GCU's online degree programs provide quality education to help people succeed in today's complex business world by offering the flexibility they need to get their education completed. 

  • GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions backed by the legacy of their traditional campuses.

  • The university offers online degree programs in Education, Business Management, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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The following are GCU reviews and rankings based on the feedback from the students

  • The university gives great support to ensure a successful college experience.

  • GCU has a great campus environment that gives plenty of opportunities to students through clubs and other activities.

  • The university has a diverse population and career options.

  • The staff and the faculty are really helpful and co-operative.

  • The university is ranked among the 'top 10 campuses' in the United States.

Location & Contact




3300 W Camelback Rd


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Grand Canyon University Admission Process

For admission consideration, Grand Canyon University (GCU) welcomes applicants 16 years old and older.There is no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students, with the exception of majors in the College of Theology even though GCU seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life.Admission requirements will differ on the basis of degree level, program, and modality.

Admission Process for Online Students at Grand Canyon University

The candidates seeking for online admissions can be guided by the University counselor through the online admissions process.

The candidates who are new or returning may apply online or request entrance into a new program or modality by following the steps shown below:

Step 1: By filling out the form with information about their desired degree program and modality, candidates should start the college admission process.

Step 2: Candidates have to request transcripts from each educational institution which he/she have attended. Official transcripts may be emailed, faxed or hand-delivered by the applicant.

Step 3:  If the candidates are seeking for financial aid, should visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website for more information.

Step 4: Once the application has been submitted by the candidate, the university counselor will contact them directly to discuss their next steps.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

Applicants interested in attending GCU direct start should meet any one of the following requirements:

  • Candidates should have passed high school graduate with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or above

  • Candidates should have scored high school graduate with qualifying college entrance exam score as

  1. ACT: 19

  2. SAT (math and reading only) on a 2400 point scale: 1380 OR on a 1600 point scale: 1000

  • Should have GED and transcript of all credit-bearing coursework

  1. 2014 Series and later: Cumulative score of 680 or above

  2. 2002-2013 Series: Cumulative score of 3000 or above

  3. 2002 Series and previous: Cumulative score of 258 or above

Students seeking entry into GCU’s undergraduate degree programs as Transfer Students should meet any one of the following admission requirements:

  • 25-90 transferable college credits:  should have completed post-secondary (college) transcripts with an unweighted GPA of 2.25 or above

  • 6-24 transferable college credits:  should have completed post-secondary (college) transcripts with an unweighted GPA of 2.75 or above

  • 1-5 transferable college credits: as per the admission requirements for high school students

  • Candidates should have achieved Bachelor’s degree with an unweighted GPA of 2.0 or above

 Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

  • If the candidates have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or program that has been approved by Grand Canyon University (GCU) with a 2.8 GPA or higher, then GCU will accept them for Graduate admissions
  • If the candidates do not meet the GPA requirement, they may be eligible for admission with a graduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college or program and passing test scores as mentioned:
  1. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): 500
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 1,000 combined verbal/quantitative, early to August 2011; 300 combined verbal/quantitative, after August 2011.

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programs

Doctoral applicants wanting to pursue higher levels of achievement in learning and research can apply at GCU by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • The candidates should have earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher

  • Candidates with a GPA less than 3.4 will also be accepted with some specifications

  • Candidates should have earned a master's from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher

  • Candidates with a GPA of 3.0 - 3.39 will also be accepted with some specifications. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will not be accepted

Candidates applying for admission into GCU's Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education program should have obtained undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in education prior to consideration.Candidates seeking admission into GCU's Doctor of Business Administration should have an MBA or Graduate degree with fundamental courses in accounting, finance, and statistics with a minimum of 3.0 CGPA or passing grade. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, graduate level courses can be taken by the candidates.

Candidates seeking admission into GCU's Doctor of Philosophy must have taken a statistics or research course with statistic fundamentals and received a C grade or passing grade. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, graduate level courses can be taken by the candidates.Candidates seeking admission into GCU's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) should hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a CCNE, NLNAC or ACEN accredited program and possess a current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN). The candidates must also have taken a statistics course and received a C grade or passing grade.

Admissions For Military Students

  • To assist in determining if GCU is the right fit for their education goals, Grand Canyon University (GCU) recommends all military students have a pre-evaluation of previous college and military experience

  • GCU help students to make transferring military credits to a college degree as easy as possible

  • The candidates should have earned potential college credits through military training and experience that has been evaluated by the ACE as a military student

  • A military university counselor can help the candidates determine how to transfer military training to college credits so that they can maximize their experience. They can also assist candidates in obtaining unofficial copies of college transcripts from all previous schools and universities as well as military service transcripts

The candidates can transfer a total of 60 credits from military training as a military student, which can be evaluated from the following military service transcripts:

  • Army/Navy/Marines/Coast Guard - A Joint Service Transcript (JST). All veterans should submit a DD214 for evaluation always

  • Air Force - Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts can be obtained at their official website Veterans separated prior to 1950 should submit a DD214 for evaluation

  • If the candidates are unable to obtain military transcripts, they can submit a DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for evaluation of college credit. All credits evaluated should meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy the specific course requirements in order to be transferred towards the degree program

Annual Cost to Attend

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Being a private for-profit university Grand Canyon University has kept the fees and expenses of the university quite low. As the sole purpose of the university is to provide a world-class education to the students at a minimal cost. 

The average net price of the university is $21,332. Whereas the average annual tuition fees of the student is $16,500.

The books and supplies cost is $800 and the living cost with the food of the student is $7,800.

Other academic or university-related fees and budget for other personal expenses are $550 and $5,700 respectively.


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Most Popular Majors:

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    4,855 Graduates

  • Special Education and Teaching

    868 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    859 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    679 Graduates

  • Human Services, General

    447 Graduates

  • Religious Education

    232 Graduates

  • Health and Medical Administrative S...

    221 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    217 Graduates

  • Human Services, General

    447 Graduates

  • Religious Education

    232 Graduates

  • Health and Medical Administrative S...

    221 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    217 Graduates

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

    210 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    197 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    170 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    159 Graduates

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

    154 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    140 Graduates

  • Homeland Security

    139 Graduates

  • Social Work

    139 Graduates

  • Marketing

    107 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    95 Graduates

  • Mental and Social Health Services a...

    83 Graduates

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

    64 Graduates

  • Literature

    55 Graduates

  • History

    43 Graduates

  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts

    38 Graduates

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

    34 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    21 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    17 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    13 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    12 Graduates

  • Music

    9 Graduates

  • Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

    5 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

32% / 68%

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$62,877 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 72% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

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The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,000/year.

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The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At GCU, $7,800 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The average meal plan at GCU costs around $4,000 a year. Notably, students at the varsity get to choose from various dining and meal plan options as well. The university has enrolled around 29% male and 71% female students.

24-Hour Security Patrol

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

After Graduation

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Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$18,217 - $43,313

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$189 - $450

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

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In order to support the students financially, a number of financial aid programs are provided in the university. Transfer, international, military, online and traditional students have a wide range of scholarships, grants, student loans and federal aids that make education at the university affordable.

Students looking for financial aid facilities can fill the FAFSA form. Grand Canyon University (GCU) Federal school code is 001074.

  • The university provides Institutional Aid such as Priority Registration Award, CSET Award, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Psi Beta Scholarship, Grand Canyon State University Scholarship, Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) Award, Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Dream.US Scholarship.

  • Students receive financial assistance from the federal government as well. The Federal Aid awarded include Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, and Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan.

  • Military Aid includes Tuition Assistance and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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