• Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85017

  • Phone Number: (800) 800-9776

  • Website: https://www.gcu.edu/

About

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.


Reviews

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.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Phoenix, Arizona

FAFSA/Federal School Code

001074

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Institutional Accreditation

HLC

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Programmatic Accreditation

ACBSP, CCNE

Religious Affiliation

Christian

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Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.gcu.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

  • The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Programmatic Accreditations

  • The programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • The GCU College of Nursing programs is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE).

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 19: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 66 % Part Time: 37 %
Total Population 75,834
Student Population Full Time: 14,544 Part Time: 61,290
Gender Division Male: 27 % Female: 73 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 38 %

The College Monk

Female: 45 %

Total Graduation Rate: 43 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers 33 online programs across 12 Majors

Business Management

Offering 6 programs accross 3 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Psychology

Offering 3 programs accross 3 degrees

Nursing

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Education

Offering 6 programs accross 3 degrees

Fine Arts

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Media Studies

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

History

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Computer Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Theology

Offering 4 programs accross 2 degrees

Admissions

Grand Canyon University (GCU) Acceptance Rate is 57%

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 34,096
Total Applicants Admitted 19,413
Applicants Enrolled 3,318
Full time Applicants Enrolled 2,502
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 816
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Grand Canyon University Admission ProcessFor 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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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.

Federal Aid

Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $6,325 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. Varies
Direct PLUS Loans $6,325 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Acceptable scholarly advance. Varies
Direct Unsubsidized loan $6,325 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Acceptable scholarly advance. Varies
Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,504 U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
TEACH Grant $1,047 CGPA with 3.25 Finish the coursework required to be a teacher. June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $1,000 Financial need and eligible for a Pell Grant June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Tuition Assistance $2,628 Members of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Varies
Yellow Ribbon Program $4,974 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies

Data Source: https://www.gcu.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Priority Registration Award Varies Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Varies
CSET Award $2,000 Enrolled in computer science, information technology. Maintain Satisfactory Academic progress. Varies
Phi Theta Kappa Award $1,000 3.5 CGPA. Varies
Grand Canyon State University Award $1,000 Arizona residents. Satisfactory Academic Progress. Varies
Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) Award $5,000 Must have graduated from a CCSC participant school, maintain the minimum GPA required for attendance Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Start Scholarships Varies Graduated high school between December of the previous calendar year and June of the calendar year in which you wish to enroll Varies
Indirect Start and International Scholarships Varies If education is discontinued at GCU, Must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at GCU after joining Varies

Data Source: https://www.gcu.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) $672 students who demonstrate financial need, Varies
State Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program $7,000 Arizona residents, Must enter into an agreement with the ACPE to teach in an Arizona public school , Must be a junior or higher Varies

Data Source: https://www.gcu.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $18,613
$30,001 - $48,000 $19,230
$48,001 - $75,000 $21,563
$75,001 - $110,000 $23,014
Over $110,000 $22,847

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 46% $5,036
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 98% $10,053
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 42% $4,666
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 95% $8,227
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 72% $7,204
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 71% $6,325
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 21,168
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 4,048 $4,963
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 2,567 $4,974
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 1,481 $4,944

Data Source: https://www.gcu.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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