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Grand Canyon University Overview

Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit institution situated in Phoenix, Arizona. The location of Grand Canyon University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Grand Canyon University Known For?

11,329 Undergraduate Awards
$26,453 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Grand Canyon University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 8% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor's degree make about $52,700 a year. That's 29% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Grand Canyon University to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Grand Canyon University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Grand Canyon University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Grand Canyon University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biblical Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Theology & Religious Vocations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Psychology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Online Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Religious Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Online Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Online Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Grand Canyon University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#10 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#25 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#29 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#47 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Grand Canyon University?

Location of Grand Canyon University

Contact details for Grand Canyon University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017
Phone: 800-800-9776
Website: www.gcu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gcu

Admission Requirements for Grand Canyon University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Grand Canyon University?

67% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Grand Canyon University is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Can I Afford Grand Canyon University?

$26,453 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Grand Canyon University is $26,453. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Grand Canyon University, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,135 a year. That adds up to $28,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grand Canyon University is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Grand Canyon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,335 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 54,139 undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University, with 17,335 being full-time and 36,804 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Grand Canyon University

There are also 36,114 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,335 full-time undergraduates at Grand Canyon University, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Grand Canyon University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grand Canyon University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Grand Canyon University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 562
Black or African American 1,146
Hispanic or Latino 4,717
White 8,549
International Students 473
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,888

Geographic Diversity

Arizona students aren't the only ones who study at Grand Canyon University. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 92 countries are represented at Grand Canyon University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Canada, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Grand Canyon University

70,295 Took All Classes Online
80,999 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 38 bachelor’s degree and 39 master’s degree programs available online at Grand Canyon University. In 2017-2018, 80,999 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Grand Canyon University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Arizona for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Grand Canyon University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Grand Canyon University was 9.1%. This is the #117 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Grand Canyon University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Grand Canyon University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 11%
Biblical Studies 52%
Business Administration & Management 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 14%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 16%
Communication & Journalism 20%
Communication & Media Studies 18%
Community Organization & Advocacy 23%
Computer & Information Sciences 35%
Computer Information Systems 29%
Computer Programming 91%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11%
Design & Applied Arts 75%
Education 4%
Educational Administration 9%
English Language & Literature 33%
Finance & Financial Management 24%
General Education 22%
General Visual & Performing Arts 9%
Health & Physical Education 12%
Health Professions 2%
History 38%
History 38%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 0%
Hospitality Management 48%
Human Services 0%
Instructional Media Design 54%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 68%
Marketing 32%
Mental & Social Health Services 28%
Other Psychology 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 12%
Political Science & Government 39%
Psychology 14%
Public Administration 19%
Public Administration & Social Service 14%
Public Health 9%
Public Relations & Advertising 35%
Social Sciences 39%
Social Work 34%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17%
Theology & Religious Vocations 2%
Visual & Performing Arts 2%
Writing Studies 83%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Grand Canyon University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Grand Canyon University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Literature #1
Romance Languages #2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #3
Public Relations & Advertising #3
Community Organization & Advocacy #3
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #3
Other Psychology #3
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #4
Political Science & Government #4
Religious Education #4
Teaching English or French #6
Entrepreneurial Studies #7
History #7
History #7
English Language & Literature #7
Hospitality Management #8
Design & Applied Arts #9
General Education #10
Biblical Studies #10
Health & Physical Education #10
Homeland Security #11
Special Education #11
Curriculum & Instruction #11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #11
Theological & Ministerial Studies #12
Teacher Education Subject Specific #12
Visual & Performing Arts #12
Social Work #14
Communication & Media Studies #15
Finance & Financial Management #16
Public Health #18
Theology & Religious Vocations #18
Instructional Media Design #19
Mental & Social Health Services #20
Human Services #20
Communication & Journalism #21
Public Administration #25
Teacher Education Grade Specific #29
General Psychology #29
Marketing #31
Nursing #32
Computer Information Systems #34
Psychology #34
Social Sciences #36
Information Technology #39
Public Administration & Social Service #40
Educational Administration #42
Computer & Information Sciences #46
Accounting #48
Criminal Justice & Corrections #49
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #50
Education #53
Health & Medical Administrative Services #56
Business Administration & Management #69
Business, Management & Marketing #76
Health Professions #77

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Grand Canyon University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 4,367 35 1,925 194 6,521
Business Administration & Management 0 1,216 0 1,713 8 2,937
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 863 84 1,703 0 2,650
Special Education 0 341 0 1,057 0 1,398
Mental & Social Health Services 0 211 61 1,051 0 1,323
Educational Administration 0 0 0 836 189 1,025
Other Psychology 0 0 128 694 0 822
Human Services 0 663 0 0 0 663
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 4 619 0 641
General Education 0 0 0 515 0 515
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 275 0 201 0 476
Computer Information Systems 0 96 0 343 0 439
Religious Education 0 265 0 111 0 376
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 248 0 101 0 349
Accounting 0 224 0 121 0 345
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 302 0 0 0 302
General Biology 0 276 0 0 0 276
Public Administration 0 0 0 271 0 271
Health & Physical Education 0 249 0 0 0 249
Social Work 0 234 0 0 0 234
Communication & Media Studies 0 181 0 20 0 201
Marketing 0 171 0 21 0 192
Teaching English or French 0 0 14 176 0 190
Finance & Financial Management 0 177 0 0 0 177
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 176 0 0 0 176
Homeland Security 0 131 0 0 0 131
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 130 0 130
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 121 121
Public Health 0 0 0 116 0 116
Political Science & Government 0 80 0 0 0 80
History 0 74 0 0 0 74
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 54 0 0 0 54
Writing Studies 0 54 0 0 0 54
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 46 0 46
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 44 0 0 0 44
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 43 0 0 0 43
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 43 0 0 0 43
Information Technology 0 0 0 35 0 35
Arts & Media Management 0 31 0 0 0 31
Allied Health Professions 0 30 0 0 0 30
Hospitality Management 0 27 0 0 0 27
Mechanical Engineering 0 27 0 0 0 27
Biblical Studies 0 0 25 0 0 25
Computer Programming 10 12 0 0 0 22
Public Relations & Advertising 0 20 0 0 0 20
Literature 0 19 0 0 0 19
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 0 0 18
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Computer Science 0 12 0 0 0 12
Electrical Engineering 0 9 0 0 0 9
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 7 0 7
Music 0 6 0 0 0 6
Dance 0 5 0 0 0 5
Biomedical Engineering 0 4 0 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 4 0 0 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Business/Commerce 0 1 0 0 0 1
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 10 11,319 351 11,812 512 24,004

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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