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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?

15,998 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,197 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Grand Canyon University.
  • 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.

Grand Canyon University Rankings

College Factual ranked Grand Canyon University as #1,432 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #14 out of 18 schools in Arizona.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Grand Canyon University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Grand Canyon University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 265
Best Colleges for Veterans 270
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 511
Best Colleges for International Students 1,074
Best Colleges for the Money 1,098
Best Colleges 1,432

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?

$21,197 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Grand Canyon University is $21,197. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Grand Canyon University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$18,438 $19,014 $22,461 $24,044 $23,845

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

15,998 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 49,556 undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University, with 15,998 being full-time and 33,558 being part-time.

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

There are also 33,728 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,998 full-time undergraduates at Grand Canyon University, 37% are male and 63% 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 500
Black or African American 1,074
Hispanic or Latino 4,315
White 8,016
International Students 337
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,756

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Grand Canyon University awarded 22,638 undergraduate degrees and 24,648 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 224 121 0
Allied Health Professions 0 30 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 31 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 4 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 1,216 1,713 8
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 176 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 181 20 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 302 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 96 343 0
Computer Programming 0 12 0 0
Computer Science 0 12 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 248 101 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 0
Dance 0 5 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 4 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 836 189
Electrical Engineering 0 9 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 54 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 43 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 177 0 0
General Biology 0 276 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 1 0 0
General Education 0 0 515 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 121
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 43 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 275 201 0
Health & Physical Education 0 249 0 0
History 0 74 0 0
Homeland Security 0 131 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 27 0 0
Human Services 0 663 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 35 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 130 0
Literature 0 19 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 44 0 0
Marketing 0 171 21 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 27 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 211 1,051 0
Music 0 6 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 4 0 0
Nursing 0 4,367 1,925 194
Other Psychology 0 0 694 0
Political Science & Government 0 80 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 271 0
Public Health 0 0 116 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 20 0 0
Religious Education 0 265 111 0
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0
Social Work 0 234 0 0
Special Education 0 341 1,057 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 863 1,703 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 619 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 176 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 46 0
Writing Studies 0 54 0 0
Total 0 22,638 23,624 1,024

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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