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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
About Grand Canyon University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Address
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Website
From Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier, nonprofit, private Christian university. GCU provides affordable, transformative higher education and is dedicated to serving students, the community, the greater good and God.

GCU’s nine distinct colleges offer more than 200 academic programs, including over 150 online programs. As of fall 2018, approximately 20,500 ground students are expected to attend GCU’s vibrant, growing campus. Decades of experienced leadership deliver flexible online education for more than 75,000 online students who need the convenience of independent learning. For working professionals, on-campus evening classes are kept small and meet once per week.

GCU is proud to be ranked as the No. 7 Best College Campus in America by NICHE 2018 Best Colleges. Also, the four-year graduation rate for traditional students has climbed to 58% for the 2014 cohort.

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Grand Canyon University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$20,912/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,181/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.780 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.756 responses
82%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.755 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,998Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
33,558
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 76 responses
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  • Diverse
    50%
  • Outgoing
    28%
  • I'm an online student
    16%
  • N/a
    3%
  • Arrogant
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%
  • withdraw
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
72%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.97 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.97 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 803 responses
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  • Teachers care, God is present, great experience !
    29%
  • All around excellence
    11%
  • Flexible schedule
    11%
  • Fun and Enjoyable College Experiance
    11%
  • I enjoy what I have experienced at the school
    7%
  • Flexible schedule with facilitators who care!
    6%
  • Reliable
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    41%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    79%
    National
    83%

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    My experience at Grand Canyon University is awesome! The professors try very hard to assist students in their academic success. The counselors provides information to students in a timely matter. Students must first validate their personal information before any questions are answered by faculty. Students are required to validate their information to ensure that student's private information is safe. I am a online student at Grand Canyon University. I graduated in 2015 with a dual Bachelors degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. I am presently a Doctoral online student at Grand Canyon. The portal is so easy to access, and there are many resources to help students to succeed. I highly recommend Grand Canyon University to anyone.
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    Grand Canyon University granted me the ability to complete my four year degree within three years and I am forever grateful! Their counseling department is awesome and it is so easy to schedule appointments with SSA's (Student Scheduling Advisors). The campus is beautiful and expanding so rapidly that you will always have something new to look forward to every semester. One of my favorite things about GCU is that the school really does work toward improving the community around it and allows students the opportunity to help as well. There is all kinds of delicious food on campus like the Habit Burger, Chick-fil-a, Subway, Taco Bell, Jamba Juice and many more. The apartments are more than sufficient for students who live in them since they are equipped with a kitchen and spacious living room. The people who attend the school are all so personable and never gave me any problems when I attended!
    I love the lively environment of GCU! The community is enriching, outgoing, and welcoming. In that way, the easy ability to make friends makes college a little less tense. I also love the resources that this school offers to maximize your learning experience. For example, the learning lounge offers free tutoring to your classes, there are required classes that teach you about time management and planning for your future career, help with building a resume, and something as simple as your professor's flexible office hours makes a difference. GCU is a wonderful school academically, preparing their students for a lifetime of success throughout the four years.