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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-
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
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
73%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$21,332/ 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
$9,933/ 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
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.780 responses
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.791 responses
81%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.790 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
38
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
38
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    13%
  • Online
    67%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,335Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
36,804
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 71 responses
  • Outgoing
    49%
  • I'm an online student
    37%
  • N/a
    4%
  • Arrogant
    3%
  • typical
    3%
  • kind
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
72%
Poll
75%
of students say they don't have Greek life.132 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.132 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 838 responses
  • Teachers care, God is present, great experience !
    29%
  • All around excellence
    11%
  • Flexible schedule
    11%
  • Fun and Enjoyable College Experiance
    10%
  • 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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    Grand Canyon University Reviews

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    I am a single mother of three, working full-time, and attending college online at Grand Canyon University. They have a wonderful program for student's both on campus, and for those of us continuing their degrees while balancing other responsibilities. With a few exceptions, each class is seven weeks long. The workload is challenging but manageable, and the expectations are clearly communicated. The instructors are knowledgeable, and with a rare exception, actively involved with the class. Loudcloud, their online platform for instruction, is user friendly, though I do wish there was an option for notifications when private messages are received, or when someone responds to a post. The counselors are excellent! They are knowledgeable, and very prompt in their response. In addition, they are intentional at periodically reaching out to students to check how things are going. In short, I have and will continue to encourage others to check out this university.
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    Grand Canyon University makes it possible for me to attend school solely online. They have a wonderful platform that is user friendly. Each class has a uniformity in that they all have two discussion questions each week as well as six to eight participation posts that must be done over three to four days. Both the discussion questions and the participation are a part of your grade. In addition, there are assignments and/or quizzes due each week, depending on the class. While the workload varies per class, the predictability is helpful since the majority of online learners are balancing work and family responsibilities in addition to classes. In addition, the work requires commitment and time management, but very doable. Grand Canyon has found a way to provide the opportunity to offer a solid education to those whose responsibilities would otherwise interfere! I highly recommend checking them out!
    This school makes every day an adventure. You are constantly meeting new people and having new experiences. There is never a dull moment on this campus. Seems as if you focus and are passionate about what your doing in college, GCU will allow you to succeed! The one thing they need to do better is have better communications, specifically in the disabilities department. I personally have been battling cancer and they haven't made my life any easier, which is what I thought their job was. They need a smoother process that takes the stress off the shoulders of the disabled because they already have enough on their plate to begin with.