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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
Grand Canyon University is ...
Private not-for-profit
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
57%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$21,168/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,613/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,230/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,563/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,014/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,847/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
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.697 responses
82%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.696 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,543Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    76%
  • Outgoing
    24%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
75%
Poll
68%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.38 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 744 responses
Report
  • Teachers care, God is present, great experience !
    26%
  • Flexible schedule
    12%
  • Fun and Enjoyable College Experiance
    11%
  • All around excellence
    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
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%

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Being an online graduate student has its advantages. The counselors are great! My counselor helps me, encourages me, and there to listen to my “whoa is me” moments when I’m having a difficult time with my studies. The professors are good in responding within the same day. Online professors provide enough information and resources to help students succeed in their classes. Some of the professors have encouraging words for students. The library is great for conducting researches. The librarians are good in helping students locate topics and resources that teach students how to use the library search tools. Although Im not on campus, the online newsletter keeps student aware of what’s happening on campus. Thanks Grand Canyon University!
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My experience with Grand Canyon university has been nothing but fantastic. One factor GCU is known for is its community, and everyone on campus is happy to be studying to do what they love and are passionate about, the faculty is amazingly helpful and understanding, and the school offers a ridiculous amount of extracurricular activities that make its students' time there enjoyable. The only complaint I have would be the construction that constantly goes on around numerous parts of the campus, but ultimately seeing the campus grow is worth it and displays that GCU's administration knows what they are doing. I personally cannot wait to go back for this new year of academics, and would highly recommend committing to going to this school!
Grand Canyon University is a beautiful campus located in Phoenix. GCU offers a plethora of majors to all students with a desire to learn. Despite the high tuition, counselors at this university work with all students to ensure that their financially secure during the process of obtaining a degree. Meanwhile, professors do everything they can to find the education styles best suited for you! Not to mention, there are so many extra-curricular events and opportunities available to all students from music to math to sports. While GCU doesnt have a football team, soccer, rugby, and basketball are fairly popular and the purple pride is real! The local area isn't high maintenance but campus security is 10/10 as security guards stand at all entrances! If you're looking for a great time with good people and an even better education, Grand Canyon University is that place.