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Beginning in 1949 as a small, Southern Baptist college in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University (GCU) has grown into a full-fledged university that currently boasts a student population of 8,500. Having first been accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) in 1968, the University has continually received accreditation with the most recent being in 2007, which will carry through until 2017.

The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education licenses Grand Canyon University in Arizona. In addition, the University has obtained the following specialized accreditations and approvals for our core program offerings: Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

GCU is composed of seven colleges through which its degree programs are administered: the College of Arts and Science; the College of Doctoral Studies; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts and Production; the College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions; the College of Theology; and the Colangelo College of Business. GCU is able to offer over 60 degree programs in their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. To help finance students enrolled full-time in the above programs, GCU offers scholarships based on one or more of three distinct factors: financial need, academic merit, and personal background.

To accommodate the large on-campus student body, GCU has four freshmen-only housing facilities in addition to four upperclassmen units. The University finds it important to have the freshmen-only units to help support and engage all the students going through their first-year experience. Among the educational offerings, the University also has a diverse assortment of clubs and student organizations to help reach students’ personal interests, while assisting students in building networks and skills for professional use following graduation.

The GCU mascot is “Thunder the Antelope” and is a frequent visitor at most sporting events. GCU Antelopes are part of the Western Athletic Conference and participate with NCAA’s Division I teams.

General Information

Admission Office

3300 West Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85017

(888) 261-2393

(888) 261-2393

Fax: (602) 589-2017

Contact: Karilyn VanOosten

Director of Admissions
Main Address

3300 West Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85017

(888) 261-2393

Total undergrads: 8,500

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,144

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,500

Student/Faculty Ratio: 22:1


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $175

Online application fee: $175

Enrollment Rates – Undergraduate

Percent applicants admitted: 67%

Percent applicants enrolled: 37%

College Majors

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B

Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Medical imaging B,C
Nursing (RN) B
Post-licensure Nurse Education B

History – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Religion/Religious Studies B

Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Fire Science/Firefighting B

Social Sciences
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations
Bible Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer. Programs may not be available in the state where you reside.

Financial aid options: Your financial aid options include financial aid, scholarships, direct bill, and military benefits.

For other current statistical information about GCU, visit

Disclosures and Accreditations

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Grand Canyon University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 800-9776
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 96,211
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 11,143 (12% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $17,800
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,800
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,933

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Grand Canyon University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Grand Canyon University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 931
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 143
Education 38202
Engineering 4
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 67112
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 31
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 31
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 112
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 1262436

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Grand Canyon University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,800
Out-of-state $17,800
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,074
Out-of-state $11,074

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,709 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,690 99% $9,933
Student loan aid 1,853 68% $7,167

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 38,515 71% $7,322
Federal student loans 31,656 58% $8,379

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Grand Canyon University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Grand Canyon University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 35,040 12,055 22,985
Percent admitted 100% 83% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 19% 19% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Grand Canyon University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 96,211
Undergraduate enrollment 58,997
Graduate enrollment 37,214

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Grand Canyon University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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