Grand Canyon University

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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.

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Disclosures and Accreditations

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