Grand Canyon University

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3300 W. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85017

Phone: (800) 800-9776
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (West)

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Grand Canyon University is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1949. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,158, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grand Canyon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $18,600 (2013-14).

Despite its name, Grand Canyon University, based in Phoenix,  is about four hours away from the tourist destination. The private university grants undergraduate degrees through six colleges, including the Ken Blanchard College of Business and the College of Fine Arts and Production. Many of its undergraduate degree tracks are broad but allow students to complete an emphasis in a certain area. Biology majors, for example, can complete their degrees with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Physician Assistant; art design majors can choose to emphasize in animation, screenwriting, web design, or production. Grand Canyon University also grants a variety of master’s degrees and has a College of Nursing.

The GCU ’Lopes (Antelopes) are Division II teams that compete in a variety of conferences including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the Pacific West Conference (PacWest). The university is a nondenominational Christian institution, and, as such, encourages spiritual education, too.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a premier, private, accredited, nondenominational Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. The University offers online and campus-based Bachelors and Masters degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing & Health Professionals, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and Productions,and College of Theology supports both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional.

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School type proprietary, coed college
Year founded 1949
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Grand Canyon University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 41.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 41.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Grand Canyon University is 16:1, and the school has 33.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Grand Canyon University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 41 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 43%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Psychology, General 4%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4%

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Student Life

Grand Canyon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,158, with a gender distribution of 24.4 percent male students and 75.6 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus. Grand Canyon University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 48,650
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Grand Canyon University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Grand Canyon University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Grand Canyon University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Grand Canyon University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $18,600 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,400 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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