About Grand Canyon University

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University. is a college. Located in Arizona, which is a city setting in Arizona, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 46,297 full time undergraduate students, and 29,537 full time graduate students.

The Grand Canyon University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 353 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Grand Canyon University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate56%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at GCU are considered Selective, with ,246% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Grand Canyon University.

Grand Canyon University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    368 Students rated on-campus housing 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    241 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    380 Students rated campus food 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    431 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    432 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    424 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    425 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    434 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Grand Canyon University?

450 Students rated Grand Canyon University

Megan - 05/27/2024

The school was in the process of obtaining accreditation for the BSW program, but it was challenging to get feedback and engage with the program chair. As a dedicated student seeking involvement and feedback on assignments, I found the lack of accessibility and feedback frustrating. I chose GCU for its affordability and military-friendly approach, but I was surprised by the heavy religious influence in every lesson and assignment. I encountered a professor with a different religious background who criticized my perspective on religion in a paper about religious application in my major. I had papers assigned that were supposed to reference material we had not yet been assigned. Assignments were often unclear, and when students asked questions, it was apparent the teachers only sometimes knew what was being asked. Essential details about required activities outside of school were incorrectly relayed to me, and had I not asked more questions, it would have led to a failure in my course. An advisor said the requirement did not apply, but it did. I was told by the department chair that support materials were not yet available and that future students would benefit from resources that were still in development. Due to the accreditation process, the out-of-order assignments could not be corrected, or they could lose their standing and have to start over. If attending while they are being accredited, accreditation is retroactive once they are approved, but it lead to a lesser experience. This school would not have prepared me to take the boards and be a social worker. After completing four classes as a junior, I decided to transfer to another university despite my 4.0 GPA. I wouldn't recommend GCU to others due to the poorly developed curriculum, disorganized assignments, and reading materials given out of order. I did like the library, librarians, HALO classroom software (though it could always use upgrades), and materials open to me, like the Microsoft 365 suite. The disability support software (Kurzweil) crashed constantly, but most texts were accessible within their system.

Violeta - 05/26/2024

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a well-known school that is dedicated to giving students a good education. There are many college and graduate programs at the university to suit a wide range of hobbies and job goals. One thing that makes GCU stand out is its committed teachers. Professors at GCU are not only experts in their areas, but they also care deeply about the success of their students. They give each student individual care, making sure they get the help and direction they need to do well in school. The campus of GCU is new and well-equipped, with cutting-edge tools that make studying better. The university also puts a lot of stress on values- and community-based education, which helps students feel like they fit and have a purpose in life. With so many clubs, groups, and events on campus, there are lots of chances for students to get involved, make friends, and grow as a whole person. GCU is also known for being able to work with both standard and non-traditional students, such as those who need classes in the evenings or online. Because of this, it's a great choice for workers or people who have other obligations. To sum up, Grand Canyon University is a good school with helpful students, committed teachers, and great facilities. Its dedication to giving students a good education and helping them grow as people makes it a great choice for anyone looking for college.

Roxanna - 05/01/2024

I haven't started my fall semester yet but I went to a discovery trip and it was the absolute best experience I could ever have. I think that it is the best place for me to pursue my dreams.

Olivia - 04/23/2024

I found GCU's mission of outreach by the Christian community to be the most satisfactory. I think their goals and achievements cn easily be assessed by the amount of students who want to get involved. Other than the outreach, I find the community overall welcoming. I went on a discover trip to GCU, only to find positivity and fun activities to be explored all around. The possibility and opportunity's shown to GCUs students and visitors sparks interest and builds connections for future events within the community

Grand Canyon University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Grand Canyon University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Grand Canyon University is 56%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I'm not sure the person I was as a high school senior would have given the person I am now the time of day, because I wasn't interested in school then. But if I could have such a discussion, it might go like this: "Lynn, the time will come when what and how you want to study will be available; keep your eyes open for that opportunity. It will happen when you least expect it, and when it doesn't seem possible to attend school, learn the material well, and get the grades you deserve--but you need to know that it is possible, and it will happen for you. Even though you will care for family members with disabilities and lose at least one parent before it happens, that will only be a temporary detour on yoru journey. You have the power to leave this world better than you found it, and when you find the right place and time to get the education you want, take a chance on yourself and don't look back. You can do this. You will do this."

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    How you never know what is going on and that everything is online.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Grand Canyon University is a private Christian school where noone is afraid to be themselves.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Most of my classmates are hard working, focused, and determined as most of them also work full-time and have families to take care of like myself.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i would have listened to everyone else who kept telling me to stay focused. My first year I was surrounded by temptation. I strayed off course and my studies fell behind. I was an honor student in high school but I ended up failing my first year of college due to partying. I started a different school the following fall and aced my schedule. I had to leave school a year before graduation due to financial instability. Now I am 29 years old trying to finish up my degree online when I should have already graduated.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who like smaller sized campuses, and probably christian.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    I consider the feeling of acceptance is the best thing about Grand Canyon University. The moment I walked onto the campus I felt accepted, no matter what skin color or walk of life you came from. Once you were on campus you were one of their own. It was an amazing feeling that can't be traded for anything else in the world. It is truly a one of a kind campus and faculty.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My advisory team and the librarians. My advisors keep me focused and invest their time and effort on mye personally. The librarians have helped me a numebr of times to find the one reference I absolutely need and cannot find, and always have answers for me in moments. Between them It's like having a full team of experts assisting me with keeping my studies on track and on topic. All this in addition to the professors and tutors who help with any challenges I have in the classroom.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    This university has a strong Christian based environment. It would probably not suit anyone who is not a Christian or interested in learning about Christianity.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    What I find unique about Grand Canyon is that they do not pressure you to become a Christain just cause they are a Christain based university. They are very welcoming and want everyone to feel at home if they are out of state. The school in general turns no on down and tries to help you with whatever questions or problems you have. The programs offered there are very efficent and will end up helping you in the long run.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Empowerment of the student; an affordable private university education; superior support. GCU has the best librarians to assist with research, excellent enrollemnt and academic advisors, and outstanding professors ready to help students to excel.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    In all honesty I dont find anything to be frustrating. I feel the school is still building to become a better campus for its students and future students so that they feel safe and welcomed. The olny thing that is kind of a damper on the school is that the neighborhood is not the safest but the school makes sure to keep it secured 24/7 for our safety.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics are very interesting.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolutely love going to GCU, the class sizes are a lot smaller than ASU or NAU for sure it gives the student a lot of one on one time with the teachers. The professors are always willing to help out and open their schedule to meet with you. The people there are also very kind and my adviser is so helpful every time I have a question.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Family activities

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The main stereotype that other individuals in my community believe about online schooling is that it is not actually a school and that the students are wasting their time and money attending a school in this online manner. This stereotype is not accurate because as long as the University is accredited the students are not wasting their time or money in attending an online University.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Grand Canyon University receive some sort of financial aid. 42% were awarded federal grants. While 71% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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