Grand Canyon University in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

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Overview

Grand Canyon University offers 307-degree programs and 253 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 58%. 25.9% are women, and 74.1% are men. Grand Canyon University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Grand Canyon University is 28039$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $24300 and $32100 per year. 29% of full-time Grand Canyon University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $44,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Grand Canyon University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$28,039
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Grand Canyon University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$25,442
$30,001 - $48,000$26,369
$48,001 - $75,000$29,249
$75,001 - $110,000$30,837
$110,001+$30,890

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Admission test scores

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5000

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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5%

Types of financial aids

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27672 of Grand Canyon University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 70 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Grand Canyon University number 4 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Arizona.

Students at Grand Canyon University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending

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$44,500

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services

3%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Grand Canyon University.

ROTC

ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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29%
BELOW AVERAGE

Grand Canyon University graduation rate is below the national average.

29% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Grand Canyon University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

10 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Admission test scores

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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58%

In comparison to National Average

Grand Canyon University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 80%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 22%.

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58%
BELOW AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 74%, so Grand Canyon University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 16%.

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58%
BELOW AVERAGE

Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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22%

Total

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16%

Full time

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5%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

67%

Part-time retention rate

37%

The Grand Canyon University full-time retention rate is 67% and part-time retention rate is 37%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Grand Canyon University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

17:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

1

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Grand Canyon University the biggest percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Grand Canyon University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Arizona.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Grand Canyon University

The campus located by 3300 W Camelback Rd address in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Grand Canyon University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Grand Canyon University with 0.04% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Grand Canyon University are burglary and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Grand Canyon University offers 307 programs in total: 166 are for Bachelor's degree, 101 - for Master's degree, 28 - for Post-master's certificate, and 12 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 92 universities in Maricopa county, with one of the highest number of Post-master's certificate. Grand Canyon University is one of the few institutions in Maricopa that offers a Master's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 253 distance learning programs that are provided in the Grand Canyon University: 112 are for Bachelor's degree, 101 - for Master's degree, 28 - for Post-master's certificate and 12 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Arizona state average data to help you compare.

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Grand Canyon University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 35785 students with 1073553 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 21698 with 520759 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Grand Canyon University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

I am glad I chose GCU. The professors were helpful and the counselors were always checking in, which helped me to stay accountable. The process to get certification in my state from an out-of-state/online school is tasking but the school personnel is very helpful with the process.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Beware. I inquired about the cost per credit after the military/first responders discount and was told I had to submit my FAFSA. Even after stressing I did not want to barrow money that way, I was told this was standard. Once I completed the “required” paperwork, I was enrolled and pushed to start online that day, without a quote. The claim was I had the cost calculator in my email. That was false. Was never in my inbox, but the enrollment email was. Weird how that works. I had to demand the cost and was quoted the price listed on the website. $470 a credit hour. Total waste of time, after looking around and calling a family member I discovered that a quota might have been the pushing factor. Even after telling my contact I wasn’t interested in starting this year, she continued to push and stress how it “wasn’t that hard” and “get a two week break for Christmas”. Disingenuous and lacking certain values the school boast.I was simply trying to budget for next year and possibly enroll here. This experience changed my mind. Can’t speak for the actual campus or quality of the classes so I apologize in advance if that’s the info you’re searching for.Maybe management pushes this practice so I’m not mad at the individual, more the process. However others need to be aware.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I am usually not one to leave negative reviews, but my experience with this university has included a very deceitful enrollment process followed by no effort to make things right. My counselor led me to believe I was enrolling under terms that were completely different than what they actually were. I also have tried reaching out to every GCU staff contact I can find and there has been no response whatsoever. If you are planning to attend here, I would recommend not trusting the counselors and making sure you know exactly what you're signing up for.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Grand Canyon University -GCU is profit private Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. Based on student enrollment, Grand Canyon University was the largest Christian university in the world with 70,000 students attending online and 20,000 attending on campus in 2018. There is eatery on campus. Growing number of students. There is assistance for education . If you like sports you can participate in club and non-club. The school colors had been maroon and gold in Prescott, but when GCU moved to Phoenix in 1951 students voted to change them to purple and white to distinguish them from Arizona State University's colors.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The ability to study through an online program makes getting an education possible. One aspect to keep in mine is the work load is quite heavy. You are covering the same content of material that would traditionally be covering in a 16 to 18 week semester in just 8 weeks. You really do not have the time to truly enjoy the journey because it is at a super fast pace. A second aspect to keep in mind is financial aid is a very slow process. Do not expect anything before week 6 or 7 in an 8 week online program. If you know you will have expenses such as books, prepare to have a plan B that is not dependent on financial aid.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd

Place: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8008009776

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: gcu.edu

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