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IPEDS ID: 104717
OPE ID: 00107400
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Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85017
General information:  (800) 800-9776
Website:  www.gcu.edu
Type:  4-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  69,444 (43,295 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty3394,380
Instructional3394,380
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-8
Instructional-8
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees$17,000$17,050$17,050$17,0500.0%
Books and supplies$4,200$3,650$800$8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,600$8,550$8,550$8,5500.0%
Other$3,300$2,850$5,700$5,7000.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,600$8,550$8,550$8,5500.0%
Other$3,300$2,850$5,700$5,7000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,100$3,600$5,700$5,7000.0%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
On Campus$32,100$32,100$32,100$32,1000.0%
Off Campus$32,100$32,100$32,100$32,1000.0%
Off Campus with Family$25,300$24,300$23,550$23,5500.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
Tuition$9,783
Fees$829
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,01599%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,99198%$22,717,817$11,410
Federal grants91145%$4,230,523$4,644
Pell grants90845%$4,097,959$4,513
Other federal grants1206%$132,564$1,105
State/local government grant or scholarships80%$7,010$876
Institutional grants or scholarships1,94295%$18,480,284$9,516
Student loan aid1,49873%$10,769,825$7,189
Federal student loans1,49473%$9,808,444$6,565
Other student loans904%$961,381$10,682
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid127,67270%$218,854,211$7,909
Pell grants18,80548%$95,418,747$5,074
Federal student loans25,23964%$202,555,055$8,025
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$20,084$19,761$19,775
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$25,838$25,442$25,688
$30,001 – $48,000$27,287$26,369$26,648
$48,001 – $75,000$29,978$29,249$29,302
$75,001 – $110,000$31,561$30,837$30,974
$110,001 and more$31,580$30,890$31,119
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment69,444
Undergraduate enrollment43,295
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment10,443
Graduate enrollment26,149
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 30%
Part-time: 70%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 27%
Female: 73%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 17%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 39%
25 and over: 61%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 37%
Out-of-state: 63%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 68%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 31%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 94%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 5%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants34,4758,03815,740
Percent admitted43%62%58%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%25%24%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 67%
Part-time students: 37%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 17 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 34%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 24%
6-year: 30%
8-year: 30%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 22%
6-year: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 32%
Female: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Black or African American: 13%
Hispanic/Latino: 22%
White: 44%
Two or more races: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 33%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology0---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General145---
Category total145---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting137d93d--
Business Administration and Management, General7821,173d2d-
Business/Commerce, General0---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies43d---
Finance, General75d---
Hospitality Administration/Management, General0d---
Management Science0d---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General69d3d--
Category total1,106d1,269d2d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Advertising0---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric95d---
Category total95d---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General0d0d--
Computer Programming/Programmer, General0---
Computer Science0---
Information Technology0229d--
Category total0d229d--
Education
Curriculum and Instruction-694d--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education10---
Early Childhood Education and Teaching184281d--
Education, General-123d--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism-49d--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-572d67d-
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision-210d--
Educational/Instructional Technology-0d--
Elementary Education and Teaching261305d-0d
Music Teacher Education11---
Reading Teacher Education-142d-0d
Secondary Education and Teaching190269d-0d
Special Education and Teaching, General425751d--
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-0d-67d
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-188d-13d
Category total1,0813,584d67d80d
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering0---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering0---
Engineering, General0---
Mechanical Engineering0---
Category total0---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other0---
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician0---
Category total0---
English Language and Literature/Letters
General Literature60d---
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing0---
Category total60d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer21---
Clinical Nurse Specialist-3d-3d
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other173d---
Critical Care Nursing-58d-9d
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-86d-5d
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other1d---
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management202d170d--
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-7d--
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other-0d--
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-455d-0d
Nursing Administration-535d--
Nursing Practice--41d-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician0d---
Public Health, General-94d--
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing-114d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse5,324d440d-4d
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist3d---
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling90d195d--
Category total5,814d2,157d41d21d
History
History, General40d---
Category total40d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science159d---
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-85d--
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management128d---
Forensic Science and Technology10---
Category total297d85d--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Human Biology1d---
Category total1d---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Category total0---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science59---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management98d---
Category total157d---
Psychology
Psychology, General--14d-
Psychology, Other-317d-0d
Category total-317d14d0d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy148d---
Human Services, General449d---
Public Administration-172d--
Social Work102d---
Category total699d172d--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, Other0d---
Category total0d---
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies---0d
Divinity/Ministry-0d--
Religious Education213d164d--
Category total213d164d-0d
Visual and Performing Arts
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General0---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production37d---
Dance, General0---
Digital Arts33---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General20---
Music, General12---
Category total102d---
Grand total9,8107,977124101
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, 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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2226
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1282
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1295
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 313
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,285
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,280
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,716
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,489
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 77%
Part-time students: 79%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined111118
Baseball34
Basketball1915
Beach Volleyball14
Golf119
Soccer3631
Softball22
Swimming and Diving2522
Tennis118
Volleyball2218
Wrestling25
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1968 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/8/2006 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels5/5/2016 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations111954
Liquor law violations062
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations71122
Liquor law violations060
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1
Rape25
Fondling79
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault203
Burglary281711
Motor vehicle theft021
Arson001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1
Rape23
Fondling44
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault201
Burglary161010
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson001
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate9.2%10.3%15.7%
Number in default2,2182,3313,359
Number in repayment24,07422,55121,367
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)