Grand Canyon University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona. Melikamp / Wikimedia Commons

With a 57 percent acceptance rate, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a for-profit college that isn't overly selective. Students who have completed high school with decent grades should have little trouble being admitted. The school is test-optional, meaning that applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT as part of the application. 

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Admissions Data (2015)

Grand Canyon University Description

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a private, four-year, for-profit Christian college located on 90 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. GCU offers a wide range of traditional campus-based courses, evening class, and online degree programs through its College of Education, College of Nursing, Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Arts and Science, College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Doctoral Studies, and College of Christian Studies. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio (although less than 10 percent of the faculty are full-time employees). Students stay active through 13 student clubs and organizations, as well as a host of intramural sports including Bowling, Broomball, and Ultimate Frisbee. As for intercollegiate athletics, the GCU ‘Lopes compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference (PacWest) with teams such as men’s and women’s golf, track and field, and swimming and diving.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 75,834 (46,297 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 28% Male / 72% Female
  • 30% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $17,050
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,550
  • Other Expenses: $5,700
  • Total Cost: $32,100

Grand Canyon University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 72%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,053
    • Loans: $7,204

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 43%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Wrestling, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Beach Volleyball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Grand Canyon University Mission Statement:

"Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.

The curriculum at GCU is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed in the contemporary job market. Students are challenged to develop these tools and to push their intellectual limits in order to become successful in their careers."