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Grand Canyon University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Grand Canyon University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Grand Canyon University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Grand Canyon University was awarded 109 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Grand Canyon University is ranked #1,432 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 18 colleges in Arizona, Grand Canyon University is ranked at #14.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Grand Canyon University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Grand Canyon University is a competitive 67%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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Grand Canyon University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Grand Canyon University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Grand Canyon University is 8%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  8 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grand Canyon University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Grand Canyon University is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Grand Canyon University is 22%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Grand Canyon University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 54,139 undergraduates at Grand Canyon University with 17,335 being full-time and 36,804 being part-time.

Grand Canyon University Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 92.48 out of 100, Grand Canyon University is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.48 out of 100
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How Much Does Grand Canyon University Cost?

The overall average net price of Grand Canyon University is $21,197. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Grand Canyon University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$18,438 $19,014 $22,461 $24,044 $23,845

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Grand Canyon University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Grand Canyon University, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,135 a year. That adds up to $28,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grand Canyon University is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Grand Canyon University Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Grand Canyon University make around $52,700 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Grand Canyon University students since it is 32% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Grand Canyon University make the most money.

Location of Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit institution situated in Phoenix, Arizona. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Grand Canyon University

Contact details for Grand Canyon University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017
Phone: 800-800-9776

Grand Canyon University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 11,319 received undergraduate degrees and 12,324 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 4,367 $75,400
Business Administration & Management 1,216 $42,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 863 $30,800
Human Services 663 $30,800
Special Education 341 $33,500
Community Organization & Advocacy 302 $30,900
General Biology 276 $25,400
Health & Medical Administrative Services 275 $38,400
Religious Education 265 $32,800
Health & Physical Education 249 $28,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Grand Canyon University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Grand Canyon University

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 80,999 students took at least one online class at Grand Canyon University. This is an increase from the 75,154 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 80,999 70,295
2016-2017 75,154 64,551
2015-2016 68,542 58,779
2014-2015 54,543 54,118
2013-2014 50,286 49,685

Learn more about online learning at Grand Canyon University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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