Grand Canyon University

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?

2022 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 473 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychiatric/mental health services technician.

Overall Quality

Grand Canyon University landed the #984 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Grand Canyon University held the #1,432 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Grand Canyon University also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Grand Canyon University?

Acceptance Rate

Grand Canyon University has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Grand Canyon University.

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Grand Canyon University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Grand Canyon University, this rate is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 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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Grand Canyon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 58,997 undergraduates at Grand Canyon University with 18,406 being full-time and 40,591 being part-time.

How Much Does Grand Canyon University Cost?

The overall average net price of Grand Canyon University is $21,020. 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 +
$18,405 $18,704 $21,380 $23,545 $23,423

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 5.8%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Grand Canyon University make about $52,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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 located in Phoenix, Arizona. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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, 12,337 received undergraduate degrees and 13,169 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 4,638 $75,400
Business Administration & Management 1,344 $42,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 903 $30,800
Human Services 776 $30,800
Community Organization & Advocacy 349 $30,900
Special Education 336 $33,500
Mental & Social Health Services 319 $31,800
Health & Medical Administrative Services 310 $38,400
Social Work 297 $32,900
Religious Education 267 $32,800

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 85,068 students took at least one online class at Grand Canyon University. This is an increase from the 80,999 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 85,068 75,277
2017-2018 80,999 70,295
2016-2017 75,154 64,551
2015-2016 68,542 58,779
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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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