Grand Canyon University

Graduates: 15783
Undergraduates: 34761
Graduates: 15783
Setting: Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
In-state Tuition: $7,842.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,842.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:01
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 23:77
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 32%

Grand Canyon University is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1949. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,158, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grand Canyon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $18,600 (2013-14).

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. In addition, the curriculum fosters personal discovery so that students realize within themselves the elements of compassion and accountability. A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of its Christian heritage. The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey. These normative Christian values are integral to the development, maturity, and education of ethical and morally respectable citizens who continue on the path of life-long learning. Each element or objective of the GCU mission statement is uniquely addressed in the GCU curriculum and by the GCU culture, which shapes a rich learning environment from which students graduate with professional and life skills. When learners graduate from GCU, our expectation is that they will be global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders.

The college was founded as a nonprofit institution in 1949. Arizona Southern Baptists felt the need to establish a faith-based institution that would allow local Baptists the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor's or Master's degree without going east to one of the Baptist colleges in Texas or Oklahoma. On October 8, 1951, Grand Canyon College relocated to its current location in Phoenix.First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix donated the land necessary for the institution, and several members of that church, led by the Reverend Vaughn Rock and S. F. Hawkins, donated the finances and physical labor needed to bring G.C.C, as it was known, into reality. Grand Canyon College was renamed Grand Canyon University in 1989. Suffering financial and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century, the school's trustees authorized its sale in January 2004 to California-based Significant Education, LLC,making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States.


Henry Cejudo, freestyle wrestler Efrain Escudero, professional mixed martial artist Mike Evans, author, journalist, and commentator Bayard Forrest, professional basketball player; he led Grand Canyon to the 1975 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they won the championship Horacio Llamas, professional basketball player Moriah Peters, CCM singer-songwriter Cody Ransom, professional baseball player Tim Salmon, professional baseball player Stephen G. Hall, biomedical scientist and CrossFit athlete Ron Polk, baseball coach

Chief_administrator: Brian Mueller (Chief Executive Officer)
Fax: 6026397838
Phone: 8008009776
Geographic region: Southwest AZ NM OK TX
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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No