Grand Canyon University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$16,365

0.122% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$20,912

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

5.63%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

66.9%

32,734 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

83,284

19.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

42.8%

349 Graduates

About

Grand Canyon University is a higher education institution located in Maricopa County, AZ. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Grand Canyon University were Registered Nursing (4,855 degrees awarded), General Special Education & Teaching (868 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (859 degrees).

In 2017, 19,139 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. 77% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 23% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (9,599 degrees), 2.76 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3478 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,365, which is $-10,135 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,365, which is $-10,135 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,912.

In 2017, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$16,365

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University was $16,365. The cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University is $-10,135 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$20,912

2017 Value

1.21%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Grand Canyon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,912. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Grand Canyon University grew by 1.21%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,550

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Grand Canyon University was of $8,550 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

58%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.63%

2016 Default Rate

1772

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Canyon University was 5.63%, which represents 1772 out of the 31482 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Grand Canyon University received 32,734 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.99% annual decline. Out of those 32,734 applicants, 21,906 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 66.9% acceptance rate.

There were 83,284 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Canyon University has an overall enrollment yield of 16%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

66.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

21,906

Accepted Out of 32,734

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Canyon University was 66.9% (21,906 admissions from 32,734 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 56.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.99%, while admissions grew by 12.8%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Grand Canyon University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Canyon University has a total enrollment of 83,284 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 16,001 students and the part-time enrollment is 67,283. This means that 19.2% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.9% White, 21% Black or African American, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.35% Two or More Races, 3.34% Asian, 1.04% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.522% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (30.7%), followed by White Male (19.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (33.3%), followed by Two or More Races Female (33.3%) and White Male (33.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 83,284 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 16,001 and the part-time enrollment is 67,283. This means that 19.2% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Grand Canyon University was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Grand Canyon University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    38,196

  2. Black or African American

    17,519

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    13,787

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University is 45.9% White, 21% Black or African American, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.35% Two or More Races, 3.34% Asian, 1.04% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.522% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6,322 students (7.59%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 10341 more women than men received degrees from Grand Canyon University. The majority of degree recipients at Grand Canyon University are white (9,599 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3478 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Canyon University is Registered Nursing (4,855 degrees awarded), followed by General Special Education & Teaching (868 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (859 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Grand Canyon University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (5,217 degrees awarded), Theology (406 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (1,010 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,072,599 people), Registered nurses (1,421,920 people), Accountants & auditors (1,125,142 people), Other managers (705,610 people), and Financial managers (440,174 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,217 degrees awarded), Theology (406 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,010 degrees), Health (7,986 degrees), and Business (2,588 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Public relations specialists, Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Podiatrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,217 degrees awarded), Theology (406 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,010 degrees), Health (7,986 degrees), and Business (2,588 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,276,377 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,820,882 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (617,347 people), Banking & related activities (510,947 people), and Insurance carriers (459,409 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,217 degrees awarded), Theology (406 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (1,010 degrees), Health (7,986 degrees), and Business (2,588 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Grand Canyon University.

Most Common

  1. 4855 degrees awarded

  2. 868 degrees awarded

  3. 859 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Canyon University was Registered Nursing with 4855 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,399

  2. 14,740

In 2017, 4,399 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University, which is 0.298 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (14,740).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 998 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.941 times less than the 1061 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 4807 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Canyon University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.55 times more than the 637 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%

100% Completion Time

34%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 22% of students graduating from Grand Canyon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 34% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 35% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Grand Canyon University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 67.9% of graduates (237 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9,599 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,478 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,775 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Canyon University is white (9,599 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3478 degrees).

8.14% of degree recipients (1,558 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    7,434 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    2,726 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    2,165 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Grand Canyon University is white female (7,434 degrees awarded). There were 2.73 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (2,726 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (N/A%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Grand Canyon University had a total expenditure of $726M. Of that $726M, they spent $292M on salaries and $726M on benefits.

Grand Canyon University employs 259 Instructors, 81 Assistant professors, and 23 Associate professors. Most academics at Grand Canyon University are Female Instructors (140), Male Instructors(119), and Female Assistant professors (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 1473 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 637 employees, and Management with 481 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2017 Endowment

0%

growth from 2016

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Grand Canyon University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Grand Canyon University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$292M

Salary Expenditure

$726M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Grand Canyon University had a total expenditure of $726M. Of that $726M, they spent $292M on salaries and $726M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Grand Canyon University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$292M

2017 Salaries

9.71%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Grand Canyon University paid a median of $292M in salaries, which represents 40.2% of their overall expenditure ($726M) and a 9.71% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.39% growth from 2015 and a 6.35% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25.8M

Instructional Salaries

370

Number of Employees

In 2017, Grand Canyon University paid a total of $25.8M to 370 employees working as instructors, which represents 8.85% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

259 Employees

Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1473 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Instructor with 259 employees; Assistant professor with 81 employees; and Assistant professor with 23 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 1,473 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 637 employees; and Management with 481 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University was Female Instructor with 140 employees, Male Instructor with 119 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 44 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Grand Canyon University.

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