Grand Canyon University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$16,419
0.122% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$21,332
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
5.86%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
76.9%
37,456 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
96,211
19.1% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
36.8%
460 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 (4,367 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (1,216 degrees), and General Human Services (663 degrees).

In 2019, 24,004 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. 75.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 24.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (11,753 degrees), 2.72 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4320 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,419, which is $-12,081 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,419, which is $-12,081 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,332.

In 2019, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$16,419
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University was $16,419. The cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University is $-12,081 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,332
2019 Value
0.332%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Grand Canyon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,332. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Grand Canyon University grew by 0.332%.

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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 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 71% 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.
5.86%
2017 Default Rate
1957
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Canyon University was 5.86%, which represents 1957 out of the 33421 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 37,456 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 17.2% annual growth. Out of those 37,456 applicants, 28,818 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.9% acceptance rate.

There were 96,211 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2019, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Canyon University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
28,818
Accepted Out of 37,456

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Canyon University was 76.9% (28,818 admissions from 37,456 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 73.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 17.2%, while admissions grew by 23.2%.

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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 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Canyon University has a total enrollment of 96,211 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 18,410 students and the part-time enrollment is 77,801. This means that 19.1% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.3% White, 19.7% Black or African American, 18.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.59% Two or More Races, 3.38% Asian, 0.956% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.568% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.5%), followed by White Male (20.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (50%), followed by Two or More Races Male (25%) and White Male (25%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 96,211 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 18,410 and the part-time enrollment is 77,801. This means that 19.1% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2019 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 65%. 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
    44,592
  2. Black or African American
    18,975
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    17,972

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University is 46.3% White, 19.7% Black or African American, 18.7% Hispanic or Latino, 3.59% Two or More Races, 3.38% Asian, 0.956% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.568% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 5,668 students (5.89%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 12320 more women than men received degrees from Grand Canyon University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Grand Canyon University is white (11,753 degrees awarded). There were 2.72 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4320 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Canyon University is Registered Nursing (4,367 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (1,216 degrees) and General Human Services (663 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 (6,556 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,470 degrees), and Theology (447 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 (1,566,333 people), Registered nurses (1,456,558 people), Secondary school teachers (509,856 people), Education administrators (309,569 people), and Social workers, all other (307,941 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (6,556 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,470 degrees), Theology (447 degrees), Health (8,642 degrees), and Psychology (943 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Public relations specialists

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (6,556 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,470 degrees), Theology (447 degrees), Health (8,642 degrees), and Psychology (943 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 (3,153,206 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,712,901 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (494,824 people), Outpatient care centers (436,864 people), and Individual & family services (290,941 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (6,556 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,470 degrees), Theology (447 degrees), Health (8,642 degrees), and Psychology (943 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. 4367 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1216 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 663 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Canyon University was Registered Nursing with 4367 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

5,842
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
18,162
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 5,842 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University, which is 0.322 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (18,162).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 1404 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.916 times less than the 1533 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 4395 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Canyon University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.55 times more than the 582 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

35%
100% Completion Time
41%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 35% of students graduating from Grand Canyon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (45.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Grand Canyon University is Male and Asian (45.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 2.61% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    11,753 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    4,320 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,737 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Canyon University is white (11,753 degrees awarded). There were 2.72 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4320 degrees).

7.26% of degree recipients (1,742 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    8,897 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    3,368 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    2,856 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Grand Canyon University is white female (8,897 degrees awarded). There were 2.64 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (3,368 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $367M (NaNM%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Grand Canyon University had a total salary expenditure of $1.09B. Grand Canyon University employs 279 Instructors, 89 Assistant professors, and 53 Associate professors. Most academics at Grand Canyon University are Female Instructors (144), Male Instructors(135), and Female Assistant professors (48).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University are: Service, with 447 employees, Management, with 176 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 128 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2019 Endowment
0%
growth from 2018

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Grand Canyon University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNB 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 2019, 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

Salary Expenditure

$483M
2019 Salaries
51.1%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Grand Canyon University paid a median of $483M in salaries, which represents 44.3% of their overall expenditure ($1.09B) and a 51.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.47% growth from 2017 and a 9.71% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$32.1M
Instructional Salaries
441
Number of Employees

In 2019, Grand Canyon University paid a total of $32.1M to 441 employees working as instructors, which represents 6.65% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
279 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
447 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Instructor with 279 employees; Assistant professor with 89 employees; and Assistant professor with 53 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Service with 447 employees; Management with 176 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 128 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 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University was Female Instructor with 144 employees, Male Instructor with 135 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 48 employees.

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

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