Grand Canyon University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$16,385

0.401% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$21,168

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

6.19%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

56.9%

34,096 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

75,834

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 (5,324 degrees awarded), General Special Education & Teaching (850 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (784 degrees).

In 2016, 18,469 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. 77.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 22.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (9,276 degrees), 2.93 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3170 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,385, which is $-9,471 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,385, which is $-9,471 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,168.

In 2016, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$16,385

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University was $16,385. The cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University is $-9,471 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$21,168

2016 Value

7.04%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Grand Canyon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,168. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Grand Canyon University grew by 7.04%.

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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 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board did not change between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 78.1% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.43% with respect to 2015, when 70% 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.

6.19%

2015 Default Rate

1841

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Canyon University was 6.19%, which represents 1841 out of the 29753 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 34,096 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.1% annual decline. Out of those 34,096 applicants, 19,413 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 56.9% acceptance rate.

There were 75,834 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Canyon University has an overall enrollment yield of 17.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

56.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

19,413

Accepted Out of 34,096

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Canyon University was 56.9% (19,413 admissions from 34,096 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 43.2%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -1.1%, while admissions grew by 30.3%.

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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 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Canyon University has a total enrollment of 75,834 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 14,544 students and the part-time enrollment is 61,290. 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 46.2% White, 21.2% Black or African American, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Asian, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.545% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (31.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (19.1%) and White Male (19.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (100%), followed by Two or More Races Male (0%) and Asian Male (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75,834 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 14,544 and the part-time enrollment is 61,290. This means that 19.2% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%

2016 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

    35,052

  2. Black or African American

    16,084

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    12,573

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University is 46.2% White, 21.2% Black or African American, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, 3.65% Asian, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.545% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 5,870 students (7.74%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 10103 more women than men received degrees from Grand Canyon University. The majority of degree recipients at Grand Canyon University are white (9,276 degrees awarded). There were 2.93 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3170 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Canyon University is Registered Nursing (5,324 degrees awarded), followed by General Special Education & Teaching (850 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (784 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 (5,239 degrees awarded), Theology (378 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (882 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 (2,050,312 people), Registered nurses (1,342,622 people), Accountants & auditors (1,113,584 people), Miscellaneous managers (812,331 people), and Financial managers (434,698 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,239 degrees awarded), Theology (378 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (882 degrees), Health (8,036 degrees), and Business (2,379 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, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Financial analysts, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,239 degrees awarded), Theology (378 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (882 degrees), Health (8,036 degrees), and Business (2,379 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 (3,274,411 people), Hospitals (1,821,088 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (640,873 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (591,225 people), and Banking & related activities (503,398 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (5,239 degrees awarded), Theology (378 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (882 degrees), Health (8,036 degrees), and Business (2,379 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. 5324 degrees awarded

  2. 850 degrees awarded

  3. 784 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Canyon University was Registered Nursing with 5324 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,183

  2. 14,286

In 2016, 4,183 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University, which is 0.293 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (14,286).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 934 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.911 times less than the 1025 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 5099 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Canyon University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.62 times more than the 669 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%

100% Completion Time

28%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 18% of students graduating from Grand Canyon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 28% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 30% 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

    9,276 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,170 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,471 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Canyon University is white (9,276 degrees awarded). There were 2.93 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (3170 degrees).

9.48% of degree recipients (1,751 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    7,144 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    2,535 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    2,132 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Grand Canyon University is white female (7,144 degrees awarded). There were 2.82 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (2,535 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (N/A%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Grand Canyon University had a total expenditure of $580M. Of that $580M, they spent $243M on salaries and $580M on benefits.

Grand Canyon University employs 242 Instructors, 83 Assistant professors, and 21 Associate professors. Most academics at Grand Canyon University are Female Instructors (131), Male Instructors(111), and Female Assistant professors (48).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 1413 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 590 employees, and Management with 449 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 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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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, 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.

$243M

Salary Expenditure

$580M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Grand Canyon University had a total expenditure of $580M. Of that $580M, they spent $243M on salaries and $580M 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

$243M

2015 Salaries

6.35%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Grand Canyon University paid a median of $243M in salaries, which represents 41.9% of their overall expenditure ($580M) and a 6.35% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0% growth from 2013 and a 0% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22M

Instructional Salaries

339

Number of Employees

In 2015, Grand Canyon University paid a total of $22M to 339 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.04% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

242 Employees

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

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1413 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Instructor with 242 employees; Assistant professor with 83 employees; and Assistant professor with 21 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 1,413 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 590 employees; and Management with 449 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University was Female Instructor with 131 employees, Male Instructor with 111 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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