Grand Canyon University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$16,424
0.0305% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,818
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.03%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
80.7%
48,918 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
103,427
19.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
46.6%
943 Graduates

About

Grand Canyon University is a higher education institution located in Maricopa County, AZ. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Grand Canyon University were Registered Nursing (4,638 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (1,344 degrees), and General Human Services (776 degrees).

In 2020, 25,921 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. 75.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 24.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (12,792 degrees), 2.76 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4628 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,424, which is $−12,139 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Canyon University is $16,424, which is $−12,139 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,818.

In 2020, 72% of undergraduate students attending Grand Canyon University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$16,424
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University was $16,424. The cost of tuition at Grand Canyon University is $−12,139 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,563).

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Average Net Price

$20,818
2020 Value
2.41%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Grand Canyon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,818. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Grand Canyon University grew by 2.41%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,800
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Grand Canyon University was of $7,800 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board decreased by 8.77% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
58%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Grand Canyon University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.41% with respect to 2019, 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.
5.03%
2018 Default Rate
1802
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Canyon University was 5.03%, which represents 1802 out of the 35855 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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Grand Canyon University received 48,918 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 30.6% annual growth. Out of those 48,918 applicants, 39,474 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.7% acceptance rate.

There were 103,427 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Canyon University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
39,474
Accepted Out of 48,918

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Canyon University was 80.7% (39,474 admissions from 48,918 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 76.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 30.6%, while admissions grew by 37%.

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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 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Grand Canyon University has a total enrollment of 103,427 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 19,944 students and the part-time enrollment is 83,483. This means that 19.3% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.1% White, 19.9% Hispanic or Latino, 19.5% Black or African American, 3.76% Two or More Races, 3.51% Asian, 0.936% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.561% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Canyon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.3%), followed by White Male (20.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (28.6%), followed by Asian Male (14.3%) and Black or African American Male (14.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Canyon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 103,427 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Canyon University is 19,944 and the part-time enrollment is 83,483. This means that 19.3% of students enrolled at Grand Canyon University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.5% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2020 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 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (85%), 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
    47,726
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    20,560
  3. Black or African American
    20,202

The enrolled student population at Grand Canyon University is 46.1% White, 19.9% Hispanic or Latino, 19.5% Black or African American, 3.76% Two or More Races, 3.51% Asian, 0.936% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.561% 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% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.69% 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, 4,780 students (4.62%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 13377 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 (12,792 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4628 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Canyon University is Registered Nursing (4,638 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (1,344 degrees) and General Human Services (776 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 (7,343 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,688 degrees), and Theology (396 degrees).

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 (1,820,416 people), Registered nurses (1,388,428 people), Secondary school teachers (390,767 people), Education administrators (307,416 people), and Social workers, all other (274,815 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (7,343 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,688 degrees), Theology (396 degrees), Health (9,085 degrees), and Psychology (918 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, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, Podiatrists, and Public relations specialists

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (7,343 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,688 degrees), Theology (396 degrees), Health (9,085 degrees), and Psychology (918 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 (3,160,197 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,715,595 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (472,809 people), Outpatient care centers (408,530 people), and Individual & family services (293,205 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Canyon University are Education (7,343 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (1,688 degrees), Theology (396 degrees), Health (9,085 degrees), and Psychology (918 degrees).

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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. 4638 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1344 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 776 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Canyon University was Registered Nursing with 4638 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

6,272
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
19,649
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 6,272 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University, which is 0.319 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (19,649).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 1421 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Canyon University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.83 times less than the 1712 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 4586 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Canyon University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.47 times more than the 614 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

30%
100% Completion Time
37%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 30% of students graduating from Grand Canyon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 37% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 38% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (54.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Grand Canyon University is Female and White (54.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.91% of graduates (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    12,792 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    4,628 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4,309 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Canyon University is white (12,792 degrees awarded). There were 2.76 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (4628 degrees).

6.2% of degree recipients (1,606 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    9,715 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    3,630 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,202 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Grand Canyon University is white female (9,715 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (3,630 degrees).

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briefcaseOperations

Grand Canyon University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.5M (NaNM%), compared to the 3.43% average return ($10.5M on $307M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Grand Canyon University had a total salary expenditure of $1.18B. Grand Canyon University employs 296 Instructors, 84 Assistant professors, and 55 Associate professors. Most academics at Grand Canyon University are Female Instructors (155), Male Instructors(141), and Female Assistant professors (50).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University are: Service, with 429 employees, Management, with 181 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

Endowment

0%
growth from 2019

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $12.1M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Grand Canyon University received $12.1M 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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Salary Expenditure

$523M
2020 Salaries
8.47%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Grand Canyon University paid a median of $523M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($1.18B) and a 8.47% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 51.1% growth from 2018 and a 9.47% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (42.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34.2M
Instructional Salaries
461
Number of Employees

In 2020, Grand Canyon University paid a total of $34.2M to 461 employees working as instructors, which represents 6.54% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $70.3M (29.6%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
296 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
429 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Instructor with 296 employees; Assistant professor with 84 employees; and Assistant professor with 55 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Canyon University were Service with 429 employees; Management with 181 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 140 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Canyon University was Female Instructor with 155 employees, Male Instructor with 141 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 50 employees.

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

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