Grand Canyon University Admissions

Grand Canyon University (GCU) welcomes applicants 16 years old and older for admission consideration. We seek future graduates with diverse interests, experiences and perspectives, ready to capture academic opportunities with creativity and enthusiasm.

Although GCU seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students, with the exception of majors in the College of Theology. Theology majors are required to affirm GCU's Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.

Please note: Admission requirements may differ based on degree level, program and modality.

Grand Canyon University Graduation Rates*

Grand Canyon University has a four-year graduation rate of 58% for traditional students, and an online student grad rate of 65%**. GCU produced 23,231 total graduates from July 2017 through June 2018. GCU offers an abundance of resources to empower students to finish strong and impact their chosen field post-graduation. Some of our many resources include fully qualified professors, access to tutoring services, career assistance and more.

*Graduation rates include all students attempting at least 12 hours, are 'to date' for each cohort and are accurate as of July 17, 2018
**These rates are based on the cohort from 2014

GCU Acceptance Rate

Grand Canyon University (GCU) has a fall 2017 acceptance rate of 67% for first-time, full-time degree-seeking students. The average GPA for all 2017 incoming campus students is 3.5. GCU’s acceptance rate reflects GCUs dedication to maintaining an environment of learning, growth and opportunity.

Request for Reinstatement

If you have been academically suspended from GCU and would like to be reinstated, complete the Request for Reinstatement Form. If filing an academic appeal for reasons other than reinstatement, contact your student services counselor for assistance at 855-GCU-LOPE. Additional information on GCU's appeal process can be found in the University Appeal Procedures section of GCU's University Policy Handbook.

Registration for Campus Students

Applying for admission to GCU is easy! We encourage you to work with an admissions counselor during the admissions process. Below are steps to admission:

  1. Help your admissions counselor get to know you! Fill out this to start the college admission process with GCU.
  2. Submit your transcript via the Student Portal by logging on at
  3. Visit GCU's main campus in Phoenix. Get the real college experience at Discover GCU.
  4. Work with your admissions counselor to register for classes.

Registration for Online Students

A university counselor can help guide you through the online admissions process. New or returning students may apply online or request entrance into a new program or modality by contacting at 855-GCU-LOPE.

  1. Start the college admission process by filling out this with information about your desired degree program and modality.
  2. Request transcripts from each educational institution attended. Official transcripts may be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered by the applicant.
  3. If you are seeking financial aid, visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website for more information.
  4. Once your application has been submitted, your university counselor will contact you directly to discuss your next steps.

Undergraduate Admissions

Qualified high school and transfer students are encouraged to apply for GCU's undergraduate programs. Admission requirements differ, depending on whether you want to study on our traditional campus or online. 

Graduate Admissions

Admission into one of our master's and doctoral degree programs is based on your unweighted GPA and/or GRE or GMAT scores. Explore our graduate requirements to see if you qualify for admission to a GCU program.  

Transfer Students

Students with at least a 2.25 GPA and 25 or more transferable credits from an accredited, GCU-approved college or program, are welcome to apply for admission. To view additional information on our policies, visit the online Transfer Center.

Student Disability Services

At GCU, we are committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. Individuals with disabilities may choose to disclose their disability without bias during the admission process. All applicants are evaluated the same without regard for impairment or disability. For questions or further information, contact Student Disability Services.

International Admissions

GCU proudly hosts a diverse student population, including hundreds of students from around the world. Our campus is the perfect place for nonimmigrant students searching for a home away from home to learn, thrive and grow. Discover more about applying as an international student.

Military Students

We proudly serve the men and women who sacrifice for the red, white and blue. As a leading military-friendly university, we have a dedicated department knowledgeable about benefits and policies for our veteran, active duty and dependent students.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based program for future military leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces. Find more information about available opportunities and benefits that are unique to ROTC participants.

Foreign Credentials

Students from all over the world are welcome at GCU. Because applicants may have completed secondary or post-secondary coursework in foreign countries, GCU offers pre-established services in addition to a dedicated group of experienced advisors.

Native Students

GCU endeavors to serve the educational needs of federally recognized tribal communities. Learn more about tribal benefits and how GCU makes learning convenient for members and leaders.

Honors College

GCU's prestigious Honors College offers a unique experience for bright, ambitious students who are part of a traditional program on our main campus. Learn about the benefits of joining the honors community and the admission criteria for the Honors College.

Admissions Events

Interested in learning more about GCU? Check out our events calendar to see if we are coming to a city near you, or explore our upcoming campus events, including Discover GCU, to see about your opportunities to experience college life at GCU.

Tuition and Financing

Making college affordable for all students is part of our mission at GCU. In addition to competitive tuition and fees, we offer several options to help you finance the cost of your education. Read more about tuition and financing options.

Title IX Disclaimer

The university, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to ensure and promote the Christian principles that sustain its mission and heritage, prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable law, in its admission policies, educational programs or activities. It is the purpose of the university to pursue the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to:

GCU Title IX Coordinator
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
602-639-5900 |

Title IX Academic Policies
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