Whether you already know you’re destined for college, you’re on the fence or just checking out your options, this page is designed by Grand Canyon University to provide students and their parents or guardians with the know-how to prepare for college.
At GCU, our students are encouraged to find their purpose and shape their own perspective. Did you know you can prepare for college now while you’re still in high school?
Preparing for College in High School
Even before your freshman year in high school, your academic journey has already begun. As you progress through each academic year, we have provided the below guide to help you prepare for becoming a Lope.
How GCU Can Help You Prepare for College and Your Future
At GCU, we believe your time in college isn’t just about the next four years or so, but how these formative years will prepare you for the rest of your life. It’s important to choose a school that best fits your interests and goals. Here’s how GCU can help as you begin preparing for college in high school:
- Start by visiting campus.
Taking a tour of GCU’s top-rated Phoenix campus is an excellent way for future Lopes of any age to get a glimpse of campus life and ask questions of student representatives.
- Explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
As you prepare for your next educational journey, you will need to consider how you will fund it. At GCU, we are committed to providing an affordable and transformative higher education for our students. Our university counselors will walk you through scholarship and financial aid opportunities available to you.
- Learn about the admission requirements.
Admission to GCU is based on your academic achievements in high school. Here are GCU’s high-level requirements for high school graduates:
- Unweighted GPA of 3.0+ — No SAT or ACT scores required! or
- Unweighted GPA of 2.5+ and a qualifying SAT or ACT score
For more details on admission requirements at GCU, view our University Policy Handbook.
To get you started on your college research, GCU has prepared a college planning checklist with questions to be answered in key areas. Keep a separate checklist for each school you are interested in. Answers to these questions can often be found by:
- Reading through the college websites
- Talking with friends and family members who have attended the schools of interest
- Reaching out to admission/university counselors
- Visiting the campuses and talking with student representatives
College Terminology and Acronym Guide
If you or your student is experiencing new college vernacular or acronyms during the admission process, it can lead to confusion and frustration during an already trying time.
In an effort to lighten the load and have you well-versed during the college application process, GCU has provided a glossary of common terms and definitions. Not to worry, you won’t be tested!
Take the First Step Toward Your Future
If you have been preparing for college since your freshman year or you are still considering your post-high school options, GCU invites you to complete the form on this page to get started on your next steps. This can mean applying to GCU or talking with one of our friendly university counselors for more information.
Let GCU help you start on your future today!