What Makes GCU Different?

Choosing what to study and where to spend your college years isn't easy. You want to find the right degree program, the right club to join, the right dorm to live in — all in an environment that you can call your own. College is an experience that can prepare you for the rest of life. If you've made it here, now ask, what makes GCU stand apart from the rest?

We know you have questions, and we want to help you find the answers.

Over 40%

Percentage of 2022 traditional campus graduates who spent less than three years at GCU to complete their degrees.

Top 25 in USA

GCU ranked #24 best college campus in America (Niche.com, 2024)!1

$1.7 Billion

$1.7 billion invested in new infrastructure and technology!

#1 in Arizona

GCU is ranked as the #1 college campus in Arizona (Niche.com, 2024)!1

Over $300 Million

Students received over $300 million in scholarships in 2022!2

Why Should You Consider GCU? 

No matter your higher learning goals, you will have the opportunity to receive a private, liberal arts education from an affordable, Christian university. Discover more by reading our university mission, take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus, learn about the Lope student experience and read a message from our president.

 GCU Graduate Smiles and Hugs Loved One


I was a little nervous about transitioning to college, but since I’ve been at GCU, I've surrounded myself with amazing people who have made it feel like home. It's unlike anywhere else I've ever been. Everyone is so kind, caring and loving.

Belle Rakestraw, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Class of 2024


Aerial Shot of GCU's Campus

Campus Growth

GCU has seen incredible campus growth over the last 15 years and has experienced a nearly $1.7 billion expansion of the campus through new technologies, classrooms, laboratories, athletic facilities and student amenities. GCU also continues our commitment to improve the surrounding community and provide continued growth and career opportunities for many graduates, students and local residents.

View the Latest Campus Upgrades


Engaging Campus Life

GCU's campus is located in the heart of Phoenix and includes a growing and diverse body of students from all backgrounds. You can find exciting clubs and organizations to join, modern amenities in safe and secure residence halls, classrooms and academic buildings and a vibrant athletic community that includes the renowned Havocs student section.

Campus Life at GCU

Havocs cheering at Midnight Madness


GCU Student Prays Underneath Palm Tree on Campus

Christian Worldview

Rooted in the Christian Faith and Biblical values, GCU is built on a foundation of ethics, missional work and integrating the Christian worldview in all areas of academics and campus life. GCU is committed to enriching the lives of campus students by providing them opportunities for spiritual growth through study groups and outreach programs across the community and the world.

Online students also receive Christ-focused curriculum that uniquely integrates GCU’s One Foundation ideals to allow you the opportunity to find your purpose and contribute to human flourishing.


I wasn't expecting the friendly community at GCU. People are so nice. Everyone was so open. GCU has a warmth and they're a community of faith.

Hermes Minimi, Bachelor of Science in Software Development, Class of 2021


Military and VA Benefits

GCU is proud to serve active military service members, veterans and their families. We know the sacrifice you have made to your family and country, and GCU seeks to return the favor by providing a valuable and flexible degree program for your educational journey.

Military Tuition Assistance

GCU Military Student Smiles in Line with Other Military Members


Native American College Student Smiles at GCU

Serving a Diverse Community

Part of GCU's mission is to prepare students to become global contributors. To uphold this mission, we welcome and encourage diverse cultures and unique perspectives in all our classrooms. For Native American communities, GCU provides specialized development counselors who are dedicated to helping our Native American students with their higher education goals. Learn about our degree programs and resources for Native American and international students.


Additional References

1 Niche.com. (2023, Aug. 25). Grand Canyon University Rankings. Retrieved on April 16, 2024.

2 Online scholarships awarded from January 2022 to October 2022.

Student Signs 'Lopes Up' on Campus