What Makes GCU Different?

Choosing what to study and where to spend your next four 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. After all, college is not just about the next four years, but how it will 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. 

Top 20 in USA

In 2021, GCU ranked top 20 best college campuses in America!

$1.6 Billion

$1.6 billion invested in new infrastructure and technology

#1 in Arizona

GCU is ranked as the #1 college campus in Arizona!

$310 Million

Students received over $310 million in scholarships in 2021!

Why Should You Consider GCU? 

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

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State of the Art Campus

GCU  has seen incredible campus growth over the last 10 years, and has experienced a nearly $1.6 billion expansion of the campus through new technologies, classrooms, laboratories, athletic facilities and student amenities.³ GCU also continues our commitment to improve the surrounding community and provide continued growth and career opportunities for full-time faculty.

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 will find exciting clubs and organizations to join, modern amenities in safe and secure residence halls, state-of-the-art classrooms and academic buildings and a vibrant athletic community that includes the renowned Havocs student section!

Campus Life at GCU

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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 the campus. GCU is committed to enriching the lives of students by providing them opportunities for spiritual growth through study groups and outreach programs across the community and the world. 

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

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Serving a Diverse Community

Part of GCU's mission is to prepare students to become global citizens. 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 succeed in their higher education goals. Learn about our degree programs and resources for  Native American students, international students and students with foreign credentials. 


Additional References

1 Niche.com, Grand Canyon University Rankings in February 2021

2 Niche.com 2021 college rankings

3 2009 – June 2021

4 From November 2020 to October 2021

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