Affordable Education for California Students

Welcome to Grand Canyon University (GCU)! We are a regionally accredited, private Christian university in the heart of Phoenix where students can find their purpose. GCU offers 295 programs, including over 130 degree programs, over 125 emphases and 35 certificate programs.*

In Fall 2020, Grand Canyon University had over 22,000 ground students.** Our vibrant campus features:

  • Brand-new academic buildings
  • Suite-style residence halls and apartments
  • Popular eateries
  • State-of-the-art athletic facilities

GCU plans to operate as normal while still adhering to CDC guidelines.


*As of June 30, 2021

**Includes all students who attend ground campus classes (traditional and cohort) who have a last date of attendance of three weeks after the start of the Fall 2020 semester for traditional students, or in the last two months of Q1 for cohort students.

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Stay on Track or Graduate Early

Concerned about graduating on time from a California university? Many California state universities, including Los Angeles, San Jose and San Diego do not have enough room in their programs or classes to accommodate all of their incoming freshmen.* General education classes in particular fill up quickly, which can delay or add to the time it takes for you to graduate. GCU is not impacted by class or program availability, so your courses are open and ready for you when you need them. Rather than having to fund another year of college, at GCU you may be able to graduate sooner, saving you money in the long run.

*Retrieved from: The California State University, Impaction at the CSU, in November 2021

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Institutional Scholarships

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Committed to affordability, GCU offers generous scholarship opportunities to qualified students, in addition to no out-of-state tuition. With the help of institutional scholarships, the average campus student only paid $8,900 in annual tuition, lowering the cost by just under half.* GCU traditional campus students received over 157 million dollars in scholarships in 2020 – and many students attend GCU for less than the cost of a state university.*

Barnabas Pastoral Program Scholarship

The Barnabas Pastoral Program offers a fifth-year scholarship for all participants** and specializes in preparing students called to pastoral ministry in the local church. To learn more about the Barnabas program visit

*2020-21 academic year

**The Barnabas Pastoral Scholarship is used to cover GCU tuition expenses in the fifth year of enrollment. The scholarship has no cash value and cannot be used for room and board.

California Transfer Students

Auto Acceptance

If you meet one of the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) requirements, you are automatically accepted into GCU and may enter into an undergraduate program.

California Community College Transfers

California community college students can easily transfer credits toward a bachelor's degree. GCU accepts courses that are part of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) to fulfill GCU general education requirements per transfer policies.

GCU offers several helpful and complimentary services to our transfer students, including:

For more info, visit our College Transfer Center.

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Campus Visitation Opportunities

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There are many unknowns for students who are looking for the right university. It's important to GCU that students feel confident in their decision and happy about their choice. That's why we offer Discover GCU where future Lopes can get the REAL college experience.

During this visit, you will meet Lopes and current students, dine at popular campus eateries, take a campus tour led by a GCU student, learn about our various degree programs and attend an informational presentation. This experience is for high school seniors and transfer students age 24 and younger.

Contact your admissions counselor for more information about Discover GCU.

Cal Grant Match Program

To help you fund your education, GCU is pleased to offer the Cal Grant Match Program, which is available to students who qualify for California Grant A funds and choose to attend GCU’s campus in Phoenix. Your admissions counselor can help you learn more about this opportunity.

Please note, recipients must not already qualify for a larger amount of GCU-funded scholarships, as the Cal Grant A match cannot be combined with any other GCU scholarship offer. 

Why California Students Choose GCU

There’s plenty to do here in sunny Phoenix — a city loved for its beautiful weather, delicious dining, hiking and outdoor activities, world-class shopping, exciting events and adventure off campus. We’re only a road trip away from destinations like beautiful Sedona, the Grand Canyon and more. Check out this guide to enjoying Phoenix and watch this short video to see all that Arizona has to offer!

Hear from California students like you who have chosen to make GCU their home:

“Moving to Arizona has been an amazing experience. Phoenix has all of the conveniences of a big city, but you can also drive 20 minutes and find hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities. My roommates have become some of my closest friends and there is always something to do around campus.”

Kaitlyn Nelson, Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies (Beaumont, CA)

For more inspiring testimonials, check out Elena’s and Colby’s stories on Instagram!

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Admissions Steps: We're Here for You

At GCU, the admissions process is simple, straightforward and our counselors provide step-by-step personalized support. Our admissions counselors are located in California and available to meet at your convenience.

GCU values transparency and trains our counselors to offer financial details and benefits, while directly answering questions about how you can pay for college and incur minimal debt.

Next Steps

  1. Apply for free (
  2. Upload your transcripts and submit your test scores
  3. Upon acceptance, visit campus (all-expenses paid* programs available)
  4. Register for courses and pay registration deposit

*Restrictions for travel reimbursement may apply.

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