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Affordable Education for California Students

With our commitment to following CDC guidance for safety, GCU has made the thoughtful decision to cancel all upcoming Discover GCU events at this time. We encourage you to participate in our virtual GCU LIVE Experiences to discover campus from your home. 

Welcome to Grand Canyon University! We are a regionally accredited, private Christian university in the heart of Phoenix where students can find their purpose and pursue the career of their dreams. Our nine colleges offer more than 200 academic programs in fields like engineering, business, healthcare and more.

Approximately 20,500 ground students* learn on our vibrant campus growing with brand-new academic buildings, suite-style residence halls and apartments, popular eateries, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and more. Campus becomes a safe home away from home where students can get involved, access supportive resources and make lifelong connections.

*Fall 2018

Stay on Track or Graduate Early

Concerned about graduating on time from a California university? GCU offers fast-track paths for you to graduate in less than four years, helping you save time and enter your career sooner. In fact, 66% of traditional GCU students graduating in 2016-17 did so in less than four years.

GCU is not impacted by class availability and our courses are available for scheduling when needed. Rather than funding another year of college, you may be able to start paying off any debt sooner and save money in the long run. Also, transfer students who complete their associate degree are not required to take any additional general education courses.*

*Transfer students are required to complete University Foundations (UNV) and Christian Worldview (CWV).

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.

Still not sure if GCU is right for you? Don’t just take our word for it! 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)


Institutional Scholarships

Committed to affordability, GCU offers generous scholarship opportunities to qualified students, in addition to no out-of-state tuition. These scholarships can, on average, help students save nearly half on college tuition. The average student on GCU’s campus only paid approximately $8,700* in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Many institutional scholarships at GCU are automatically eligible for annual renewal for up to four traditional (fall/spring) academic years! GCU also provides transparency by publishing scholarship renewal criteria online. Another unique aspect to GCU is that you are given the opportunity to increase your scholarship award by learning a higher GPA.

*Average tuition after scholarships is approximately $8,700. Scholarships may be awarded based on 6th semester transcripts. At the time in which final, official transcripts are received GCU reserves the right to rescind or modify the scholarship if it is determined that eligibility was not achieved. GCU reserves the right to decline scholarship awards for any reason. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited. GCU reserves the right to change scholarship awards at any time without notice. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited. Prices based on 2017-18 rate and are subject to change.

Barnabas Pastoral Program Scholarship

One of our newest scholarships is The Barnabas Pastoral Program which 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

**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.


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.


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.

Lopes Credit Evaluation

GCU’s Lopes Credit Evaluation is a free service to help you estimate your GCU transfer credits and how quickly you can earn you degree. A Lopes specialist will review all previous college transcripts to determine how those credits may transfer to your desired program. All credits evaluated must meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy specific course requirements in order to be transferred toward the degree program.

To submit a request for a pre-evaluation, please fill out and submit the form.

Transfer Credits Search Tool

Are you looking to transfer from a community college to GCU? Using the Transfer Course Search Tool to enter your community college transcripts and see how many credits will transfer and count towards your degree at GCU


Discover GCU

Your college search is exciting! But there are also 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 one-day visit, you will meet other future Lopes and current students, dine at popular campus eatieries, 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 juniors with six semester transcripts, high school seniors and transfer students 24 and younger.

Come experience Lope Life and see if GCU is the university where you can feel at home and achieve your academic goals, while preparing for your career.


Admission Steps: We're Here For You

At GCU, the admissions process is simple and straightforward; guided by an admissions counselor who provides step-by-step personalized support. A GCU admissions counselor ensures that your application and registration process is seamless and helps you make informed decisions in your best interest. Furthermore, your counselor will connect with you with student support resources to help with the first-year experience, campus living, academics and more.

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. You and your family can trust that financial plans will be tailored to your unique financial situation and needs.

Let’s get started! Follow these five easy steps:

  1. Get to know your admissions counselor! Fill out the form at the top of this page to start the college admission process.
  2. Apply for free at
  3. Log on to and set up your Student Portal at to submit your transcripts and monitor your progress toward acceptance.
  4. Once transcripts are evaluated, sign up for Discover GCU, our all-expenses* paid on-campus experience, to learn more about Lope Life.
  5. Register early to lock in your scholarships, class schedule and housing preferences by working with your admissions counselor.

*Restrictions for travel reimbursement may apply.

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