Grand Canyon University (GCU) is located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America. It is a private, for-profit, Christian university established in August 1, 1949 as Grand Canyon College. It was renamed to Grand Canyon University in 1989 and because of financial and other difficulties in the early 21st century, the school's trustees authorized its sale in January 2004 to Significant Education, LLC, making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Founded with the motto ‘Find Your Purpose’, GCU has the mission to prepare learners to become global citizens, effective communicators, responsible leaders and critical thinkers, by providing a values-based, academically challenging curriculum from the context of Christian heritage. Being a Christian university, GCU also inspires students to seek their purpose in Christ, with an accent on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace. Grand Canyon University holds both college-specific and program-specific accreditations. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association which is a regional accrediting body. GCU not only provides traditional campus based education put also has online postsecondary education services focused on graduate and undergraduate degree programs in liberal arts, education, healthcare, and business through its eight colleges.
Grand Canyon University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree with more than 100 majors and concentrations through eight of its colleges. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a job focused education featuring a variety of programs from counseling and psychology to justice studies, history and English literature. The College of Theology offers bachelor and master’s degrees in Christian Studies with specializations in Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership. The College of Doctoral Studies offers programs tailored towards the interests of our students, including: Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Doctor of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology. The College of Education at GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas such as early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education degrees, TESOL and special education. The College of Fine Arts and Production offers programs in music education, digital design, dance education and theatre where the students can specialize in animation and web design, and a digital film with specializations in production or screenwriting. The College if Nursing and Health Care Profession offers RN to BSN degree, or a master’s in nursing degree specializing in advanced patient care or in the emerging fields of health care administration, management, or public health. The College of Business features over 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree. Last but not the least, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology features pre-professional degrees in biology, alongside our degrees in information systems, and a forensic science and exercise science program. GCU offers online classes that allow students to study at the times that work for their schedule while still enjoying the close connection with classmates and instructor via online discussions. The university’s continuing education makes individual courses from the bachelor's and master's degree programs available to professionals who need to fulfill job specifications or certification requirements. Grand Canyon University also offers selected degree programs in an evening format designed to meet the needs of today's working adults as they balance their work and personal lives with the desire to earn a degree.
GCU not only provides quality education but also ensures that the students enjoy their student life, no matter how brief it is, for academic, personal, and professional development of the students. The college encourages students to take part in numerous co-curricular and social options that enhance the overall educational experience. For this, GCU has numerous recognized clubs and organizations. GCU also gives the students a chance to enjoy the Greek life through various fraternities and sororities. It has residence facility provided to its freshmen at 12 halls and dining on campus through Thunder Alley, Meal Plans and Student Union. The university also provides several student services via Students Recreation Center, Bookstore, Health and Wellness Center, Career Center, Center for Learning and Advancement, Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching, Canyon Connect, Mail and Copy Center, Airport Shuttle Reservations, Wellness Center, Intramurals and many others. GCU is equally popular for various sports activities and is known as the ‘Lopes. Grand Canyon University is currently a member of NCAA Division I with and actively participating in the Western Athletic Conference. The university proudly provides financial aid opportunities to keep education within the reach of every qualified student. The financial aid comes in the form of grants, loans, payment plans and outside scholarships.
With the history of providing quality education for over fifty years, Grand Canyon University has gained fame all over the world. GCU welcomes students not only from all over the country but from the wide world as well and currently has 130 international students on campus in F-1 visa status from over 45 countries. Abiding by the Federal and State law, GCU promotes equal opportunity for all potential and current students and employees not discriminating against any individual on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. With so much to offer and that too at a reasonable price, Grand Canyon University has been, for sure, one of the most sought after universities for a long time. The university’s website contains detailed and current information and can also be found on popular social media sites.