Grand Canyon University

Founded in 1949, GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY is a premier private, four-year university in Arizona. The university encourages students to find their purpose in Christ while pursuing their career dreams and goals. Students are also encouraged to apply their Christian values to their work ethic and general presence in their future career settings. Among the university’s core values are:

  • The university’s community seeks to understand God’s through through the lens of the Christian faith
  • All people are valued because they are created in the image of God
  • Each person is free to choose his or her moral values
  • All people have talents that are uniquely given to them by God
  • The human need for wholeness is met in Jesus Christ
  • God has a purpose for each person’s life, and he prepares and calls each person for that purpose
  • God’s love compels people to build a harmonious community with all people.


Grand Canyon University holds program-specific and college-specific accreditation. The university has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, since 1968 and also by the organization’s predecessor. The Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education has also licensed the university. Grand Canyon University has also been approved by the Veterans Administration for the education and training of military veterans. Several of the university’s colleges and programs have also received accreditation. The College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education to offer credentials for the certification of teachers at the secondary, elementary, and special education levels as well as for school administrators. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers a baccalaureate degree in and master’s degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificates through programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Arts and Sciences offers the Master of Science in Addiction, which has been approved for accreditation by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.


Grand Canyon University functions under the guidelines of NCAA Division II. The school’s mascot is the antelope, and team colors are purple, black, and white. The university is part of the Western Athletic Conference. Athletic facilities include a baseball stadium, basketball and volleyball arena, gymnasium, soccer complex, softball stadium, swimming pool with diving facilities, racquet center, and a general student recreation center.


The university consists of seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Theology, Doctoral Studies, Education, Fine Arts and Production, Nursing and Health Care Professions, and the Ken Blanchard College of Business. Students may earn degrees at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels. Continuing education programs are also available. Grand Canyon also offers alternative learning formats including online and evening degree programs. The university’s degree programs are divided into the following subject areas:

  • Business & Leadership
  • Teaching & Education Administration
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Athletic Training & Exercise Science
  • Theology & Youth Ministry
  • Health Sciences & Pre-Med
  • MBA & EMBA
  • Performing Arts & Digital Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • Computer Science & Information Technology

Campus Life

Students at Grand Canyon University may participate in a variety of activities and events. The university offers 14 professional student organizations, 12 social clubs, and three ministry organizations. Events include a weekly chapel event that features guest speakers and Christian recording artists who join students and faculty as they connect, worship, and hear a sermon. Grand Canyon University also encourages student involvement in local and global outreach programs that include Serve the City, school outreach, a refugee ministry, and a homeless ministry. Students may also sign up to participate in short term or summer-long mission trips abroad.

Campus Amenities

Grand Canyon University offers onsite dining options that include Chick-fil-A, a frozen yogurt shop, Subway, an restaurant that serves Asian cuisine, Starbucks, a late night grill, Student Union dining, and other facilities at which resident and commuting students may grab a quick bite.

The university offers four residential halls for freshman students, three halls for upperclassmen, and the North Rim university apartments. Additional student apartments are scheduled to open for the Fall semester of 2014. Commuter students may also enjoy various amenities while on campus, including a commuter student lounge, free lockers, social events, and scheduled free lunches, brunches, and giveaways. Students who commute may also join student life groups to help them connect with others who attend the university.

Career Services

Students at Grand Canyon may also utilize the extensive Career Services office to help them prepare for and locate employment while studying at the university and upon graduating. Career resources include resume services, an online self assessment tool, online career research center, and access to job listings.

As a university that aims to nurture the entire student, Grand Canyon University offers resources that support healthy intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual health. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds may come to Grand Canyon as a traditional student, distance learner, working adult, or simply to audit an individual course. Grand Canyon embraces and welcomes students from diverse backgrounds as part of its dynamic community. Students and their parents are likely to be pleased when they discover how well-rounded the university’s campus is as well as GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY’S continued commitment to making a positive contribution to the local and global communities.