Grand Canyon University is an interdenominational Christian institution that was founded in 1949. Backed by our strong Christian heritage, we believe a quality education coexists with faith in the 21st century.
Christian principles are integrated across everything we do at GCU and we encourage our scholars to shape their own perspectives. Throughout the learning process, our scholars realize within themselves the importance of compassion and responsibility. The university welcomes learners of all backgrounds, introducing many to the Christian faith for the first time.
GCU continues to cultivate a community of scholars, faculty, staff and alumni who care about each other, in an environment that places ethics and Christian values at the forefront of the educational experience.
Curriculum is but one part of this experience. Optional Chapel services, Bible studies, international mission trips and outreach ministries provide our learners with plenty of opportunities for spiritual development and community involvement.
Spirituality on Campus
Learners at Grand Canyon University enjoy a rich spiritual life with optional twice-weekly Chapel services, student-led Bible studies and various small-group ministries. Life Leaders are prominent on campus, serving as peer counselors for our learners, while Servant Scholars - scholars who demonstrate exceptional spiritual leadership in the community - play an important role in GCU's campus life.
GCU in the Local Community
GCU welcomes the community to its campus for many programs and events throughout the year. The annual Fall Festival in October draws more than 5,000 people. Popular gift drives at Christmas and Easter help brighten those seasons for underprivileged families.
The university also maintains a presence in surrounding neighborhoods for projects like Serve the City and Canyon Kids. A relatively new program, 12 Months of Service, identifies specific needs in the community. Through volunteer support from learners, faculty and staff, it meets these needs on a monthly basis.
Outreach to the Global Community
Grand Canyon University is known for its benevolence. During the 2013/14 school year, GCU scholars, faculty and staff participated in more than 10 mission trips. Learners have an opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture during an international mission trip. They can spend their spring break serving in Mexico or Haiti or make an impact during the summer in a developing nation like Thailand or Kenya - working with children, feeding the hungry or reaching out and ministering to those less fortunate.