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About Grand Canyon University's Accreditation

As an accredited university, Grand Canyon University holds both college-specific and program-specific accreditations. Accreditation is desirable as it speaks to the quality of the college or university, acknowledged by peer institutions. In choosing a university, parents and students should ensure their university of choice is regionally accredited.

Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. Becoming an accredited university provides quality assurance and ensures institutional program improvement. The agency's expert and trained peers have visited and reviewed Grand Canyon University. During the visit, Grand Canyon University is reviewed from a variety of facets, including: educational activities, administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness and relationships with outside constituencies.

The Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor have accredited Grand Canyon University continually since 1968. Grand Canyon University obtained its most recent 10-year reaccreditation in 2007. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education licenses Grand Canyon University in Arizona.

In addition, the university has obtained the following specialized accreditations and approvals for our core program offerings: Accreditation Council Business Schools and Programs, Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Grand Canyon University.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 312-263-0456
Toll-free: 800-621-7440

Arizona State Private Post-Secondary Education

Grand Canyon University is licensed in Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 West Washington, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-5709

Veteran's Administration

Grand Canyon University is approved for the education and training of veterans under the provisions of Title 10 and 38, United States Code. We accept Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607 recipients. Veterans are approved for benefits for numerous programs. For more information regarding using your VA benefits at Grand Canyon University, email

Colangelo College of Business

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211, 913-339-9356, accredits the following programs of the Colangelo College of Business: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies, Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration. The most recent ACBSP two-year quality report can be reviewed at 2013 ACBSP QA Report. In addition, CCOB uses the business field test administered by Peregrine Academics to assess the business knowledge of our business students. The most recent results from the Peregrine test can be reviewed at Undergraduate Business Field Test

College of Education

Grand Canyon University's College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education to offer institutional recommendations (credentials) for the certification of early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education teachers, as well as administrators.

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)  (

GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The nursing program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the Athletic Training Education Program (

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Our Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program has been approved for accreditation through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). NASAC accreditation is a new accreditation body as a result from a combined effort of The International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE) and the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) to create a single higher education addiction studies accreditation.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics function under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, 700 W. Washington Street, P.O. Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN 46202, regarding eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports. In the 2013-14 season, Grand Canyon University began the process of reclassifying from Division II to Division I as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.