Grand Canyon University in Arizona
As a leading private Christian university in Arizona, Grand Canyon University is home to a thriving campus in Phoenix. With over 150 academic programs, GCU caters to traditional students through its campus based degree programs, as well as working adults who are offered the convenience of evening and online learning options.
In fall 2013, GCU welcomed about 8,200 traditional on-campus and commuter students to its 115-acre campus. Never a dull moment, student activities range from concerts, barbeques, dances, pizza parties, movies on the lawn and even skiing excursions.
Beyond the fun and games, GCU offers a number of programs that
give back to the community through various events and donation drives that take place throughout the year. About 88,000 hours of service have been donated to community outreach and missions.
This smaller, more intimate university in Arizona boasts amenities and facilities found at many larger universities. College sports are big on campus. GCU played its inaugural season in the NCAA Division I in 2013/14. The men’s basketball team – led by one of the valley’s favorite Suns, GCU Head Coach Dan Marjerle – finished an even 15-15 in the newly aligned Western Athletic Conference.
A Growing Campus
Over the past few years, GCU has undergone a major campus expansion as our student body continues to grow.
Setting the stage for the fall of 2014, Grand Canyon Arena underwent an expansion of its own in the summer, to seat 7,000 spectators from its original 5,000. Home to our men's and women's basketball teams, the arena hosts other sporting events, concerts and conferences at GCU's thriving campus for the arts.
Authentic to GCU's fun and safe environment, some men's basketball games feature a Slam & Jam concert after the final whistle. Notable performers like Jeremy Camp, MercyMe and Jon Foreman from Switchfoot have taken the stage.
On the academic front with a strong commitment to the STEM fields, the new College of Science, Engineering and Technology launched a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The pre-med program offered through this college, is host to one of the few cadaver labs in the country at the undergraduate level.
GCU's cutting edge Student Recreation Center features three basketball courts, a modern athletic training facility, and a student fitness center for all campus residents. The Student Union on campus received its upgrade recently. It now offers a wide range of eating options ranging from salad bars to a Mongolian grill, and other hot and cold food stations.
The third and fourth floor of the Student Union features a bigger better library opened in fall 2013 with 18 group study rooms and 130 computers.
Adjacent to the Student Union on campus, GCU's Thunder Alley provides a modern dining experience that includes a convenience store, Chick-fil-a, Subway and a few other choices. On the lower level of Thunder Alley, students can escape into Thunderground, featuring a 6-lane bowling alley and an intimate venue for concerts that have been headlined by some of the most nationally-renowned Christian music artists.
Student housing demand continues to grow with the student body. By fall 2014, GCU will have 8 residence halls and two on-campus apartments, equipped with sand volleyball courts and resort style pools.