Welcome to Grand Canyon University (GCU), Arizona's premier private Christian university. For more than 65 years, our Phoenix campus has been the gateway to success for countless scholars and industry leaders. With acres of scenic grounds and outstanding facilities, we invite the next generation of students and working professionals to enjoy the complete university experience.
GCU is growing rapidly with plans for continued expansion. Since 2009, we have invested millions into the university to improve the quality of academic offerings and student experiences. This infrastructure includes new classrooms, laboratories, libraries, student support centers, residence halls and recreational facilities. In fall 2014, we welcomed a record number of students to our Phoenix campus and we plan to expand our student population and campus facilities going forward.
Our university also continues to accommodate our growing online and evening student communities. We have tens of thousands of online students attending class from across the globe. In turn, we are constantly refining our digital platforms to deliver GCU's outstanding campus experience to virtual settings. We are also building additional campus locations to help full-time and evening students attend class closer to home.
"New" is infused throughout GCU's curriculum. In summer 2014, we proudly announced our new College of Science, Engineering and Technology, which we will continue to grow over the next several years as we add degree programs to the innovative areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
GCU has also expanded outside of campus to include new properties. The GCU Hotel is located close to campus and offers affordable room rates and newly renovated accommodations - the perfect place for families to stay when visiting their student. Students in GCU's hospitality management program have an opportunity to gain firsthand experience at the hotel and the new restaurant, which will open in 2016.
In early 2016, GCU opened the GCU Golf Course. In addition to a brand new clubhouse with full restaurant, pro shop and luxury event space, the course itself features a new design, expansive turf and lush greens. The course is home to GCU's NCAA Division I men's and women's golf teams, and students in the golf management program have unique opportunities to work behind the scenes.
This is the college experience I dreamed about. I'm in the program helping me work towards my dream career, and I am surrounded by people who are caring and very open within a Christian campus. I would recommend Grand Canyon University to my friends because of the quality of the programs, scholarships and how family oriented this University is.
- Justin Atkins, B.A. in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Studies
Student Experience at GCU
At GCU, you'll find everything you need to enjoy a full college experience, from NCAA Division I athletics to suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, fun events and clubs and organizations. Traditional, online and evening students are equally valued members of our community and receive full access to GCU's campus resources and events. Explore our campus by taking a free tour or signing up for Discover GCU.
GCU’s Transition to Division I
GCU President Brian Mueller announced on July 7, 2015 that GCU will be begin a year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I Institutional Performance Program (IPP). Specific areas the study will cover are governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender and diversity; and student-athlete well-being.
Message from Our President
GCU is committed to excellence - striving to help students become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders. By making a private education affordable, we create new opportunities to elevate higher learning and contribute to the future.
At GCU, we think about the future every day. Ours is an atmosphere of constant innovation - with more than 160 academic programs across nine colleges and next-generation online learning platforms. Our visionaries collaborate with industry leaders to develop programs in high-demand fields such as STEM, business, education and health care. We also offer unique degree specializations to help students gain a competitive advantage in tomorrow's workforce.
Academic integrity is at the heart of our values. We help our students develop practices that support academic integrity and embrace integrity as personal, life-long commitment.
As GCU's programs expand, our thriving campus continues to build. We expect our campus population to grow to 25,000 students within the next five years, and have invested approximately - $600 million in outstanding amenities such as suite-style residence halls, classrooms, laboratories, a GCU Arena, swimming pools, new technologies that support academic learning, and more. Our successful Division I and club athletics are also a major draw for students, alumni and members of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area.
Of all GCU's offerings, our faith remains our cornerstone. GCU's Christian Worldview is integrated into all we do - both within the classroom and beyond. We invite students to grow spiritually through our worship services and take part in local and global outreach opportunities. We also encourage an open dialogue on faith - challenging students to adopt the principles of patience, tolerance and generosity.
In your experience with Grand Canyon University (GCU), I encourage you to ask insightful questions, explore ideas and produce original work that demonstrates your level of competence and understanding. Make a lifelong commitment to professional ethics and achieving honest, well-deserved success. Apply our principles wherever life takes you and add to the value of your GCU degree.
Wishing you the best in your academic endeavors,
Grand Canyon University
Our executive leadership and faculty members are academic professionals committed to helping you get the most from your education.
GCU's Mission and Vision
GCU is a premier Christian university, educating students to lead and serve.
GCU prepares you to become a global citizen, critical thinker, effective communicator and responsible leader by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.
Our curriculum is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge demanded in the contemporary job market. You are challenged to develop these tools and to push your intellectual limits in order to thrive in your career. In addition, our curriculum fosters personal discovery to help you realize within yourself the elements of compassion and accountability.
A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of our Christian heritage. The GCU community defines our culture by the way our members reflect a committed relationship with Christ. These normative Christian values are integral to the development, maturity and education of ethical and morally respectable citizens who continue on the path of lifelong learning.
When you graduate from GCU, we expect you to take action as a global citizen, critical thinker, effective communicator and responsible leader.
Graduates of GCU will be able to express aspects of the Christian worldview, which affect human value and dignity, ethical decision-making, academic disciplines and vocation.
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5)
Global citizens learn with empathy, avoid ethnocentrism and embrace the reality that people are different. They appreciate a range of perspectives on history, religion, value systems and many other aspects of life. Global citizenship means that by understanding others, we learn to understand ourselves.
"The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him." (Romans 10:12b)
Effective communicators excel in language proficiency, understand how the written word impacts others intellectually and emotionally, and are challenged to employ new venues and modes of communication.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord." (Psalm 19:14)
Responsible leaders are grounded in the reality of the world, accept the consequences of choice and strive unselfishly to help others meet their highest potential through servant leadership.
"Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." (Matthew 20:26)
Critical thinkers work to master clarity and logic in thought. They ask questions and pursue knowledge to avoid the blind acceptance of ideas, searching for solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
GCU's Doctrinal Statement affirms the Triune nature of the Creator God and the full deity and humanity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our Ethical Positions Statement derives from our Doctrinal Statement. This commitment to affirming the moral truth outlined in the Bible is carried out in a loving and merciful way that provides greater clarity and unity across the university on morals and ethics.