Degrees of Excellence

GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission



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.

Six regional agencies provide institutional accreditation on a geographical basis - Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern and Western. While independent of one another, the six regional associations cooperate extensively and recognize one another's accreditation.

The Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor have accredited Grand Canyon University continually since 1968, obtaining its most recent ten-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: Association of Collegiate 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 (a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
accredits Grand Canyon University.

The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
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, 1607 recipients. Veterans are approved for benefits for numerous programs. For more information regarding using your VA benefits at Grand Canyon University, email

Ken Blanchard 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 Ken Blanchard 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, Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration. The ACBSP requires each school to submit a periodic Quality Assurance Report that summarizes recent activity regarding compliance with ACBSP standards. View our most recent ACBSP Quality Assurance Report.

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 elementary, secondary and special education teachers, as well as administrators.

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificates at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits the Athletic Training Education Program (

Intercollegiate Athletics
Intercollegiate athletics function under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, 1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202, regarding eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports. Starting with the 2013/2014 season, Grand Canyon University will begin the process of reclassifying from Division II to Division I as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.