UNIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC POLICIES
As a registered student, you are responsible for knowing information pertaining to Grand Canyon University's (GCU) academic policies. If you are not in compliance with policies, requirements or regulations, it may impact your enrollment and ability to graduate from GCU. Browse to find more information about the University Policy Handbook, accreditation, state authorizations and GCU's policies.
Title IX prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding. GCU is committed to upholding this policy and students' rights under Title IX.
Grand Canyon University Accreditations
As an accredited university, GCU holds regional, college and program-specific accreditations. Accreditations speak to the quality of the university and its academic programs, and can represent acknowledgment by peer institutions.
In choosing a university, you should ensure your choice is regionally accredited, as this provides an assurance of quality as well as continual institutional program improvement.
Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. Today, one of the most respected agencies is the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its predecessor have accredited GCU continually since 1968. In 2017, GCU's accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission after a comprehensive review of the institution's academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources.
To be accredited, the HLC's examiners and trained peers visit GCU's campus, analyze and accept the university's operations and academic outcomes as meeting HLC's core competencies.
Among the areas HLC audit reviews are:
GCU is committed to student learning and continuous improvement.
- Student achievement data is included in the Disclosures links, located on the Program Details page, for each program leading to licensure and certification.
- Information on internal assessment practices and results is available upon request: GCUAssessment@gcu.edu
GCU has earned accreditations and approvals for our core program offerings from:
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Arizona State Board of Education
- Arizona Department of Education
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (caate.net)
Higher Learning Commission
The HLC accredits GCU.
The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Arizona State Private Post-Secondary Education
GCU is licensed in Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W. Washington St., Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
GCU is approved for the education and training of veterans under the provisions of Title 10 and 38, U.S. 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 GCU, call us at 855-GCU-LOPE.
Colangelo College of Business
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the following College of Business programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Marketing
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management
- Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
- Master of Business Administration
- Executive Master of Business Administration
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
The most recent ACBSP two-year Quality Assurance Report can be reviewed here.
In addition, the Colangelo College of Business uses the business field test administered by Peregrine Academics to assess the business knowledge of our college's undergraduate students. The most recent results from the Peregrine test can be reviewed here.
Grand Canyon Theological Seminary
Grand Canyon Theological Seminary of Grand Canyon University has been granted Candidate for Accredited status by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). While Candidacy is a non-accredited status, the school is in the process of seeking full accreditation. For more information, visit ats.edu
College of Education
GCU'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 and administrators.
Grand Canyon University has engaged in a partnership with the Council for Professional Recognition, the national body that administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program, to allow GCU students to complete Early Childhood course content needed to apply for the CDA Credential.
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
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 Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
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 resulting 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.
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
As an established regionally accredited university, our next step is to seek and obtain program-specific accreditation for our engineering and technology programs. Program-specific accreditation is voluntary and will provide degrees earned from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology with added value for our students.
Yet, before GCU can receive accreditation for our engineering and technology programs, graduates must have earned a degree from the program. We will not be able to seek accreditation for several years because our programs are so new; however, accreditation for engineering and technology programs will be retroactive when these programs do become endorsed.
GCU remains committed to aligning our engineering and technology programs with accreditation standards. We strive to exceed these high standards to ensure our STEM students receive a quality education during their time here.
We acknowledge accrediting bodies seek the following in engineering and technology programs pursuing endorsement:
- The institution is committed to improving their educational experience.
- The program is committed to using best practices and innovation in education.
- The program is guided by its industry, government and academic constituents through formal feedback.
- The program considers the students' perspective as part of its continuous quality improvement process.
Accrediting bodies look for institutions to continually improve upon their programs, and GCU constantly evaluates our programs. We seek feedback from industry on a regular basis to ensure that our curricula are as relevant as possible in today's marketplace.
Intercollegiate athletics function under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I regarding eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports. In the 2013-14 season, GCU began the process of reclassifying from Division II to Division I as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I
700 W. Washington St.
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46202
University Policy Handbook
From the links below you can download a policy handbook from a previous semester.
From the links below you can download a student policy handbook from a previous semester.
|2013 Student Policy Handbook|
|2012 Student Policy Handbook|
Get information about our degree programs, foundational and degree-specific coursework.
Our academic calendar provides important dates that you need to know as a GCU student.
Our Academic Calendar provides important dates that you need to know as a GCU student.
|Summer Break||April 25 - May 1, 2016|
|Summer 2016: May 2 - Aug. 14, 2016||15-week classes|
|Move In||April 29|
|Instruction Begins||May 2|
|Session A||May 9 - June 26|
|Session B||June 27 - Aug. 14|
|Summer Residents Move to Fall Housing||July 29|
|Face-to-Face Instruction Ends||Aug. 11|
|Move out Date for Non-Fall Residents||Aug. 12 (noon)|
|End of Term||Aug. 14|
|Final Course Grades Due||Aug. 21|
|Fall Break||Aug. 15 - 28|
|See Policy Handbook Refund Policy||Variable Dates|
|Fall Semester 2016: Aug. 29 - Dec. 18, 2016||15-week classes|
|Move In||Aug. 22 - 26
|Instruction Begins||Aug. 29|
|Thanksgiving Break||Nov. 21 - 27|
|Face-to-Face Instruction Ends||Dec. 14|
|Move Out Date for Fall-only Students|
|Non-graduates||Dec. 15 (3 pm)|
|Graduates||Dec. 17 (noon)|
|Living Areas Closed for Christmas||Dec. 15 (3 pm)|
|End of Term||Dec. 18|
|Final Course Grades Due||Dec. 25|
|Christmas Break||Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017|
|2016 Online Christmas Break Schedule|
|Undergraduates||Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017|
|Graduates||Dec. 22, 2016 - Jan. 4, 2017|
|See the Policy Handbook Refund Policy|
|Fall Nontraditional Campus Commencements*||Oct. 14-15, 2016|
|COFAP, CHSS, COT||9 am, Oct. 14|
|CDS, CCOB, CONHP||2 pm, Oct. 14|
|COE||9 am, Oct. 15|
|CONHP||2 pm, Oct. 15|
|* Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.|
|Winter Traditional Campus Commencements*||Dec. 16, 2016|
|* Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.|
|Spring Semester 2017: Jan. 9 - April 30, 2017||15-Week Classes|
|Move In||Jan. 7 - 8|
|Instruction Begins||Jan. 9|
|Spring Break||March 20- 26|
|Face-to-Face Instruction Ends||April 26|
|Non-graduates||April 27 (3 pm)|
|Graduates||April 28 (3 pm)|
|End of Term||April 30|
|Final Course Grade Due||May 7|
|Summer Beak||May 1 - 7|
|Traditional Campus Commencement*||April 27, 2017|
|Spring Nontraditional Campus Commencements*||April 28-29, 2017|
|*Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.|
|Holiday||Campus Offices Closed||Evening Classes Meet||Online Classes Meet||Traditional students on campus do not meet
|News Year's Day||X||X||X||X|
|Martin Luther King Day||X||X||X||X|
|Thanksgiving and the following Friday||X||X||X||X|
*Online Note: Online students are encouraged to submit work early if an assignment due date falls directly on a holiday. Students are still responsible for timely submission of work.
*Evening Classes Note: Classes with scheduled meeting days of the listed holidays will not meet in-person the week of the holiday. During that week, faculty members and students will participate in the online classroom, following the online participation requirements including posting substantively throughout the week.
As an Arizona-based institution, GCU is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)
1400 W. Washington St., Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Additionally, GCU holds state authorizations in several states and is an approved SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) institution.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Participant
GCU is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. As with its regional accreditation, GCU voluntarily requested to and received authorization as a SARA institution. As stated on the National Council of SARA's website, SARA is "an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts." As a SARA participating institution, GCU may offer several of its programs to students living within SARA member states. For more information, visit nc-sara.org
GCU maintains authorizations for various programs in several states. GCU offers programs in compliance within the laws and regulations of the states in which it operates as defined by the jurisdiction's laws. Not all states require oversight of states which do not have or maintain a physical presence in the state. As a result, GCU may be authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval depending upon the laws of the relevant state. It is your responsibility to understand current circumstances and professional licensure requirements in your state of residence. Below are the state specific authorizations GCU maintains.
As an out-of-state institution, GCU's representatives recruiting in Florida maintain licensure with the Florida Commission on Independent Education.
Residents of Florida should direct questions, complaints or concerns to:
Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Many of GCU's programs are approved in New Mexico. Any New Mexico residents who have a complaint can file a complaint with:
New Mexico Higher Education Department
Santa Fe, NM 87505
If you reside in one of the locations listed below, please contact an enrollment representative to discuss the programs available in your area.
GCU compiles data and maintains reports to help you decide if GCU is a good match to help you achieve your academic goals. Take a look at the helpful reports and links below to see if we can help you fulfill your academic achievements.
To request a copy of any of our consumer information reports, call 855-GCU-LOPE.
- Annual Fire Safety Report
- Annual Security Report
- Constitution and Citizenship
- Copyright Infringement Policy
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information
- Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Financial Assistance Information
- Grand Canyon University Policy Handbook
- Institutional Information
- Learning and Continuous Improvement
- Student Right-to-Know Information
- Textbook Information
- Title IX
- Vaccinations Policy
- Voter Registration