University Accreditation FAQs

We know you have questions and we want to ensure that you have the right answer. Read through some of our frequently asked questions about GCU’s university and programmatic accreditation to learn more.

Yes, Grand Canyon University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accreditation institution founded in 1895. GCU has had its accreditation reaffirmed every year by the HLC since 1968. As well, GCU holds specific accreditation, approvals and authorizations for many of its degrees and programs. To learn more about all of GCU’s accreditations, visit our University Accreditation page.

Yes, GCU is a fully accredited, good-standing member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). GCU’s Initial Teacher Licensure Programs and Advanced Programs in Reading (Elementary and Secondary) and TESOL are fully accredited by AAQEP through June 30, 2026. Find the accredited teaching and school administration program that fits your degree-seeking journey.

Yes, GCU’s College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions holds an accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for many of its bachelor’s, master’s post-master’s and doctoral programs in nursing. Additionally, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Yes, 19 programs within the Colangelo College of Business are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). These accredited programs include bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting, management, business administration, marketing and more. As well, GCU uses a field test conducted by Peregrine Academics to determine the overall business acumen of the students.

Students are allowed to drop a course depending on the course length. If a course is 1-2 weeks long, a student is not permitted to drop the course after the start date. If a course is 3-13 weeks long, a student can drop the course prior to last two weeks. If a course is 14-16 weeks in length, a student may drop the course prior to the last four weeks. Please note that students are subject to the Course Tuition Refund Policy and any financial charges depending on the timing of the withdrawal. In all cases, students must contact their Student Services Counselor to process their requested course drop. Find more information, including our University Policy Handbook at our Academic Catalog and Policies page.

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