GCU is a member of several national associations to promote the highest standards in education and sports. These associations speak to our commitment of providing a quality education and adhering to the principles of athletic competition.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Grand Canyon University Athletics sponsors 21 intercollegiate sport programs that operate under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I governance structure for eligibility to participate. Grand Canyon University sports programs are members of the Western Athletic Conference with federated membership with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the sport of men's volleyball and independent membership for beach volleyball.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I
700 W. Washington St.
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Grand Canyon University is a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, a national association whose mission is to “advance the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy.”
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Grand Canyon University is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, whose mission is to “serve and advance higher education by providing leadership in academic and enrollment services.”
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Grand Canyon University is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national association committed to promoting academic quality through accreditation. For more information about GCU’s relation with CHEA and other accrediting bodies, view our accreditation page.
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)
Grand Canyon University is a member of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, which is a national, member-based organization committed to improving the quality of technology-enhanced learning programs.
GCU has one baccalaureate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in Cybersecurity, that was awarded the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) designation. CAE-CD designation recognizes college programs that meet the standards of learning concepts and skills deemed important by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defense (DoD).