At Grand Canyon University (GCU) you are encouraged to find your purpose and shape your own perspective by embracing a distinctive Christian worldview. This means that we not only integrate faith in our curriculum, but also in our actions we take to positively impact our community.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
GCU distinguishes itself as a Christian university by instilling a sense of vocational calling and purpose in our students, faculty and staff. As a member of our community, you are encouraged to live out that purpose in ways that honor God and serve others. You’ll find many opportunities to live out your faith alongside others.
GCU Hope provides spiritual direction and encouragement through various mini messages and videos. Our hope is to provide you with daily inspiration and resources that help connect you with the GCU community.
GCU offers weekly student-led small groups called Life Groups that offer you a place to form relationships, build community and grow spiritually through studying the Bible. The Life Group program is overseen by GCU staff who train and support student leaders, called Life Leaders, to facilitate small groups.
Local and Global Outreach
Participate in numerous GCU outreach initiatives — both local and global — that allow you to minister and give back to your community while living out the gospel.
A Christian University in Arizona That Serves
A missional community is a community of people strategically united in carrying out a mission that centers on following Jesus Christ in word and in deed, and in sharing the love of Christ generously to all who participate in the life of the community. As a Christian university in Arizona, GCU’s Five-Point Plan has sparked a transformation of West Phoenix through several public-private partnerships and initiatives.
We encourage students to find their purpose within a world that displays the wisdom and glory of God. This provides unique opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, self-awareness and depth of character. This educational strategy enables thoughtful people to understand Christian beliefs and Christian believers to become more thoughtful. As a result, graduates of Grand Canyon University are prepared to engage the world with a sense of vocational calling and purpose.
GCU is a missional, Christ-centered university with an innovative and adaptive spirit that addresses the world’s deep needs by cultivating compassionate Christian community, empowering free and virtuous action and serving others in ways that promote human flourishing.
Through academic excellence, the university equips students with knowledge of the Christian worldview, instilling in them a sense of purpose and vocational calling that enables them to be innovative thinkers, effective communicators, global contributors and transformative leaders who change their communities by placing the interests of others before their own.
These critical attributes have been determined to be essential to student success throughout their educational journey and after graduation; they are measured annually through GCU's mission-critical assessment as well as programmatic and co-curricular assessment initiatives. At GCU, we attend to the scriptural imperative: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” (Philippians 2:3-4).
One of the Largest Christian Universities in the United States
GCU is a private university founded in 1949 that has become one of the largest Christian universities in the United States, generating an average 13% annual growth in enrollment from Fall 2008 to Fall 2021. GCU’s students come from many different religious backgrounds, representing over 13 religious affiliations.1
When you earn your degree at GCU, you not only learn applicable skills and industry best practices, but will also be prepared to become a servant leader, understand the principles of conscious capitalism, and serve others in ways that promotes human flourishing. No matter if you’re looking to earn your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, whether you prefer to take classes online or in person, you can find your purpose at GCU.
An Inviting University with a Christian Identity
Over 80% of Grand Canyon University’s students that were surveyed identify as Christians, with 86.8% of traditional campus students and 80.5% of non-traditional students identifying as Christian.2
Integration of Faith, Learning and Work
As a student at GCU, you are introduced to the Christian worldview from the start of your programs of study. By thinking from a worldview perspective, you will learn to reflect carefully on the underlying assumptions, motives and intentions that shape views of yourself and the world. You will be challenged to consider the practical implications of your personal perspectives and to refine understandings on the basis of investigation, reflection and dialogue. You are encouraged to consider the needs and interests of others in addition to your own, and to embrace the Christian values of love and service as you prepare to enter the workforce.
This is not to suggest that all students are required to personally embrace the Christian worldview. You are free to do so, of course, but you are also free to embrace other views of the world. Christians believe that God grants common grace to Christians and non-Christians alike, a grace by which all truth and all that is excellent in our work may be considered good, regardless of an individual’s beliefs. Faith is a matter of conscience that cannot and should not be forced upon anyone who is unwilling or resistant to embrace it for any reason.
As a Christian university, we aim to be persuasive in our presentation and practice of the Christian worldview, but renounce all forms of coercion and compulsion. Faith, when genuine, is a voluntary response to the person and work of Jesus Christ. As a matter of loving others as we love ourselves, we are committed to respectful dialogue and charitable engagement in all matters, especially matters of faith and conscience. GCU invites students from all walks of life to seek truth and to find your purpose within a context marked by Christian charity and compassion. We welcome all who genuinely seek truth to join the conversation.
Our faith-integrated foundation is built from our Christian convictions, Christ-focused curriculum and a faith-based service. We call this One Foundation, which serves as the bedrock for our community. This foundation guides us toward faithfulness, excellence, and a service to God and our neighbors with an intention to welcome all individuals on campus and in the classroom, no matter their background or what they believe.
How One Foundation is Implemented Into GCU’s Curriculum
No matter what you’re studying at GCU — whether you’re working to become a nurse, a teacher, an engineer or a business owner, each of GCU’s nine colleges uniquely integrate our One Foundation ideals into the curriculum. Click on your college below to find out how.
1 2021 Integration of Faith, Learning and Work Survey Results
2 2021 Integration of Faith, Learning and Work Survey Results. Results are based on the students that were surveyed and do not represent all GCU students.
GCU’s One Foundation is woven into the fabric of our community and curriculum. Gain a new perspective as you learn alongside a diverse student body.