Welcome to Grand Canyon University (GCU), Arizona's premier private Christian university. For more than 65 years, our Phoenix campus has been the gateway to success for countless scholars and industry leaders. Our commitment to our Christian worldview is carried out in a loving way that provides greater unity across the university, and our foundational documents help articulate those beliefs and who we are as a community. With acres of scenic grounds and outstanding facilities, we invite the next generation of students and working professionals to enjoy the complete university experience.
GCU's Mission and Vision
Grand Canyon University is a premier Christian University, educating people to lead and serve.
Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.
GCU is growing rapidly with plans for continued expansion. Since 2009, we have invested millions into the university to improve the quality of academic offerings and student experiences. This infrastructure includes new classrooms, laboratories, libraries, student support centers, residence halls and recreational facilities. In fall 2016, we welcomed a record number of students to our Phoenix campus and we plan to expand our student population and campus facilities going forward.
Our university also continues to accommodate our growing online and evening student communities. We have tens of thousands of online students attending class from across the globe. In turn, we are constantly refining our digital platforms to deliver GCU's outstanding campus experience to virtual settings. We are also building additional campus locations to help full-time and evening students attend class closer to home.
"New" is infused throughout GCU's growing campus. In fall 2016, we finished construction on a 173,447-square-feet, state-of-the-art engineering building, designed to accommodate our growing number of students studying in STEM majors. We also opened three new on-campus apartment buildings for upperclassmen. As part of our initiative to add 10 new sports facilities to campus in the next two years, we unveiled the brand new, 6,000-seat GCU Stadium in fall 2016, home to our NCAA Division I soccer teams. In 2017, we also proudly unveiled the Jerry Colangelo Museum, honoring the accomplishments of sports icon Jerry Colangelo with photos and mementos.
GCU has also expanded outside of campus to include new properties. The GCU Hotel is located close to campus and offers affordable room rates and renovated accommodations - the perfect place for families to stay when visiting their student. Canyon 49 Grill, located in the hotel, offers the perfect local hangout, with delicious food, family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of Lope spirit and hospitality. Explore the GCU Hotel by visiting gcuhotel.com; click on Dining to browse Canyon 49 Grill's menus. The Grand Canyon Beverage Company, also located in the hotel and on campus, offers gourmet beverages, including coffee, tea and specialty drinks. Find out more by visiting gcbc.gcu.edu.
This is the college experience I dreamed about. I'm in the program helping me work towards my dream career, and I am surrounded by people who are caring and very open within a Christian campus. I would recommend Grand Canyon University to my friends because of the quality of the programs, scholarships and how family oriented this University is.
Student Experience at GCU
At GCU, you'll find everything you need to enjoy a full college experience, from NCAA Division I athletics to suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, fun events and clubs and organizations. Traditional, online and evening students are equally valued members of our community and receive full access to GCU's campus resources and events. Explore our campus by taking a free tour or signing up for Discover GCU.
Grand Canyon Education, Inc. Partnership
Grand Canyon University has selected Grand Canyon Education, Inc. as a partner to support the university’s students, faculty and staff. This partnership furthers the mission of the institution by providing opportunities to increase efficiencies by utilizing resources strategically that further the teaching and assessment of student learning, as well as the overall student experience. Grand Canyon University Board of Trustees selected this partnership based on the aligned goals of both organizations, as well as the integrity and ethics of both organizations. For feedback regarding this partnership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCU Athletics & GCU Club Sports
GCU is home to 21 NCAA Division I athletics teams, including basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, golf, volleyball and more. Our mission is to develop good Christian role models who embody the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of their lives, from the classroom to the court. In addition to our Division I teams, we offer other athletics programs, including intramural sports as well as dance and cheer. Follow our teams and learn more about our Division I athletics programs by visiting gculopes.com
GCU also proudly offers a variety club sports teams for men and women, including ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, soccer, golf and more. Our club sports teams offer a competitive alternative to our Division I athletics teams while still competing at the national level. Learn more about club sports by visiting clubsports.gcu.edu
Grand Canyon University is committed to excellence - striving to help students become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders. By elevating higher education and making a private education affordable, we create new opportunities to make quality education accessible and contribute to the future.
At GCU, we think about the future every day. Ours is an atmosphere of constant transformation and innovation. We offer more than 200 academic programs across nine colleges and next-generation online learning platforms. Our visionaries collaborate with industry leaders to develop programs in high-demand fields such as STEM, business, education and healthcare. Unique degree specializations also provide opportunities to help students gain a competitive advantage in tomorrow's workforce. To further uphold our excellence, our executive leadership and faculty members are academic professionals committed to helping you get the most from your education.
As GCU's programs expand, our thriving campus continues to grow rapidly. We expect our campus population to grow to 25,000 students within the next five years and have invested approximately $1 billion in campus and academic infrastructure, such as top-ranked residence halls and resort-style swimming pools, a new high-tech engineering building and labs, GCU Stadium, Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark and more. Our successful Division I and club athletics are also a major draw for students, alumni and members of the greater Phoenix metro area.
Within all of our offerings, our faith remains our cornerstone. GCU's Christian worldview is integrated into all we do, both in the classroom and beyond. We invite students to grow spiritually through our worship services and take part in local and global outreach opportunities. We promote an open dialogue on faith to challenge students to adopt principles of service, morality, compassion and generosity. Academic integrity is also at the heart of our values. We help our students develop practices that support and embrace integrity as a personal, lifelong commitment.
Throughout your experience with GCU, I encourage you to ask insightful questions, explore ideas and produce original work that demonstrates your level of competence and understanding. Make a lasting commitment to professional ethics and achieving honest, well-deserved success. Apply our principles wherever life takes you and add to the value of your GCU degree.
Wishing you the best in your academic endeavors,
Grand Canyon University
Our executive leadership and faculty members are academic professionals committed to helping you get the most from your education.
Graduates of GCU will be able to express aspects of the Christian worldview, which affect human value and dignity, ethical decision-making, academic disciplines and vocation.
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5)
Global citizens learn with empathy, avoid ethnocentrism and embrace the reality that people are different. They appreciate a range of perspectives on history, religion, value systems and many other aspects of life. Global citizenship means that by understanding others, we learn to understand ourselves.
"The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him." (Romans 10:12b)
Effective communicators excel in language proficiency, understand how the written word impacts others intellectually and emotionally, and are challenged to employ new venues and modes of communication.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord." (Psalm 19:14)
Responsible leaders are grounded in the reality of the world, accept the consequences of choice and strive unselfishly to help others meet their highest potential through servant leadership.
"Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." (Matthew 20:26)
Critical thinkers work to master clarity and logic in thought. They ask questions and pursue knowledge to avoid the blind acceptance of ideas, searching for solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)