School Spotlight: Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

In 1949, the Southern Baptist Church founded Grand Canyon University (GCU). When the school first opened over 65 years ago, it was originally named Grand Canyon College, and it’s first campus was in Prescott, AZ in an abandoned armory building. The campus moved to its current home city in Phoenix after about two years. Today GCU is an interdenominational university with tens of thousands of students, from a variety of backgrounds, attending classes online and at any one of their four physical locations across Arizona and New Mexico.

Fast Facts

  • Year Founded: 1949
  • Approximate Student Body as of 2016: 75,000+ campus and online students combined
  • Number of Programs: 200+
  • Main Campus Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Nickname/Mascot: “Lopes”/Thunder the Antelope
  • School Colors: Purple, Black, and White
  • Publication: GCU Today
  • Fun Fact: Visiting friends and family members can stay at the GCU Hotel, which is located just outside of the main campus.

Available Programs at a Glance

The following list is just a small sample of the programs you’ll find at Grand Canyon University. Most programs are available online or at the school’s campus, and you can use the links to learn more about each degree. You can also view the entire selection of degrees from Grand Canyon University.

Under the Microscope

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Grand Canyon University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs through eight different colleges. Each college provides unique learning opportunities that incorporate faith and prepare students for a variety of career paths. These colleges are:

  • College of Theology
  • Colangelo College of Business
  • College of Fine Arts and Production
  • College of Education
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
  • College of Doctoral Studies

Grand Canyon University invests in these colleges to ensure that their students are receiving quality education, including two new engineering buildings dedicated to STEM education. GCU also offers several financial assistance options like reduced tuition rates, scholarships, and grants. Students can also attend the College of Theology’s graduate school, Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS), where they can learn how to become Christian leaders, ministers, and scholars.

GCU caters to it’s diverse student population needs by having a wide range of programs and services available:

  • Evening and online classes
  • Native American affairs liaisons
  • VA approval in order to better serve military servicemembers, veterans, and Department of Defense personnel
  • Scholarships and other tuition-savings programs available to military servicemembers, veterans, and their families
  • ROTC program with additional scholarships available, depending on eligibility

There are plenty of ways for students to engage in the community both on and off campus through their blog, news and events, sports and athletics, and student clubs and organizations.