Arizona Christian University (ACU) is a private Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded by the pastor leaders of the Sun Valley Conservative Baptist Association as the Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College in June 1960. Pending the completion of the new campus construction, the first classes were held at the Bethel Baptist Church. The doors of the new school opened in September 1964 on a 35-acre land donated by the estate of Ida Clouse. It became non-denominational in 2009 although it remains grateful to the Conservative Baptist denomination.
All students enrolled at Arizona Christian University are required to be born-again believers who are regularly attending a Christian church. They are expected to observe a standard of conduct based on the principles of the Bible. The primary mission of the university is to provide education that is biblically-integrated in preparation for the task of serving the Lord Jesus Christ whether in ministries or professional occupation.
Almost all bachelor degree programs require the completion of a Minor in Bible. Areas of study include Behavioral Studies with offered majors in Behavioral Health and Family Studies; Biblical Studies; Business Administration; Christian Ministries with offered minors in Business, Children’s Ministry, Communications, Counseling, Music, Sports and Recreation Ministry, Urban Ministry, Women’s Ministry, World Missions, and Youth; Education; Music with offered Emphasis in Choral, Instrumental, Ministry, Performance, Worship and Christian Ministries; Pre-Law; and Pre-Med. Degrees in Political Science and Biology are expected to be added soon.
The Completion Programs for Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration is offered through the Adult Degree Completion Program. ACU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. It is also a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Council for Christian College and Universities, and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Estimated educational expenses include $8,991.00 for tuition (12 to 18 hours) per semester, $2,222.00 for room per semester, and $1,465.00 for board (19 meal plan) per semester. Additional credits over 18 costs $499.50 per credit. Part-time students are charged $749.25 per credit. Miscellaneous fees apply.
Financial aid is provided by Arizona Christian University through a wide range of options. Eligibility for financial assistance requires students to be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in at least 6 credits, have satisfactory academic progress, not in default of any student loan, and must meet service registration requirements. Some of the institutional scholarships offered include the Servant Leaders’ Scholarship, The Pierson Missionary Leaders’ Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship, the Dean’s Scholarship, and other scholarships based on need or academic qualification.
Other forms of financial aid include federal grants and loans. Private educational loans should be availed in coordination with the university’s Financial Aid Office. Students can also take advantage of payment plans offered.
Arizona Christian University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as well as the Golden State Athletic Conference starting this 2012 to 2013 season. It fields its teams known as the Firestorms in several sports events including men’s baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross-country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. ACU is categorized as a 5-star member of NAIA’s Champions of Character Program.
From the original 40 students and 16 faculty members, ACU now has an estimated total student population of 600. Student gender distribution is 55% male and 45% female.