Grand Canyon University (CCU) is a private Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded in 1949 by the Arizona Southern Baptists as a non-profit institution to serve the needs of local Baptists in obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree without having to go to other states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The original campus of the then Grand Canyon College was located in Prescott, Arizona. It started occupying its present campus in 1951. It achieved university status in 1989. It became the first for-profit Christian college in the US in 2004 when it was sold to Significant Education, LLC due to financial difficulties. The university went through a physical makeover in the succeeding years after its sale which includes among other an expansion project.
Grand Canyon University considers its primary mission the education of students to lead and serve. Its academically challenging curriculum infuses the values based context of its Christian heritage. Its culture is defined in how members manifest their committed relationship with Christ. Students and graduates are guided towards a successful life based on the teachings of Christ. Christian values are considered integral to the molding of citizens who are ethnically and morally respectable and dedicated to life-long learning.
The various degree programs of Grand Canyon University are provided through its colleges including the College of Christian Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Nursing, the College of Doctoral Studies, and the Ken Blanchard College of Business. Grand Canyon University offers both on-site and online classes. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It also has various additional accreditations that are specific to the college and the program.
The College of Christian Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and the Master of Arts in Christian Studies. The master’s degree program is offered in four emphases including Christian Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Urban Ministry, and Youth Ministry. These programs are offered on-site and online.
The other colleges offer bachelor and master’s programs in different areas of study. The College of Education offers programs in Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The College of Fine Arts and Production offers programs in Dance Education, Digital Design, Digital Film, Music Education, Music, Theatre and Drama, as well as Theater Education. The College of Arts and Sciences provide programs in Public Health, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Communications, English Literature, History, Biology, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Forensic Science, Health Science, and Sociology. The College of Nursing provides Nursing programs in various emphases and specializations. The College of Business offers programs in Business Administration in various emphases including Public Administration, Accounting, Leadership, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, Public Safety Administration, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance and Economics, and Sports Management. Doctoral Studies are provided in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, and General Psychology.
Estimated tuition cost for undergraduate students is $8,250.00 per semester for 12 to 18 credits. Every additional credits cost $687.50. Tuition cost of Professional and Online Studies ranges from $450.00 to $595.00 per credit. The eMBA costs $1,200.00 per credit. Financial aid is provided through federal grants and loans, institutional scholarships, and private loans.
Grand Canyon University is a member of the NCAA Division II and participates mostly in the Pacific West Conference. It teams in soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and basketball are known as the Grand Canyon Antelopes.
Total enrollment of Grand Canyon University is estimated at 44,000. Sixty-three percent of full-time undergraduate students are female while 37% are male.