Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private, for-profit, Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ. It was founded in Prescott, AZ and originally named Grand Canyon College by the Southern Baptist Church in 1949. The college moved to Phoenix, AZ two years later, where it remains today. GCU provides both online and on-campus courses, featuring 8 distinct colleges that grant undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Now an interdenominational university, a Christian worldview is integrated into all aspects of university life, including courses and majors in theology.
Since 1968, the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor have accredited Grand Canyon University.
The faculty at Grand Canyon University are dedicated to the spiritual needs of their students and their educational well-being, according to the school's website. They are all industry leaders, with a love for teaching and nurturing students to get the best out of their careers and their lives. All faculty share the responsibility to provide a challenging curriculum rooted in the foundations of Christian heritage.
Student housing is available for those who wish to live on-campus and is split into male and female dormitories. There is also housing for married couples, as well as Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free) and freshman-only dormitories. The campus has many clubs, activities, and other opportunities for student involvement, including choral groups, jazz band, and student government. Most of the school's athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The campus is currently in the middle of a $200 million revision and expansion, including a 5,000-seat sports arena.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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