About Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University Mission Statement

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.


Grand Canyon University will be recognized globally as a premier Christian university pursuing truth and wisdom modeled and communicated by a community of grace. The Canyon experience integrates learning, work, and faith grounded in the values of social and economic justice, stewardship, love, integrity, and service. Our students will change the world.


Grand Canyon University has one of the fastest growing and most prestigious online programs for working adults. Grand Canyon University, Arizona’s only private Judeo-Christian liberal arts university has pursued the integration of faith and learning since the institution’s founding as Grand Canyon College in 1949. The University has distinguished itself through its history by a comprehensive approach to education: it realizes that the foundation of an integrated life is an examined worldview, articulated in the classroom, and tested by real-world experience. Grand Canyon is committed to its mission as a Judeo-Christian educational environment in which students from all backgrounds can learn and reflect with individual attention from faculty, administration, and staff. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs of study, both traditional and non-traditional; all of these programs have their foundation in a multidisciplinary, integrated core of liberal arts and science courses.

Grand Canyon belongs to a unique group of schools in the United States: fewer than 3% of all colleges and universities in the country are Christ-centered, providing a values-based educational environment that synthesizes faith, learning, and life. The institution is an affiliate of the Council for Christian College and Universities. Students at Grand Canyon find community support, a demanding academic curriculum, and significant opportunities for community leadership and service learning. Its diverse Christian community welcomes all students and their perspectives.

A degree from Grand Canyon prepares students for life-long learning. The undergraduate Grand Canyon curriculum is challenging and builds on a strong core of integrated and disciplinary studies in the liberal arts and sciences. The graduate programs emphasize professional training in a values-based environment, through a variety of delivery methods. All of the University’s programs are committed to innovation in education, enabling students to think critically and creatively, solve problems through open-minded and rigorous analysis, and communicate effectively. The academic habits students acquire at Grand Canyon University stay with them as graduates, empowering them to live flexible lives – open to new career opportunities, confident in their ability to learn and adapt.


The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), 30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; tel. 800-621-7440; http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

The Association of Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, Ks 66211, (913) 339-9336, accredits the University for the Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees.

The Arizona State Department of Education has given formal approval of the work done at the University for the certification of elementary and secondary teachers and for the renewal of certificates.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791, and the Arizona State Board of Nursing accredit the University for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The University is a member of the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

By authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, non-immigrant alien students may apply for admission to the university.