Grand Canyon University is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1949. It has an urban setting and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grand Canyon University’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $18,600 (2013-14).
Despite its name, Grand Canyon University, based in Phoenix, is about four hours away from the tourist destination. The private university grants undergraduate degrees through six colleges, including the Ken Blanchard College of Business and the College of Fine Arts and Production. Many of its undergraduate degree tracks are broad but allow students to complete an emphasis in a certain area. Biology majors, for example, can complete their degrees with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Physician Assistant; art design majors can choose to emphasize in animation, screenwriting, web design, or production. Grand Canyon University also grants a variety of master’s degrees and has a College of Nursing.
The GCU ’Lopes (Antelopes) are Division II teams that compete in a variety of conferences including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the Pacific West Conference (PacWest). The university is a nondenominational Christian institution, and, as such, encourages spiritual education, too.
School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a premier, private, accredited, nondenominational Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. The University offers online and campus-based Bachelors and Masters degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing & Health Professionals, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and Productions,and College of Theology supports both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional.