大峡谷学院于2008年8月成立. 1, 1949, with 16 faculty and approximately 100 students in Prescott, AZ. In 1951, the college relocated to a 90-acre tract in West Phoenix and was accredited in 1968 by the Commission on Institutions of Higher 教育. Established as a Baptist-affiliated institution with an emphasis on religious studies, the school initially offered bachelor’s programs in education. 项目 expanded to include the sciences, nursing, 业务, music and fine arts. It was during this time when the college started to develop a reputation for producing effective teachers, 护士和医疗保健专业人员.



While planning to change in institutional organization and status to 利记, Grand Canyon College identified several landmark events during this transition: organizing programs and departments into colleges, 提供研究生利记, establishing the 利记 Foundation and the generosity of those who pledged or gave unrestricted gifts valued at $1 million dollars or more. 1984年5月, college trustees voted to prepare for transition to university status on the school’s 40th anniversary. Then GCU moved from being owned and operated by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention to being self-owned by the Board of Trustees.


到21世纪初, GCU struggled with maintaining its operations in light of dwindling financial support. 2003年9月,该大学面临着一个关键时刻, teetering on the verge of insolvency and facing the prospect of bankruptcy. A small group of investors acquired the university and refocused on online education for working adults. 财政结构不断改善, the university recruited a new leadership team in 2008 to envision a future that centered around a hybrid campus strategy—combining traditional students with non-traditional students (primarily working adults studying at the graduate level). 大学 completed an initial public offering in 2008 to generate the capital necessary to improve its online infrastructure and expand its campus.


大学 grew its campus student body from fewer than 1,从2009年的1000名学生增加到超过25名,到2022年,校园学生人数将达到300人. GCU’s non-traditional student body increased from approximately 22,从2009年初的6000名学生增加到现在的86名,2022年秋季的在线和夜间队列学生.

2023年秋天, GCU有超过77个,000名学士学位学生, 35岁以上,硕士研究生700人以上,400名博士生.1

Between 2009 and June 2022, the university had invested over $1.70亿美元——今天, 继续投资于全职教师, 改进的技术基础设施, new facilities and programmatic expansion in areas such as engineering, 计算机科学与信息技术. 大学 has been able to self-fund these investments with only nominal increases in tuition for non-traditional students, 15年来学费都没涨.


In 2018, GCU转变回501(c)(3)机构, which provided faculty and students with equitable opportunities to:

  • Participate in academic and co-curricular opportunities with peer institutions
  • 经营慈善基金会
  • Provide grant writing and research opportunities for faculty and students
  • 投资教育基础设施
  • Allow the university to continue offering tuition at levels that make private higher education affordable for our students
  • Provide employment and career growth opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Continue to invest in the communities where the university serves
  • Permit student athletes to participate in governance opportunities afforded by the NCAA




GCU's campus continues to grow to meet the needs of students and cultivate higher education learning experiences. Here's a snapshot of the campus today — a home away from home for our Lopes:

  • 拥有6000个座位的GCU体育场和7000个座位的GCU体育馆
  • 当代宿舍和公寓
  • 度假风格的游泳池
  • 娱乐健身中心
  • Lopes路上的学生会和餐馆
  • 两座专门用于STEM学习的教学楼
  • The Grove - a community of four suite-style residence halls exclusively for freshmen
  • Division I athletics, club sports teams, intramural sports teams
  • 学术、专业、社交和娱乐俱乐部
  • 学术和学生支持资源



西凤凰城是GCU的家. That's why GCU stands committed to transforming the surrounding neighborhoods into a safe, 为社区里的人提供一个繁荣的地方. Along with providing academic excellence and a vibrant campus life, GCU believes its purpose is to partner together to implement initiatives in the area that open educational opportunities for all, 创造就业机会, 修复住房,减少犯罪. GCU称之为“目的联合”. 


One aspect of this transformative endeavor started with the development project at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. 发展成为进入西凤凰城的门户, 这个发展项目是一个商业中心,包括:

  • 一栋四层的办公大楼
  • 经过翻新的GCU酒店和度假风格的游泳池2
  • 佳能49和大峡谷饮料公司. 咖啡店
  • 商业、经济和教育创新中心

This development was only the beginning for reshaping West Phoenix into a destination of economic, 旅游, 业务, 就业和教育增长. 大学, 由大峡谷教育(GCE)提供支持, has launched 10 业务 enterprises that employ nearly 500 people. 这些企业包括:

  • 破坏的房子
  • 大峡谷饮料公司(四个地点)
  • 洛佩商店
  • GCU高尔夫球场
  • 峡谷的促销活动
  • 佳能49
  • 利记酒店2

Tremendous transformation is happening now, and the future looks even brighter.

1 Includes all traditional students who have a last date of attendance at least three weeks into the Fall 2023 semester, students who participated in a campus evening class in September or October of 2023 and students who have participated in an online class in August or September 2023. 包括寻求学位的桥梁项目, 证书项目, post-masters, 教育专业课程, 非学位学习和继续教育.