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Title IX prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding. GCU is committed to upholding this policy and students' rights under Title IX.

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Grand Canyon University’s Accreditations

As an accredited university, GCU holds regional, college and program-specific accreditations. Accreditations speak to the quality of the university and its academic programs, and can represent acknowledgment by peer institutions.

Regional Accreditation
In choosing a university, you should ensure your choice is regionally accredited, as this provides an assurance of quality as well as continual institutional program improvement.

Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. Today, one of the most respected agencies is the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its predecessor have accredited GCU continually since 1968. In 2017, GCU's accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission after a comprehensive review of the institution's academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources.

To be accredited, the HLC's examiners and trained peers visit GCU's campus, analyze and accept the university's operations and academic outcomes as meeting HLC's core competencies.

Among the areas HLC audit reviews are:

  • Educational activities
  • Admissions and student personnel services          
  • Administration
  • Student academic achievement
  • Financial stability
  • Student resources
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Relationships with outside constituencies

GCU is committed to student learning and continuous improvement.

  • Student achievement data is included in the Disclosures links, located on the Program Details page, for each program leading to licensure and certification.
  • Information on internal assessment practices and results is available upon request:

GCU has earned accreditations and approvals for our core program offerings from:

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Arizona State Board of Education
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (

Higher Learning Commission
The HLC accredits GCU.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-263-0456
Toll-free: 800-621-7440

Arizona State Private Post-Secondary Education
GCU is licensed in Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-5709

Veterans Administration
GCU is approved for the education and training of veterans under the provisions of Title 10 and 38, U.S. Code. We accept Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607 recipients. Veterans are approved for benefits for numerous programs. For more information regarding using your VA benefits at GCU, call us at 855-GCU-LOPE.

Colangelo College of Business
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the following College of Business programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Business Administration

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913-339-9356

The most recent ACBSP two-year Quality Assurance Report can be reviewed here.

In addition, the Colangelo College of Business uses the business field test administered by Peregrine Academics to assess the business knowledge of our college's undergraduate students. The most recent results from the Peregrine test can be reviewed here.

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary
Grand Canyon Theological Seminary of Grand Canyon University has been granted Candidate for Accredited status by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). While Candidacy is a non-accredited status, the school is in the process of seeking full accreditation. For more information, visit

College of Education
GCU's College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education to offer institutional recommendations (credentials) for the certification of early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education teachers and administrators.

CDA Partnership
Grand Canyon University has engaged in a partnership with the Council for Professional Recognition, the national body that administers the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program, to allow GCU students to complete Early Childhood course content needed to apply for the CDA Credential.

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

The nursing program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Our Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program has been approved for accreditation through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). NASAC accreditation is a new accreditation body resulting from a combined effort of The International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE) and the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) to create a single higher education addiction studies accreditation.

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
As an established regionally accredited university, our next step is to seek and obtain program-specific accreditation for our engineering and technology programs. Program-specific accreditation is voluntary and will provide degrees earned from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology with added value for our students.

Yet, before GCU can receive accreditation for our engineering and technology programs, graduates must have earned a degree from the program. We will not be able to seek accreditation for several years because our programs are so new; however, accreditation for engineering and technology programs will be retroactive when these programs do become endorsed.

GCU remains committed to aligning our engineering and technology programs with accreditation standards. We strive to exceed these high standards to ensure our STEM students receive a quality education during their time here.

We acknowledge accrediting bodies seek the following in engineering and technology programs pursuing endorsement:

  • The institution is committed to improving their educational experience.
  • The program is committed to using best practices and innovation in education. 
  • The program is guided by its industry, government and academic constituents through formal feedback.
  • The program considers the students' perspective as part of its continuous quality improvement process.

Accrediting bodies look for institutions to continually improve upon their programs, and GCU constantly evaluates our programs. We seek feedback from industry on a regular basis to ensure that our curricula are as relevant as possible in today's marketplace.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Grand Canyon University Athletics sponsors 21 intercollegiate sport programs that operate under the guidelines of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I governance structure for eligibility to participate. Grand Canyon University sports programs are members of the Western Athletic Conference with federated membership with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the sport of men's volleyball and independent membership for beach volleyball.​

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I
700 W. Washington St.
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46202​

GCU Approvals

As an Arizona-based institution, GCU is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)
1400 W. Washington St., Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-5709

Additionally, GCU holds state authorizations in several states and is an approved SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) institution.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Participant

GCU is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. As with its regional accreditation, GCU voluntarily requested to and received authorization as a SARA institution. As stated on the National Council of SARA's website, SARA is "an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts." As a SARA participating institution, GCU may offer several of its programs to students living within SARA member states. For more information, visit

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Washington, DC
West Virginia

State Authorizations

GCU maintains authorizations for various programs in several states. GCU offers programs in compliance within the laws and regulations of the states in which it operates as defined by the jurisdiction's laws. Not all states require oversight of states which do not have or maintain a physical presence in the state. As a result, GCU may be authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval depending upon the laws of the relevant state. It is your responsibility to understand current circumstances and professional licensure requirements in your state of residence. Below are the state specific authorizations GCU maintains.

GCU is registered with the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education in accordance with the requirements of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (Act).

Many of GCU's programs are approved in New Mexico. Any New Mexico residents who have a complaint can file a complaint with:

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-476-8400

Other States

If you reside in one of the locations listed below, please contact an enrollment representative to discuss the programs available in your area.

  • Massachusetts

Consumer Information

GCU compiles data and maintains reports to help you decide if GCU is a good match to help you achieve your academic goals. Take a look at the helpful reports and links below to see if we can help you fulfill your academic achievements.

To request a copy of any of our consumer information reports, call 855-GCU-LOPE.

In addition, we provide the following links to help you compare educational institutions and learn more about GCU.