Grand Canyon University (GCU) may be a for-profit, private, Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. supported student enrollment, Grand Canyon University was the most important Christian university within the world in 2018, with 20,000 attending students on campus and 70,000 online.
Grand Canyon was established by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention on quarter day, 1949, in Prescott, Arizona, as Grand Canyon College. In 1999–2000, the university ended its affiliation with the Baptist Convention. Suffering financial and other difficulties within the early a part of the 21st century, the school's trustees authorized its sale in January 2004 to California-based Significant Education, LLC, making it the primary for-profit Christian college within the u. s..Following that purchase, the university became the primary and only for-profit to participate in NCAA Division I athletics. In 2018 the university received approval to return to non-profit status from its regional accreditor in addition because the IRS and therefore the Arizona State Board for personal Postsecondary Education. However, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the university's request to reclassify it as a non-profit and continues to classify the university as for-profit. The university operations partner directly alongside the for-profit publicly traded corporation, Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (formerly Significant Education) that bundles services for the university to work. The university president, Brian Meuller, also is the CEO of Grand Canyon Education.