Trade Grand Canyon Education
Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a for-profit, private, Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona. Based on student registration, Grand Canyon University was the largest Christian university in the world in 2018, attended by 20,000 students on campus and 70,000 online. The Grand Canyon was created by the Southern Baptist Convention in Arizona on August 1, 1949, in Prescott, Arizona, and Grand Canyon College. In 1999-2000, the university ended its association with the Southern Baptist Convention. Suffering from financial and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century, the school's trustees allowed it to be sold in January 2004 to the Important California Education Foundation, LLC, making it the first Fort Christian college in the United States. After this purchase, the university became the first and only for-profit university to participate in athletics in the first division of the NCAA. In 2018, the university obtained approval to return to a non-profit status from its regional accreditation, as well as the IRS and the Arizona State Board of Private After-School Education. However, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the university's request to reclassify it as a non-profit organization, and the university continues to be classified as profitable. The university's operations are directly involved along with the publicly traded for-profit company, Grand Canyon Education, inc. (formerly Important Education) that packages services to the university for business. The University's President, Brian Meuller, also serves as CEO of Grand Canyon University Education. Humanities and social sciences, nursing and health professions, science, theology, engineering and technology.