Arizona Christian University provides a biblically-integrated, liberal arts education equipping graduates to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all aspects of life, as leaders of influence and excellence.
Mark of Honor:
In March of 2011, the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, was the keynote speaker at Arizona Christian University’s 50th Anniversary Dinner, where he received the first Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith before 1,260 ACU supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event highlighted just how far ACU has come, and what God can do with a generous gift from a humble and devout Christian woman who dreamed and prayed that one day a Christian college would rise in Arizona.
Arizona Christian University is the only accredited, private, non-profit, Christian university in Arizona. Located in Phoenix, ACU offers numerous bachelor’s degrees and professional tracks. With a notable student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, ACU’s distinguished professors are committed to developing the complete person through the integration of faith, learning, and Christian leadership. ACU competes as a member of the NAIA, with athletic opportunities including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, acrobatics and tumbling, and spirit squad. Students have multiple opportunities for campus involvement including mission trips, Urban Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, chorale, worship bands, and study abroad options.
ACU offers numerous bachelor’s degrees, for traditional and degree completion students, including Psychology, Sports Management, Marketing, Education, Communication, Music, Biology, and pre-med, law, and seminary tracks. As an affiliated university, highly qualified students can achieve early admission into one of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. Students accepted into the program are not required to take the MCAT and have a reserved seat at the chosen LECOM School of study.
Involvement in academic societies and student organizations is a wonderful way to grow in relationships with fellow students, in knowledge of your major area and future plans, and a fun way to interact with staff and faculty sponsor. Academic societies at the Arizona Christian Universities relate directly with a major orcareer aspiration.
Students apply for and serve in student leadership positions, which give them valuable event planning and management experience. As part of the University’s Spiritual Formation program, students participate in University-sponsored service activities or serve in their local church/within the community.
Students involve themselves in academic societies and student organizations and connect withother fellow students, in knowledge of their major area and future plans, and get a platform to interact with staff and faculty sponsor in a fun way. Academic societies relate directly with a major or career aspiration. ACU creates an environment full of opportunities for students to connect.
Awards & Recognitions:
ACU received recognition as “One of the Best College in Arizona for 2017” by BestColleges.com, an independent national organization. ACU was listed among the top 50 Christian colleges and universities in the nation, and was noted by Business Insider for being the most selective college of any kind in the state of Arizona, putting ACU on a list with numerous Ivy League schools.
Prominent Personalities of ACU:
Dr. Carolyn Pela, Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department presented original research at the 2016 annual conferences of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity in Dallas, TX; Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Pasadena, CA; and International Federation of Therapy & Counseling Choice in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr. Linnea Lyding, Chair of the Education Department presented original research at the 2016 Association of Christian Schools International conference for K-12 teachers.
Dr. Andrew Pitts, Chair of the Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies Department, received the 2015 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship.
Financial Aids and Scholarships:
Students receive several types of financial aid ACU, including scholarships, grants, loans, and church-matching. Scholarships include merit (academic), talent (music/athletic), and need-based. Veterans and Active Military members are also eligible for additional benefits – ACU is authorized to certify students who qualify for the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program, Montgomery GI Bill®, Post 9/11 GI Bill®, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, Veteran Education Assistance Program, or Reserve Education Assistance Program.
About the President:
Len Munsil is a third-generation Arizonan and the 6th President of Arizona Christian University, a regionally accredited non-denominational Christian liberal arts university in Phoenix, Arizona founded in 1960.
Under his leadership, which began September 27, 2010, the school has changed its name, raised its visibility, expanded its course offerings and majors, undertaken campus renovations and building projects, dramatically increased fundraising and experienced large enrollment gains. ACU seeks to attract students who will “transform culture with truth” – building biblical influence in every corner of society.
Munsil has an accomplished record as a public policy expert, a conservative organizational Entrepreneur, a Lawyer, a Journalist, an Educator and a Writer. He served as an Adjunct Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at ACU, then known as Southwestern College, beginning in 1994.