GCU’s identity and mission have remained deeply rooted in “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) for nearly 70 years. As an interdenominational university, GCU’s community is a product of the wonderful diversity of traditions and denominations that have grown out of the roots of biblical Christianity. Yet in the midst of this rich diversity, the university has consistently cultivated unity around the core doctrines and common practices of the faith.
Our work on campus and within the community flows from a vibrant faith and concern to honor and emulate Jesus Christ in all we say and do. Our Christian convictions, Christ-focused curriculum and service beyond the classroom provide a foundation that is the bedrock of our community and basis for work together. This foundation simultaneously serves as a reminder of who we are and a statement about who we strive to be. This one foundation continually guides our learning and working communities toward faithfulness, excellence and service to God and our neighbors.
GCU’s foundational documents help define who we are as an institution and as a community. Christian principles are integrated across everything we do at GCU, including learning, work and service. These foundational documents articulate our beliefs, ethical foundations and commitment to God and Jesus Christ as the one true Savior.
Read GCU’s Doctrinal Statement
GCU is committed to integrating faith across all aspects of the GCU community, including work, learning and service. This initiative stems from GCU’s mission to equip students with knowledge of the Christian worldview and to prepare them for careers that honor God while serving others. Faculty and staff are committed to honoring GCU’s Christian beliefs, values and practices in accord with our mission and vision, while students receive a Christ-centered education that enables them to find their purpose, contribute to human flourishing and change their communities by placing the interests of others before their own.
One way we integrate faith and learning is by weaving our Christian worldview across curriculum in all our degree programs. Each program’s curriculum is collaboratively developed and centrally managed in a manner that integrates the Christian worldview and incorporates biblical principles. From the first course to the last, it is the university’s goal that all our graduates be able to express aspects of the Christian worldview which affect human value and dignity, ethical decision-making, academic disciplines and vocation.
By incorporating the Christian worldview into our curriculum, our graduates have the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and values-based foundation to carry out GCU’s mission of preparing students to become innovative thinkers, effective communicators, global contributors and transformative leaders. Through academic excellence, our students become empowered graduates to lead and serve in the local and global community.