Arizona Christian University

Arizona Christian University (ACU) started its mission of providing education as the Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College. This was in 1960 and initially, classes took place at the Bethel Baptist Church. Four years later in September 1964, the campus in northern Phoenix, Arizona began holding classes with some 40 students and 16 faculty members.

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The university’s goal is to prepare students for their careers in vocational ministry and missions as well as in other fields such as business, counseling, music and education. Today, it is the only private, accredited and not for profit Christian liberal arts university in the state of Arizona.


Arizona Christian University decided in 2009 to become a non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution. It was originally a part of the Conservative Baptist but the administration later made a commitment to serve a wider evangelical community. Its mission is to provide students with a biblically integrated education that will enable them to serve Jesus Christ in their professions and ministries. Students are encouraged to become born again believers and maintain a conduct adhering to the principles of the Bible.

Location of  Arizona Christian University

The ACU campus is situated on a 35-acre land in an urban area called Paradise Valley specifically Cactus Road in Phoenix, Arizona. It is 12 miles north of downtown Phoenix. Being in a valley, it provides a great view of the mountains.


Annual tuition for a full-time student enrolled at ACU costs approximately $17,982. Housing costs $4,444 and food at $2,210. Other expenses include general activity fee, registration fee, technology fee, medical insurance, among others.

Financial Aid

At ACU, students can choose from various scholarships, grants and loans to help them fund their college education. To be eligible for scholarships, students should be in full time status and maintain a GPA of 2.0. Interested students need to file their FAFSA online and complete an ACU virtual interview.

Student Population

This private university has a total student population of 415 with a mix of native Americans, African Americans, Asians and Hispanics. Majority are enrolled as full time undergraduates.

Academic Areas of Study

Bachelor’s degrees in various specializations are offered at the ACU. Majors available include behavioral health, biblical studies, business administration, Christian ministries, elementary, secondary and music education, family studies, music ministry as well as music, praise and worship. It also started offering pre-law and pre-med degrees in 2010.

Primary Accreditation

Arizona Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its specialized programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Association of Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Athletic Team

Firestorm is the name of ACU’s athletic team derived from the university’s official colors firestorm yellow and phoenix red. The team competes in baseball (men’s), basketball (men’s and women’s), men’s and women’s cross country, golf, soccer and women’s volleyball. It is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and of the Golden State Athletic Conference starting in the 2012-2013 season.