ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TO GROW IN GLENDALE by Len Munsil, President, Arizona Christian University
ACU will enrich the West Valley as we bring cultural and intellectual events, including musical theater and public lectures, plus an exciting small-college NAIA athletics program.
t Arizona Christian University, since our founding in 1960 we have provided a biblically integrated liberal arts education that prepares our graduates to pursue positions of leadership in the world. As we have transitioned from a small Bible college to an elite Christian liberal arts university, we have been recognized for the past two years as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, and as the top university in Arizona by College Consensus. Having reached capacity with more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff at our small, land-locked 20-acre campus in Phoenix, ACU could not be more excited to move to a new home here in Glendale. The 68-acre former site of the Thunderbird School of Global Management at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road, with its rich heritage as a World War II airfield and its magnificent educational buildings, hotel and conference facilities, dorm rooms and
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library, will provide us with plenty of room to grow. ACU will enrich the West Valley as we bring cultural and intellectual events, including musical theater and public lectures, plus an exciting small-college NAIA athletics program. At ACU, genuine student-athletes and teams — many of them nationally ranked — compete in dozens of sports, including football, while regularly excelling nationally as Champions of Character and academic All-Americans. Our students will serve the community through service projects at local charities and opportunities throughout the city to assist homeowners in need of help with yardwork and other chores. As an accredited, private, nonprofit Christian university, we offer numerous programs of study including degrees in business, biology and pre-med, education, Christian ministries and biblical
studies, music, political science, criminal justice and pre-law, psychology, communication, broadcast journalism and film studies, among others. We also recently established a concurrent enrollment program with Arizona State University that allows students to earn two bachelor’s degrees (one in applied computing from ASU, the other in interdisciplinary studies from ACU) in the same four-year timeframe. In keeping with the theme of this quarter’s issue of Glendale LIVING, ACU’s move will also have a significant economic impact. Already, many of our 200-plus employees are moving into Glendale, buying homes and frequenting local restaurants and businesses. According to the Brookings Institution, the average bachelor’s degree holder contributes $278,000 more to local economies than the average high school graduate over a lifetime, and an average of 42 percent of alumni from four-year colleges remain in the area after graduation — meaning the cumulative economic effect of ACU’s move to Glendale will grow year by year. We are excited to be part of this community and for our students, faculty and staff to live, serve, and lead in Glendale for decades to come! To learn more, visit arizonachristian.edu.
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