Arizona Christian University


ACU is an accredited, private, non-profit, Christian University in Phoenix offering various bachelor's degrees including recently added degree programs such as Criminal Justice, Healthcare Policy, Nonprofit Management, Coaching and Early Childhood Education. All students graduate with a minor in Biblical studies. 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 in the NCCAA and is a member of the NAIA and the GSAC. Athletic opportunities include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Students have multiple opportunities for campus involvement including mission trips, Urban Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, chorale, worship bands, and study abroad options.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Arizona Christian University
1 W Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306


Phone: 1-800-247-2697


Organization details

EIN: 860186050

CEO/President: Len Munsil

Chairman: Catharine D. Ellingsen

Board size: 18

Founder: Ida Clouse

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Arizona Christian University exists to educate and equip followers of Christ to transform culture with the truth.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

Arizona Christian University is the only accredited, evangelical Christian university or college in Arizona where all trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students declare they are followers of Jesus Christ.

1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and therefore inerrant in their original writings and the only authority on all issues of faith, life, and practice. Psalm 19:7; Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

2. We believe in one Triune God, creator of all things, infinite and unchangeable in His being, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:18-19; I Corinthians 8:6

3. We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, is fully God and fully man in one person, and is the only Mediator between God and man. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-7; John 1:1-14; 1 Timothy 2:5-6

4. We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is from all eternity, is sent by the Father and the Son, as promised, to convict the world of sin, to glorify Jesus Christ and to transform the lives of believers into the likeness of Christ. Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; John 16:8; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Ephesians 4:30

5. We believe that God created man and woman in His image and likeness, so they are thus endowed with immeasurable dignity and worth, but they sinned and therefore all human beings are born separated from God with a sinful nature. Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 3:1-24; Genesis 9:6; James 3:9; Romans 5:12

6. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who trust in Him alone are justified on the grounds of his shed blood. 2 Corinthians 5:15, 21; Romans 3:23-26, 5:1; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Acts 16:30-31

7. We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone are born again of the Holy Spirit and are called to walk in a manner worthy of this salvation. John 1:12-13; 3:3-7; 14:16-17; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:1; 4:20-24; Colossians 1:18, 24

8. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that He ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father to rule and intercede for us. Romans 1:4; 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:31-34

9. We believe in "that Blessed Hope" of Christ's second coming, which is the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Psalm 110:1; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:22-28; 50-55; Titus 2:13; Revelation 7:10

10. We believe the Church is made up of believers in Christ; which manifests itself in local assemblies, gifted by the Holy Spirit for the building up of one another in love and for engagement, service and influence in the world. Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:4-13; Ephesians 4:4-13; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:8

11. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost along with Satan and other fallen angels. Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Revelation 20:10-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:9

12. We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person, and is sinful and offensive to God. Gen. 1:26-27

13. We believe the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4; Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10

14. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Arizona Christian University and to provide a biblical role model to students and the community, all persons employed by ACU in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, affirm, agree to and abide by all elements of this Statement of Faith, including those relating to gender identity, marriage and sexuality. Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating488 of 77572 of 95
Fund acquisition rating548 of 77674 of 95
Resource allocation rating517 of 77664 of 95
Asset utilization rating287 of 77535 of 95

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,373,855$7,297,895$6,000,832$4,649,670$4,496,960
Short-term investments$999,388$1,030,924$1,013,684$603,386$791,609
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,762,243$8,481,188$7,018,959$6,332,385$6,237,443
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$561
Fixed assets$35,256,857$14,701,719$15,097,697$21,091,248$20,487,661
Other long-term assets$3,121,415$5,349,000$5,180,091$91,695$463,872
Total long-term assets$38,378,272$20,050,719$20,277,788$21,182,943$20,952,094
Total assets$49,140,515$28,531,907$27,296,747$27,515,328$27,189,537
Payables and accrued expenses$2,632,845$1,997,611$1,607,334$1,276,469$1,597,581
Other current liabilities$14,533,571$4,332,368$3,961,873$3,433,486$1,169,711
Total current liabilities$17,166,416$6,329,979$5,569,207$4,709,955$2,767,292
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$799,272$804,744$809,928$80,623$185,356
Total long-term liabilities$3,252,601$9,932,690$9,323,610$9,974,212$12,565,296
Total liabilities$20,419,017$16,262,669$14,892,817$14,684,167$15,332,588
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$7,414,541$6,298,754$5,027,280$194,863$150,464
Permanently restricted$1,054,850$1,054,850$1,054,850$1,900,778$1,896,178
Net assets$28,721,498$12,269,238$12,403,930$12,831,161$11,856,949
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,575,458$3,174,837$5,572,928$4,833,391$9,364,833
Program service revenue$19,262,947$17,420,102$16,332,593$15,172,758$14,180,223
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,647,077$188,898($178,946)$52,570$49,261
Other revenue$659,412$104,823$10,493$3,337$19,738
Total other revenue$37,569,436$17,713,823$16,164,140$15,228,665$14,249,222
Total revenue$45,144,894$20,888,660$21,737,068$20,062,056$23,614,055
Program services$22,785,508$17,038,182$16,994,856$17,492,564$17,353,287
Management and general$4,372,105$2,038,667$3,391,537$1,315,693$1,946,752
Total expenses$28,755,176$20,636,150$21,434,673$19,096,155$20,316,466
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$16,389,718$252,510$302,395$965,901$3,297,589
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$16,389,718$252,510$302,395$965,901$3,297,589


Len MunsilPresident$286,130
Steve AdamsonChief Operating Officer$156,521
Jeff RutterAthletic Director$132,951

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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Founded in 1960, Arizona Christian University is a regionally accredited, private, non-profit Christian liberal arts university in Glendale, Arizona.

The university traces its roots to Ida Clouse, a Christian missionary and registered nurse who left the Midwest in 1917 and moved to Arizona under the Homestead Act where she opened the Clouse Ranch, which soon became a popular Christian retreat center. Upon her death, Clouse left 35 acres of her ranch to an association of Baptist churches for the creation of a Christian college. More than a decade later they formed Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College, later Southwestern College, and since 2011, Arizona Christian University - in recognition of the school's growth from a small Bible college to a Christian liberal arts university.

In 1965, Dr. Wallace Woods, the first College President (1965-1975), wrote: "We want to be current in our thinking and up-to-date in our methods. We want to be relevant to the changing needs of people. Nevertheless, there are foundations upon which we stand as a Bible college, and we fix our anchor in the authority of the scriptures. By God's grace we want to be flexible in the application of biblical principles to the training of students for effective service in their respective careers and yet hold steadfastly to the Statement of Faith which has characterized the College since its founding."

Today, Arizona Christian University continues to hold fast to its foundations and remains committed to equipping students who are followers of Jesus Christ with a sound biblical foundation for their chosen vocation and field of influence.

In 1972 the college first received accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and added regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in 1992. ACU's desire to serve the broader evangelical community was reflected in the decision in 2007 to become a non-denominational Christian college.

With the leadership of President Len Munsil (2010-present), a constitutional attorney and leader in Christian non-profit and public policy work, ACU has embraced a renewed vision to "transform culture with truth" - preparing graduates to take the hope of Jesus Christ and the Gospel into all the world, while bringing biblical truth into every arena of influence in our culture.

In November 2018, President Munsil announced a miracle - trading its 20-acre campus in north Phoenix to Arizona State University for the historic 68-acre campus that was formerly the home of ASU's Thunderbird School of Global Management. The new campus offers three times the classroom space, dorm rooms, parking, an enhanced student life experience with a historic Tower student union, the Commons dining hall, a state-of-the-art library, an events center, and space for athletic facilities to be built so future Firestorm athletes can practice and compete on-campus.

The move to the new campus - which occurred during the summer of 2019 in time for classes in the fall of 2019 - enables ACU to continue to serve a growing student population without sacrificing its Christian identity, mission and purpose.

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