The Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is a private Christian University that is considered to have the best online education programs according to a variety of sources. There are on campus programs as well that offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The college is made up of five degree programs: the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Fine Arts and Production. The programs offers personalized educational experiences, as well as traditional classroom learning. The college was the result of a dream of the small congregations of Southern Baptists that considered Arizona their home. They voted to create a college and within a few months they had a campus and program which was originally located in Prescott, Arizona. The mission of the college is to prepare " learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage." The school is considered one of the Top 10 Christian colleges in the United States and appeals to both the newly graduated students and the business professional returning to school for additional higher education opportunities.