American Indian College

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American Indian College
Type Private
Established1957 (1957)
Affiliation Assemblies of God
President Dr. David Moore
Location, ,

33°34′39″N112°05′32″W / 33.577557°N 112.092348°W / 33.577557; -112.092348 Coordinates: 33°34′39″N112°05′32″W / 33.577557°N 112.092348°W / 33.577557; -112.092348
Campus Urban

American Indian College is a private Christian college in Phoenix, Arizona. Created for the purpose of "equipping Native Americans for Christian service," AIC educates students from about 25 tribes but welcomes students of all ethnicities. It is a regional Assemblies of God college. Until late 2015 the college was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools but it lost that accreditation in November. [1] It is now an approved campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). [2]

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AIC was established in 1957 as a Bible institute. Over years of Pentecostal ministry, it has changed location three times and has grown into a regionally accredited college offering multiple degree programs.

In September 2007, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the college's establishment, AIC began a new "Jubilee Walkway" connecting the parking lot with the Henson Memorial Chapel.


AIC offers three degree programs: Christian Ministry, in which students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts Degree or an Associate of Arts Degree; Elementary Education, in which students may earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree; and Business Administration, in which students may earn an Associate of Arts Degree.

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The academic department chairs for each major hold an earned doctorate, and all full-time faculty hold at least a master's degree in their field.

As a Christian college where many students major in Christian Ministry, AIC offers its students several opportunities for ministry: Semester outreach programs are offered throughout Arizona, California, and New Mexico; there is an annual four-day trip to Mexico; there are summer ministry traveling teams throughout the country and also abroad; and finally there are also local church opportunities. The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary holds seminars on the AIC campus for students working towards a master's degree in Christian Ministry.

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The campus centers around the Alta Washburn multi-purpose building, built in 1972, which houses the Dorothy L. Cummings Library and the John McPherson Education Center. The Henson Memorial Chapel, finished in 1978, is an arrowhead-shaped building that houses both a chapel and the offices of the President, Dean of Students, and Director of Student Services. Most classes take place in the Lee Academic Center. Other notable buildings include the Charles W.H. Scott Student Center, the Rodger Cree Student Union, the Washburn and Gannon Dormitories, and the Ramsey Cafeteria.

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The campus is located in the northwest section of Phoenix, Arizona.

Student life

Because AIC is a Christian college, all students are required to participate in religious activities regularly. The college requires attendance at all chapel services and weekly dormitory devotions. AIC encourages students to be fully committed Christians in all aspects of life.

Student organizations include the Associated Student Body, the Campus Missions Fellowship, and the Four Winds yearbook organization.


AIC has a Women's and Men's Basketball Team along with a Women's Volleyball Team. There is a gymnasium on campus where students can participate in athletic activities or practice.

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  1. "Accreditor Effectively Shuts College for Native Americans". Inside Higher Ed. November 24, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  2. SAGU to Launch Initiative with American Indian College in Phoenix, AZ