Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University (Photo courtesy of leaky_tiki on flickr)

Grand Canyon University is a regionally accredited university located in Phoenix, Arizona. With nearly 6,500 students living on or commuting to campus, the Christian-focused institution boasts new dorm-buildings, an Olympic-sized heated pool, and regular campus-based activities for students.

Academics Programs

The University provides online and campus-based degree programs both in the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Degree programs are available in seven different colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Doctoral Studies, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Nursing, and the Ken Blanchard College of Business.

For-Profit status

Grand Canyon University is a for-profit institution. Unlike many other for-profit schools, a large amount of information is available about the school on its website without the need to speak with an Admissions Representative. Tuition, degree programs, student resources, and military benefits, to name a few, are readily available via user-friendly tabbed categories on the homepage.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is fairly reasonable for a for-profit university.

Many colleges also have additional fees that are charged to students typically as an “In the event of…” situation. Grand Canyon University posts some of their fees on the website:

Canyon Connect Fee: $75.00-$85.00

Student Activity Fee: $250.00 per semester

Graduation Fee: $150.00

Non-degree Seeking Students

Students who are not seeking to complete a degree program and instead would like to take single classes have the option to do so though Grand Canyon University’s Individual Course program. Prospective students will find classes available at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s level and tuition begins at $465.00 per credit. Classes start monthly and typically run for seven or eight weeks.

Online Division

Grand Canyon University’s online division is massive compared to the traditional brick-and-mortar campus it runs in Phoenix. With 42,000 active students mostly enrolled in graduate-level programs, the distance education aspect of the university basically funds the entire campus. More information about the online programs can be found on the university’s website.

Growth, Development, and Expansion

In September of 2012 the university acquired 217 acres in Northfield, Massachusetts to build a new campus on the next five years. The land, which housed an old high-school, was owned by the same owners of Hobby Lobby and wanted to give it to the Christian University.

In addition to building a new campus on the other side of the United States, Grand Canyon University shelled out $200 million on facilities at the Phoenix campus including:

  • Olympic-sized heated pool
  • Two dorm buildings
  • State-of-the-art recreation center
  • GCU Arena with 5,000 seats
  • New dining halls
  • Thunder Alley bowling alley and home to multiple restaurants

Division 1 Athletics

GCU’s Antelopes recently were accepted into the Western Athletic Conference for Division 1 athletics. On-campus sports include:

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball
  • BMX
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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