Grand Canyon University, established in 1949, started as a non-profit institution, but has evolved and is now a for-profit private liberal arts Christian university. The university campus, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has been undergoing major renovations since 2006 and now features an aquatic center, brick promenade, 500-bed dormitory, fitness and recreation center, new classroom facilities, a new College of Arts and Science building, and more.
Grand Canyon University is serious about athletics is currently a member of NCAA Division II, and is rumored to be planning on becoming an NCAA Division I athletic program. List of Men’s Sports in the university include baseball, basketball, cross country skiing, golf, lacrosse (MCLA), soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, BMX, cross country skiing, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Most of the sports participate in the Pacific West Conference. The university athletic teams are called Antelopes or ‘Lopes.
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Aside from the newly constructed and renovated buildings and facilities, and the good athletics department, Grand Canyon University is also known for its excellent academic programs, which remains to be the main draw for enrollees. In fact, the university is consistently listed in US News and World Report and the Student Guide to America’s 100 Best College Buys. Currently, approximately 40,000 students are enrolled at the various programs administered by the 7 colleges of the university, namely: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Studies, College of Doctoral Studies, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Nursing, and the Ken Blanchard College of Business. Of the total number of enrollees about 1/4 are enrolled in a fully online program.
Just like the university that oversees it, GCU’s online portal also has a solid reputation, and in fact was recognized as a top 5 online school for entrepreneurs by Fortune as well as ranking well or getting good reviews from reputable sources including Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine, and Online Education Database (OEDb). Undergraduate and graduate degrees programs offered online at the moment are in the field of Education, Business, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences. A good number of Doctoral programs are also offered solely online, with only two of those offered online available as on-campus programs.
The tuition rate for full-time on-campus undergraduate students (12 – 18 credits) is $8,250/block. Tuition rate for part-time students and those taking more than 18 credits is $687.50 per credit. Tuition for online undergraduate students ranges from $435 to $450 per credit, depending on the program. Graduate tuition rates range from $480 to $50 per credit. Students of all doctoral programs are assessed at $595 per credit, while Executive MBA students have to pay $1,200 per credit. Grand Canyon University offers a special military rate at $250 per credit hour for undergraduate programs and $385 per credit hour for Master’s degree programs.
Financial aid is available the university in the form of Federal grants and loans, campus scholarships, and outside funding source (tuition reimbursement, discounts, scholarships, gifts, alternative loans).
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Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It also has specialized accreditations and approvals for some of its programs from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.