PHOENIX, Aug. 28, 2023 ~ Grand Canyon University is expecting another record-breaking class of new students in 2023-24, despite the continued downward trajectory of college enrollments across the country. The university is projecting a more than 14% increase in new students from last year, including a class of more than 11,000 incoming traditional-age (21 and under) students attending both the Phoenix campus and online. This will bring total projected enrollment to more than 118,000 – approximately 25,800 on the ground campus and more than 92,000 studying online.

GCU President Brian Mueller attributed the continued enrollment growth to two primary factors. He said that during the pandemic, they resisted the temptation to make cuts as many universities have done. In fact, they continued to hire additional faculty and staff, add new academic programs and build out their campus infrastructure while freezing tuition on their ground campus for 15 straight years. This allowed them to be well-positioned when the country started to open back up after the pandemic.

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Mueller also noted that due to high inflation rates affecting middle- and lower-income families as well as people's desire to work and learn from home, there has been an increase in traditional college-age students choosing to save money by taking classes remotely. GCU is uniquely positioned to respond to this trend due to their experience and expertise in online and hybrid learning platforms.

In addition to traditional on-campus learning environments and fully online programs, GCU also offers hybrid learning modalities and has partnered with industry leaders for its Center for Workforce Development which provides pathways for skilled trades training in careers experiencing workforce shortages.

Move-In for students begins Aug. 28 with Welcome Week activities culminating with a pep rally following a GCU women's volleyball game vs Long Island on Friday night. On Labor Day (Sept 4), there will be a concert by Jordy Searcy (a contestant on "The Voice" in 2014) at GCU Arena for students while Ignite worship service will take place on Tuesday Sept 5th on the Quad. Classes begin Sept 5th as well.

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Two new residence halls (Santa Cruz & Copper) open this school year bringing total number of multi-story residence halls up to 32 with approximately 17,500 students living on campus. These residence halls feature suites with four single occupancy bedrooms sharing common living area, kitchen & two bathrooms; rated No 4 out of 1,363 schools in country by based on student surveys, affordability & safety

2023 Average Incoming GPA is 3.6 for fully admissible students at Phoenix campus while Honors College Average Incoming GPA is 4.1 (Honors College now has more than 3,000 students). Tuition Freeze has been implemented for 15 straight years at ground campus with only nominal increases in online tuition during that time; GCU ranked No 24 out of 1,387 schools in niche's Best College Campuses rankings & No 4 out of 1,363 schools in Best College Dorms rankings; 312 degrees/emphases/certificates offered across nine different colleges

Grand Canyon University continues its remarkable growth over past 15 years despite downward trajectory of college enrollments across country; expected record breaking class of new students this school year amidst an eventful week of Welcome Week activities & opening of two new residence halls
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