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GCU freezes tuition for eighth straight year

September 29, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

PHOENIX (Sept. 29, 2015) — Grand Canyon University, one of the nation’s premier Christian universities, is freezing tuition on its west Phoenix campus for the eighth consecutive year. Tuition for the 2016-17 school year will remain at $16,500 for current and incoming students, a figure that has not changed since 2009. However, more than 90 percent of GCU students also receive institutional scholarships that bring the average tuition cost to $7,900 — on par with state universities and well below other private universities. That total does not include federal aid such as Pell Grants and subsidized student loans, which lowers students’ out-of-pocket expenses further. “The cost of higher education continues to rise across the country, and it is incumbent on us to keep private, Christian education affordable to all,” said Brian Mueller, GCU’s president. The University’s room and board costs, which start at $6,250, also are lower than the national average. According to the College Board, the average cost of room and board in 2014-15 ranged from $9,804 at four-year public schools to $11,188 at private schools. Along with low tuition and housing costs, GCU continues to transform its 200-acre campus, with new classrooms, laboratories and residence halls, and additional […]

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New CHSS psychology, counseling programs reflect workforce demand

September 25, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Aging baby boomers, increasing dependence on technology and rising substance abuse among trauma victims are among societal changes prompting a growth market for professional therapists. GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering eight new programs to students who interested in careers in counseling and psychology.

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Parents to learn science + math = better than electronics

September 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Parents who want to switch their children’s attention from video games, TVs and cell phones to science, math and engineering can take free classes at GCU. The two-hour Everyday STEM Workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8. They are intended to teach parents how to engage children from preschool to 8th grade in activities that are fun as well as educational. The sessions are divided by age group and child care is provided. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU Department of Public Safety named 14th in country

September 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Department of Public Safety has been named one of the Top 25 university departments in the country. The National Campus Safety Summit announced the results of the “Top 25 University Departments” list, awarding GCU’s public safety department the No. 14 spot. “These are the Top 25 university administrative departments making a difference in student safety,” members of the safety summit said in a statement. “This list includes administrative departments whose achievements go above and beyond for their campuses.”

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Wade offers a makeover — on the inside — in Chapel talk

September 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Deb Wade, GCU’s vice president for counseling and psychological services, turned Chapel into an edition of “Extreme Makeover” Monday, but this transformation was designed to work on what’s inside us, not how we look on the outside. Wade urged everyone to stop dwelling on past hurts and focus on healing ourselves through the power and love of Christ.

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Lessons learned in ‘Work as Divine Calling’

September 21, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

The first Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” for Grand Canyon University faculty featured two teachers who have an important perspective of “Work as Divine Calling.” The session drew an overflow crowd Friday to Howerton Hall.

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Recent grad shows students how to build a business culture

September 17, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Natalie Speers graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business just last year, but she already has built a social media business that is thriving. In the first presentation in the CCOB Dean’s Speaker Series, Speers showed students how quickly you can have success if you follow the principles of servant leadership and “Conscious Capitalism.”

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COT ‘Lunch and Learns’ return, new recording studio opens

September 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Theology has a lot going on Friday: the first “Lunch and Learn” at 11:15 a.m. and then an open house for Center for Worship Arts students in the new recording studio late that evening. The Lunch and Learns are for all faculty members and will take place three times per semester.

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GCU volunteers helping sex-trade victims reach their dreams

September 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Every Tuesday for eight weeks, GCU faculty members and students voluntarily teach a different skill-building session to one group of shelter residents, women who survived the sex-traffic trade. The goal is to provide life tools for the victims while providing work experience for counseling students, said Kathy Britton, GCU Counseling Program Manager. “We call the group, the ‘Mariposa Group,’ the Spanish word for butterflies,” said Britton, referring to the women attending the classes. “They are trying to metamorphosize into a new life.”

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GCU alumni Joy and Claire Flatz
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Oh, the places they’ll go: Flatzes start Seuss tour

September 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

One played Shakespeare’s Juliet on the stage of GCU’s Ethington Theatre and has done a PetSmart commercial, while the other was the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and did a lot of professional theatre during her time in the College of Fine Arts and Production. Now, Joy and Claire Flatz, who graduated last spring, are playing Thing 2 and Thing 1, respectively, in the cast of “The Cat in the Hat,” which Tempe-based Childsplay is scheduled to launch next week. Learn how these talented and identical twin sisters landed the roles in this international tour that will take them to venues across the country and Canada, too, in this GCU Today story and don’t miss our video that captures some of their blue-mopped, red-outfitted hijinks.

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