If you’ve driven out by Grand Canyon University in west Phoenix in the past six months you may have seen what appears to be a never-ending stretch of construction on the campus’ new dorms. Practically every free bit of space around the private Christian university’s campus has been purchased by the college to build new student housing project after new student housing project. There’s only one problem: it isn’t enough.
Even though there are currently three new residence halls underway at Grand Canyon University, the nonprofit university doesn’t have enough beds and rooms ready to meet demand heading into the fall of 2019. According to GCU’s President and CEO Brian Mueller, “every bed on this campus will be filled in the fall.”
“Our goal is to make private Christian education affordable to all socioeconomic classes of Americans, which is happening,” Mueller said. “That equal opportunity has resulted in a very diverse student body. We also want to be part of building a strong workforce for Arizona, especially the west side of Phoenix. When we grow to 30,000 students on our campus, we will be graduating 5,000-6,000 of those on an annual basis.”