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Enrollment booming at Grand Canyon University

The new dorms at Grand Canyon University. (Photo: Jim Cross/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- While many for-profit colleges are seeing fewer students, one Valley university is seeing explosive growth.

Grand Canyon University will have 44,400 students in the fall, up 39,500 from last year. The majority is online, with about 7,000 students on the campus near 35th Avenue and Camelback Road.

University President Brian Mueller said there are numerous issues with the education system that drive students to GCU.

"The average students pays about $7,800 in tuition each year," he said. "At private universities, that number can run $30,000 to $50,000 in tuition. Another draw is lower class sizes and no lecture hall with 500 to 600 students."

Mueller expects to have 15,000 students at the GCU campus within three years.

The university has been undergoing a major makeover, complete with a state-of-the-art basketball arena, new dorms and a parking garage.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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