GCU offers new programs, smaller school feel

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- For students who aren't looking to attend one of the state's larger universities, Grand Canyon University is a popular choice for students who want a smaller, more personal academic setting.

"It's very common for people to say, 'I'm going to ASU,' like the big, very well-known schools, but sometimes other schools are a lot better and a lot cheaper for you to attend," said Dalia Jimenez, a GCU student.

Jimenez recently won Youth of the Year for Greater Scottsdale and is interested in pursuing engineering at GCU.

"What Arizona needs more than anything to kick-start its economy is large numbers of graduates in those STEM areas," said Brian Mueller, president of Grand Canyon University.

Mueller is looking for students who have a strong intellectual curiosity about technology and science as they increase their programs.

"We added computer science and information technology this year in the fall and those are going to be tremendous programs," Mueller said. "Next fall we're adding electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering."

Ninety-five percent of the students there are on some type of academic scholarship.