GCU turning away students due to lack of dorm space

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Grand Canyon University is turning away students because they said they don't have enough space in their dorms to meet the demand.

"This is the biggest building year we've ever had on our campus," said university president Brian Mueller. "We're building four new six-story dorms with a total of 3,200 beds."

Mueller said next year, they will build another two dorms to accommodate 2,000 more students. He said they plan to double their 15,000 student population over the next few years.

"The shortfall will be mainly students from California that we just don't have room for," Mueller said.

Currently about 10,000 students live on-campus. Mueller said that bodes well for the economy, since 60 percent of their students study science, technology, engineering and math.

"Turning away students that have 3.7, 3.8 GPAs that really want to be here studying those areas because we don't have enough housing is disappointing," Mueller said.

"I plan to settle down in the area of Phoenix so that would help me in the transition, I'm already here, I've already experienced all this, I know what's around," said senior Justin Sjaaheim.

Though some surrounding businesses have expressed concern before over GCU's expansion, students don't seem too worried about growing pains.

"It's crazy to think that we can't afford more kids to come because of space right now, but I'm excited for over the years to see what we can build," said student Fred Macias.

"I like that the school's getting bigger, it shows more people are getting interested in the school and I think that's a good thing," said freshman Sabrina Junk.

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