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Grand Canyon University has been welcoming students from diverse cultures and encouraging a sharing of student perspectives for more than 65 years. In this time, GCU has developed into one of the nation’s premier private universities. Examples of countries from which students come to learn at GCU include China, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Denmark, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

Are you considering enrolling as a full-time F-1 Visa student at GCU? If so, then please refer to our International Student Office can help guide you through the visa process. There are several benefits to enrolling at GCU, including no out-of-state tuition and opportunities to qualify for scholarships. Plus, GCU is located in heart of Phoenix, with various points of interest including Downtown Phoenix within miles of the university. 

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By Jessica Baral
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

This is it, high schoolers. By fall, you will be entering your last year of high school. You will earn that diploma and will be ready to venture onto your next step in the “adulting” process: college. Before you enter your final high school semesters, make the most of those three summer months to help you prepare for your first college semester. Here is a list of activities we suggest to-be high school seniors complete this summer:

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By Jessica Baral
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

This is an exciting time for you high school seniors. Soon, you will be walking across the stage to receive your high school diploma and, not long after, packing your bags to head off to your first semester of college. Between those events, though, are the months of summer. This time can be an opportunity for high school seniors to work a summer job. Here are a few reasons a summer job can prove to be a great benefit to high school seniors, as well as tips on how to find one:

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

The cost of college tuition can be overwhelming, especially to parents and students who are evaluating the cost of a college education for the first time! Grand Canyon University has formed its scholarship philosophy to not only provide students with an opportunity to lower costs, but to also help students graduate with less debt. At GCU, students can earn their degree from an exceptional private, Christian university at a truly affordable price! Here is a quick overview of scholarships at GCU:

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While looking for colleges, you no doubt have a list of important criteria that will either add a college to your “Apply Here” list or remove it as an option. This criteria could include the rigor of the academics, the number of clubs and organizations on campus and so much more. While these are important factors to be aware of during your college search, it is highly encouraged that your list should include quality professors. 

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The ACT and SAT tests are just as critical to the college admissions process as FAFSA and high school academic transcripts. Many colleges require one of these admission test scores to determine whether or not to admit an applicant, as well as if an applicant is eligible for a merit-based scholarship. These FAQ’s serve as an overview for what you need to know about these standardized tests.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College is hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun! During your four years in school, it is important to stay motivated so that you can reach your long-term goals. Here are some tips to help you avoid burnout and find motivation as you work toward graduation:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The new school year is right around the corner, and now is a great time to make sure you are prepared for financial success! With the busyness of your college schedule, it can be easy to lose track of finances. However, with these simple back-to-school financial tips, you can ensure you will stay on the right track throughout the year!

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you are a prospective student trying to choose your college degree, you may have wondered what makes a Bachelor of Arts degree different from a Bachelor of Science degree. How much do they have in common? What makes them unique? Continue reading to learn about the difference between a BA and a BS and how to choose which one is right for you.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applying for college can be a very exciting time! As you explore the possibilities that come with earning your education, it is important to ask questions to find out as much information as possible.

In order to plan for a successful future, it is helpful to be well-informed about all aspects of your college career. Here are five questions to ask when applying for college:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Going to college is exciting, as it can provide a gateway to a successful career. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a working professional looking to further your education, there is so much to gain from the college experience.

During your time as a student, the choices you make can greatly influence your college experience as well as your future. Here are some tips to keep in mind in order to make the most of your experience:

  • Set goals
  • Build relationships
  • Get involved
  • Stay organized
  • Try new things
  • Manage your time

Get more information about how to do these things by reading below.

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By Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

Applying to colleges may seem overwhelming, but there are several steps you can take to make the process as smooth as possible! Here are a few tips on how to start applying for college in a smart, responsible and stress-free way

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Having a college education is extremely valuable in today’s world. Not only will a college degree provide you with increased job opportunities, but a college experience can also give you the chance to discover what you are passionate about. While a college education can be very expensive, there is no need to worry!

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By Lauren Abraham
Communication Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thinking about adding a minor to your degree? Doing so can be a great way to earn a well-rounded education. Whether you are a prospective student or currently enrolled, exploring your options when it comes to earning a minor in college can enhance your studies and increase your chances of finding success in the future. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of earning a minor.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Finals week at Grand Canyon University is right around the corner! Whether you are finishing your first year of college or you are a graduating senior, it is important to do well on your final exams. The hard work you have put into your classes all semester pays off when you receive a good grade! Here are 10 tips to keep in mind going into finals week:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever noticed that you learn better in certain environments? For example, maybe you enjoy hands-on activities, but have a hard time focusing in class lectures. It is important to realize that we all have different learning styles that influence the way we process information. There are advantages to knowing how you learn, especially during your time as a college student.

Determining your learning style can inform your study habits and allow you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading about different learning styles in order to determine which one best describes you.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Being in college is an exciting time, as you are preparing for a successful future. However, between attending classes, keeping up with assignments and taking part in other various activities, it can also be a very busy time. Leading up to graduation, it is important to ensure you are getting the most out of your experience as a student and are prepared to enter the workforce.

This might sound scary, but there are things you can do during your time as a student to make this transition smoothly. Below is a college checklist to take into consideration each year you are in college that will prepare you to find success wherever you go after graduation.

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The value of an education is immeasurable, but the cost of college is steep.

Between academic years 2007-08 and 2012-13, the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year, degree-granting institution receiving any financial aid increased from 80 to 85 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The percentage of students receiving aid at four-year, private, for-profit institutions grew from 76 percent in 2007-08 to 89 percent in 2012-13.

For the majority of students, accepting financial aid is an essential stepping stone toward earning a college degree. Scholarship and grant opportunities in particular can help ease the burden of college costs and make higher education more affordable.

If your student is deciding among different college opportunities and financial aid offers, congratulations on his or her acceptance! Factors such as location, campus culture, school size and academic programs serve as considerations during the decision-making process, but financial aid typically prevails.

Use this guide to help evaluate and compare financial aid and scholarship offers.

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The benefits of a college degree are many. By attending college, you will gain an invaluable education, not to mention learn the independence and basic socialization skills needed to function in the “real world.”

But what about the economic benefits? With the cost of a college education skyrocketing, it’s only natural to wonder whether it’s financially worth it.

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