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Exploring a Teaching University vs. a Research University


What is a teaching university? What is a research university? What is the difference – and why does it matter? A teaching university, like Grand Canyon University, is focused on students and strives to make their success a top priority.

GCU as a Teaching University

GCU is consistently adding new programs and emphases to the list of available options to students. The faculty are experts in their fields, as well as industry leaders and trained professionals – many of them are still presenting at conferences around the country and writing for publications such as academic journals. The benefits of a teaching university include the focus on student needs, the assurance and confidence that each student is getting the most out of their courses, and the relevant information from knowledgeable professors who care.

What is a Research University?

Though there are many pros to attending a teaching university such as GCU, it is important to know the difference between a teaching university and a research university before choosing a college. A research university, as the name suggests, focuses on research. Students are able to research and study within their chosen field, and may have the opportunity to work with experts on research projects. This usually gives students the opportunity to work with the latest technology and resources for subjects that heavily rely on research.

Though a research university can provide benefits for students, GCU strives to offer resources for students in all of its programs, including state-of-the-art facilities, high-quality programs, top-of-the-line student services and more.

Which One is Better?

Neither type of university can be placed at a higher ranking over the other, as there are many benefits to both. In order to decide which the best fit is for you, determine your subject of interest and consider the factors that go into that specific field of study. By exploring both types of universities, you can figure out what works best for you and your future career.

As Grand Canyon University is a teaching university, the programs offered here are tailored to help students achieve their goals and find success!

Grand Canyon University is committed to helping students find their purpose. To learn more about GCU, visit our website or click the green Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English literature at GCU

About Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Jessalyn Johnson is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is an English Literature major. Coming all the way from Central Florida to Phoenix, Jessalyn has enjoyed the change of environment and loves being a student at GCU. She has adjusted well and is excited to continue her journey at the college. Jessalyn is editor of StartleBloom: The GCU Literary Review for its second publication. In her free time she enjoys creative writing, photography, acting and film.

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