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Why Military Members Choose GCU

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Air Force members holding flag at GCU soccer stadium before a match.

By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University is a military-friendly college dedicated to the academic success of military and veteran personnel who have complex schedules. With the option to take both online and traditional courses, military members at GCU are given the tools they need to succeed and obtain their degree without having to make sacrifices in their daily lives as service members.

Here are some of the many reasons why military members choose GCU:

Enrollment Resources

At GCU, we make it easy to enroll and start earning your degree. Our Lopes Credit Evaluation can help you see how many credits will transfer toward your GCU degree. Specialists will evaluate your transcripts to help you estimate the time it will take to complete your program. We also offer our Net Price Calculator to help you estimate the cost of your degree.

The Opportunity to Get Involved

There are many ways for military students to become involved and take advantage of benefits at GCU. For example, the Campus Veterans Center provides an environment for military students to socialize, giving them the opportunity to meet one another as well as take part in a textbook exchange or find assistance from school-certifying officials. This center specializes in helping veterans network and communicate, and gives them the opportunity to connect with other veterans and form meaningful relationships.

An Efficient Path to a Degree

GCU partners with Air University to offer help for airmen earning their bachelor’s degree. Air University, the Air Force’s Intellectual and Leadership Center, is an accredited military education system. GCU reviews candidates’ previously earned credits and applies them to one of the Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (ABC) bachelor’s degrees.

By taking this path, military students are able to use credits they already have under their belts from the Community College of the Air Force and work toward one of the AU-approved degree programs. This enables members to pursue their future goals with ease, as there is no stress associated with beginning a long program from the start. Some of the degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Business Information Systems.

Flexible Learning Options

Many military personnel have busy lives and schedules, so GCU provides the opportunity to take online courses. By doing this, military members can work on their courses on their own time, as it can be difficult to set aside time to take classes in the traditional format. The flexibility GCU offers with their courses makes it appealing to military members, as the same quality education is provided and can be molded around an individual’s specific lifestyle.

In addition, GCU offers a dedicated military team, reduced academic residency, credit for military training and non-traditional learning and streamlined transferring with SOC partners to make the transition to GCU simple and stress-free. Military members choose GCU for their cooperation and understanding, as well as the ease of obtaining a degree on their own time, while still getting the education they deserve.

Grand Canyon University proudly serves members of the military so they can earn a quality education. To learn more about GCU’s degree programs, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of the page.

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

Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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