Mesa will be the new home of Grand Canyon University's second campus.
Tucson had been considered as a potential site, but those plans are now on the back burner as the university focuses on developing its Mesa campus.
“This environment will give our students, faculty and staff an exciting place to learn, work and play while being an integral part of the East Valley community,” said Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University, in a press release. “We believe our presence will benefit the entire region by providing the option of a low-cost, high-quality Christian education to all its residents.”
Mesa’s mayor declared it a win for the city’s burgeoning education industry.
“The East Valley, and specifically Mesa’s Gateway area, is emerging as a destination for high-quality higher education. We are honored to welcome Grand Canyon University to Mesa, Arizona’s newest college town. We are looking forward to showcasing their university to potential students from around the region and the globe,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in a press release.
GCU is currently planning on a seven-year build-out of the campus that will include offices and administration space, classrooms, laboratories, library, a student union, student dorms, recreational fields and parking.
Construction is expected to begin in 2014, with tentative plans to open in 2015.