Right now the focus is on Mesa and Gilbert for a new location, and "there isn't a need to rush" said William Jenkins, vice president for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at GCU.
The current goal for the university is to open one building in 2015 and open a new building about every two years to match enrollment.
said enrollment is the main determinate of how quickly the process will take, but GCU
is looking at completing the project in four to five years with four new buildings total.
is hoping that a potential East Valley campus will add an additional 5,000 to 7,000 students.
The project was announced at the end of 2012 and other cities in Arizona were considered, as well as locales outside Arizona like Albuquerque, N.M. and Las Vegas.
Instead of accelerating growth for its Phoenix campus or online program, which is about 85 percent of enrollment according to GCU's
annual report, Jenkins
said university leadership wanted to take a look at other opportunities for student growth.