What about Grand Canyon University? ... The majors at Grand Canyon University that might be of interest to my son are:
BA in Advertising and Graphic Design
BA in Communications
BA in Digital Film: Production
BA in Theater and Drama
BA in Business
BA in Marketing
Our DS#1 is a GCU on-campus graduate -- BA in general Christian Studies (honors program), with a minor in Business, which came after an AAS in Digital Film & Video Production from the local community college, so a bit of overlap in interests with your DS.
At this point in time, I think a college with these characteristics would be best for my son:
1. Small to medium size liberal arts college
2. Conservative, Christian, preferably Catholic or Catholic friendly
3. Active student body with lots of clubs and things to do (son is very social) and especially enjoys theater as a hobby
4. Offers majors in all or most of the following: graphic design, architecture, film, theater. Business, and communications are secondary interests.
5. Affordable, or at least generous with needs based financial aid and merit based aid
6. Best locations are Texas, PA, NC, and FL for family/friend support nearby, but flexible.
1. Current on-campus population runs about 15,500.
2. GCU is a secure, gated, no-alcohol campus, with a lot of Christian support ministries and groups and a weekly optional chapel. However -- not sure about how Catholic-friendly. There is no Newman Center or other Catholic campus ministry on the campus, but there is an active Catholic Church not too far away.
3. Lots to do on campus, with regular campus-life special events scheduled regularly, and a ton of clubs and organizations of a variety of types: performance, visual, fine arts, social, intramural sports, ministry, honors, volunteer, etc.
4. You already discovered majors that might be a fit.
5. GCU is a one-fee for all school (same price for in-state as out-of-state). GCU has a lot of endowment money to hand out as merit aid. A LOT of students land the top award of half-tuition scholarships, which drops tuition from $16,500/a year to $8250/year. This is a tuition REDUCTION from when our DS attended, so they are using some of the income from endowments and the online students to DROP tuition!
Our DS landed one of these scholarships as a transfer student, and it was renewable. He also landed a second smaller leadership scholarship his second year in exchange for leading a weekly dorm bible study and working a few student life events as a student volunteer/leader.
GCU DOES allow stacking of scholarships, so your student can come in with outside aid and it will not reduce what GCU will offer.
Other good news is that GCU has been working to go electronic with as many of the books required for classes, so it's a once-a-semester fee for most of your books. The student activity fee gets you in to ALL sports, theater, and other events. (Those are individual ticket costs as many other schools.)
However, you're still going to have to pay for room & board in some way (whether on or off campus), which will runs $8550/year -- plus travel to/from your home state can get pricey.
6. Not in your preferred states.
While I do think GCU could be an option for you, I actually think some of the schools suggested by other posters in this thread might be a better fit. Perhaps keep GCU on your "B list" of schools.
Grand Canyon is a for-profit institution with a low graduation rate. Look at schools where the four year grad rate is 50% of better.
First to second year persistence: 67% fall 2015 cohort
Six year grad rate:
28% - 2008 cohort
43% - 2010 cohort
Obviously, I am biased as we had a very good experience with GCU.
I can't find any statistics that separate out graduation rates for the online students (60,000+), vs. the on-campus students (15,500), but from a personal-knowledge sample size of 5 (lol), all graduated in 4 years. Two were 2-year transfer (DS and a homeschooling friend of ours). Two were 4-year students from CA (DS's roommates). And one is a 4-year student graduating pre-med this year, who is the DD of friends from church. All are completely different degrees.
The for-profit aspect is a problem when the school is focused on turning out a big profit for investors, and ignores the needs of the students and does not value building up the academics and the degree programs. I have not seen any signs of investor-focus-at-expense-of-students to be the case at GCU (at least when DS#1 was there, 2014-2016).
The school was a small private Christian college established in the 1940s, and went for-profit in 2005 to keep from going under. GCU immediately ramped up the online classes, and the vision has been to keep re-investing the money from the online students right back into the building up the campus and degree programs, and to support the on-campus students with scholarships to keep costs down. The school has also maintained the Christian ministry vision from the original mission, and has been volunteering, investing in, and build up the neighboring community.
About a year ago, GCU was trying to change status to non-profit.
Also, it may be difficult to compare graduation statistics, as a large portion of the on-campus student body consists of transfer students (from CA and CO), and from AZ community colleges, rather than primarily all incoming freshmen starting a 4-year program at GCU.
Again, I am biased
, but I also wanted to say that not all for-profit colleges are alike. There are no guarantees that GCU will remain more generous and noble in their mission and finances
, and while GCU is not for everyone, it was the ideal setting for DS#1. Just our experience!
BEST of luck in your college searching! Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 30 December 2017 - 12:51 PM.