Northcentral University, an online graduate school, announced the grand opening of its expanded Scottsdale Academic and Administrative Center.

Northcentral University moved into its current location at 8667 E. Hartford Dr. in Scottsdale in April of 2011, leasing 26,750 SF of office space. Due to an increase in its student body over the past year, the university is doubling the size of its center to 54,215 SF. Sachse Construction was the general contractor; Rossetti was the architect.

The grand opening ceremony on Dec. 12 included a ribbon cutting attended by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, as well as members of the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

“This is an exciting time for Scottsdale, to have a premier online graduate school like Northcentral University, expanding its presence here. Northcentral University brings additional job growth to North Scottsdale as well as a deep commitment to becoming an engaged member of the community,” Lane said.

The Scottsdale campus is home to Northcentral University’s academic and business operations; 220 employee work at the location.

“Northcentral University provides its students with a unique online learning experience,” said Dr. Scott Burrus, provost and chief academic officer. “Students have been attracted to our one-to-one teaching method based on the Oxford Tutorial Model, where they work directly with their faculty member and not in a team-based setting. Furthermore, 100% of our faculty, full-time and adjunct, hold doctoral degrees.”

Northcentral University has received several accolades, including the following rankings by U.S. News and World Report:

>> #5 Business School in Faculty Credentials and Training

>> #6 Education School in Faculty Credentials and Training

While Northcentral University offers bachelor’s degrees, 95% of the student body is enrolled in graduate programs.