Student Affairs

Welcome to Student Affairs. Our goal is to provide you with resources across campus that help enrich both the student experience and campus life here at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Our department is home to several key offices on campus, including Residence Life, Spiritual Life, Student Engagement and Career Resources. Each of these offices plays a key role in providing you with everything you need to find academic success while enjoying the comforts of our campus community.

 

Our Mission

The Department of Student Affairs exists to serve the Grand Canyon University student population from a Christian perspective that honors God and others. Student Affairs carries out this mission through providing students relevant co-curricular activities, meaningful engagement in their surrounding community and personal preparation for their future career
and life.

Lope Life

Check back here for information about upcoming events and opportunities on campus.

Resource Guide

Read through the Resource Guide for essential information on what to bring to campus, how to get involved, where to find academic support. 

Our Vision

  • We will equip student leaders to have a positive impact on the University community.
  • We will provide an atmosphere that supports respect toward others.
  • We will promote community development through personal responsibility.
  • We will foster an environment that is fun, safe, and encouraging.
  • We will prepare students to be contributing citizens in a diverse
    global community.

Residence Life

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The Office of Residence Life not only handles the logistics of campus housing across GCU, but is also responsible for residence hall programming and staffing. Explore our suite-style residence halls, find important dates
and more.

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Spiritual Life

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At GCU, we believe having the opportunity to explore what it looks like to follow God is critical, and college is a key time when students engage in this process. The Department of Spiritual Life is here to support you by providing spiritual formation opportunities during your time
on campus.

Spiritual Life

Student Engagement

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What makes Lope Life so great? The Office of Student Engagement is here to help you find out! From planning exciting events to helping you get involved in clubs and intramurals, our office is committed to enhancing the campus experience. We also host one of the biggest events of the year, Welcome Week!

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Club Sports

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GCU's nationally recognized intercollegiate club sports teams offer a highly competitive alternative to our NCAA Division I athletic teams. Club sports athletes have access to high-quality facilities and receive coaching from top-level teams.

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Dining on Campus

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Hungry? Need to grab a quick snack in between classes? GCU offers multiple dining options across campus, including popular eateries at Lopes Way, the Student Union and Thunder Alley.

Dine on Campus


Academic Resources

Be sure to stay up to date with GCU’s academic policies, requirements and regulations, along with the academic calendar so you can be informed of important dates throughout the school year. 

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Parent Resources

Parents play a vital role in our campus community! Check out our parent resources for information about getting involved at GCU, connecting with your student, helping your student transition to campus and more.

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Important Dates

Our calendar helps you plan ahead for important deadlines for the upcoming school year. Make sure to mark these in your calendar.

Dates and information are subject to change

2020 DATES DESCRIPTION
Saturday, Jan. 4 (8 - 10 am) New Students Move-In
Saturday, Jan. 4 (starting at 11 am) -
Sunday, Jan. 5
Continuing Students Return to Campus
Monday, Jan. 6 Spring Classes Begin
Monday, Jan. 6 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
Friday Feb. 28 Step 1 of Returning Housing Selection Deadline
Monday, March 9 at 10 am Summer 2020 Housing Application Opens
Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 22 Spring Break (Students can stay on-campus)
Friday, April 10 Summer 2020 Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Friday, April 10 Deadline to Apply for Summer 2020 Housing
Wednesday, April 22 Spring Classes End
Thursday, April 23 Summer 2020 Deadline to cancel Summer Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Thursday, April 23 by 3 pm Living Area Closure for ALL students - Students may NOT stay on campus
Friday, May 4 Summer Classes Begin
Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8 and Monday, May 11 Summer 2020 Residents: Summer Housing Check-In by appointment only
Friday, May 8 before 5 pm Summer 2020 Housing Reservation Cancellations will be charged $200 Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Friday, May 8 after 5 pm Any Summer 2020 Housing reservation cancellations owe full Summer 2020 rent
Monday, May 11 by noon Summer 2020 Residents: Spring Housing Check-Out
Monday, May 11 Step 2 of Returning Housing Selection Deadline
Monday, June 1 by noon Step 3 of Returning Housing Selection Deadline
Wednesday, July 1

Academic Year 2020-21 Room Switch and Reservation Change Deadline

Friday, Aug. 14 from 9 am - noon Summer 2020 and Contingency Residents: Check-In to Fall 2020 Housing
Saturday, Aug. 15 Deadline to Cancel Academic Year 2020-21 Housing Contract with NO Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Sunday, Aug. 16 Summer Classes End
Sunday, Aug. 16 - Monday, Sept. 28 at 5 pm Deadline to Cancel Academic Year 2020-21 Housing Contract with $400 Termination of Housing Contract Fee. Face-to-face instruction start dates may be different for nursing or other programs (i.e. Aug. 24 or Sept. 28).
Monday, Aug. 17 by noon Summer 2020 and Contingency Residents: Check out of Summer and Contingency Housing
Monday, Sept. 21 - Friday, Sept. 25 Fall 2020: Welcome Week (move-in dates specific to buildings)
Monday, Sept. 28 Face-to-face instruction begins. Face-to-face instruction start dates may be different for nursing or other programs (i.e. Aug. 24 or Sept. 28).
Monday, Sept. 28 at 5 pm (or on the first day of face-to-face instruction specific to student's program) "No Show" Student Housing Reservations Dropped
Monday, Sept. 28 after 5 pm (or on the first day of face-to-face instruction specific to student's program) Academic Year 2020-21 Housing Withdrawal Deadline (Students responsible for fall rent after this date). Face-to-face instruction start dates may be different for nursing or other programs (i.e. Aug. 24 or Sept. 28).
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Spring 2021 Only Housing Application opens
Wednesday, Oct. 14 2021-22 New Student Housing Application Opens
Sunday, Nov.1 December Graduates: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline
Thursday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Break (Students can stay on campus)
Monday, Dec. 7 Residents New to Spring 2021: Room Switch Deadline and Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Contract with no Termination of Contract Fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year Contract)
Tuesday, Dec. 1

Non-Local Program: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline 

Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Monday, Jan. 4 at 5 pm

Residents New to Spring 2021: Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Contract with $400 Termination of Contract Fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year Contract)

Saturday, Dec. 19 by 3 pm Christmas Break Living Area Closure – Non Commencement Participants
Sunday, Dec. 20 by noon Christmas Break Living Area Closure – Commencement Participants Only
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Sunday, Jan. 3 Christmas Break

Dates and information are subject to change.

2021 DATES DESCRIPTION
Saturday, Jan. 2 - Saturday, Jan. 9 Spring Only Contracted Residents Move-In (appointment required)
Saturday, Jan. 2 (starting at 3 pm) Residents Continuing from Fall to Spring can Return to Campus
Monday, Jan. 4 - Friday, Jan. 8 Spring Classes Begin (held in an online format for most programs)
Monday, Jan. 11 Face-to-face instruction begins. Face-to-face instruction start dates may be different for nursing or other programs (i.e. Jan. 4 or Jan. 11)
Monday, Jan. 11 at 5 pm Deadline to Cancel Spring 2021 Only Housing Contract with $400 Termination of Housing Contract Fee. "No Show" Spring Only Contracted Residents Housing Reservations Dropped. (After 5 pm, residents are responsible for full spring rent)
Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 26 Step 1 of Housing Selection: Submit a housing prepayment
Wednesday, March 3 – Friday, March 19 Step 2 of Housing Selection: Roommate Groups
Saturday, March 13 - Sunday, March 21 Spring Break (Residents can stay on-campus)
Wednesday, March 24 – Friday, April 16 Step 3 of Housing Selection: Select bed, meal plan and sign housing contract during assigned timeslot. Applications must be submitted completely by April 16. Incomplete applications may result in dropped housing assignments
Wednesday April 21 Face-to-Face Instruction Ends
TBD Living Areas Close for ALL students

Dates and information are subject to change.

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