Department of Welcome Programs

The Department of Welcome Programs is here to welcome and serve new Lopes.

GCU has over 90 students clubs and organizations, an average of 10 events per week and recreational facilities, such as the Canyon Activity Center and Thunder Alley. Student leaders, such as Resident Assistants and Life Leaders, reside in every living area and cultivate residential and spiritual community.

Commuters can connect with community through student-led Life Groups or enjoy the many events and resources coordinated through the Commuter Lounge (Kaibab, Building 25) on campus, which is the perfect place to relax, study and meet new friends! To learn more, read through the resource guide below.

With countless things to do and places to hangout on campus, there is something for everyone while here at GCU, and the Welcome Pros are here to help! The Welcome Pros are student leaders committed to getting you connected. If you are a new student looking to get involved on campus, there are a number of ways we can help you get plugged in.

Navigate through the page below for more information on Welcome Week, New Student Orientation and resources available for new students and families. Parents and families are encouraged to learn more about the resources available to them on the Parent and Family Resources page.

Contact Us

Department of Welcome Programs
Juniper Hall
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Office: 602-639-6002
[email protected]

Our Mission

The Department of Welcome Programs works collaboratively with campus partners to serve incoming and new students and families through an orientation and transition process that builds connection to campus life.

Our Vision

  • We serve new students through orientation, transition and connectedness.
  • We serve GCU families through orientation.
  • We work collaboratively with campus partners.
  • We coach student leaders, developing them personally, professionally and spiritually.

Welcome Week

During Welcome Week (Aug. 30 – Sept. 4), you will move onto campus, have the option to attend Welcome Week events, participate in orientation group activities and meet new and returning students. You will also complete outstanding tasks before the start of classes and be officially commissioned into the Herd.

Appointment Move-in Dates and Times:

Monday, Aug. 30 – Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 am – 6 pm
Friday, Sept. 3, 6 am – 2 pm


Spring Welcome

During Spring Welcome, you will move onto campus, have the option to attend events, participate in orientation group activities and meet new and returning students.

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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required program designed to equip you with the information and resources you need to thrive as you transition to GCU.

NSO includes three parts:

1. Online Module

To be completed from home the month before Welcome Week.

2. Welcome Session

Resident Students – To be attended the day after you move onto campus.

Commuter Students – To be attended on Monday, Aug. 30. Parent and family session to follow.

3. Orientation Groups

You will participate with other new students during Welcome Week. Commuters, your O-Group will take place on Monday, Aug. 30.

All students will complete the online module from home prior to moving onto campus. To access your module the month before the start of the semester, log into your Student Portal and navigate to “New Student Orientation and Resources.”

Check out the GCU Resource Guide for everything you need to know about life as a Lope!

New Student Resources

The Welcome Pros are an experienced team of GCU student leaders who are passionate about your first-year experience. They serve as connection ambassadors to help get you plugged into campus life. Depending on your communication preference, they will connect with you over text, a phone call or a cup of coffee to learn about your hobbies, passions and growth opportunities.

Please use the following new student resources to connect with a Welcome Pro during the school year!

Ask a Welcome Pro! Text us at 602-639-6002 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Welcome Pros are available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Once the semester starts, you can fill out the New Student Connection Form on the Resources tab of GCU Engage and a Welcome Pro will reach out to help you get connected.

Keep an eye on our Instagram page (@gcuwelcome) for details on our connection events, happening year-round! We’ll host events throughout the semester where you can meet other new students and make friends.

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Meet the Staff

  • Director of Welcome Programs

  • New Student Programs Coordinator

  • Orientation and Transition Coordinator

  • Administrative Support

  • Office Coordinator

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