Office of Welcome Programs

The Office 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.

GCU has over 80 clubs, 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 to get connected to while here at GCU and the Welcome Pros are here to help you find it! 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.

Contact Us

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

Office: 602-639-6002
[email protected]


Welcome Week

During Welcome Week, 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.

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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. For fall 2020, NSO will consist of three parts: an online module, activities at the end of Welcome Week and Orientation Groups (O-groups).

All students will complete the online module from home prior to Welcome Week. To access your module, 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!

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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!

Have a question? 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 from 8 am – 5 pm.

Having trouble getting connected? 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 out for Freshman First Four events. We’ll host one event each week for the first four weeks of the semester where you can meet other new students.

Visit the New Student Help Desk at the Office of Welcome Programs located on the south side of Juniper Hall near the Amazon lockers. We are available Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.

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Parent and Family Programs

Parent and Family Programs seeks to form a collaborative partnership with students, families and the university to ensure that every student has a successful and enjoyable college experience. We’re here to make sure you feel equipped to support your student through each stage of their collegiate journey.

Learn more about Parent and Family Programs here!

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Meet the Staff

  • Director of Welcome Programs

  • New Student Programs Coordinator

  • Parent and Family Programs Coordinator

  • Marketing and Communication Coordinator

  • Administrative Support

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