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!

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 the New Student Orientation Welcome Session (in-person or online), participate in an Orientation Group and meet other new and returning students. You will also complete outstanding tasks before the start of classes and be officially commissioned into the Herd. Updated move-in and New Student Orientation schedules will be made available as soon as possible.

New residents will select a date and time to move in between Aug. 17-19 and returning residents will select a date between Aug.  18-21. All residents will schedule their self move-in appointments beginning July 2 through the housing application.  


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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: online modules, the NSO Welcome Session (optional this year) and Orientation Groups (O-groups). Students will be sent a link in early August in order to complete the online modules from home prior to Welcome Week. During Welcome Week, new students and families are invited to attend the Welcome Session live or stream remotely. Please complete registration to reserve your seat as space will be limited. Finally, all students will participate in an Orientation Group with other new students in order to build relationships and get to know the campus. You will receive your O-group assignment during Welcome Week.

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All students will complete the online modules from home prior to Welcome Week.

Resident students should attend (with up to two guests) or stream the Welcome Session the day after they move onto campus. O-Group activities will take place Thursday/Friday of Welcome Week.

Commuter students (25 and under) should attend (with up to two guests) or stream the Welcome Session and attend O-Group activities on campus Monday, Aug. 17.

Adult learners (25+) may attend (with up to two guest) or stream the Welcome Session on Monday, Aug. 17. They are invited to an Adult Learner Luncheon and Social on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Welcome Session RSVP

  • Resident students, you will RSVP for the optional NSO Welcome Session through the housing selection process. 
  • Commuter students, click here to navigate to the RSVP form.
  • Adult learners age 25+, click here to navigate to the RSVP form.

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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