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The Office of Welcome Programs serves incoming, new students and families through an orientation and transition process that builds connection to campus life. Navigate through the page below for more information on New Student Orientation, Welcome Week and resources available for new students and families.

The 2019-20 Resource Guide contains essential information including what to bring to campus, how to get involved, where to find academic support and so much more. New students will receive a hard copy of the Resource Guide at New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed to equip you with everything you need to thrive in your new life as a Lope! At New Student Orientation, you will have the chance to connect with other new students and families, explore opportunities for campus involvement, meet with an advisor regarding your class schedule and financial aid, pick up your ID and parking pass and so much more! Parents and families are invited to attend as well.

2020 Orientation Dates

  • Spring 2020 Starts: Saturday, Jan. 4
  • Fall 2020 Starts: Coming Soon!

New Student Orientation Registration

  • Spring 2020 NSO registration will open in November 2019
  • Fall 2020 NSO registration will open in April 2020

Spring Welcome

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During Spring Welcome, new students will move onto campus, meet other new and returning students, complete outstanding tasks before the start of classes and be officially commissioned into the Herd.

Spring Express Move-In will take place on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 8 – 10 am. View the full Spring Welcome schedule and route map for how to navigate campus below.

New Resident Express Move-In

  • Express Move-In is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you are strongly encouraged to make any travel arrangements necessary to arrive during this time. Please be advised that there are no early move-in times.
  • Put everything in a sealed box or bag. Label it with your first and last name and room number in LARGE print. Use a marker to make the writing stand out.
  • We recommend you pack valuable items (laptop, medication, jewelry, etc.) in a separate box and ask the Welcome Crew volunteers to let you carry it up to your room.
  • Pack any items you don’t want to go to your room (parents’ luggage, car emergency kits, etc.) in a separate location from move-in items. You may also label these items with “do not take” or “leave in car.”
  • A move-in voucher will be sent to your GCU email in December. 
  • Print your voucher and place it in the windshield of your car. The voucher should ONLY be in the vehicle the student is in.
  • If multiple students are in one vehicle, every student should have their voucher readily available.
  • We may ask to scan your student ID when you check in for Express Move-In, so have it readily available.
  • Double check your move-in date and time. We do not allow early move-ins. You will be turned away if you show up too soon.
  • Inspect your car and A/C before leaving for GCU.
  • You will arrive on campus by exiting off of Camelback Road from I-17. GCU is only a few blocks from the highway, so the line may stretch down Camelback.
  • Expect to wait in a line of cars (wait times can range from 30 – 120 minutes) but the experience is worth it!
  • Eat a meal, use the restroom and be sure to have a full tank of gas before you hop in line. Portable restrooms will be available along your route, but wait times can vary.
  • As long as you are in line by the end of your building’s move-in shift, you will receive Express Move-In.
  • Avoid overheating your vehicle by running your A/C intermittently while waiting in the traffic line on campus.
  • When you check in for Express Move-In, we will write on your vehicle’s window(s) with a chalk marker.
  • It is recommended that you avoid arriving to campus via cab or rideshare because you may be charged for time spent waiting in line. If it is necessary for you to travel this way, be on the lookout for specific drop-off locations when arriving to campus.
  • Look forward to the Welcome Crew surrounding your vehicle when you pull up to your building and cheering for you! It only takes a few minutes for the crew to move all of your belongings up to your room.
  • Ask the crew to let you keep your valuables with you and carry them to your room.
  • A vehicle left unattended for any length of time can cause significant delays to the move-in process. For this reason, we require that the driver of your vehicle stay inside and park in designated areas, even if the student is the person driving. Don’t worry, you will be able to return to the room after parking.
  • We limit access to campus during Express Move-In. It may be hard to get back onto campus if you leave.
  • Your required events will start immediately after move-in. We recommend sending a family member shopping or waiting until later in the weekend to leave campus.

New Student Resources


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.


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.

With over 80 clubs, an average of 10 events per week, many recreational facilities such as the Canyon Activity Center and Thunder Alley, and countless places to hangout on campus, there is a place for everyone to get connected at GCU and the Welcome Pros are here to help you find it! If you are a new student who is struggling to get involved on campus, there are a number of ways we can help you get plugged in.

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!

Meet the Staff

  • Director of Welcome Programs

  • New Student Programs Coordinator

  • Parent and Family Programs Coordinator

  • Marketing and Communication Coordinator

  • Administrative Support

Contact Us

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

Office: 602-639-6002

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