Welcome to Student Life. 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 Services. 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. 

  • Welcome Weekend: Are you ready for the best weekend ever? Find out everything you need to know about Welcome Weekend, from events to move-in dates.

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

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

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.

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Student Engagement

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

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

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.

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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.

2017 DATES DESCRIPTION
Monday, May 1 Fall 2017 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract fee
Friday, May 5 (9 am - noon) Summer 2017 Residents: Summer Housing Check-In

Monday, May 8 (9 am - noon) Summer 2017 Residents: Spring Housing Check-Out
Monday, May 8 Summer Classes Begin

Saturday, July 1 2017-18 Room Switch and Reservation Change Deadline

Saturday, July 1 Fall 2017 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee

Sunday, July 2 through term start Fall 2017 On Campus Resident Cancelling Academic Year Housing Reservation will be Charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract fee
Friday, July 28 (9 am - noon) Summer 2017 Residents with Fall 2017 Housing Reservations: Check-In to Fall Housing

Monday, July 31 (9 am - noon) Summer 2017 Residents with Fall 2017 Housing Reservations: Check-Out of Summer 2017 Housing

Friday, Aug. 18 Summer Classes End

Friday, Aug. 18 (9 am - noon) Summer 2017 Residents with NO Fall Housing Reservation: Check-Out of Summer Housing
Aug. 21-25 Fall 2017 Residents: Move-In

Monday, Aug. 28 Fall Classes Begin
Monday, Aug. 28 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped

Wednesday, Nov. 1 December Graduate: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline

Wednesday, Nov. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2018: Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation without Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)

Saturday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 26 Fall Break (Students can stay on campus)

Friday, Dec. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2018: Room Reservation Switch Deadline (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)

Friday, Dec. 1 Non-Local Program: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Only for residents new to Spring 2018: Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Wednesday, Dec. 6 through term start Only for residents new to Spring 2018: Spring Only Housing Reservation Cancellations will be charged $400 Termination of Contract Fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Fall Classes End

Thursday, Dec. 14 by 3 pm

Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING student for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (Including Apartments)

Saturday, Dec. 16 by 12 noon

Living Area Closure for all GRADUATING students for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)

Saturday, Dec. 16 - Sunday, Jan. 7, 2017

Christmas Break

2018 DATES DESCRIPTION
Saturday, Jan. 6 (8 - 10 am) New Students Move-In

Saturday, Jan. 6 (after 11 am) - Sunday, Jan. 7 Continuing Students Return to Campus

Monday, Jan. 8 Spring Classes Begin

Monday, Jan. 8 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Friday, March 2 Step 1 of Housing Selection: Submit a housing committal and make pre-payment to receive a housing selection timeslot

Tuesday, March 6 If Step 1 is completed, students are emailed housing selection timeslot

Wednesday, March 7 Step 2 of Housing Selection: Group Leader Sign Up

Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 25 Spring Break (Students can stay on-campus)

Tuesday, March 27

Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current senior group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection

Thursday, March 29 Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current junior group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection

Tuesday, April 3 - Wednesday, April 4 Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current sophomore group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection

Friday, April 6 - Monday, April 9 Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current freshman group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection

Wednesday, April 11 Step 3 of Housing Selection: Late applicants can select a housing reservation (anyone who did not complete Step 1 before the March 2 deadline)

Friday, April 13 Summer 2018 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract fee

Tuesday, April 17 Deadline to Apply for Summer 2018 Housing

Friday, April 20 Summer 2018 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee

Saturday, April 21 - May 4 Summer 2018 On Campus Resident Cancelling Summer Housing Reservations will be charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract fee

Wednesday, April 25 Spring Classes End

Thursday, April 26 at 3 pm Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING students - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)

Friday, April 27 at 3 pm Living Area Closure for all GRADUATING students - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)

Dates and information are subject to change.

2018 DATES DESCRIPTION
Tuesday, May 1 Fall 2018 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract fee
TBD Summer 2018 Residents: Summer Housing Check-In
TBD Summer 2018 Residents: Spring Housing Check-Out
Monday, May 7 Summer Classes Begin
Sunday, July 1 2018-19 Room Switch and Reservation Change Deadline
Sunday, July 1 Fall 2018 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee
Monday, July 2 through term start Fall 2018 On Campus Resident Cancelling Academic Year Housing Reservation will be Charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract fee
TBD Summer 2018 Residents with Fall 2018 Housing Reservations: Check-In to Fall Housing
TBD Summer 2018 Residents with Fall 2018 Housing Reservations: Check-Out of Summer 2018 Housing
Friday, Aug. 17 Summer Classes End
TBD Summer 2018 Residents with NO Fall Housing Reservation: Check-Out of Summer Housing
Aug. 20-24 Fall 2018 Residents: Move-In
Monday, Aug. 27 Fall Classes Begin
Monday, Aug. 27 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
Thursday, Nov. 1 December Graduate: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline
Thursday, Nov. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2019: Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation without Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Saturday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 25 Fall Break (Students can stay on campus)
Saturday, Dec. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2019: Room Reservation Switch Deadline (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Saturday, Dec. 1 Non-Local Program: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline
Tuesday, Dec. 4 Only for residents new to Spring 2019: Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Wednesday, Dec. 5 through term start Only for residents new to Spring 2019: Spring Only Housing Reservation Cancellations will be charged $400 Termination of Contract Fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Wednesday, Dec. 12 Fall Classes End
Thursday, Dec. 13 by 3 pm Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING student for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (Including Apartments)
Saturday, Dec. 15 by noon Living Area Closure for all GRADUATING students for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)
Saturday, Dec. 15 - Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 Christmas Break
2019 DATES DESCRIPTION
Saturday, Jan. 5 (1 - 3 pm) New Students Move-In
Saturday, Jan. 5 (starting at 3 pm) - Sunday, Jan. 6 Continuing Students Return to Campus
Monday, Jan. 7 Spring Classes Begin
Monday, Jan. 7 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
TBD Step 1 of Housing Selection: Submit a housing committal and make pre-payment to receive a housing selection timeslot
TBD If Step 1 is completed, students are emailed housing selection timeslot
TBD Step 2 of Housing Selection: Group Leader Sign Up
Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24 Spring Break (Students can stay on-campus)
TBD Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current senior group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection
TBD Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current junior group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection
TBD Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current sophomore group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection
TBD Step 3 of Housing Selection: Current freshman group leaders will select roommate group's housing reservation. All students with a new housing reservation will then sign their Housing Contract and complete Meal Plan Selection
TBD Step 3 of Housing Selection: Late applicants can select a housing reservation (anyone who did not complete Step 1 before the March 1 deadline)
Friday, April 12 Summer 2019 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract fee
Tuesday, April 16 Deadline to Apply for Summer 2019 Housing
Friday, April 19 Summer 2019 On Campus Resident Cancellation Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee
Saturday, April 20 - May 13 Summer 2019 On Campus Resident Cancelling Summer Housing Reservations will be charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract fee
Wednesday, April 24 Spring Classes End
Thursday, April 25 by 3 pm Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING students - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)
Friday, April 26 by 3 pm Living Area Closure for all GRADUATING students - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)