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. 

  • Homecoming Court 2018: Vote for this year's homecoming court! Winners will be crowned during Homecing weekend on March 3.
  • 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.

2018 DATES DESCRIPTION
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 (8 - 10 am) New Students Move-In
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Sunday, Jan. 6 (starting at 11 am) Continuing Students Return to Campus
Monday, Jan. 7 Spring Classes Begin
Monday, Jan. 7 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
Wednesday, Feb. 20 Step 1 of Housing Selection: Submit a housing committal and make pre-payment to receive a housing selection timeslot
Friday, March 8 If Step 1 is completed, students are emailed housing selection timeslot
Thursday, March 7 Step 2 of Housing Selection: Group Leader Sign Up
Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24 Spring Break (Students can stay on-campus)
Tuesday, March 26 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
Friday, 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
Wednesday, April 3 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
Monday, April 8 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 10 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 - Sunday, 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)
Wednesday, May 1 Fall 2019 Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Friday, May 10 (9 am - noon) Summer 2019 Residents: Summer Housing Check-In
Monday, May 13 (9 am - noon) Summer 2019 Residents: Spring Housing Check-Out
Monday, May 6 Summer Classes Begin
Monday, July 1 2019-20 Room Switch and Reservation Change Deadline
Monday, July 1 Fall 2019 Deadline to Cancel Academic Year Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Tuesday, July 2 through term start Fall 2019 On Campus Resident Cancellations of Academic Year Housing Reservations will be Charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract Fee
Friday, July 26 (9 am - noon) Summer 2019 Residents: Check-In to Fall 2019 Housing or Contingency Housing
Monday, July 29 (9 am - noon) Summer 2019 Residents: Check-Out of Summer 2019 Housing
Friday, Aug. 16 Summer Classes End
Friday, Aug. 16 (9 am - noon) Summer 2019 Residents with NO Fall 2019 Housing Reservation: Check-Out of Contingency Housing
Monday, Aug. 19 - Friday, Aug. 23 Fall 2019 Residents: Move-In
Monday, Aug. 26 Fall Classes Begin
Monday, Aug. 26 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
Friday, Nov. 1 December Graduate: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline
Friday, Nov. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2020: Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation without Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Saturday, Nov. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 24 Fall Break (Students can stay on campus)
Sunday, Dec. 1 Only for residents new to Spring 2020: Room Reservation Switch Deadline (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Sunday, Dec. 1 Non-Local Program: Spring Housing Withdrawal Deadline
Wednesday, Dec. 4 Only for residents new to Spring 2020: Deadline to Cancel Spring Only Housing Reservation with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Thursday, Dec. 5 through term start Only for residents new to Spring 2020: Spring Only Housing Reservation Cancellations will be charged $400 Termination of Contract Fee (not applicable to residents with an Academic Year contract)
Wednesday, Dec. 11 Fall Classes End
Thursday, Dec. 12 by 3pm Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING student for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (Including Apartments)
Saturday, Dec. 14 by noon Living Area Closure for all GRADUATING students for Christmas Break - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 Christmas Break

2020 DATES DESCRIPTION
Saturday, Jan. 4 (8 - 10 am) New Students Move-In
Saturday, Jan. 4 (starting at 11 am) - Sunday, Jan. 5 Continuing Students Return to Campus
Monday, Jan. 6 Spring Classes Begin
Monday, Jan. 6 at 5 pm "No Show" Students Housing Reservations Dropped
TBA Step 1 of Housing Selection: Submit a housing committal and make pre-payment to receive a housing selection timeslot; create roommate group
Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 22 Spring Break (Students can stay on-campus)
TBA Step 2 of Housing Selection: Students will receive timeslots based on current classification to choose housing, sign their Housing Contract, and complete Meal Plan Selection
TBA Step 2 of Housing Selection: Late applicants can select a housing reservation (anyone who did not complete Step 1 before the March 1 deadline)
TBA Summer 2020 Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations without Termination of Housing Contract fee
TBA Deadline to Apply for Summer 2020 Housing
TBA Summer 2020 Deadline to Cancel Summer Housing Reservations with $200 Termination of Housing Contract fee
TBA Summer 2020 Housing Reservation Cancellations will be charged $400 Termination of Housing Contract fee
Wednesday, April 22 Spring Classes End
Thursday, April 23 by 3 pm Living Area Closure for all NON-GRADUATING students - Students may NOT stay on campus (including all apartments)
Friday, April 24 by 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.