We can't wait to welcome new and returning students to GCU for the new school year! Welcome Week 2018 is all about starting a new journey and getting to know campus, meeting new friends and learning what it means to be a GCU Lope. Don't miss out on any of the action.

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  • Ignite
  • LOPE-A-PALOOZA
  • Canyon Cool Down
  • Men's Soccer Game
  • Speed Friending
  • And much more!

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View the 2018 Welcome Week Resource Guide

View the 2018 Welcome Week Move-In Map

Listen to Welcome Week Radio

Monday, Aug. 20
6:30 - 8:30 am Express Move-in Willow Hall and Canyon Hall
9:30 - 11:30 am Express Move-in Ironwood Hall
2 - 4 pm Self Move-in Willow Hall, Canyon Hall and Ironwood Hall
Lope Life 101 (see your guide on GCU Engage) Willow, Canyon and Ironwood: Day 1
7 am - 4 pm Bed, Bath & Beyond Tent Kaibab
9 am - 4 pm
Family Hospitality Center
GCBC Student Union
10 am - 4 pm
Orientation Expo
Student Union
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event:
Welcome Week Dance-Off, Hip-Hop Club
Lopes Way
1 - 2 pm Check-in for New Student Orientation GCU Arena
2 - 3 pm New Student Orientation GCU Arena
8 - 10 pm Canyon Cool Down Juniper Field
Tuesday, Aug. 21
6:30 - 8:30 am Express Move-in Juniper Hall and Agave Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am Express Move-in Acacia Hall and Cactus Apartments
2 - 4 pm Self Move-in Juniper Hall, Acacia Halls, Agave Apartments and Cactus Apartments
Lope Life 101 (see your guide on GCU Engage) Juniper and Acacia: Day 1
Willow, Cyrpress and Ironwood: Day 2
7 am - 4 pm Bed, Bath and Beyond Tent Kaibab
9 am - 4 pm
Family Hospitality Center
GCBC Student Union
10 am - 4 pm Orientation Expo Student Union
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event
Beach Resort Party, Hospitality Management Club
Quad
1 - 2 pm Check-in for New Student Orientation GCU Arena
2 - 3 pm
New Student Orientation
GCU Arena
4 - 6 pm Featured Club Event:
eSports (TBD) & Arcade Tournaments, Innovative Computing Club
Building 57-130
4 - 6 pm Featured Club Event:
Game Night: Modern Boardgamers' Guild
Thunderground Lounge
8 - 10 pm Night at the Movies: Avengers: Infinity War GCU Arena
Wednesday, Aug. 22
6:30 - 8:30 am Express Move-in Ocotillo Hall, Chaparral Hall and Jerome Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am Express Move-in Saguaro Hall, Sedona Hall and Diamondback Apartments
2 - 4 pm Self Move-in Ocotillo Hall, Chaparral Hall, Saguaro Hall, Sedona Halls, Jerome Apartments and Diamondback Apartments
Lope Life 101 (see your guide on GCU Engage) Ocotillo, Chaparral, Saguaro and Sedona: Day 1
Juniper and Acacia: Day 2
Willow, Canyon and Ironwood: Day 3
7 am - 4 pm Bed, Bath & Beyond Tent Kaibab
9 am - 4 pm
Family Hospitality Center
GCBC Student Union
10 am - 4 pm Orientation Expo Student Union
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event Fair:
Planning and Time Management Table | Sociology and Social Work Club
Mock Crime Scene | Forensic Science Society
Interactive Marketing Activity | American Marketing Association
T-Shirt Fundraiser | Circle K International
Hawaiian Gift Baskets | Hui Aloha Club
Lopes Way
1 - 2 pm Check-in for New Student Orientation GCU Arena
2 - 3 pm
New Student Orientation
GCU Arena
3 - 4 pm Out of State Student Social Thunder Alley
3 - 6 pm ROTC New Student Orientation North Lecture Halls (22-101, 22-102, 22-103 and 22-104)
4 - 6 pm Featured Club Event:
Multicultural Festival, Philippine American Student Association
Quad
5 - 7 pm Welcome Back Worship Arts Bash Worship Arts Center Studio (Building 57)
8 - 9:30 pm Ignite Worship Night GCU Arena & Quad
Thursday, Aug. 23
6:30 - 8:30 am Express Move-in Camelback Hall and Papago 47 Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am Express Move-in Roadrunner Apartments and Papago 48 Apartments
2 - 4 pm Self Move-in Camelback Hall, Roadrunner Apartments and Papago Apartments
Lope Life 101 (see your guide on GCU Engage) Ocotillo, Chaparral, Saguaro and Sedona: Day 2
Juniper and Acacia: Day 3
9 am - 4 pm
Family Hospitality Center
GCBC Student Union
10 am - 4 pm Orientation Expo Student Union
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event:
Color Your Summer Fundraiser | Pre-Vet Club
Bldg 18 Lawn
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event:
SAGA Mixer | SAGA Club
Natural Science Building 6-139/140
2 - 3:30 pm LLC Kickoff GCU Arena
3- 4 pm Transfer Student Social Thunder Alley
4 - 7 pm Featured Club Event:
Hospitality Carnival | Hospitality Management Club
Quad
19:49 (7:49 pm) LOPE-A-PALOOZA GCU Arena
8:45 pm Welcome Week Concert GCU Arena
Friday, Aug. 24
6:30 - 8:30 am Express Move-in Prescott Hall and Encanto Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am Express Move-in North Rim Apartments
2 - 4 pm Self Move-in Prescott Hall, Encanto Apartments and North Rim Apartments
Lope Life 101 (see your guide on GCU Engage) Commuters, Prescott and Camelback: All Day
Ocotillo, Chaparral, Saguaro and Sedona: Day 3
8 - 8:45 am New Student Orientation Check-In Antelope Gym
9 am - 4 pm
Family Hospitality Center
GCBC Student Union
10 am - 4 pm Orientation Expo Student Union
11 am - 1 pm Career Impact Center Info Session GCU Arena
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event Fair:
Gaming Workshop | Innovative Computing
Engineering 1-139
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event Fair:
Mock Crime Scene Demo | Lopes Justice Society, Mock Trial Team
Natural Science Building 6-105/107
12:30 - 2 pm Featured Club Event Fair:
African Student Association Mixer
Natural Science Building 6-139/140
2 - 5 pm International Student Orientation N Lecture Halls
4 - 5 pm New Student Orientation Antelope Gym
4 - 6 pm Featured Club Event:
This Is Us Cultural Celebration | Black Student Union
Quad
4 pm Women's Soccer Game GCU Soccer Stadium
5 - 11 pm Sand Volleyball Tournament All outdoor courts
7 pm Men's Soccer Game GCU Soccer Stadium
Post-Game Purple Pancake Party Lopes Way
7:30 pm Ring Around the Moon
To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at ethington@gcu.edu or 602-639-8880
Ethington Theater
Saturday, Aug. 25
8 am - noon Returning Student Self Move-in by Appointment Returning Student Living Areas
6 am The Ultimate LopeVenture Check-In Student Union Promenade
7 am - 7 pm The Ultimate LopeVenture Various
9 - 10 am New Student Orientation Check-In Antelope Gym
9 am - 2 pm Veteran Student Welcome Session and Lunch North Lecture Halls
10 - 11 am New Student Orientation Antelope Gym
10 am - 2 pm Honors College Orientation GCU Arena
10 am - 4 pm Orientation Expo GCU Student Union
11:30 am - 1:30 pm American Indian Student Welcome Session and Lunch North Lecture Halls-102
7:30 pm Ring Around the Moon
To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at ethington@gcu.edu or 602-639-8880
Ethington Theater
8 pm Glow Party GCU Arena
Sunday, Aug. 26
No move-in times are available on this day
Morning Check with your Life Leader about attending a local church
2 pm Ring Around the Moon
To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at ethington@gcu.edu or 602-639-8880
Ethington Theater
7 pm Women's Soccer Game Soccer Stadium
Monday, Aug. 27
11:15 am - noon GCU Chapel GCU Arena
5 - 8 pm GCU Club and Community Fair GCU Arena
Tuesday, Aug. 28
8 - 9 pm The Gathering Antelope Gym

Week of Sept. 3
Wednesday, Sept. 5
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Colangelo College of Business Kick-Off GCU Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 5
5 - 7:30 pm
College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions Kick-Off GCU Arena
Friday, Sept. 7
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
College of Science, Engineering and Technology Kick-Off GCU Arena
Week of Sept. 10
Monday, Sept. 10
5 - 7 pm
College of Theology Kick-Off GCU Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 12
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Kick-Off GCU Arena
Friday, Sept. 14
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
College of Fine Arts and Production Kick-Off First Southern Baptist Church
Friday, Sept. 14
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
College of Education Kick-Off GCU Arena

3-Day Model
New students moving in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Day 1 Move-in
New Student Orientation (if you did not attend during the summer)
Community Gathering in living area
Welcome Week night event
Day 2 Hall Meeting
Thrive
Campus Tour
Welcome Week night event
Day 3 Academic and Career Excellence Workshops
Welcome Week night event
1-Day Model
Commuters students only
Friday, Aug. 24 Commuter Life (commuters only)
Commuter Chapters (commuters only)
Commuter Lunch
Campus Tour
Thrive
Academic and Career Excellence Workshops
GCU Men's Soccer Game

Check back here regularly for the most up-to-date schedule.

Fall 2018 Move-In Dates

Express Move-In: Volunteers will be on campus to unload your car and carry any luggage up to your suite. Please make sure to arrive during your assigned hall/apartment move-in time to take advantage of this perk.

Self Move-In: Prefer to move yourself in? Choose to arrive during the assigned timeslot below.

Monday, Aug. 20
6:30 - 8:30 am
Express Move-in
Willow Hall, Canyon Hall
9:30 - 11:30 am
Express Move-in
Ironwood Hall
2 - 4 pm
Self Move-in
Willow, Canyon, and Ironwood Halls
Tuesday, Aug. 21
6:30 - 8:30 am
Express Move-in
Juniper Hall, Agave Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am
Express Move-in
Acacia Hall, Cactus Apartments
2 - 4 pm
Self Move-in

Juniper and Acacia Halls
Agave and Cactus Apartments
Buildings that moved in August 20

Wednesday, Aug. 22
6:30 - 8:30 am
Express Move-in
Ocotillo Hall, Chaparral Hall, Jerome Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am
Express Move-in
Saguaro Hall, Sedona Hall, Diamondback Apartments
2 - 4 pm
Self Move-in

Ocotillo, Chaparral, Saguaro and Sedona Halls
Jerome and Diamondback Apartments
Buildings that moved in August 20 and 21

Thursday, Aug. 23
6:30 - 8:30 am
Express Move-in
Camelback Hall, Papago 47 Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am
Express Move-in
Roadrunner Apartments, Papago 48 Apartments
2 - 4 pm
Self Move-in

Camelback Hall
Papago 47, Papago 48 and Roadrunner Apartments
Buildings that moved in August 20, 21 and 22

Friday, Aug. 24
6:30 - 8:30 am
Express Move-in
Prescott Hall, Encanto Apartments
9:30 - 11:30 am
Express Move-in
North Rim Apartments
2 - 4 pm
Self Move-in
All Residential Buildings

For returning students only: Returning students who are unable to move in during their normal time due to extenuating situations may select a timeslot to move in on Saturday, Aug. 25. Reservations for a Saturday, Aug. 25 move-in appointment will be live on Tuesday, July 31 and can be accessed through the Housing Portal. There are limited timeslots available on a first-come, first-served basis in each living area moving in between 8 am and noon. A non-refundable $50 payment will be required at the time of sign-up. Students moving in during this time will not have access to SpeedPaks or volunteers to help them move their belongings. Any student seeking to move in on Saturday, Aug. 25 without a timeslot will be fined $150. Students seeking to move in on Sunday, Aug. 26, will be fined $300. As indicated in the "No Show Housing Removal Policy," if you plan to come later than your scheduled move-in date/time, please email housing@gcu.edu to inform us that you will be arriving late.

Please note: A timeslot to move in is not needed unless the returning student seeks to move in on Saturday, Aug. 25.

If you miss your scheduled day for Express Move-In, you are eligible to use any of the following Self Move-In days from 2 - 4 pm. Please make sure to be moved into your hall/apartment by Saturday, Aug. 25.