VISIT GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY’S CAMPUS

Immerse yourself in the Grand Canyon University (GCU) student experience by taking a guided tour from the best person to tell you about it: a student. 

Tours depart on the hour from the Antelope Reception Center (ARC), located in GCU Arena. The GCU campus tour involves a walking tour and meeting with an admissions representative and lasts about two hours. Let us know if you require special accommodations.

When the walking tour concludes, you meet with an admissions representative who can help you find the degree program that matches your goals, answer financial questions and review possible scholarship opportunities.

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thunder and students around gcu campus

GCU Campus Tours Start Every Hour at the ARC

We welcome you to visit GCU, take a tour of our campus and meet with an admissions representative to learn more about our degrees and programs. Our campus tour includes previews of classrooms and labs, a residence hall suite, the Student Union and some of the recreational facilities, such as Thunder Alley and Lopes Way.

We will do our best to accommodate your tour requests, but due to campus events, we may need to consider alternate dates. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate special visit requests that require:

  • Meals
  • Special facility tours
  • Overnight accommodations
  • Transportation to and from campus

The ARC is closed on holidays and special occasions.

Spring 2016 Schedule
Monday - Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
Friday 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday 9 am - noon
Sunday Closed
President's Day Feb. 15
Campus Event (Tours offered 1 - 4 pm) March 8
Good Friday March 25
Easter weekend March 26 - 27
Campus Event April 6-9
GCU Commencement April 22 & 25
Memorial Day May 27 - 31
Independence Day July 4

Travel Reimbursement

High school juniors and seniors: GCU has regularly scheduled, free, chaperoned overnight trips to our campus in Phoenix, departing from most major U.S. cities. If you live in an area that is not on this list, GCU may cover a portion of your travel expenses.

To determine your eligibility for reimbursement, you must be accepted to the university and submit the appropriate documents to your admissions representative for approval, prior to traveling to campus. No approval can be given after travel has occurred. Contact your admissions representative with any questions.


Dining on GCU's Campus

students dining on gcu campus

Enjoy a variety of dining options on GCU's campus, including popular national eateries. From Lopes Way to the Student Union and GCU Arena, there are plenty of places to grab a bite on campus with friends and family.

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GCU Visitor Parking

GCU offers plenty of parking options for students, staff, faculty and guests, including garages and convenient surface lots. If you have any questions, call 855-GCU-LOPE and ask for Parking Operations, or visit our parking webpage.

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GCU Virtual Campus Tours

If you cannot travel to Phoenix, take a virtual tour for a look at our Student Union, residences, simulation labs and more

Antelope Reception Area

Antelope Reception Area (ARC)

Camelback Hall

visitor at gcu's camelback hall

Canyon Hall

students in gcu's canyon hall

Chaparral Pool

gcu's chaparral pool

Ethington Theatre

gcu performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Ethington Theater

Lopes Basketball

gcu basketball game in the gcu arena

Lopes Performance Center

students using gcu's recreation center

Simulation Lab 1

students in gcu simulation lab 1

Simulation Lab 2

gcu students working in the simulation lab 2

Student Union First Floor

first floow of gcu student union

Student Union Second Floor

students in gcu's student union

Thunder Alley

students at gcu's thunder alley

Thunderground

students at gcu's thunderground bowling alley

GCU Google Map Tour

gcu arena at sunset

Get an aerial view of GCU's spacious campus, and expand the search area to see more of the surrounding neighborhood with a Google Map Tour.

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GCU Campus Map

gcu campus map

GCU's growing campus is an oasis in the heart of Phoenix. Explore our campus map before your visit so you can easily navigate our expansive grounds.

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Directions to GCU

Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017

GCU is conveniently located in the center of Phoenix, about 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and just a few miles from downtown.

From I-17
Exit on Camelback Road and proceed west. Continue on Camelback Road for one mile. The entrance to GCU will be on your right.

From Sky Harbor Airport
When exiting the airport:

  • Follow signs for I-10 West / SR-51 North.
  • Continue on I-10 West for five miles.
  • Take exit 143A onto I-17 North towards Flagstaff.
  • Continue on I-17 North for 3.4 miles.
  • Take exit 203 - Camelback Road.
  • Turn left onto Camelback Road.
  • GCU will be on your right.

gcu campus entrance with flowers

Getting Around Phoenix

Phoenix has several transportation options for visitors.

Valley Metro Light Rail
Just steps from the front door of GCU, the Valley METRO light rail serves areas of central Phoenix and Tempe. Tickets for a single ride or a multi-day pass can be purchased at any train station or online.

Valley Metro Bus
The Valley Metro bus system is one of the largest in North America, with over 55 million riders each year. A fleet of more than 1,200 buses connects people to locations throughout the greater Phoenix area and surrounding cities, including Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa. Single ride and multi-day passes can be purchased at various locations or online.

Freeway System
Phoenix has an extensive freeway system. The I-17 connects Phoenix with northern communities, including Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff. The I-10 is a major east-west route that connects Phoenix to Tucson and the Los Angeles area. The Loop 101 and Loop 202 connect drivers to surrounding areas, including Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Cave Creek and Scottsdale.

Car Rentals
Call these car rental companies and ask for GCU negotiated rates.

Avis Rental Car GCU discount code: via phone - B067800
Budget Rental Car GCU discount code: via phone - Z568600
Enterprise Rental Car GCU discount Code: via phone - NA50041
Hertz Rental Car GCU discount code: via phone - CV#022Q4786

Local Car Service Ground Transportation
Gold Rush, LLC
Call and ask for the "GCU Events" rates

Your Guide to Enjoying Phoenix

City Events

After long hours of studying and homework, you be craving a little recreation to rejuvenate your spirit and refocus your energies. Fortunately, in Phoenix, there is something fun happening year-round.

  • Arizona Fine Art Expo
  • Arizona State Fair
  • Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • First Friday (Art Walk)
  • Las Noches de las Luminerias
  • Matsuri Japanese Festival
  • P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n Roll Marathon
  • Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
  • Scottsdale Culinary Festival
  • Scottsdale International Film Festival
  • Tempe Festival of the Arts
  • Tempe Music Festival
  • Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo

Statewide Adventures

Looking for a Wild West adventure? Phoenix has something to do no matter which direction you take out of town. If you want a change of temperature, here is a general rule: If you go north, it gets cooler; if you go south, it gets hotter.

  • Arizona Snow Bowl
  • ATV rentals
  • Grand Canyon
  • Flagstaff - camping
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Jerome
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Lake Havasu
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Lake Powell
  • London Bridge
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • Phoenix International Raceway
  • Sedona - Cathedral Rock, Jeep Tours and Cathedral Rock
  • Skydive Arizona
  • Tombstone - OK Corral
  • Tonto Natural Bridge Park

Phoenix Food and Dining

Phoenix offers plenty of delicious food to help you refuel. Looking for some of the best that the Valley of the Sun has to offer? Hop in the car with some of your friends, and check out these delicious local eateries.

Delux / Burgers
3146 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Green / Vegetarian
2022 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

LoLo's Chicken & Waffles / Southern
10 W. Yuma St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Over Easy / Breakfast
4730 E. Indian School Road #123
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Pita Jungle / Mediterranean
1001 N. 3rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Spinatos / Pizza
1219 E. Glendale Ave. #14
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Two Hippies Beach House / Tacos
501 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Shopping in Phoenix

The Valley of the Sun has national chains, unique destination stores and world-class designer shops. That means there is something for every shopper and every budget. Here are a few of our favorite shopping destinations:

Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Macy's and Sak's Fifth Avenue headline this shopping mecca. While you are there, you can also check out Pottery Barn, the Apple Store or BCBG Max Azaria.

Cabella's
9380 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85305
This 160,000-square-foot hunters' paradise includes animal displays and aquariums mingled with a dizzying array of outdoor clothing, equipment and boats.

IKEA
2110 W. Ikea Way
Tempe, AZ 85284
From furniture to lighting, rugs to home accessories, IKEA has a solution for every residence hall suite, helping you create a space that is all your own.

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
This unique, interactive shopping, dining and entertainment complex features Bath & Body Works, Dave & Buster's, Famous Footwear, Old Navy and more!


Stay Near GCU

If you are visiting GCU, we encourage you to take advantage of staying at the GCU Hotel, located conveniently close to campus, with affordable room rates. We also partner with nearby hotels; ask for the "GCU Events."

GCU Hotel
5115 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Holiday Inn Downtown, Phoenix North
212 W. Osborn Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix, Midtown
4000 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Fairfield Inn and Suites, Phoenix Midtown
2520 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Wyndham Garden Phoenix, Midtown
3600 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

gcu hotel on our phoenix campus

GCU Hotel

Experience Grand Canyon University

GCU diploma
Since 1949, GCU has been helping students find their path and purpose in an academic environment that integrates God's Word into the curriculum. As a Christian university, GCU also encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace.

GCU Events That Enrich Your Education

GCU sponsors a wide range of events, from academic workshops to exciting social events that help you get involved on campus. Participate in campus activities; listen to special speakers examine academic topics and faith; and help improve our community and world by getting involved in one of our ministries.

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students at gcu's midnight madness