Academic Calendar

Get informed about important dates and deadlines for university students, including observed holidays and commencement dates for both traditional and nontraditional students.GCU makes it easy to start school by providing a variety of school formats to fit your schedule, including campus, evening and online. Printer-friendly academic calendars can be found here, or below each semester's calendar.

Online Education on Your Time

Experience college on your timeframe with online programs at GCU. Our online degrees are designed to provide students with flexibility to fit their lifestyle. With 52 start dates a year and rolling enrollment, GCU makes it easy for students to jump into their degree—and into the opportunities that come with a degree. Partake in the quality education, flexibility and affordability that an online degree program from GCU can offer.

Campus Learning Day and Night

Experience GCU’s Phoenix campus with traditional day classes or with courses offered once a week in the evening. Both options provide students with opportunities to connect with peers and instructors, while gaining a quality education. Traditional classes providing a more structured approach to learning whereas evening classes support the learner, while providing greater autonomy. To help you pave your path toward a degree faster, GCU is committed to reviewing transcripts within 24 hours.



Summer 2020

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Move in Date May 4, 2020
Instruction begins May 4, 2020
Session A** May 4 – June 21, 2020
Session B** June 22 – Aug. 9, 2020
Memorial Day May 25, 2020
Independence Day July 4, 2020
Final Drop Date July 19, 2020
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends Aug. 12, 2020
Summer Residents Move to Fall Housing TBD
Move out Date for Non-Fall Residents TBD
End of Term Aug. 16, 2020
Final Course Grades Due 7 an Aug. 23, 2020
Fall Break Aug. 17 – 23, 2020
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates


Fall 2020: 9/8/20 - 12/2020

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Labor Day  Sept. 7, 2020
Term/Instruction begins blended LMS Sept. 8, 2020
Move in Date Sept. 21, 2020
Instruction begins Blended on Campus Sept. 28, 2020
Final Drop Date Nov. 22, 2020
Thanksgiving Nov. 26, 2020
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 26 – 27, 2020
Nursing Clinical Term  Aug. 24, 2020 - Dec. 13, 2020
Face-to-face Instruction ends  Dec. 18, 2020
Move out Date for Fall-only  
3 pm Dec. 19, 2020
3 pm Dec. 19, 2020
End of Term Dec. 20, 2020
Final Course Grades Due Dec. 27, 2020
Christmas Break Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
*Nursing Clinical term dates are available in the Supplemental University Policy Handbook  
2020 Online Christmas Break Schedule  
Graduates Dec. 24, 2020 - Jan. 6, 2021
Undergraduates Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Fall Nontraditional Campus Commencements*

Online College Commencement
All Colleges

Winter Traditional Campus Commencements*

Traditional Campus Commencement
All Colleges
*Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.


Spring 2021

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Move in Date TBD
Instruction begins Jan, 4, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 18, 2021
President's Day Feb. 15, 2021
Spring Break March 15 – 21, 2021
Final Drop Date March 28, 2021
Good Friday April 2, 2021
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends April 21, 2021
Move out Date Non-Graduates
End of Term April 25, 2021
Final Course Grades Due May 2, 2021
Summer Break April 26 – May 2, 2021
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Spring Traditional Campus Commencements*

Spring Nontraditional Campus Commencements*


* Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.
** Grades for Session A and Session B are due 7 days after course ends.

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