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.

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 – Dec. 13, 2020
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends Dec. 18, 2020
Move-Out Date Undergraduates
3 pm, Dec. 19, 2020
Graduates
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
Online Christmas Break Undergraduates
Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Graduates
Dec. 24, 2020 – Jan. 6, 2021
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Fall Nontraditional Campus Commencements†

Online College Commencement
All Colleges
TBD

Winter Traditional Campus Commencements†

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Instruction Begins
Online/On-Campus Depending on Courses
Jan. 4, 2021
Move-In Date 8 am, Jan. 2 – 10, 2021
Online Instruction Begins in Person Jan. 11, 2021
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 18, 2021
Presidents Day Feb. 15, 2021
Spring Three-Day Weekend March 19, 2021
Final Drop Date* March 28, 2021
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends April 1, 2021
Good Friday April 2, 2021
Online Instruction Returns April 5, 2021
All Traditional Instruction Ends (All Modalities) April 18, 2021
Move-Out Date Undergraduates
3 pm, April 23, 2021
Graduates
3 pm, April 23, 2021
End of Term April 25, 2021
Spring Break April 19 – 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†

Traditional Campus Commencement
By College
April 19 – 21, 2021

Spring Nontraditional Campus Commencements†

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Move-In Date TBD
Summer Residents Move to Fall Housing TBD
Move-Out Date (Non-Fall Residents Undergraduates
TBD
Graduates
TBD
Instruction Begins May 3, 2021
Memorial Day May 31, 2021
Session A May 3 – June 20, 2021
Independence Day July 4, 2021
Final Drop Date* July 18, 2021
Session B June 21 – Aug. 8, 2021
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends Aug. 13, 2021
End of Term Aug. 15, 2021
Final Course Grades Due Aug. 22, 2021
Fall Break Aug. 15 – Sept. 6, 2021
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Move-In Date Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2021
Labor Day Sept. 6, 2021
Instruction Begins Sept. 7, 2021
Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2021
Final Drop Date* Nov. 21, 2021
Thanksgiving Nov. 25, 2021
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25 – 26, 2021
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends Dec. 17, 2021
Move-Out Date (Non-Graduates) Undergraduates
3 pm, Dec. 18, 2021
Graduates
3 pm, Dec. 18, 2021
End of Term Dec. 19, 2021
Move-Out Date (Graduates) Undergraduates
3 pm, Dec. 19, 2021
Graduates
3 pm, Dec. 19, 2021
Christmas Eve – Christmas Day Dec. 24 – 25, 2021
Final Course Grades Due Dec. 26, 2021
Christmas Break Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 4, 2022
Online Christmas Break Undergraduates
Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
Graduates
Dec. 3, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Fall Nontraditional Campus Commencements†

Please note that online, onsite and offsite cohort students have classes that begin frequently. Therefore, students are encouraged to contact their university counselor or student services counselor for more information on class starts.

Online College Commencement
By College
TBD

 

Winter Traditional Campus Commencements†

 

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.

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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.

*For courses shorter than 15 weeks, please refer to the course drop policy in the Policy Handbook
**Nursing Clinical term dates are available in the Supplemental University Policy Handbook
† Dates and times of commencement ceremonies may be subject to change.

Ready to get started? Online and evening programs give you the flexibility you need.

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