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)

Move-In Date

Jan. 4, 2023

Instruction Begins Jan. 5, 2023
Martin Luther King Day Jan. 16, 2023
Presidents Day

Feb. 20, 2023

Spring Break

March 13 – 19, 2023

Final Drop Date1 April 2, 2023
Good Friday

April 7, 2023

Instruction Ends April 28, 2023
End of Term April 30, 2023
Move-Out Dates Non-Graduate
12 pm, May 1, 2023
12 pm, May 1, 2023
Final Course Grades Due May 7, 2023
Summer Break

May 1 – 7, 2023

See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates

Spring Traditional Campus Commencements

Traditional Campus Commencement2
By College

April 27, 2023
7 pm

April 28, 2023
9 am, 2 pm, 7 pm

Spring Nontraditional Campus Commencements

Online Campus Commencement2
By College

May 3 – 5, 2023
9 am and 2 pm

Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Move-In Date Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2022
Labor Day Sept. 5, 2022
Instruction Begins Sept. 6, 2022
Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2022
Final Drop Date1 Nov. 20, 2022
Instruction Moves Online for Thanksgiving Break (Except Bachelor of Nursing and Athletic Training) Nov. 21 – 25, 2022
Thanksgiving Nov. 24, 2022
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24 – 25, 2022
Instruction Ends Dec. 16, 2022
End of Term Dec. 18, 2022
Living Areas Close

Dec. 18, 2022
10 am

Move-Out Dates Non-Graduate
Christmas Eve – Christmas Day Dec. 24 – 25, 2022
Final Course Grades Due Dec. 25, 2022
Christmas Break (Current Students) Dec. 19, 2022 – Jan. 4, 2023
Online Christmas Break (Current Students) Undergraduates
Dec. 19, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Dec. 22, 2022 – Jan. 4, 2023
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 Commencement2
By College


Winter Traditional Campus Commencements

Traditional Campus Commencement2
By College


Instruction/Grade Calendars (15-Week Classes)

Traditional Campus Summer Break April 25 – May 8, 2022
Instruction Begins May 9, 2022
Move-In Date May 13, 2022
Memorial Day May 30, 2022
May 9 – June 26, 2022
Session B3 June 27 – Aug. 14, 2022
Independence Day July 4, 2022
Final Drop Date1 July 25, 2022
Summer Residents Move to Fall Housing Aug. 5, 2022
Instruction Ends Aug. 19, 2022
Move-Out Dates for Non-Fall Residents Non-Graduate
Noon, Aug. 20, 2022
Noon, Aug. 20, 2022
End of Term Aug. 21, 2022
Final Course Grades Due Aug. 28, 2022
Fall Break Aug. 22 – Sept. 5, 2022
See Policy Handbook Refund Policy Variable Dates


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

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

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