Your college search is exciting! But there are also many unknowns for students who are looking for the right university. It's important to GCU that students feel confident in their decision and happy about their choice. That's why we offer Discover GCU where future Lopes can get the REAL college experience.

Discover GCU is an opportunity for you to experience firsthand what it means to be a student at Grand Canyon University. For parents, this is an opportunity to learn more about the university and help your student determine if GCU is the best fit for their future.

What Students Can Expect

During this overnight campus visit, you will stay in a suite-style residence hall, dine at popular campus eateries, meet other future Lopes and current students, and experience campus life by attending an athletic event, theatre performance, student engagement event or concert, just to name a few.

Discover GCU is also a chance to take a campus tour led by a GCU student, shop at the Lope Shop, meet with your admissions counselor, learn about our various degree programs and attend an informative presentation.

Come experience Lope Life and see if GCU is the university where you can feel at home and achieve your academic goals, while preparing for your career!


Program-Specific Discover GCU Experiences

GCU wants to help you Find Your Purpose, so we offer two-night, program-specific Discover GCU events that happen once in the fall and once in the spring. You will explore how your interests, talents and goals for the future can align with a particular major and minor at GCU. The goal of these program-focused events is for you to leave campus confident and excited about the direction you want to pursue academically in college. We want students to begin their freshman year ready to dive into their specific program without any uncertainty.

During these events, you will:

  • Learn about your college of interest
  • Identify what degree program matches your aspirations
  • Gain in-depth program information
  • Participate in hands-on activities 
  • Tour campus and experience what it’s like to be a Lope
  • Meet current students in your college of interest and connect with other future Lopes! 

Contact your admissions counselor to find out about available programs and dates.  

How to Attend

You must be admissible to GCU to be eligible to attend this overnight, all-expenses paid* on-campus experience. A conversation between your admissions counselor and guardians is required prior to approval of Discover GCU attendance and travel. Your admissions counselor will lead you through the qualification and registration process.

Request more information or contact your admissions counselor today to get started!

Next Steps to Attend Discover GCU

  1. Apply for free to GCU and be accepted
  2. Talk with your family and admissions counselor to select your preferred Discover GCU event 
  3. Your admissions counselor will submit your travel request on your behalf
  4. Confirmation on your Discover GCU event will be sent from the GCU Travel Team
  5. Enjoy your Discover GCU visit!

*Restrictions for travel reimbursement may apply.

Honored Guest Speaker: Adesuwa Osayaren

Adesuwa Osayaren, a GCU honors student, Miss Africa Arizona 2018 and Miss Nations of the World 2018, will share her inspiring story at Discover GCU: Ladies in Leadership. Winning Miss Nations of the World was not only an amazing experience, but an opportunity for Adesuwa to proudly celebrate her Nigerian culture and global diversity. Join her at this special event to talk about empowering female leadership, self-love, living fearlessly and not being afraid of who God created you to be. You can also hear about Adesuwa's experience as a Lope and why she fell in love with GCU!

See the “How to Attend” section for steps on how to get registered for this special event.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Event: Discover GCU: Ladies in Leadership
  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 10 – Friday, Jan. 11
  • Location: GCU Campus

Why are university tours important?

Visiting and touring campus is an opportunity to experience a university firsthand and get a real feel for the college environment.

During a Discover GCU visit, you will experience student life right on campus, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and classroom buildings, gain perspective from current GCU students leading the tour, get valuable information on what it’s like to be a Lope and be a part of the vibrant GCU scene. Afterward, you can reflect on your experience with your family to decide if GCU is the right fit for you.

What can I expect from an overnight experience?

Living on campus is a major part of the college experience. It's a way to fully engage in the GCU community, conveniently access everything campus has to offer, build relationships, gain independence and create memories for a lifetime. With an overnight experience, you'll get the inside scoop on what it's like to stay in a residence hall on campus. Check out all the amenities and picture how GCU can become your home away from home.