Campus Life

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) main campus is truly an oasis in the heart of Phoenix. With new classroom buildings, popular dining options, sparkling swimming pools, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and so much more, the GCU campus is the perfect place to call home for the next four years. With GCU's four-credit courses and fast-track options, you can also graduate faster, allowing you to enter the workforce soon - and with less debt.

To help you get the most out of your college experience at GCU, our departments and offices on campus offer services, events and resources that enhance your academic pursuits and help you experience Lope Life. The Office of Student Affairs enhances your college experience as part of the campus community, while Student Success offers programs that enrich your academic experience.

Interested in becoming a GCU Lope? Experience Grand Canyon University firsthand by attending Discover GCU! Eligible students who are admissible to GCU, confirmed to attend and approved to travel, can get the REAL college experience during this free, two-day, overnight campus visit. Experience Lope Life and what it’s like to stay in a suite-style residence hall, attend a campus event and more!

While you’re planning your in-person visit to GCU, get a jump start right now by catching GCU’s episode of The College Tour. In just under an hour, you’ll get an in-depth peek into life at GCU from real students who were once considering GCU — just like you! 

GCU’s Campus Life FAQs

Find the answers you need about joining GCU as a student on our Phoenix campus. Learn more about our campus life and campus degrees as you prepare to become a Lope.

GCU does not require that freshmen live on campus. However, GCU provides a wide array of housing opportunities for those wishing to partake in the full experience of life at GCU. For more information about freshman housing, please visit Residential Life and Housing Operations.

Grand Canyon University is a dry campus. The possession and consumption of alcohol while on campus is strictly prohibited among faculty, staff and students. Additionally, individuals cannot be under the influence of alcohol while on GCU’s campus. For more information on GCU’s drug and alcohol policies, visit our Academic Policies page.

GCU does not provide opportunities for Greek life on campus. This is in an effort to provide a culture of unity and steer students toward academically and spiritually enriching opportunities.

The Learning Lounge is where GCU students offer academic assistance to local K12 students. This enhances the lives of students in our community while developing tutoring and relational skills within our GCU students. For more information visit the GCU Learning Lounge page.

GCU offers student-led tours on our main Phoenix campus. After previewing a residence hall, classrooms and more, you can meet with an admissions counselor to find out about your scholarship opportunities here at GCU. Schedule a tour today by visiting our Visit Campus page.

The Office of Student Engagement helps you become a Lope for life! We offer fun events and activities on campus, including clubs and organizations, intramurals and social events to help you get involved in your campus community. 

GCU’s well-loved mascot is Thunder the Antelope. While there aren’t many antelopes in Phoenix, Thunder is reminiscent of GCU’s founding in Prescott, Arizona. Even if you have trouble spotting an antelope around Phoenix, Thunder can easily be found at GCU’s campus. Lopes up!

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Campus Life at GCU

Living life on campus at GCU can be an exciting time. GCU offers modern and secure campus housing as well as many academic, recreation and athletic clubs and events to fit a wide variety of interests. Find out more information about what it means to be a Lope at GCU.

Dual Enrollment

High school students have the opportunity to earn credits early at GCU! Dual enrollment courses are taught online, at your high school or during the summer, providing convenient ways to earn college credits before you start college.

GCU offers many degree options through seven different colleges, as well as our prestigious Honors College. Look through our degree offerings today to find what is right for you.

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