Grand Canyon University Group Tours

Schedule a Group Tour

Whether your students are in middle school, high school or community college, it is never too early to encourage them to think about their future education. Book a group tour for your students to visit Grand Canyon University’s campus and start their journey toward higher education, vocational success and personal growth.

High School and Community College

GCU Day offers a unique opportunity for local Arizona students, teachers and counselors to gain first-hand insight into GCU’s exciting campus! Learn about the college experience, academic offerings and participate in a hands-on activity specific to your program of interest. Interact with a GCU student panel, take an in-depth tour of campus, participate in a hands-on activity, and end your day with lunch at a favorite campus eatery. During this event, schools can choose a track option tailored to their interest.

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GCU Day Track Options

All tracks include a presentation, campus tour and lunch. Many tracks include a panel of current GCU students in the programs.

From idea concept to development and design, this track offers a fast and fun activity that will help promote collaboration, teamwork and innovative thinking. Students will strengthen their presentation skills while creating a layered marketing plan, designing a logo, and pitching their concept to a programmatic expert.

Have you ever come up with a great idea or thought of ways to improve a product or service? For students who are looking to make a difference within the upstart business venture landscape, our Canyon Ventures experience will help them discover how businesses look at different situations and come up with unique solutions. Students will also participate in a team activity that allows them to create solutions for two of our Canyon Venture businesses, while also considering how potential investors might view their marketing ideas.

Students will get an inside look at some of the available medical professions. They will also have the unique opportunity to view and handle real human cadavers in the dissection lab.

Students attending this track will experience the thrill and excitement of playing the sport they love at GCU’s Canyon Activity Center. Students will need to rely on teamwork and athleticism as they square off in four different athletic competitions to vie for the title of “Canyon Kings.”

 

*Athletic attire required (closed-toed shoes, clothing that will allow a student to run, bend, jump and stretch)

This hands-on experience allows high school students to explore the in-depth complexity of virtual reality technology and what makes VR possible. Students will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of virtual reality projects that former GCU students developed utilizing their skill sets from our computer science academic coursework.

In this lesson, students will learn about the anatomy of the human brain, neurons and how impulses travel throughout the brain to the body. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with a real sheep brain to bring the science of psychology to life.

Come visit the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and get hands-on experience with innovative technology platforms. This immersive experience will include a step-by-step lecture and lab covering a variety of ethical and industry specific topics ranging from beginner to expert.

In this track, students will learn how to take their design from concept to paper to digital form. By using multiple mediums, students will bring their ideas off the page and into the digital world. It is recommended that students bring their cell phones to this track.

Students will engage in an interactive lesson plan using a facilitated and collaborative pedagogy, while also promoting educational psychology. Students will further discuss effective lesson planning for various populations and the basic principles of assessing student learning. Students will delve deep into understanding the teaching profession, pathways to earning licensure and how to maximize their educational journey and prepare for a career in K-12 education or administration.

Student groups will participate in a hands-on, Arduino-based activity to understand the basics of circuitry. They will also learn proactively how the disciplines of mechanical, electrical and software engineering all form a robotic system.

Students attending this track will experience what it is like to be part of one of the most passionate communities on campus. Students will engage in a lesson on goal setting inside GCU’s state-of-theart Esports Arena on our high-end gaming PCs and learn how to apply these teachings to competitive games and their daily lives.

Students will learn about GCU’s program offerings, as well as the ins and outs of the university. They will also participate in a fun “Find Your Career” activity.

Participants will learn industry standards for fingerprint dusting and blood spatter analysis before taking part in hands-on demonstrations that will allow them to practice, analyze and determine outcomes associated with both skills.

This event is a collaborative activity where students will experience the different stages of developing a team and learning how to capitalize on the strengths of each team member. Students will be given the tools to develop their leadership skills through adaptative communication, positive motivation and goal-oriented persistence.

The business sides of hospitality and culinary arts come together in this track. Designed by our hotel’s general manager and head chef, students will complete this track at the GCU Hotel. Students will practice making fast decisions and provide marketing campaigns to help increase occupancy rates during the off-peak season. They will also be provided an event planning scenario.

Students collaborate to perform a mock audition for a musical theatre show. They can choose from a dialogue scene, musical piece or choreographed scene. With limited time to rehearse, they will audition for program specialists and receive a “cast list” and feedback on their audition at the end of the session.

Students will get an inside look at the nursing program offered at GCU and its features while engaging in a series of hands-on activities. During this interactive experience students will be immersed in common skills and procedures used within the healthcare profession through a several station setups and rotations. Sessions include sterile procedures, PPE donning and doffing, blood pressure monitoring, and needleless IV push simulations to help students connect their interests with potential career paths.

Students will get an inside look at some of the available medical professions. Participants will receive a clinic on suture mythology — more commonly known as stiches — and learn how to perform the simple interrupted suture on bananas.

This hands-on experience teaches high school students about the current industry programming languages. Students will learn Python coding step by step while using a Raspberry Pi, breadboard and LEDs to create a SMART traffic light.

Students will interpret a passage of Scripture by using the exegetical method, in addition to studying its historical and literary context. Students will learn how to use this information for personal study or teaching others in discussion. This activity can cover passages from both the Old and New Testaments. Students will also attend Chapel.

Students will learn what it looks like to plan a church service by identifying songs that work theologically with the sermon, as well as some of the technical pieces around leading a service.


Middle Schools

Thunder Vision is GCU’s renowned seventh and eighth grade college visitation program. This program includes a Thunder Vision college-readiness presentation, a tour of campus from current GCU students, a visit from GCU’s mascot Thunder, bring-your-own-lunch on the lawn, and Q&A time with GCU students during lunch. These will be held on select Mondays during the school year from 10:50 am–1 pm Arizona Time.

Nonprofit Groups

We welcome nonprofit groups to come and tour our campus in the heart of West Phoenix! Visit and learn about how GCU can fulfill your organization’s goal of helping others. Our guided tours are designed to be educational and exciting as we help others take the next step toward academic success, as well as personal and vocational development.

Athletic Club Sports* Groups

Want to inspire your athletic group to continue their education at the university level? Register for a group tour and introduce your team to the opportunities that come with a college education while learning about our robust club sports program. Enable them to get a feel for campus life, see GCU’s facilities and hear all about attending GCU from one of our very own students. Plan your team tour today!

*Club sports are not regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and do not have varsity status at the intercollegiate athletic level. However, club sports are organized and administered by their respective national sport governing body.

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Below you can request a group tour that best fits your needs. Tours are not guaranteed and are subject to university approval. We ask that all group tour requests be made at least four weeks in advance, although special accommodations may be granted.

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