Here's the big numbers for Welcome Week, including 117

Senior Jack Blazy seeks relief from the heat in front of a large mister fan near the Student Union. Many cooling stations were set up around campus to battle the heat during Welcome Week.

Photos by Ralph Freso

Many students this week said they came to Grand Canyon University for the weather.

Oh, we’ve got weather.

Monday’s 117 degrees was the hottest August temperature in Phoenix – ever. Which means there’s never been a more scorching August Move-In, although there were a few occasions in the past 10 years of the next highest of 108 degrees (2022, 2019, 2015). That didn't even beat this Tuesday (116) or Wednesday (111).

In 2014, there even was a Welcome Week event called The Mash Up that included a skit called “You know it’s hot when ...” But the temp on Move-In Monday that year? A cool 97.

Students exit The Grove fields after a dust storm knocked over many of the inflatable water slides during the Canyon Cool Down event.

Then on Thursday night, in whipped a haboob, introducing state newcomers to the unusual word for dust storms.

This year’s students have some real bragging rights.

And so do the GCU staff who put this on.

"We've been intentional to put more of our resources into shade for volunteers, which is a huge factor, especially in a place like Phoenix where it's such a dry heat," said Welcome Progams Manager Alden Sia. "We purchased large tents, fans, misters – more than ever. We also were more diligent with training our zone captains to mobilize water, Gatorade, snacks on golf carts to volunteers."

Other numbers of Welcome Week (as of Thursday), nor directly related to weather:

122,000 bottles of water were distributed.

122,000 water bottles supplied

13,678 snacks consumed

16 different varieties of snacks offered

900 packs of Cheez-Its eaten

1,008 Zbars became most consumed

7,000 Gatorade drinks slammed

1,063 volunteers for Welcome Week

22 golf carts used by Welcome Programs

13,995 students moved in during Welcome Week

Students enjoyed 13,678 snacks.

11,000 new traditional-age students (21 and under) enrolled

91 events for Welcome Week

60% of students were moved in by 2 p.m. Tuesday

17,380 students now live on campus

3.6 average incoming grade point average

1 haboob


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