Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fall Family Weekend?The focus of this event is to welcome the parents, family members, and family friends of our undergraduate students to campus so that they have the opportunity to experience a portion of their student's life at Gonzaga University. To this end, we encourage parents to attend classes with their student and to participate in a variety of academic, athletic, and social events especially designed to give family members a tantalizing taste of Gonzaga.Who attends FFW?This event has not been designed exclusively for the families of our incoming freshmen; rather, it is an ideal time for the families of all of our students to visit GU. The parents of some of our graduating seniors will be attending their fourth FFW! We have parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents (and even the family dog a time or two) joining us for this exciting weekend.How do I get information?Normally a registration mailer is sent in early August, with a tentative schedule. This year, we've moved to online registration only. An announcement postcard was mailed in early September. All other communications will be electronic, through the parent newsletter, emails, and twitter posts. Also this year, the schedule will be posted on the web page as activities are planned. The schedule may adjust somewhat before you arrive.
Do parents need to register for FFW?Yes, parents need to register if they plan on attending any of the FFW events! PLEASE NOTE: There is a late fee of $15 for those people who submit or mail their registration forms after October 11.When should families plan to arrive and leave for FFW and what kind of clothes should we bring?
Activities are planned from Friday morning to Sunday mid-day.
Friday is generally the day to visit classes with your student, but there may be special club activities or sports on Friday afternoon. This year, we're featuring a game watch for the Men's Basketball game, as the event is closed to season ticket holders only.
Sunday is light in terms of planned activities -- there are two morning masses available, and we offer brunch in the student dining facility for those with a FFW name tag from 10am to 2pm.
The dress for this weekend is casual. Prepare for the likely potential of rainy weather!What does the registration fee include?The $45 registration fee helps us provide food and refreshments, covers printing costs, and allows for us to provide some support to various activities. You'll get check-in/hospitality room coffee and cookies all weekend, free access to the Game Watch on Friday evening, tasty appetizers and beverages at the Parent Reception on Saturday, and ONE complimentary brunch per family on Sunday morning at the BARC.
Where do I go to check-in upon arrival?
We are working on the best check-in station location! In the past, it's been the 1898 Room in College Hall -- just inside the main doors. Watch for email communications to confirm.While we are attending FFW, can our high school student tour GU and visit the Office of Admission?Yes! If you have a junior or senior in high school who would like to visit with an Admission counselor, tour campus, or visit classes during FFW, contact the Gonzaga Visit Office at 1-800-322-2584, ext. 6531, or fill out the Visit Request Form at www.gonzaga.edu/visitrequest to reserve a spot. Reminder: space is limited - so contact the Visit Office NOW and make that appointment!How can we get tickets for the play?The first dramatic offering of the academic year starts on FFW - Noises Off is a PG-13 comedy, sure to be a great start to your weekend. Choose the Order Theatre Tickets, and buy early! All shows on FFW typically sell out quickly. Pick up your tickets anytime 90 minutes prior to performance at "Will Call' in the Magnuson Theatre Lobby (at the east end of the first floor of College Hall).
Are there any activities for the younger family members?
We hope to continue the Li'l Bulldogs program, where children 3-10 can join a group of student volunteers for crafts and a movie on Saturday morning between 9am and 12noon. Watch for confirmation on this by early October.
A great option for younger kids is the Greenbluff Fall Festival at Harvest House -- all weekend, but we have a bus available on Saturday afternoon if you do not have your own transportation.
And....the Friday night game watch in Cataldo is family-friendly. Tailgate party style, with stadium snacks and prizes.