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Frequently Asked Questions

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Angela Ruff

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?We send a postcard to all parents in early September.  From then on, all communications will be electronic, through the parent newsletter, emails, and twitter posts.   The schedule is updated on the website as activities are confirmed.  The large-scale activities are generally set by late August, and much of the schedule is established by early October, as it takes the student clubs a little time to get going after school begins.  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!  Note that our registration fee increases to $60 after October 10.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 might be the best day to enjoy the Jundt Museum exhibits, and we do feature a play on Friday evening, and you want to get tickets fast, as they always sell out before the weekend.

Saturday is the main activity day, featuring academic lectures and sessions, club activities -- depending upon what the students create, as well as music concerts, play performances, etc. 

Sunday is light in terms of planned activities -- there are two morning masses available, and the BARC has a special price for breakfast. 

The dress for this weekend is casual.  Prepare for the likely potential of rainy weather!

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee of $45 per family group creates a foundation for the Fall Family Weekend program, providing for materials and refreshments at check-in and several academic events.  The fee also supports the faculty-parent wine and hors d’oeuvre reception , and registration is required for entry. We are also able to underwrite costs for some club activities with these resources. New this year - fees are not based on the size of your family group. Bring as many visitors as you like to campus! Thank you for your participation and support.

Our Li'l Bulldogs program requires a fee this year, so that we can support the program with adequate staffing and age-appropriate activities.

Where do I go to check-in upon arrival?

Come to the Foley Library entrance -- we are in the atrium area, next to a giant pumpkin and photo backdrop set up for you to enjoy. 

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 -- this year is is Much Ado About Nothing. 

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?

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 is designed to give families an opportunity to enjoy the academic sessions.   Otherwise, younger members are welcome all across campus.

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