Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Note: All parents & families must register for Orientation weekend

Parent/Family Orientation

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. You and your student will receive separate itineraries upon check-in at the Orientation Station on Friday, August 25th.
Residence Hall Check-In/Move-In

Madonna - 8:00 am - 9:00 am - 3rd Floor

                  - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - 2nd Floor

                  - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - 1st Floor

Coughlin - 8:00 am - 8:45 am - 5th Floor

                  - 9:30 am - 10:15 am - 4th Floor

                  - 11:00 am - 11:45 am - 3rd Floor

                  - 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm - 2nd Floor

CM            - 8:45 am - 9:30 am - 2nd Floor /NE/SW

                 - 10:15 am - 11:00 am - 2nd Floor NW/SE

                 - 11:45 am - 12:15 pm - 1st Floor NE/SW

                 - 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - 1st Floor NW/SE

Dillon, Welch, Cushing, Marian - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Crimont, DeSmet, Roncalli, Chardin, Goller - 10:00 am -1:00 pm

Alliance, Lincoln, Dooley - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

9am-3:30 pm

ID Card Pick-Up

This is for students who sent their picture in early or had it taken while previously on campus.


Orientation Station

Students, get your questions answered from Guide Core and Group Leaders.

8am-3:30 pm

Parent and Family Orientation Station at Crosby Center

Families can check in and pick up their own Orientation Packets.

8am-3:30 pm

GSBA Activities Table

8am-3:30 pm

Health & Counseling Services

Stop by the Health Center for your student's meningitis shots, turn in immunization forms, or just ask questions about GU health care.

Friday, Aug. 25th 8-5, Saturday, Aug. 26th 8-4, and Sunday, Aug. 27th 12-3.

Campus Tours

Let one of our Student Ambassadors get you more acquainted with the campus now that you are here! Tours will leave every half hour.

Last tour leaves at 2 pm

12 pm-3 pm

Presidential Address

Parents and families only: Enjoy an address by the President of Gonzaga University, Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.




Appetizer with Academics

While students are otherwise occupied, enjoy appetizer with other Gonzaga parents and families, faculty, and administrators. The faculty welcomes all your questions and conversation. Feel free to even come and socialize.                                                                                                             


Dinner with your Zag

Use this time to venture off campus as a family and try the local Spokane cuisine. For the rest of the weekend, your student will be busy with Orientation!


GU Fred Meyer Night

Visit the Fred Meyer store located at the Thor/Freya exit for exclusive specials offered only to GU students, families, and employees. Enjoy shopping for everything your student might need to get started at Gonzaga… and win prizes!


Saturday, August 26th

ID Card Pick Up

Make sure your student picks up their ID card today so they can get into the Rudolf Fitness Center.


Orientation Station

The Orientation Station staff will be available to answer all your questions!


Music Information Meeting

ROTC Orientation & Open House

Parent & Family Information Sessions: Part One

During the Parent & Family Information Sessions, pick three of the offered sessions to attend. More details about offered sessions to come throughout the summer.




Parent & Family Information Sessions: Part Two



Sunday, August 27th

Orientation Station

Stop by with any final questions regarding Orientation or the start of Fall Semester!


 Welcome Mass 

People of all religious backgrounds are warmly welcomed to experience Gonzaga's unique faith community and one of our many sacred spaces. Doors open at 9:00 am.

10 am

President's Reception

Enjoy a light brunch with Gonzaga’s President McCulloh.

11:15 am-12:30pm


Parents & Families Depart

Sadly, this is the time for parents and families to say goodbye! We look forward to seeing you back on campus during Fall Family Weekend.


When to Arrive on Campus:

Orientation begins on Friday, August 26th. Students will be allowed to move in that morning. This requires that either you wake up early (depending upon the length of your drive) and make it to campus for check in, or book a hotel reservation for Thursday night so you can arrive on campus on Friday morning. Most students and their families book a hotel, because it is the easiest way to make move-in day go smoothly. Either way, you must make travel plans accordingly, which brings us to...

Flights and Hotel Reservations:

If you plan to book a hotel, you will need to start soon! Hotels in town, especially those close to campus, fill early. For information about hotels, see our Accommodations Page. For directions on how to get to campus, see our Transportation and Directions Page. Unfortunately, Gonzaga does not provide a shuttle service.

Click here to view the Accommodation options >

Click here for Transportation information and directions >


502 E. Boone Avenue - MSC 2464
Spokane,Wa 99258-2462

(509) 313-5399 or
(509) 313-5501

Parent Helpline

We are located in the Crosby Student Center, Suite 100.

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