GEL Weekend FAQ

GEL Registration has reached capacity at this time.


  1. What is GEL Weekend?
  2. When is GEL Weekend 2018?
  3. Who attends GEL?
  4. What do GEL students participate in during the weekend?
  5. What is the GEL schedule for parents or guardians?
  6. Who do students stay with during GEL?
  7. How can I sign up?
  8. What does it mean to be a “Day Only” GEL student?
  9. What time should I plan to arrive?
  10. What time should I plan to leave?
  11. How do I get to Gonzaga for GEL?
  12. Should I register before my flights are booked?
  13. Are shuttles available if we fly/train/bus to Spokane?
  14. Is parking available on campus during GEL?
  15. Where should parents (and Day-Only Participants) stay overnight?
  16. What should I pack?
  17. Who should I contact with additional questions?

1. What is GEL Weekend? 

Gonzaga Experience Live, affectionately referred to as "GEL Weekend," is an annual overnight visit for high school seniors who have earned acceptance to the University. The weekend gives prospective students and their families the opportunity to experience the best that Gonzaga and Spokane have to offer, including our academic programs, community, and University mission. Student participants spend Saturday night in the residence halls with GU student hosts, and the weekend is filled with activities that showcase what it truly means to #BeAZag!

2. When is GEL Weekend 2018?

GEL Weekend begins on Saturday, April 14 and ends on Sunday, April 15. Hope to see you there!

3. Who attends GEL?

High school seniors who have been accepted for fall enrollment at Gonzaga University for the 2018-2019 academic year*. We also invite parents of admitted students to join us for the Parent Program**. Over half of our student participants attend GEL with a parent or guardian.

*Registration for GEL Weekend 2018 has reached capacity.

4. What do GEL students participate in during the weekend?

GEL is designed to give prospective students an authentic glimpse of life at Gonzaga. You may check in for the weekend as early as 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The 10 am to 1 pm time period is not structured, but we will offer a variety of activities: tours of campus, club and activity fair, music info session, first-year experience info session, first-generation college student info session, food trucks, and open houses.  The structured activities start with an Opening Ceremony at 1:30 pm, when everyone has had enough time to get to campus.  After the Opening Ceremony, students participate in sample classes, academic info sessions, and a variety of activities with their host students.  Click here for a comprehensive tentative schedule!

5. What is the GEL schedule for parents or guardians?

From 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, family members have access to the same activities as the students (campus tours, open houses, and info sessions). The official start of the GEL Parent Program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Events include a presentation by the University President, Dr. Thayne McCulloh, a faculty meet-and-greet, a student panel, and Q&A sessions with administrators and deans. About half of our student participants bring at least one parent or family member! GU does not provide lodging for parents, but there are many hotels near campus. In the coming months, be sure to check out our tentative parent schedule!

*Translators are available for parents upon request.

6. Who do students stay with during GEL?

When GEL students choose the overnight option, we do our best to match them with a first or second year GU host who is either interested in a similar field of study or has other common interests. In addition to sharing their residence hall rooms for the night, hosts join participants in the Saturday evening activities and offer great insight into student life.  Students may choose the “Day Only” option when registering for GEL, which means they do not stay overnight with a host student.  When we reach capacity for the overnight stay, we may still be able to offer the “Day Only” option. 

7. How can I sign up?

Registration opened on February 1st, but unfortunately capacity is reached and we are only accepting spots on the GEL waitlist*. Students who have registered should mail, email, or fax the Medical Release and Informed Consent forms, and pay the $50 student registration fee (by check or online). You will need your Gonzaga student ID number (found in your acceptance packet) in order to complete registration.

*Overnight space is limited and was filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

8. What does it mean to be a “Day Only” GEL student?

Whether by choice, or because we reached capacity for the overnight stay, you may still attend GEL without staying overnight in the residence halls. ALL of the GEL programming is still available to you!  You are invited to participate in all evening activities, and you can take a shuttle back to a hotel at the end of the night. 

9. What time should I plan to arrive?

We recommend the morning of Saturday, April 14th to maximize your time and experiences on campus.

10. What time should I plan to leave?

GEL students tend to stay up as late as 2 am at the Saturday night activities!  On Sunday, you may prefer a late morning departure.

11. How do I get to Gonzaga for GEL?

Airplane:
Spokane International Airport (GEG) is located 15 minutes from Gonzaga’s campus. 

Driving:
From I-90 Westbound or Eastbound
Take Exit 282, Hamilton Street/Trent Street.
Go straight through the light at the bottom of the exit ramp and continue north on Hamilton for .5 miles.
Turn left on Boone Ave. (before Bruchi's and Froyo Earth).
BARC Parking Garage is on your left. Visitor parking is available on the 1st and 3rd floors.

From Downtown Spokane
Head north on Division St., which turns into Ruby St.
Turn right onto Sharp Ave.
Turn right onto Cincinnati St.
Turn left on Boone Ave.
BARC Parking Garage is on your right. Visitor parking is available on the 1st and 3rd floors.

Greyhound or Bus
There is a Greyhound bus station located in Spokane. If you would like to have a Gonzaga shuttle pick you up from the Greyhound station, please submit your Travel Information and a Gonzaga shuttle will pick you up! 

12. Should I register before my flights are booked?

Registration was filled on a first-come, first-served basis and closed once capacity was met. Please be sure your registration is complete and confirmed before reserving flights. If you require transportation to and from the airport, please complete the "Update Travel Information" form by Monday, April 9.

13. Are shuttles available if we fly/train/bus to Spokane?

On Saturday, there will be free shuttles available from the airport and train/bus station. The shuttle will pick up at the airport baggage claim (look for our Ambassadors) and will drop guests off on campus. Shuttles will also be available on Sunday from campus to the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Shuttles will make a trip to and from campus approximately every 15 minutes. Please submit your Travel Information.

14. Is parking available on campus during GEL? 

GEL participants are welcome to park anywhere on campus during the weekend.  The most convenient locations may be in the College Hall parking lot located on Sharp and Addison or the BARC Parking Garage on the corner of Boone and Hamilton (find them both on our parking map). After parking, students are encouraged to bring their overnight items to Check-In to leave at Luggage Drop-Off.  

15. Where should parents (and Day-Only Participants) stay overnight?  

Gonzaga has reserved a block of rooms for Parents and Day-Only registrants at the Holiday Inn near the Spokane International Airport (use the "Coupon Code" GEL). Please mention Gonzaga GEL Weekend when making reservations.  There are many other hotels near campus and around Spokane, but reservations should be made as soon as possible as most tend to fill up.

16. What should I pack? 

Since you'll be spending the night in a residence hall with GU students (if you are registered as an Overnight Student), you likely won't have a bed available to you. Student participants should plan on bringing a sleeping bag and pillow for Saturday night. Also, be mindful of the fact that the weather in April can be very unpredictable! You should plan on bringing clothes appropriate for cooler weather and you'll want a jacket for the late-night activities. GEL students spend most of the weekend on their feet, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes. Here is a short list of some items we suggest you bring with you to GEL Weekend:

  • Walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes for both active and non-active events: jeans, shirt, sweatshirt, shorts to accommodate for different weather throughout the day
  • Warm jacket - evening activities go until 2:00 AM and some activities are outside!
  • Necessities for an overnight - toiletries, towel, PJs, etc
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping bag

17. Who should I contact with additional questions? 

If you would like more information about GEL Weekend 2018 or if you require special accommodations (translation services for parents, a wheelchair, food or other allergies, etc.), contact us at gel@gonzaga.edu or 509.313.6576 or 509.313.6574.