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!
GEL Weekend begins on Saturday, April 13 and ends on Sunday, April 14. Hope to see you there! We recommend arriving to campus between 10 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday. The Sunday program is optional so we recommend you select the travel accommodation that is best for you!
High school seniors who have been accepted for fall enrollment at Gonzaga University for the 2019-2020 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.
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 am 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, open houses, and information sessions. Structured activities begin at 1:30 pm, providing participants plenty of time to arrive on campus. After the Opening Ceremony at 1:30 pm, students participate in sample classes, academic info sessions, and a variety of activities with their host students. Click here for a comprehensive tentative schedule!
From 10:00 am – 1:30pm, 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/Guardian Program begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 13. 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/guardian or family member! GU does not provide lodging for parents/guardians, but there are many hotels near campus. Please view the tentative parent/guardian schedule!
When GEL participants choose the overnight option upon registration, we match them with a first or second year GU student host, and do our best to find a current student who is either interested in a similar field of study or shares 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. Participants 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.
Students may submit their registration form online. A confirmation email will be sent after registration is completed. Please check your junk mail box if it does not appear in your inbox. Students who register will be required to sign then, mail, email, or fax the GEL Weekend Student Release form. You will need your Gonzaga student ID number (found in your acceptance packet) in order to complete GEL registration. Students are also welcome to bring their signed and completed GEL Weekend Student Release form to GEL check-in on April 13.
Mail: Gonzaga University
Attn: GEL Weekend
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0102
Fax: (509) 313-5780
*Overnight space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Whether by choice, or because we reached capacity for the overnight stay, students may still attend GEL without staying overnight in the residence halls and ALL of the GEL programming will be accessible. Day-Only students are invited to participate in all evening activities, and shuttle services will be available to take students to area lodging at the end of the night. Overnight accommodations are not made available on Gonzaga’s campus for Day-Only students.
We recommend arriving on the morning of Saturday, April 13 to maximize time and experiences on campus. Programs will be available beginning at 10 am. If this is your first time on campus, we recommend arriving around 10 am to have enough time for all morning activities, such as campus tours, open houses, and information sessions.
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.
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!
Registration is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and closes once capacity has been reached. Please be sure registration is completed and confirmed before reserving flights. If transportation is required to and from the airport, please complete the Update Travel Information form by Monday, April 8.
On Saturday, April 13, Gonzaga will provide free shuttles from the airport and train/bus station. Shuttles will pick up at the airport baggage claim (look for Gonzaga Student Ambassadors) and will drop guests off on campus. Shuttles will also be available on Sunday, April 14, to provide transportation from campus to the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Shuttles will arrive and depart campus approximately every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. Please submit your Travel Information. No shuttles will be provided on Friday, April 12.
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 (campus map). After parking, students are encouraged to bring their overnight items to Check-In to leave at Luggage Drop-Off.
Please visit our Lodging page to view lodging options. 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.
There are special rates at the Centennial Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, and Oxford Suites, all within walking distance to Gonzaga’s campus. Please call the hotel to book your reservation and state that you are booking a room for Gonzaga GEL Weekend at access the special rate.
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
If you would like more information about GEL Weekend 2019 or if you require special accommodations (a wheelchair, food or other allergies, etc.), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-313-6576 or 509-313-6574.