Every fall, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid eagerly awaits the opportunity to help 8th grade students and their families get to know Gonzaga. We offer a variety of ways for prospective students and parents to learn more about Eye Street, including our Eagle for a Day visit program, Parent Tours, Information Nights, and our annual Open House. More information about each of these opportunities can be found below.

Eagle for a Day Program

Inquiries to begin the official application process for the 2022-2023 school year, including the ability to schedule an Eagle for a Day visit this fall, will open on September 7, 2021.

Thank you for your interest in Gonzaga! The Eagle for a Day Program pairs interested eighth grade students with current freshmen for a day at Gonzaga. As a visitor, you spend the whole day attending classes with your host, and it is a great way to see if Gonzaga is the right school for you. In order to schedule an Eagle for a Day visit (for eighth graders only), you must go online and create an admissions account by clicking here. Once your account is created, you may then self-schedule a visit via the Eagle for a Day checklist item. Eagle for a Day Visits will commence in late September.

The Gonzaga school day is 8:30 AM until 2:20 PM. Our Eagle for a Day experience aims to provide a student with a full school-day experience so that you truly know what it is like to be a student at Gonzaga. You will attend classes, walk our hallways, meet teachers and students, eat lunch with your host, and generally experience a day in the life of a Gonzaga freshman student. We believe this experience will allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not to apply to Gonzaga - or attend should you be accepted. We highly recommend this visit for prospective applicants.

Vaccination and Mask Policy:
Gonzaga requires our current students to be vaccinated in order to attend school. They also must wear masks at all times indoors except when actively eating/drinking. Gonzaga employees must be vaccinated and wear masks as well. In order to best protect our own students, faculty, and staff, all Eagle for a Day visitors must follow both these policies regarding being vaccinated and wearing a mask. Beneath the Eagle for a Day checklist item, you will be able to upload a required proof of vaccination before your visit. After self-scheduling your visit, please upload proof of vaccination, which our staff will verify. No Eagle for a Day visitors will be allowed on campus without proof of vaccination. There are no exceptions, exemptions, or waivers to this policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 11 items.

  • Q: How do I sign up?

    A: To sign up for Eagle for a Day, you must submit an inquiry form and create an admissions account by clicking here and following the instructions.
  • Q: What day can I visit?

    A: The Eagle for a Day Program will begin in mid-September and will continue until early December. Nearly every day in that time frame that Gonzaga has a normal class day, we will host Eagle for a Day visitors.
  • Q: How do I get to Gonzaga?

    A:  Gonzaga is located in the heart of the capital city. If you are not sure how to find the Gonzaga campus, you can find directions and parking information here.
    The Admissions Office is on the first floor of Dooley Hall. Go inside the doors and proceed to the school Seal, which is in the floor in front of Our Lady's Chapel. As is our tradition, please do not step on the Seal. Turn left, and the Admissions Office is the first door on the left. You will be greeted by a member of the Admissions Team.
  • Q: When should I arrive at Gonzaga?

    A. The Gonzaga School day is 8:30 am until 2:20 pm. Please arrive at the Gonzaga Admissions office at 8:15 am. Your day will end at 2:20 pm, and your host will bring you back to the Admissions Office. Please confirm with your parents, when they drop you off, if they will meet you at the Admissions Office or elsewhere on campus.  
  • Q: What should I wear?

    A: During your visit you have two dress options:
    1) Following the Gonzaga dress code:
    • Dress pants (any color) and belt
    • Collared shirt (any color and tucked into your pants)
    • Dress shoes and dress socks (no white socks)
    2) You may also wear your grade school uniform if it conforms to our dress code.

    *Hoodies are not within Gonzaga's dress code and should not be worn during your visit.
  • Q: What is Gonzaga's policy regarding cell phones?

    A: You may bring your cell phone with you for the day. However, the phone needs to be turned off and put away during all classes and academic settings. 
  • Q: Should I bring anything?

    A: Lunch is on us! You do not need to bring our own food. Also, you may choose to bring a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes while you are on campus. Lastly, enthusiasm to experience a new community as our guest is never underrated.
  • Q: Can I choose my host student?

    A: Yes, you may request a host student, but he must be a freshman. Gonzaga does its best to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee they can be fulfilled. If you have a brother at Gonzaga, unless he is a freshman, he cannot host you. Since we have your safety in mind, we need to know how to find you during the day. At no point is a visiting student ever to leave their assigned host.
  • Q: In which classes will I take part?

    A: Gonzaga operates on a block schedule with A and B Days. You will visit on one of those two days, so you will not experience every class that is part of your host’s course load. At Open House on November 21, however, we will simulate classes from every academic discipline, so you will be able to interact with our teachers at that time as well.
  • Q: What if I need to reschedule/cancel my visit?

    A: Up until 3 days before your visit, families can reschedule through your online Admissions Account. Within 3 days, families should call the Admissions Office at 202.336.7101 to let us know your plans are changing. We can help you reschedule or cancel. There are families waiting in hopes of availability, so again, we appreciate the courtesy of advance notice so that we can fill any vacated spot.
  • Q: What if there is snow or inclement weather on the day I am scheduled to visit?

    A:  Gonzaga follows the decision of Montgomery County schools for weather related closings and delays. If Montgomery County is closed, then Gonzaga is closed. If Montgomery County has a delayed opening of any length, Gonzaga opens at 9:55 am. If Montgomery County closes early, Gonzaga will make its own decision. Please note, if Gonzaga is closed due to inclement weather on your scheduled visit, we will do our best to try and reschedule your appointment but there is the possibility that rescheduling will not be possible.    

Parent Tours and Information Nights

Throughout the fall of 2021, Gonzaga's Admissions Office is offering a series of campus tours for parents as well as three evening information sessions so that prospective parents and students can learn more about our community.

To learn more about and sign up for one of our parent tours, please click here; to learn more about and sign up for one of our evening information sessions, please click here.

Annual Fall Open House

Sunday, November 21, 2021
10 am to 2 pm

Gonzaga will host a hybrid Open House for prospective families to visit the school and learn from members of the admissions office, faculty, current parents and students, alumni, and coaches. During the Open House, you’ll get the chance to:

  • Meet our teachers, administrators, and students
  • Speak informally with administration, program directors, and staff
  • Discuss the benefits of a Jesuit education and all-boys school
  • Review the application process
  • Learn about the financial aid process

While we encourage all interested families to attend Open House in person, we also will livestream selected segments of the day's proceedings. More information as well as a schedule will be provided as Open House approaches.
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