One of the best ways for you to get to know us is to spend some with us, exploring our campus, meeting our teachers and students, and getting a taste for our classes and activities.

Eagle for a Day Program

We invite all interested 8th-grade students to experience Gonzaga through our Eagle for a Day program. You’ll spend the day shadowing a freshman, attending classes with him, eating lunch in the cafeteria, and getting a sense for Gonzaga’s unique spirit and culture. Below are some frequently asked questions about how to arrange a visit, as well as what to expect when you’re here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 202-336-7101.

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How do I schedule a visit?

    First, you’ll need to create an admissions account by clicking here. Once you’ve created your account, please fill out this form to request a specific day for your visit. After you’ve filled out the form, someone from the Admissions department will be in touch to confirm your visit.
  • Q: What day can I visit?

    The Eagle for a Day Program begins every year in mid-September and continues until early December. Each 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?

    If you’re coming by Metro, the closest stop is Union Station on the Metro’s Red line. The pedestrian entrance to campus is located at North Capitol and I Street (between St. Aloysius Church and Buchanan Field). After you enter campus, please proceed straight until you reach Dooley Hall, which will be on your right.

    If you are driving, you can only enter Gonzaga’s campus from 1st Street, NW, between H and K Streets. When you pull onto campus, you’ll see a traffic circle and a gated entrance. Continue around the circle and follow signs to the underground parking garage, where there are eight visitor spots (parking spots numbered 235-242). If you have questions, a member from our fantastic security team is stationed outside each morning and will be happy to help you. After you park, please walk towards the middle of the garage where you will find a mural and staircase. Walk up the stairs, and you’ll see Dooley Hall directly in front of you.
  • Q: Where is the Admissions Office?

    The Admissions Office is on the first floor of Dooley Hall. Once you enter, walk straight towards Our Lady's Chapel (as is our tradition, please do not step on the School Seal on the ground!) and turn left. The Admissions Office is the first door on the left. Ask for Mr. Mike Hanagan, who will introduce you to your freshman guide.
  • Q: When should I arrive at Gonzaga?

    The Gonzaga school day runs from 8:10 am until 2:45 pm. Please arrive at the Gonzaga Admissions office at 8:00 am. Visitors who arrive to campus before 7:30 am will not be able to access the school because of our security protocols, so please do your best to arrive at the Admissions Office at 8:00 am. At 2:45 pm, 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?

    During your visit you have two dress options:

    1. Follow 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. 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 son's visit. Also, once a month Gonzaga has a formal dress day when a tie and blazer are required. When you schedule your visit, you will be alerted if your visit takes place on a formal dress day.
  • Q: What is Gonzaga's policy regarding cell phones?

    Cell phones are allowed, however, all phones need to be turned off and put away during classes. Our student handbook states that any phone found in use during class is subject to confiscation by faculty or the Student Services office.
  • Q: Should I bring anything?

    The only thing that you’ll need to bring is your lunch. You can bring a bag lunch or bring money to buy lunch in the cafeteria ($5 to $10 is enough; credit/debit cards are not accepted). You may also want to bring a notebook and pen if you’d like to take notes in class.
  • Q: Can I choose my guide?

    Yes, but all guides must be freshmen. Although we do our best, we cannot accommodate every request. If you have another son at Gonzaga, unless he is a freshman, he cannot host your younger son. Since we have your son's safety in mind, we need to know how to find him during the day. At no point is a freshman visitor ever to leave his assigned host.
  • Q: What if I need to cancel my son's visit?

    If your visit is more than three days away, you can reschedule through your online Admissions Account. Within three days, please call the Admissions Office at 202-336-7101, and we’ll help you reschedule. There are often families willing to use your spot, so we appreciate as much notice as possible.
  • Q: What if there is snow or inclement weather on the day I am scheduled to visit?

    Gonzaga follows Montgomery County Public 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 9:30 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.

Annual Fall Open House

Sunday, November 19, 2017
10 am to 2 pm

Gonzaga will host an 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, students, and coaches
  • Speak informally with program directors, current parents and students, faculty, and coaches
  • Take a student-led tour of campus
  • Discuss the benefits of a Jesuit education and all-boys school
  • Review the application process
  • Learn about the financial aid process

Pre-registration is not required for the Open House, and all members of the family are welcome.
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