Parent & Family Weekend

Our annual, Parent Family Weekend, invites families to the Hilltop for a weekend of catching up with their students and experiencing campus life. Parent Family Weekend is the ideal opportunity to spend time with your student, meet his or her friends, visit with administrators and faculty, and learn more about the services and resources available on campus.

Parent & Family Weekend 2016 was a great success! We hope you had a wonderful experience as well.

Parent & Family Weekend 2017 is October 20-22, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email us at family@georgetown.edu.

Each year, we invite the families of first-year, second-year, and transfer students to Georgetown to experience various aspects of university life. Over the weekend, parents and their students can attend information sessions, sporting events, receptions, faculty lectures, and performances.

REGISTRATION

The cost of Parent & Family Weekend covers up to 5 individuals. The fee covers meals, registration materials, publications, staffing, and other miscellaneous costs. Major credit cards are accepted as form of payment online and credit cards, checks and cash are accepted during onsite registration. All events and meals are covered by the registration fee unless otherwise noted. If the registration fee poses a hardship for your family, please email family@georgetown.edu about scholarship options. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to campus!

Please note: This is the full Parent & Family Weekend schedule though it is subject to change.

Click here for the PDF version of the schedule.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

Afternoon

  • Registration
  • Dean's Receptions

Evening

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Morning

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Academic Information Sessions
  • Faculty Lectures & Seminars

Afternoon

  • Tailgate & Football/Soccer Game*
  • Free Shuttle to Washington Monuments

Evening

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

Morning

  • Religious Services
  • Parent & Family Weekend Brunch

Afternoon

  • Religious Services

Evening

  • Religious Services

*These events are an additional expense. Tickets for the Kennedy Center and boat tour are available on a limited basis when you register for Parent & Family Weekend.

Traveling to Campus

CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION

Georgetown is currently undergoing several simultaneous construction projects on campus. These projects have real impacts on vehicular traffic, pedestrian and bike paths, noise, etc. Please take a look at the master planning website for an overview of these projects and plan your trip to campus accordingly.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (TO CANAL ROAD ENTRANCE)
  • Google Maps/GPS Directions: 3611 Canal Road, NW Washington, DC 20007. Then follow the signs to campus from there (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). This is not a specific GU address per se but the address listed on Google Maps for the exact entrance location to Canal Road.
  • From Baltimore and Points North: Follow I-95 South and exit onto 495 West (Capitol Beltway). Continue on 495 to George Washington Memorial Parkway. Follow the Parkway toward Washington and exit onto Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge and turn left onto M Street. Go through one light. Turn right into Georgetown University (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). Follow signs to visitor parking.
  • From Richmond and Points South: Follow I-95 North to 395 to Route 27 (Washington Boulevard). Once on Route 27, carefully watch for signs that lead you through Rosslyn to Key Bridge. Follow the signs and cross Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge and turn left onto M Street. Go through one light. Turn right into Georgetown University (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). Follow signs to visitor parking.
  • From Pittsburgh and Points West: Follow Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Exit 161 (Breezewood). Follow I-70 East to Frederick, where 270 South begins and continue on 270 South toward Washington. When 270 South intersects with 495 (Capitol Beltway), keep right and follow 495 toward Northern Virginia. Continue on 495 to George Washington Memorial Parkway. Follow the parkway toward Washington and exit onto Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge and turn left onto M Street. Go through one light. Turn right into Georgetown University (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). Follow signs to visitor parking.
AIRPORT DIRECTIONS

FROM DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • Taxi: Ask the taxi driver to take you to Georgetown University at 37th and O Streets, Washington, D.C. The ride to Georgetown is long, so expect to pay $60.00 or more.
  • Rental Car: Leave the airport using the Dulles Access Road (the only road out of the airport). Stay on the Access Road - DO NOT take any exits. After approximately 20 miles you will pass signs for I-495. Stay on the Access Road, which will eventually take you to I-66 Eastbound. You will know you have reached I-66 when you make a looping left turn over a freeway and enter traffic from the right side of the roadway. Stay on I-66 until you see a sign reading "KEY BRIDGE." The exit for the bridge will be to your right. Take the exit, continue through two lights, then move into the left hand lane. At the third light, turn left and move to the center lanes. Go across the bridge and move into the left lanes. The Key Bridge dead ends at M Street, turn left onto M Street. Go through one light. Turn right into Georgetown University (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). Follow signs to visitor parking.

FROM REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT

  • MetroRail: In the airport terminal look for signs indicating the direction to the MetroRail. You will be taking the blue line to Rosslyn. If you have lots of luggage, the MetroRail is not the ideal way to travel, but if you only have one bag, it is the easiest. Take the blue line Metro to Rosslyn. Get off at Rosslyn, go to the top of the escalator stairs, make a U-turn. and walk out to the street. You should be facing a McDonald's across the street. Turn to your left and walk up the sidewalk until you are at the corner of 19th and Moore Streets. Cross the street (so that the McDonald's is still on your left), and you will see a blue bus stop sign that says GU transportation shuttle (GUTS). Wait for the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) bus (it is well-marked). The shuttle will give you a free ride to the University and will let you off between the Southwest Quad and McDonough Arena. Please note that the GUTS bus does not run on Saturday mornings or on Sunday. Click here to see the GUTS Bus schedule.
  • Taxi: Tell the taxi driver you want to go to Georgetown University. Expect to pay at least $15.00. You are crossing from one state into another and the fees are higher because of this.
  • Rental Car: Ask your rental car company's staff for directions to the Key Bridge in Rosslyn. Since there are many rental car locations, we are unable to provide specific directions from each one here. Once you get to the Key Bridge, cross Key Bridge and turn left onto M Street. Go through one light. Turn right into Georgetown University (see brick wall painted Hoya Saxa). Follow signs to visitor parking.

FROM BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT

  • Taxi: Ask the taxi driver to take you to Georgetown University at 37th and O Streets, Washington, D.C. The ride to Georgetown is long, so expect to pay $60.00 or more.
  • Rental Car: Take a slight left toward I-195 W. Then take exit 2B for the Baltimore Washington Parkway/MD 295 S toward Washington. Merge onto MD-295 S. You will stay on this highway for about 23 miles. Then take the New York Avenue/US-50 W exit toward Washington. You've now entered the District of Columbia. Continue on New York Avenue until you reach Massachusetts Avenue. Take a right on Massachusetts and you are now going northwest. When you get to Sheridan Circle, take the 2nd exit onto 23rd Street. Turn right onto Q Street . Then turn right on Wisconsin Ave then right on Q Street again (Wisconsin Ave cuts through Q Street). Take a left on 35th Street then right on O Street. The University is at the intersection of 37th and O Streets.

ANOTHER AFFORDABLE OPTION FROM ALL DC AREA AIRPORTS IS SUPERSHUTTLE

SuperShuttle is a shared van-ride system. The fare is approximately $30 to Georgetown main campus for the first passenger in your group and $7 for each additional passenger, excluding tip (check their website for price updates). The ticket counter is located on the lower level (Ground Transportation/Shared Van Rides). No reservation is needed leaving from the airport. To take SuperShuttle back to the airport, you can use their online reservation system or call 1 (800) 258-3826 to make a reservation.

LODGING

Hotels will be in high demand during the fall. Please see our accommodations page for more information about local hotels, and book early to guarantee room availability.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What information will I receive about Parent & Family Weekend prior to our visit to Georgetown University?

A save the date postcard will be sent to parents of first-year students, sophomores, and transfers in mid-August. All other information will be provided online. Check back here for schedule updates.

Once you arrive on campus for the weekend, you will receive a packet of information at check in, which will include a detailed schedule, campus map, and informational flyers about campus activities taking place while you're here.

If you have any questions prior to your arrival, please call the office of orientation, transition and family engagement at (202) 687-4505 and ask to speak with the Parent & Family Coordinator.

Are family members and guests welcome at all events?

Yes! Family members and guests are welcome at all events. Please note: They must be accounted for in your registration (which is up to 5 people, not including your student).

When is the best time to arrive for the weekend? When should we plan to depart?

Parent and Family Weekend begins on Friday, October 14. If your schedule allows, we suggest that you arrive on campus by early Friday afternoon to be able to fully participate in the dean's reception, which starts at 5:30 p.m., and other on-campus activities. Parent and Family Weekend registered events officially conclude on Sunday, October 16, with brunch at 10:30 a.m. Worship services, events, and performances will take place later that morning and that afternoon, so you may wish to remain in town through the end of the day. However, many families plan to leave in the late morning or early afternoon.

What is the dress code for Parent & Family Weekend?

We see many styles of dress ranging from casual to business attire. Business casual is recommended for receptions and evening trips in DC. Casual attire is appropriate for most other events. We recommend that you dress in layers though, since Washington DC temperatures in the fall as well as in our buildings may vary. Make sure to pack an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes too!

When is the best time to arrive for the weekend? When should we plan to depart?

Parent and Family Weekend begins on Friday, October 14. If your schedule allows, we suggest that you arrive on campus by early Friday afternoon to be able to fully participate in the dean's reception, which starts at 5:30 p.m., and other on-campus activities. Parent and Family Weekend registered events officially conclude on Sunday, October 16, with brunch at 10:30 a.m. Worship services, events, and performances will take place later that morning and that afternoon, so you may wish to remain in town through the end of the day. However, many families plan to leave in the late morning or early afternoon.

Is there a Parent & Family Weekend for junior and senior students?

Parent & Family Weekend is specifically for first-year, sophomore, and transfer students and their families. Because so many of our juniors study abroad, there is not a dedicated parents weekend for juniors and their families.

Seniors' families are invited to campus in late January/ early February for a special Senior Parents Weekend. These dates will be posted on the Georgetown Senior Class Committee website in the coming months.