Frequently Asked Questions

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

A save-the-date postcard will be sent to parents of first-year, sophomore and transfer students in early September. All other information will be provided online and/or sent via email. Check back here for Family Weekend updates, including the final schedule.

Once you arrive on campus for the weekend, you will need to check in at the designated check-in location to receive the final Family Weekend program book and swag. If you have any questions prior to your arrival, please reference this site and your emails, and then email with any additional questions.

Are family members and guests welcome at all events?

Registered family members and guests are welcome at all events. Your registration includes your student and up to five family members or guests. Please note that based on public health guidelines at the time of Family Weekend, we may need to limit attendance at specific events, and we will communicate any such changes to ticket holders right away.

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

Family Weekend begins on Friday, October 15, 2021. If your schedule allows, we suggest that you arrive on campus by early Friday afternoon to be able to fully participate in the deans’ receptions, which begin at 5:00 pm, and other on-campus activities, including office open houses and department or program presentations. Family Weekend-sponsored events officially conclude on Sunday, October 17, 2021, after coffee and donuts. Worship services and campus events or performances may take place later that morning and that afternoon, so you may wish to remain in town through the end of the day.

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 the deans’ receptions, but casual attire is appropriate for most other events. We recommend that you dress in layers as temperatures may vary outdoors and inside buildings on campus. Be sure to pack an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes too!

Is there a Family Weekend for senior students?

Seniors’ families are traditionally invited to campus in late January or early February for a special Senior Parents Weekend. This event is organized by the Georgetown Senior Class Committee. Visit the Senior Class Committee’s website for more information.

What is Georgetown doing to keep people safe from COVID-19 during Family Weekend?

You can learn more about Georgetown’s approach to COVID-19 safety here, including masking requirements and other precautions. We will be making changes to many Family Weekend events to reduce risk by decreasing capacity in the indoor spaces, avoiding buffet-style meals, hosting events outdoors where possible, and requiring attendees to check in at each event to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.

In addition, please note the following:

  • We strongly encourage all Family Weekend attendees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the event, if you are able to do so.
  • If you are travelling from outside of Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, you must abide by Washington D.C.’s testing requirements for international or unvaccinated travelers.
  • If any member of your party has symptoms of COVD-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19 recently, please help us keep the community safe by staying home instead of coming to campus for Family Weekend.

What happens if Georgetown’s public health guidelines change?

We will be monitoring the public health situation closely and will keep our website up-to-date with any changes. If any events move to a virtual platform, we will update ticket holders as soon as possible. See Georgetown’s Coronavirus Resource Center for more information.

What happens if Family Weekend has to be moved to a virtual platform or cancelled?

In the unlikely event that we must cancel the in-person Family Weekend events, we will automatically refund all ticket holders in full. However, we are unable to refund families for any plane tickets, hotel bookings, or other costs associated with their Family Weekend attendance. We strongly encourage you to book refundable tickets wherever possible.