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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register for Family Weekend?
To register for events such as the Meadows Golf Outing, the Art at GVSU Tour & Lunch, the Shakespeare Festival, and the W. G. Jackson Vessel Cruise or to order Family Weekend t-shirts, please complete the registration form here.
You will receive a confirmation email after registering based on what you register for which will serve as your ticket. 

Where is the registration for the 5k race?
New this year, the Family Weekend 5k will be hosted by Campus Recreation and will have a separate registration here.

Check In

Do I need to check-in if I plan on attending an event during Family Weekend?
You only need to check-in if you have pre-ordered tickets or t-shirts, but be sure to check the website for ALL the events happening during Family Weekend!

Do I need to pay to be a part of Family Weekend?
No, while some events do require that you purchase a ticket, most of the events and activities are free and open to all GVSU students, faculty, staff and their families.


Where can I park?

Allendale Campus - Parking is available on the GVSU Allendale campus without a parking pass after 5pm on Friday in the Commuter (Red), Faculty (Blue), and Resident (Yellow) lots. Please note, overnight parking is strictly prohibited in all lots except Resident (Yellow) lots, which require an appropriate parking pass from Campus Safety. For questions regarding parking, please contact GVPD (Public Safety) at 616-331-3255. 

Pew Campus - Parking is available on the GVSU Pew (Downtown) campus without a parking pass after 5pm on Friday in Commuter (Red), Faculty (Blue), Visitor (Green). Please note, overnight parking is strictly prohibited in all lots except Pew Resident (Brown) lots, which require an appropriate parking pass from Pew Campus Security.  Additionally, the Seward Parking Ramp closes at 6pm on Friday and is not open on Saturday or Sunday. For questions regarding parking, please contact Pew Campus Security at 616-331-6677.

Parking in off-campus apartment complexes is subject to the individual apartment complexes' policies. We encourage you to contact the complex your student resides in for more information and to learn how to obtain a visitor parking pass.


What is the cost for the Meadows Golf Outing and what does the package include?
The cost is $45.00 per person and includes 18 holes, 4 person scramble, shot gun start, golf cart, practice balls, and gift bag.

How can I pre-order football tickets?
Click here for information regarding football ticketing. For more football ticket information please contact Laker Athletics or call 616-331-3200.

If you would like to go to the game with your GVSU student, you must purchase a ticket for them to sit with you. They receive a free ticket that is only valid for the student section.

What do I do if I never received a confirmation e-mail when I registered for tickets?
If you did not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact us.

5k Run/Walk

Do I need to register in advance?
Yes! Registration is available here. The first 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt!

Where does the run/walk take place?
It begins at the Cook Carillon Clock Tower and goes throughout the Allendale campus.


Does a GVSU student need a ticket to paid events?
If you are planning on attending an event that requires a ticket, your student will also need a ticket.

Can I bring young children? 
Yes, this is an inclusive weekend! There will be several activities for all ages.

Can my family eat at the dining areas on campus?

Yes, you can mostly certainly eat on campus, and if you go to campus dining office which is located in Fuel. You can pick up a bonus meal for the weekend!