Griffin GearUp


Griffin GearUp is an on-and-off campus, two-day experience for admitted first-year students that includes meeting with an academic advisor, registering for classes, understanding the financial aspect of education here at Westminster, exploring leadership development, and getting to know your peers.

Each session starts with an information day on campus for students and their guests, before we head up to a cabin in the Wasatch mountains for the evening overnight portion of the trip. Students will get to have fun and share stories about their journey and excitement about their transition to college!

Keep an eye on your email for more information in the week leading up to your trip.

For frequently asked questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Upcoming Griffin GearUp

Helpful attachments for campus map, list of suggested items to pack, and parking passes:
pdf ADA Campus Map (1421 KB)
pdf GGU Parking Passes (168 KB)

Prepare for GearUp

For late arrivals on the day of Griffin GearUp, please visit the Dean of Students Office located in the Shaw Student Center to check-in.

Guest at Griffin GearUp

As part of your registration with Griffin GearUp, you able to bring one (1) additional guest to the program. Please note that lodging for the student is provided as part of the Griffin GearUp program, however, lodging for the guest is not provided. For a list of local hotels please visiting the lodging page to the left.

Students—Please bring some warm clothes and shoes as the temperature in the mountains at night is colder than in the Salt Lake Valley.

*For traveling purposes keep in mind that day one of GearUp begins at 10:00 am and day two ends at 1:00 pm 

Day One

  • Arrival, Check In, & Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome from the AVP & Dean of Students
  • The Truth about Academics (Academic Expectations & the Difference)
  • The Foundation of a Liberal Arts Education/Understanding Your Interest (Student)
  • Understanding the Advising Process and Registration & Schedule Appointment (Parent)
  • Lunch
  • Workshop Rotation
    • Understanding Technology
    • Dollars & Sense/ Financial Literacy
    • Registration & Scheduling Appointment
    • Academic Integrity
  • Dinner
  • Roost Camp (Leadership Overnight Retreat)

Day Two

  • Arrive back on campus after breakfast in the mountains
  • Answer any final questions or concerns
  • Check Out, Summer Checklist, & Assessment

Lodging for students

Lodging for students is provided as part of the overnight experience for Griffin GearUp.

Please note that we do not provide lodging for Guests/Parents at Griffin GearUp.

Hotels Near Westminster College for Guests/Parents

All of these hotels are within a 15-minute radius of our campus.

*The Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City-University/Foothill offers a discounted rate for all Westminster students and visiting friends and family. More information can be found here

Hampton Inn & Suites on Foothill

1345 S. Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
801.583.3500
Corporate Code: 0560041451

Extended Stay America - Sugar House (closest hotel to campus)

1220 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
801.474.0771

Holiday Inn Downtown

999 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
1.800.933.9678

Little America Hotel

500 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.363.6781

The Inn at Temple Square

71 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
1.800.843.4668

Skyline Inn

2475 East 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
801.582.5350

Double Tree

255 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.328.2000