Griffin Gear-Up 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!

Upcoming Griffin Gear-Ups

  • Griffin Gear-Up

    May 19, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.–May 20, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.

    Check-in: Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Tanner Atrium

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  • Griffin Gear-Up

    Jun 2, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.–Jun 3, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.

    Check-in: Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Tanner Atrium

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  • Griffin Gear-Up

    Jun 9, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.–Jun 10, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.

    Check-in: Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Tanner Atrium

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Prepare for Gear-Up

Things to Bring/Pack for Griffin Gear-Up

  • Bring your laptop. (The Information Services office will register your laptop for Westminster Anywhere.)
  • Pack an overnight bag for Roost Camp.
    • Make sure to include warm clothes (sweatshirt/jacket) and shoes as the temperature in the mountains is colder than in the Salt Lake Valley
  • Bring your calculator for the math placement test. A graphing calculator is acceptable.
  • Have your parent/guardian complete the program waiver if you are under 18.
  • Request ADA accommodation one week prior to your schedule Griffin GearUp session. To do so please contact the Dean of Students Office at 801.832.2230.

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

Program Schedule

Guest at Griffin Gear-Up

As part of your registration with Griffin Gear-Up, 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 Gear-Up 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 Gear-Up begins at 8:00 a.m. and day two ends at 12:00 p.m.

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 Accommodations

Lodging for students

Lodging for students is provided as part of the overnight experience for Griffin Gear-Up.

Please note that we do not provide lodging for Guests/Parents at Griffin Gear-Up.

Hotels Near Westminster College for Guests/Parents

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

Chase Suite Hotel

765 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
801.532.5511

Hampton Inn & Suites on Foothill

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

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

Hampton Inn

425 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.741.1171