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GSA 2024 Opening Day Information


GSA 2024 is rapidly approaching, and we are so excited to welcome students to the program on Opening Day! 

Session 1 Opening Day is Sunday, June 9th and Session 2 Opening Day is Sunday, July 7th. 

Below, you will find information regarding move-in times, parking, a schedule of the day's events, and more. Please carefully review all of the information as well as the accepted student packet you received in the postal mail.

If you have any questions, or did not receive your accepted student packet, please reach out to us via email at [email protected] or call the GSA Helpline at (502) 566-5192. 


Registration/Move-In Schedule and Map

Please view the GSA 2024 Move In Map.

When students and their guests arrive on campus, they should follow signs to S Martin Luther King Blvd (in between E Maxwell St and Avenue of Champions) to unload their vehicle BEFORE parking. Once they have unloaded their belongings, they will move their vehicle out of the unloading zone and proceed to park in the Coliseum Parking Lot. 

There will be signs directing students and their guests to the unloading zone, as well as GSA and UK staff and volunteers to help direct traffic. Please follow all instructions given by a GSA or UK staff member or volunteer - they're here to help things go as smoothly as possible!

After unloading their vehicle, students will proceed to Holmes Hall, where they will check in to their dorm. Once they have checked in, students will be free to load their belongings into the dorm and start settling into their room.


Time (ALL TIMES EASTERN)ActivityLocation
9:00 - 9:45 am
Registration for GSA Students who live 30 minutes or less from Lexington
Holmes Hall, Parking Area
9:45 - 10:15 am
Registration for GSA Students who live less than 1 hour from Lexington
Holmes Hall, Parking Area
10:15 - 11:15 am
Registration for GSA Students who live 1.5 hours from Lexington
Holmes Hall, Parking Area
11:15 – 11:45 am
Registration for GSA Students who live 2 hours from Lexington
Holmes Hall, Parking Area
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Registration for GSA Students who live over 2 hours from Lexington
Holmes Hall, Parking Area


If you are an Instrumental Music student who is bringing a large instrument (including all percussion, double basses, cellos, guitars, banjo, tubas, euphoniums, bass trombones, tenor trombones, french horns, baritone saxophones, tenor saxophones, and bassoons, or anyone who is bringing multiple instruments), you must load your instrument(s) in on Opening Day between 12:00 and 1:00pm ET. Please do not arrive later than 1:00pm ET, as no GSA faculty or staff will be available to accommodate you. 

Large instruments should be dropped off in Band Room 22 in the Fine Arts Building. Please view the Large Instrument Load-In Map to view the route from the Coliseum parking lot to the Fine Arts Building

Instrumental Music students with small instruments (piccolos, flutes, clarinets, oboes, alto saxophones, trumpets, violins, violas) must bring these with them to the first day of class


Time (ALL TIMES EASTERN)ActivityLocation
9:00 am - 12:45 pm
Move-In/ Registration for GSA Students
Holmes Hall, Parking Area
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Family Brunch (optional)
Champions Kitchen, Student Center
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Opening Ceremonies & Studio Tours
Concert Hall, Singletary Center For The Arts
3:00 – 3:15 pm
Parents Farewell To Students
3:15 – 4:00 pm
Mandatory Parents/Guardians Orientation With GSA (Parents/Guardians depart after this meeting)
Concert Hall, Singletary Center For The Arts
3:15 – 4:00 pm
Students Meet With Instructors
4:00 – 5:15 pm
First RA Group Meetings & Getting Acquainted
Various locations on campus
5:15 – 6:15 pm
Champions Kitchen, Student Center
6:30 pm
Photo Night (photo taken of entire class, each artform group, etc.); followed by free time
Student Center
By 10:00 pm
 Initial Residential Life Floor Meetings
Student Housing



- When packing for the program, please refer to the general packing list found in your pre-program packet, as well as your artform and session's discipline letter (which you can find here). These letters are written by GSA faculty and contain important information including discipline supply lists and any pre-program prep work students should complete prior to their arrival. 

- If you take any medications, prescription or over-the counter, please pack enough to last through all three weeks of the program.

- GSA is not currently planning to require masks for any faculty, staff, students, or their guests. However, anyone who would like to wear a mask may do so at any time. We do ask that you bring your own masks, and be sure to pack enough to last all three weeks.


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