How does the FAST PASS line work? The FAST PASS line will always go in tower first — no matter how long the regular line is and the amount of time a person has been waiting in the regular line. In 2018, some seniors waited in line up to four hours to climb the Bell Tower without a FAST PASS. Seniors who are eligible for the FAST PASS will be on a list at the event. Seniors do not pick up their FAST PASS in advance.
How is this event funded? Thanks to dues paid by more than 66,000 GAA members, the GAA is able to open the doors to the Bell Tower so seniors may make the climb during Senior Week. Senior events such as the Bell Tower Climb are not paid for with University funds — that is no student fees, tuition or state appropriations — but are funded 100 percent by GAA member dues.
When will a decision about the rain date be made? If the event needs to be rescheduled due to weather, the senior class marshals and GAA staff will decide 24 hours in advance of the senior Bell Tower Climb. Check your email and social media channels for updates. If cancelled, the climb will be held on Thursday, April 11.
When does the climb end? The lines (fast pass and regular) for the climb will close at 4 p.m. Those in line will be permitted to climb the Bell Tower until 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. those still in line will not be permitted to enter the Bell Tower.