Parents - Visit


Greenville University and the surrounding area offer a variety of family friendly activities. We encourage parents to visit their children at GU. It's a great time to make lasting memories before your son or daughter graduates. Your visit gives your child a break from studying and allows you to meet his new friends. You can even take him out for a free meal.

What to do While Visiting Campus?

  • The Gullies Nature Trail - The Gullies is a 44-acre property north of Greenville’s campus that can be accessed from the southern entrance behind Hoiles house on Beaumont Avenue or from the northern entrance on IL-140 near the cell tower. It includes a limestone walking path connecting the two entrances as well as several unmarked, dirt paths. At roughly the midpoint of the main path is a wooden walkway that crosses over a natural spring that feeds a bald cypress swamp. There is also a disk golf course running the length of the limestone path. On the east side of the Beaumont Avenue entrance is the Hoiles garden, a sunken garden area where various species of native wildflowers, a man-made fish pond, and soon-to-come mural can be found. Several trails cross through Hoiles garden connecting it and northern portions of the Gullies.
  • Greenville University Bookstore - Located in the Dietzman Center, you will find Greenville University apparel and gifts.
  • Jo's Java - Located in the Dietzman Center adjacent to the bookstore, Jo's is a popular campus stop serving specialty teas and coffees.
  • The Sims Student Union and Grill - The Grill is located on the first floor of the Sims Student Union with a variety of hot food, snacks, and drinks. Relax and take in the view of campus in the upper-level lounge, or enjoy a game of ping-pong or pool.
  • Bock Sculpture Museum - The museum houses a collection of sculptures completed by Richard W. Bock, a turn-of-the-century sculptor who worked closely with famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Maves Art Center - You can visit the Rowland Art Gallery which features a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Maves Art Center also houses the digital media computer lab, classrooms, and faculty offices.
  • Ruby E. Dare Library - The college library has a large collection of books, periodicals and newspapers. Feel free to browse our collection and find a comfortable place to relax and read.


Greenville Area Accommodations


Carlyle (20 minutes south)

Hillsboro (20 minutes north)                

Highland (20 minutes west)

Vandalia (20 minutes east)

Points of Interest in the Area

Greenville, IL - Governor Bond Lake, American Farm Heritage Museum, Town Square and Globe Theatre

Carlyle, IL - Carlyle Lake and Eldon Hazlet State Park

Vandalia, IL - Old State Capitol and historic Abraham Lincoln site

Fairview Heights, IL - St. Clair Square Mall, restaurants and shopping

St. Louis, MO - Restaurants, museums, parks, theaters, pro sporting events, Saint Louis Zoo, Science Center, Six Flags St. Louis, Grant's Farm, and more. Visit

Grafton, IL - Pere Marquette Lodge and State ParkGreat River Road National Scenic Byway

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