Get Ready for Admitted Student Day

Here's what you need to know to plan your visit. If you haven't registered for Admitted Student Day yet, sign up here.


Getting to Admitted Student Day

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. You will park for free in the C Lots off South College Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway, and then head to the Wade King Student Recreation Center MAC Gym for check-in. Look for our Western student volunteers who will direct you toward available parking and check-in.


For your personalized agenda, which includes the academic and interest sessions you signed up for, please review your registration confirmation email (if you're having difficulty locating your confirmation email, please feel free to contact us). Your personalized agenda will also be provided at check-in.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 

Check in with campus tour

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Check in without campus tour

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Session

11:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Academic sessions & lunch*

11:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Select residence halls across campus are open

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Explore Campus on your own: Campus Club & Services Fair, Wade King Recreation Center Tours, Engineering & Design Lab Tours, Interest Sessions, and more!


*Based on academic sessions selected during registration, students will receive a personal agenda via email and at check-in. Please note that once you have registered for your Western Preview sessions, they cannot be changed. You will receive a list of available sessions you are able to attend the day of the program should you wish to attend a different academic session.

Academic Sessions & Lunch

Sample only

Between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. you will have the chance to attend two academic sessions, take a break for lunch in one of our Residential Dining Halls and tour the Residence Halls. When you register you will choose two academic session options, one option for lunch and one option for Residence Hall tours.

  • Anthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Communication Science Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Sciences
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Geology
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Industrial Design
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology, Physical Education, Community Health, & Recreation
  • ​Linguistics
  • Math
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Health Care
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Undecided
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Interest Sessions

Sample only

At 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. you will have the opportunity to attend the following interest sessions. All sessions are available at both times.

  • Financial Aid: Paying for College
  • Making Western Your Home: Come Live With Us
  • Honors Program
  • College 101 Student Panel
  • Study Abroad: Come to Western and See the World!

Other Campus Options

From 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. you are invited to explore campus on your own by attending any of our afternoon options!

Attend the Campus Clubs & Student Services Fair, which will include representatives from many student clubs and organizations and student services, join the students and faculty of the Engineering & Design Department for tours of lab spaces, connect with several Student Support Resource offices, the Ethnic Student Center, and University Residences in our Library to get your questions answered,take a tour of our Wade King Recreational Center, visit our residence halls, and more!

Getting to Campus

Driving Directions

From the South

  • From Interstate 5, take exit 252.
  • Turn left off the ramp onto S. Samish Way.
  • Turn left at the stop light onto N. Samish Way.
  • Stay in the left lane and go over the freeway.
  • At the second light, turn left onto Bill McDonald Parkway/Byron Avenue – there will be a Wendy's and a 76 Station on your left.
  • Drive on Bill McDonald Parkway for just over 1 mile and continue straight through two stop lights (you will still be on the Bill McDonald Parkway).
  • The Campus Services Building will be the first building on the right after the intersection.

From the North

  • From Interstate 5 going south, take exit 252 and get in the right lane.
  • Turn right off the ramp onto N. Samish Way, and get into the left lane.
  • At the next light, turn left onto Bill McDonald Parkway/Byron Avenue - there will be a Wendy's and a 76 Station on your left.
  • Drive on Bill McDonald Parkway for just over 1 mile and continue straight through two stop lights (you will still be on the Bill McDonald Parkway).
  • The Campus Services Building will be the first building on the right after the intersection.

Parking and Campus Maps

Parking During the Week

We are pleased to offer complimentary parking for our guests attending our Admissions programs! To receive your discount at a parking kiosk, you will need your license plate number and the code found in your confirmation email for this program. You will park in a “C lot” and can get a parking permit at a “C lot” parking lot kiosk or through Parkmobile.

Parking On Weekends and Holidays

Park for free in the “C lots” on weekends and holidays. We also encourage visitors who would like to come on weekends to register for one of our Saturday tour options, or one of our full-day visit programs.

Campus Maps

Use our interactive campus map, or feel free to pick up an old-school paper map at the Campus Services building.

Have Questions?

Campus maps and parking information are available from Campus Services, open from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Other Travel Options

Bellingham International Airport

Allegiant Air -
Alaska/Horizon Airlines -

Greyhound (800) 231-2222

From Bellingham to downtown Seattle and Vancouver BC. Refer to for student discounts.

County Bus (360) 676-7433

Bellingham/Whatcom County bus system via Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA). Bus schedules available online at

Car Rentals

Avis - (800) 230-4898
Enterprise - (800) 261-7331
Hertz - (800) 654-3131

Airporter Shuttle (866) 235-5247

Shuttle service from Sea-Tac International Airport (100 mi. south of Bellingham).

Quick Shuttle (800) 665-2122

Shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport (50 mi. north of Bellingham).
Taxicabs (local)
Yellow Cab - (800) 281-5430

Train (800) 872-7245

Amtrak departs from Fairhaven (south Bellingham) traveling south through Seattle and north through Vancouver, BC. Refer to for student discounts.

Alaska Ferry (800) 382-9229

Departs from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and travels via Alaska's Inside Passage.

What to Bring

We ordered great weather, but please be sure to check the Bellingham weather forecast before you visit. We recommend layered clothing, a light rain jacket or umbrella, comfortable shoes, and sunglasses.

Also, bring a water bottle. This is a bottled water-free campus, supporting one of Western’s core values of environmental sustainability. You can purchase cups of water at any of our campus eateries, or fill your own reusable water bottle at our many water fountains and filling stations.


Campus tours are barrier-free (Accessibility Map of Campus). For more information contact the Disability Access Center at or (360) 650-3083.

Dietary Restrictions

Dining halls and campus markets offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options.