Get Ready for Western Preview

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

 

Getting to Western Preview

Check-in begins at the Wade King Student Recreation Center MAC Gym at 8 a.m. Park for free in the C Lots off South College Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway

Western Preview Agenda

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 - 9:30 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 - 3:30 p.m.

Select residence halls across campus are open

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Explore Campus on your own: Campus Club & Services Fair, Wade King Recreation Center Tours and Interest Sessions available.

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
  • Home Away from Home: Living on Campus
  • Honors Program
  • Viking Parent Panel
  • Campus Life and Student Leadership
  • Study Abroad

Campus Clubs & Services Fair

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. you are invited to attend the Campus Clubs & Services Fair, which will include representatives from many student clubs and organizations and student services.

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

Parking permits are required on campus during the week. You will park in a “C” lot. Purchase a parking permit at a “C lot” parking lot kiosk or through Parkmobile.

A discounted parking rate of $4 per day is available to our guests. 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.

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 - www.allegiantair.com
Alaska/Horizon Airlines - www.alaskaair.com

Greyhound (800) 231-2222

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

County Bus (360) 676-7433

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

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 www.amtrak.com 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.

Accessibility

Campus tours are barrier-free (Accessibility Map of Campus). For more information contact disAbility Resources at drs@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3083.

Dietary Restrictions

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