Congratulations on being accepted to Western! Now that you're in, we hope you and your family can join us for our upcoming Admitted Student Days. These free events are the perfect opportunity to come take a closer look at campus and get acquainted with your new community.

  • Learn more about academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, and resources that are available now and those that will help you when you arrive on campus in the fall.
  • Attend mock classes led by our exceptional faculty and other informational sessions aligned to your individual interests
  • Discover our on-campus housing options and which residential communities are right for you.
  • Meet with current students and ask questions about their experiences at Western.
  • Explore our beautiful campus and the inviting community of Bellingham.

2024 Dates will be announced February 2024

Dates for 2024 have not been announced. In the meantime, take a look at our Visit page for other visit options.

More Visit Options


8:30 – 9:30 AM Check-In

8:30 - 10:00 AM Resource Fair

Visit with staff from various student support departments and resource offices!

10:10 – 10:40 AM Welcome Session

Speakers to include:

Chiyo Aoki-Kramer, Current WWU Student
Maddie Gard, Current WWU Student
Brad Johnson, Provost & Executive Vice President
Cezar Mesquita, Director of Admissions

11:00 – 11:45 AM Mock Classes and Other Options

Attend a mock class or other campus option of your choice! There will be a variety of options to choose from that best suits your interest.

To provide the best, most authentic experience for admitted students, mock classes are for students only. There will be several family sessions available for families to attend during this time.

11:45 AM – 12:50 PM Lunch

We'll be providing complimentary dining on campus or you can feel free to take a short drive to downtown Bellingham for lunch.

12:30 – 3:30 PM Campus Tours (ongoing)

These 45-minute walking tours of campus will begin every half-hour.

1:00 – 2:45 PM Open House (2 sessions)

Learn about Western's Honors College, Study Abroad opportunities, starting at Western with Community College credit, Next Steps for First Year and Transfer Students, Residence Hall communities at Western, and more! Connect with current Western students and see what it is like to live and learn at Western.

Each presentation will have 2 sessions (at 1:00 and 2:00) so you'll have the flexibility to attend more than one.

Mock Classes

April 1

College of Science and Engineering

Do you know what happens when you set your plastic out on the curb? Students in this class will get to learn and understand the process of how our waste plastic becomes a new product. You will shred, customize the design, press and melt, trim and assemble, resulting in a functional and stylish notebook.

Taught by: Nicole Hoekstra (Professor in Polymer Materials Engineering) and her students

Faculty Bio: Nicole teaches in the PME program. Her area of expertise is the design and manufacturing of plastic parts using recycled materials. Her student research teams are working on recycling 3D prints for Boeing, identifying new products from “difficult to recycle” products like snowboards/skis, and working with non-profit organizations to collect and repurpose litter collected from Pacific beaches.

A brief overview of modern rechargeable battery technology and how to incorporate rechargeable technology into embedded systems designs. Battery charging circuits for both single-cell and multi-cell design.

Taught by: John Lund, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

Faculty Bio: John Lund is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009. His research focuses on wireless embedded sensor systems that enable novel sensing and data distribution in remote environments. He primarily teaches classes on topics related to digital and analog circuit analysis and design.

In this interactive lecture, participants will learn about different types of volcanic eruptions and their relative hazards. There will be a short activity to explore the viscosity of different materials (chocolate pudding and corn syrup) as an analogue for different volcano types. We will test how viscosity differs between these materials but also changes as a function of temperature and crystallinity, and thus, volcanic hazards.

Taught by: Kristina Walowski, Assistant Professor, Geology

Faculty Bio: Dr. Kristina Walowski has been an Assistant Professor of Geology at WWU since 2021. Her research utilizes the chemistry and physical properties of volcanic rocks and minerals to study a variety of magmatic processes from magma reservoir evolution and volcanic eruption dynamics to long-term chemical evolution of Earth's solid interior. At WWU, she teaches courses in Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Geochemistry, Volcanology, and Field Geology.

To understand how rocks form, geoscientists need to investigate everything from how the rocks look in the field to the chemistry of microscopic minerals found in the rocks. One of the techniques used to study these tiny minerals is called Laser Ablation Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, or LA-ICP-MS. The ICP-MS is a scientific instrument that specializes in determining the trace element contents of samples. Trace elements are elements that are found in very low abundances but are extremely important because they allow the geoscientists (and many other scientists!) to “fingerprint” the samples and determine things like where they originated. The laser part allows geoscientists to analyze solid samples such as the minerals of interest. Sign up if you’re interested in learning more and blasting a mineral with a laser! For this class, students are required to wear lab-appropriate clothing (long pants, closed-toes shoes, t-shirt, or long-sleeve shirt).

Taught by: Mai Sas, Geochemistry Research Associate, Geology

Faculty Bio: Dr. Mai Sas is a geochemistry research associate and the LA-ICP-MS specialist in the WWU Geology Department. Her research utilizes microanalysis of minerals in volcanic rocks to decipher how and where magmas form. When not doing science, Mai enjoys hiking, roller derby, and growing plants.

College of the Environment

Did you know that you use about 150 times more energy each day than you eat? And that we humans are the only animal that does this? In this course we will quantify are daily energy use and learn how these energy services benefit our daily lives. We will learn how to lower our energy consumption without compromising any of its benefits.

Taught by:

Charlie Barnhart, Associate Professor, Institute for Energy Studies

Faculty Bio: Charlie Barnhart is an Associate Professor in WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies. His research focus on the energy required to run societies and how to minimize environmental harm while promoting human welfare.

Taught by:

Froylan Sifuentes, Assistant Professor, Institute for Energy Studies & Environmental Sciences

Faculty Bio: Froylan Sifuentes is an Assistant Professor in IES and Environmental Sciences. His research focus on understanding and solving the obstacles to increase the role renewable energy plays in our electricity grids.

Ocean acidification is sometimes called the evil twin of climate change. It’s driven by the carbon dioxide being added to the atmosphere, which is changing the chemistry of the oceans. These changes can influence how hard it is to make a shell or how easy it is for plants and algae to grow. Ocean acidification can affect anything from the survival of tiny oysters to the sense of smell in fish. We will start with some basics about how the ocean waters are changing. Then we will look at some of the more common responses among different organisms, including some common in the Salish Sea. We will explore what we do and don’t know about what happens when things get complicated, like when temperature and carbon dioxide are changing at the same time or in coastal waters that have many other influences. Finally, we will take a look at what we know about what the future holds and how people and policymakers are addressing the coming changes.

Taught by: Brooke Love, Associate Professor, Environmental Science

Faculty Bio: Brooke Love is an oceanographer who is interested in how ocean acidification and climate change are unfolding in our local Washington waters. She is a chemical oceanographer by training, who started building instruments to measure carbon dioxide in high-temperature black smokers on the sea floor. Now, she studies how ocean acidification and temperature change affect organisms ranging from plankton to eelgrass to herring. This involves a lot of plumbing, and she is always happy with a box of fittings and some tubing. She’s also dedicated to ocean education inside and outside  the classroom.

Environmental justice examines who is most affected by environmental hazards and why communities don’t have equitable access to environmental goods. Environmental injustice often results from skewed mainstream narratives of what is an environmental issue and who is most at risk. In this brief, interactive session, participants will explore the varying meanings of “justice” in the context of environmental decision-making.

Taught by: Kate Darby, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies

Faculty Bio: Kate Darby is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, where she also facilitates the Environmental Justice minor. Her research interests center around social and environmental justice, environmental justice pedagogy in higher education, and sustainable food systems. In addition to courses in environmental justice, Dr. Darby also teaches ENVS 303: Human Ecology and Ethics, and ENVS 302: Navigating Environmental Studies. She also developed a new general education course, ENVS 115: Hope and Agency in a Climate-Altered World.

Marine and Coastal Science Program

This class will introduce students to WWU’s backyard: The Salish Sea. We will learn about the intricate combination of physics, chemistry, geology, and biology that have led to the formation of this unique region that Western students call home and by which the Coast Salish Peoples have lived since time immemorial.

Taught by: Dr. Nina Whitney, Student Engagement Lead and Research Assistant Professor, Marine and Coastal Science

Faculty Bio: Nina currently splits her time between teaching, academic advising, and researching in the Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) program. Included in the classes that Nina teaches are MACS 210: Introduction to Marine and Coastal Science Research and MACS 310: Marine Science and Society. Nina’s research is in the field of paleoceanography (the study of past changes in the oceans). Specifically, she analyzes the chemistry is bivalve shells to reconstruct the temperature and circulation of the oceans hundreds of years ago.

College of Fine and Performing Arts

In this session, Dr. Christopher Bianco, conductor and Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts will discuss the basics of how to get involved in the arts at WWU. Additionally, there will be some movement basics for learning artistic non-verbal communication.

Taught by: Dr. Christopher Bianco, Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty Bio: Dr. Bianco brings a diverse background to the podium and to his students in the classroom. He completed his formal training at The University of Texas at Austin as a student of Jerry Junkin, where he served as a teaching assistant for the conducting program, UT Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and Longhorn Band. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting in December of 2004. In addition to his work with Jerry Junkin, Dr. Bianco has studied, conducting with John Paynter, Kevin Sedatole and Steve Bolstad. His trumpet teachers have included Vincent Cichowicz, Ray Sasaki, Steve Bolstad, David Coleman and Vince DiMartino. Dr. Bianco is President Elect of the Northwest Region of the College Band Director's National Association. Additionally, he recently completed a term as the Higher Education Curriculum Officer for the Executive Board of the Washington Music Educator's Association. Christopher now holds the position of Director of Bands at Western Washington University.

The study of the arts provides an entry into ever-growing creative industries. In this class, we will begin with a lateral thinking exercise, acquaint ourselves with the academic and professional pathways in the creative industries and finish with an identity articulation exercise.

Taught by: Lucas G Senger, Adjunct Professor, Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation (AECI)

Faculty Bio: Lucas G Senger is an adjunct professor and consultant. In the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Senger co-designed and instructs the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation and teaches in the CFPA’s Music Department and first-year offerings. Prior to joining WWU in 2016, Lucas spent two decades as an organizational leader in creative industry. Senger is co-founder of the creative strategy consultancy Cake Machine, a firm focused on emergent strategy and adaptable business infrastructure development. Senger’s work is driven by empowering creativity, developing equitable and effective organizational ecosystems, centering human-focused design, and building adaptable structures for innovation. Senger is an Ashoka Change Leader at Western, connecting the campus to a global network of change-oriented academic institutions.

April 8

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

I will describe some research studies that illustrate how our thought processes can sometimes mislead us and give some tips for making better choices.

Taught by: Kristi Lemm, Professor, Department of Psychology

Faculty Bio: Dr. Lemm teaches social psychology and statistics and her research interests include stereotyping and prejudice, gender identity, and LGBTQ+ issues.

We will discuss social media and the ways that various platforms and features of social media create user identities, communicate messages, and prompt or change behaviors. We will also explore the ethical issues involved with data collection and algorithms in an increasingly online world.

Taught by: Stephanie Gomez (she/her/hers/ella), Assistant Professor, Department of Communications Studies

Faculty Bio: Dr. Gomez’s teaching and research interests include critical media studies, critical/cultural studies, and the representation of race, ethnicity, gender, and nationality in the media. Her other interests include reading all genres of books, watching TV, and hanging out with her dog, Estrella.

Come and join this discussion about how language and communication skills develop through complex interactions between children and their family members during everyday activities.

Taught by: Heather Moore, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Bio: Dr. Moore teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Western, focusing on pediatric speech and language development and disorders. Her research centers on the efficacy and efficiency of parent-implemented naturalistic communication assessment and intervention. She believes that professional confidence grows as students begin to view themselves as critical thinkers who can apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real life applications.

Line breaks are fundamental to how poems make meaning—they can create music, interrupt expectations, emphasize, and make surprising connections—and yet how they work is often mysterious, below the surface of a reader’s conscious understanding. In this sample class, we’ll investigate this fundamental poetic art, breaking some lines ourselves.

Taught by: Stefania Heim, Associate Professor, English

Faculty Bio: Stefania Heim is a poet, scholar, translator, editor, and educator dedicated to the intersections between these pursuits. The author of two award-winning collections of poetry, she researches modern literature and its relationships to social life and interdisciplinary knowledge.

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

This session will ask students to grapple with the question “What Is Poetry?” We’ll examine a variety of poems. The session will also expose students to some of the tools poetry professors use to close read and analyze poetry. By the end of the session, students will know whether they truly hate poetry or if they’re just being dramatic when they say "I hate poetry."

Taught by: Dr. Caskey Russell, Dean of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Bio: Caskey Russell is a professor and dean of Fairhaven College. He teaches courses in literature, film, Indigenous Studies, and songwriting. He is a Western alum—he received his BA and MA from Western and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He’s originally from Seattle and is a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska.

Have you ever wondered if you can change systems of inequality? Do you worry about the state of the world but do not know where to begin? What if we thought of the justice system as a system that heals rather than punishes?

Join me in this short introduction to law for social justice, where you will learn about activists and leaders, and non-western philosophers who continue to create a more just and equitable society.

Taught by: Ceci Lopez, Assistant Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Bio: Ceci Lopez graduated from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, where she wrote a concentration on Law, Diversity and Public Policy. Ceci holds a JD and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. After graduating from law school, Ceci received the prestigious Christine Brunswick Public Service Fellowship from the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. This two-year fellowship allowed her to provide free legal assistance to low-income taxpayers and micro-entrepreneurs who had issues with the IRS. After the fellowship ended, Ceci began her own law firm, where she continues to work with low and moderate income individuals with tax and business matters. Her law firm provides services in a sliding fee scale and no one is turned down because of inability to pay. In addition, all her services are provided in both English or Spanish. Ceci seeks to bring a social lens to the practice of law and into the classroom. In the classroom, Ceci enjoys guiding students through developing an understanding and making connections about the impact of legal language in the development of culture and also, how culture shapes the law. Students benefit from Ceci's experiences as a learner of English as a Second Language and a first generation immigrant to the U.S., her journey through education and the decisions that lead her to follow a career in law.

Woodring College of Education

In this presentation, Dr. Debi Hanuscin will introduce students to the profession of elementary teaching, discussing challenges new teachers face, and how students can ensure they are best prepared to meet these in their own teaching careers.

Taught by: Dr. Debi Hanuscin, Professor, Elementary Education and Science, Math, & Technology Education (SMATE)

Faculty Bio: Dr. H is an award-winning former elementary teacher and professor who has co-authored several books on teaching. Working with Dr. Hanuscin, WWU elementary students have co-developed curriculum materials in partnership with local museums and informal education organizations, co-presented at national conferences, and co-authored manuscripts for publication. She currently serves as advisor to students in the General Science Bachelor of Arts in Education Program (Elementary BAE).

College of Business and Economics

This session will discuss how the financial accounting information from the financial statements can be useful in the capital market and how the accounting choices matter in the decision-making process.

Taught by:

Professor Shuo Li, Associate Professor, Accounting

Faculty Bio: Shuo Li joined the accounting faculty at Western in 2017. Shuo's primary teaching interest is in financial accounting. He has taught Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACCT 240), Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 341), and Financial Accounting Research & Communication (ACCT 443/MPAC 543). His primary research interests are financial reporting quality, information intermediaries, corporate governance, audit pricing, and international business. His research has been published in several high-quality academic journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Advances in Accounting, International Review of Economics & Finance, and Managerial Auditing Journal.

Professor Jared A. Moore, Associate Professor, Accounting

Faculty Bio: Jared Moore is an associate professor of accounting. He holds a B.S. (Accountancy), Master of Taxation, and PhD (Accounting; 2006) degrees from Arizona State University and is licensed as a certified public accountant (Arizona). Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Moore worked for seven years in the private sector, specializing mainly in financial accounting and business and individual taxation. Professor Moore’s teaching interests are in the areas of financial accounting and taxation; and his research interests include the interplay between tax and financial reporting, market implications of tax and accounting information, corporate taxes and business decisions, tax avoidance, and tax and financial reporting policy issues.

See Nature. See nature as an integrated system. See People. See people as self-interested-seeing autonomous beings. Can nature teach us…anything?

What will unfold is an impactful story of how we might learn from the rest of nature…and, in the process, enjoy a more meaningful existence. One that is integrated. One that is ethical. One that is sustainable. Can nature teach us…anything...? You be the judge.

Taught by: Professor Craig Dunn, Wilder Distinguished Professor, Business and Sustainability

Faculty Bio: Craig P. Dunn is a Professor within the College of Business and Economics at WWU and Associate Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University, in both instances specializing in business and society issues. In mid-September 2016, he transitioned into Western's Wilder Distinguished Professorship of Business and Sustainability, having previously served for three years as Dean of the College of Business and Economics. His research interests include managerial ethics and values, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, the meaning of work, and social entrepreneurship. He is active in the International Association for Business and Society (IABS)—publisher of the journal Business & Society—serving on the Board of Fellows as well as Past President. Craig has served on the Advisory Committee of Washington Campus Compact, a statewide organization dedicated to advancing service-learning within the region.

This class will examine the December 2018 arrest in Vancouver, Canada -- at the request of the United States -- of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment company. The arrest set off a cycle of hostage taking, trade wars and economic sanctions that upended the race to lead in 5G, the technology of the future.

Taught by: Professor Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor of U.S.-Canada Economic Relations

Faculty Bio: Edward Alden is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., and author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). He was the project director for the Council’s Independent Task Force report The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills and U.S. Leadership in the 21st Century (2018).  His first book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11 (Harper Collins, 2008), was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas book prize. He has testified to Congress numerous times, written widely for major newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS News Hour and Bloomberg Surveillance. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Alden was the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times.

How do the costs of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, compare to more traditional generation technologies? What are the key concerns with integrating increasingly large amounts of renewable energy into our electricity grid? This class will provide an overview of some challenges and opportunities of a clean energy transition.

Taught by: Professor Reid Dorsey-Palmateer, Associate Professor, Economics

Faculty Bio: Reid Dorsey-Palmateer received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2015. His research interests cover various energy economics topics, such as energy efficiency in housing, environmental/energy policy topics, and economic issues with integrating additional intermittent renewable energy generation into the grid. He has recently published in journals such as Energy Economics and Energy Policy. At Western, Reid has taught a variety of classes, mostly connected to energy or environmental fields. In addition to the Department of Economics, Reid is also affiliated with WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies.

If you go to the grocery store right now, you might be surprised by or concerned about the high price of certain products, like eggs. In this class session, we’ll discuss the foundational economic concepts of supply and demand and use these concepts to understand where prices for different types of foods we eat come from. We’ll also consider how aspects of food markets, like product branding and labeling, environmental impacts of food production, and international trade, can affect these prices.

Taught by: Dr. Zoë Plakias, Assistant Professor, Economics

Faculty Bio: Dr. Zoë Plakias is an agricultural and food systems economist. She currently teaches courses in environmental economics, resource economics, and introductory microeconomics. She received her BA in Economics from Western in 2010 and her PhD from the University of California, Davis in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2016. She returned to Western in 2022 after six years on the faculty at Ohio State University.

Getting to Campus

From Interstate 5, take Exit #252 (Samish Way and WWU). Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs for Bill McDonald Parkway and the University Campus.



Parking for Admitted Student Days is complimentary! Refer to your confirmation email for parking and check-in information.

Important Travel Note:

Due to other events in the area, we anticipate that hotel room vacancies in Bellingham and the surrounding communities will be limited. If you are traveling for Admitted Student Days and plan on staying overnight, please be sure to reserve your accommodations as soon as possible.

Can't make it?

Admitted Viking Visits

Western is offering Admitted Viking Visits on several Fridays in April. These free events are great opportunities to hear from current students, tour campus, and meet with student services offices. The program is comprehensive with a full-day agenda, but if you wish to meet with a specific academic department, we suggest reaching out to them at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Other Visit Options

There are lots of great ways to learn more about life and academics at Western. From outdoor in-person tours to guided virtual tours and information sessions, you and your family are invited to connect and explore.