Here's what you need to know to plan your visit.

Getting to Admitted Student Day

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. 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.

Have you registered?

If you haven't registered for Admitted Student Day yet, sign up here.

Agenda

For your personalized agenda, which includes the lunch session time 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 - 8:45 a.m.

Check-in with campus tour

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Check-in without campus tour

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Academic Department Fair

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Session

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 Clubs & Services Fair, Wade King Recreation Center Tours, Interest Sessions, and more!

2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Interest Sessions
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!

*Based on lunch session times selected during registration, students will receive a personal agenda via email and at check-in. Please note that once you have registered for your Admitted Student Day lunch session, it cannot be changed.

Directions and Parking

 

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.

 

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.

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.

On Campus

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 the Disability Access Center at drs@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3083.

Dietary restrictions

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