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.


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

The Office of Transportation has directions for traveling to campus by car, bus, train, ferry, or airplane.

Regional Transportation Options

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.


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.