Get Ready for Discovery Days

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

Getting to Discovery Days

Check-in at 10 a.m. in the Academic Instructional West (AW) Lobby. Please give yourself time to pick up a parking pass and park in the appropriate lot. You'll park for free in the C Lots off South College Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway

Have you registered?

If you haven't registered for a Discovery Day yet, sign up here.


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Academic Instructional Center (AIC) West Lobby (Map)


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wade King Recreation Center Tours

Take a short tour of our Wade King Recreation Center with current students. Tours leave every 10 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 10:50 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Campus Tours
Campus Tours depart from the AW Lobby every 15 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m. The last tour departs at 12:15 p.m., and tours last 45 minutes.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Department Drop In Sessions
If you're interested in a specific major, contact the academic department or office you are interested in at least two weeks prior to your visit to make arrangements.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grab Lunch on Campus!
Have some time before the panel? Feel free to eat lunch in one of our dining halls or at any of our multiple eateries on campus. You can also take the short trip downtown to check out any of our local lunch spots if you prefer! Ask your tour guide for on-campus food recommendations after your tour and plan for a little extra time as this is when most students are eating on campus. Dining Halls are $9.22 + tax per person for all-you-can-eat!

*please note that summer dining hall prices will vary  

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information Sessions
First-Year Student Admissions presentation followed by a moderated Q&A with current students from 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Optional Financial Aid Presentation from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Residence Hall Showcase
Talk with current student Housing Ambassadors about what campus life is like in the Residence Halls! We have several residence halls open for you to visit.

Interested in a Specific Major?

Check in early and participate in our Academic Department Drop In! Many of our departments are open and available for you to visit and ask questions of staff members regarding specific Colleges and majors. If you're interested in a specific major, contact the academic department or office you are interested in at least two weeks prior to your visit to make arrangements.

View the Academic Department Drop In Options below for the most updated list of participating Departments and please note that some departments are only available during specific times.

Spend the first part of your day on campus visiting the Departments that interest you most! Our self-led Academic Department Drop In includes opportunities to pop in to the following Departments to receive information from academic department staff and ask questions about specific majors:

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.

Guest Parking Map


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

Regional Transportation Options

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.