Transfer Days Program Information
Here's what you need to know to plan your visit.
If you haven't registered for Transfer Days yet, sign up here.
Getting to Transfer Days
Park for free in the C Lots off South College Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway. Check-in at 10 a.m. in the Academic Instructional West (AW) Lobby. If driving, please give yourself time to pick up a parking pass and park in the appropriate lot.
Interested in a Specific Major?
Academic Department visits are by appointment only and will need to be coordinated prior to your visit to campus. 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.
Transfer Days Agenda
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Academic Instructional Center (AIC) West Lobby (Map)
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Optional 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 10:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Time to Meet with Academic Departments and other Student Services Offices
Visit student services offices during Transfer Days between 10:30 a.m. and noon. While most offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, appointments are recommended.
You can also set up an appointment in advance with Academic Departments during this time to learn more about the programs of study that interest you. Please make your appointments 1-2 weeks in advance.
Don't forget to stop by the Western Associated Students Bookstore, visit the Western Gallery in the Fine Arts Building (Tuesday through Fridays), or grab a coffee at the Underground Coffeehouse on the third floor of the Viking Union (open Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters).
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grab Lunch on Campus!
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 any of our Admissions staff for campus food recommendations and plan for a little extra time as this is when most students are eating on campus.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Optional Campus Tour
Optional Campus Tours begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. before the Transfer Admissions presentation.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Information Session & Student Panel
Transfer student admissions information session followed by a Q & A with current transfer students.
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.
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.
Guest Parking Map
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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.
Use our interactive campus map, or feel free to pick up an old-school paper map at the Campus Services building.
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
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.
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).
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.