Spring Into Western

A special event for high school students and families beginning their college search

Each May, high school students and their families are invited to experience life at Western during Spring into Western, our spring event tailored for students considering applying to Western. At Spring into Western, visitors get to: 

  • Connect with current students
  • Tour campus
  • Explore residence halls
  • Get your admissions questions answered
  • Learn about options for financing your education

Sign up below to be notified when Spring into Western registration opens, and please explore our other visit options as well!

Subject to change
9 - 9:30 a.m.

Check-in at the Communications Facility lobby

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Campus Tours

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Welcome Session in the Performing Arts Center 

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Admissions and Financial Aid Presentation and break for lunch

(Admission to the dining hall is $5 per person with a discounted meal ticket)​

1 - 4 p.m.

Campus Open House: Residence Hall Showcase, Honors Program, Beyond the Classroom, Classes Without Quizzes, Meet the Deans of the Colleges

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, water, sunglasses, and your camera.

Also, bring a water bottle. Western recently joined 50 other colleges in becoming a bottled water free campus. This student-led initiative supports one of Western’s core values of environmental sustainability. Guests can purchase cups of water at any of our eateries on campus, as well as bring their own reusable water bottle to fill at water fountains.

Directions & Parking

Get info on driving to Western and campus maps.

Park for free in the 'C Lots' off South College Drive and Bill McDonald Parkway.

Exploring Bellingham

While you are in town for Spring into Western, check out places to stay and eat and other activities in the Bellingham area.

If you need overnight accommodations, space is limited and we recommend booking a hotel reservation in advance.


For accessible parking and campus route information click here or ask our student volunteers when you arrive.

Campus tours are barrier-free.

Dietary Restrictions

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


Spring into Western guests are also invited to register for Back2Bellingham on the day of the program. The Back2Bellingham registration fee of $20 provides each registered guest with a B2B VIP pass – a special bracelet which provides access to a variety of activities. Last year's B2B activities included:

  • Exciting lectures from some of Western’s top faculty

  • Live music on four stages, plus students playing music outdoors throughout campus

  • BBQ lunch and music on Old Main Lawn

  • Red Square Carnival: Includes live entertainment, 250' zip line, bouncy houses, and exciting carnival activities

  • Exhibits of student work

  • A whole lot more! 

Visit the Back2Bellingham webpage or ask our friendly staff when you check in for Spring Into Western for more information.