Western Fall Welcome

One day is all it takes!

Western Fall Welcome is the perfect way for future Western students to learn all about Viking life. Spend a Saturday with us and explore Western's campus and residence halls, meet with current Western students, professors and our Admissions Team, and gain insight into the admissions process.


Western Fall Welcome registration is now closed. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (360) 650-3440 or admit@wwu.edu for other options for this program.


Who's Invited?

All students and families interested in Western Washington University


Saturday, October 25, 2014


Free! There is no charge for attending this program. We will provide you with a discount coupon for lunch in a dining hall!

Subject to change

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Check-in, Welcome Sessions, and Campus Tours in Communications Facility Lobby (last tour leaves at 10:15)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residence Hall Open Houses

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Honors Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Transferring to Western
  • Community and Culture
  • The Western Experience

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Academic Department Open Houses

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet and Greet with the Admissions Team

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Honors Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Financial Aid
  • Community and Culture
  • The Western Experience

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours, and Workshops and Information Sessions:

  • Financial Aid
  • Transferring to Western
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Wade King Recreation Center Tours
What to Bring

We ordered the sun, but please be sure to check the actual Bellingham weather forecast before you visit. We recommend layered clothing, a rain jacket or umbrella and comfortable shoes. 

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 or hydration stations. 

Don't forget your friends, family, and energy!

Directions and 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, 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.

While you're here

In addition to Western Fall Welcome, the weekend of October 25 is also when we will host our Fall Family Open House event, with activities and sessions open to prospective and current students and their families. Events run from Friday through Sunday. Visit the event website for a full schedule – we recommend catching a Dead Parrot Society improv or planetarium show. All events are open for drop-in and free unless otherwise indicated.