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.

Our next Western Fall Welcome event will take place in late October of 2016. More information will be available soon, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Get Notified When Western Fall Welcome Registration Opens


Who's Invited?

All students and families interested in Western Washington University


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)

Out of State Student Check In is in the Viking Union, room 565 at 9:00am, followed by a tour led by out of state students at 10:00am

9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

¿Habla español? Ofreceremos una breve sesión informativa seguida por un tour del campus (a partir de las 10) en español

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
  • Western and the Bellingham Community
  • 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
  • Western and the Bellingham Community
  • The Western Experience

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours, and Workshops and Information Sessions:

  • Afternoon Campus Tour
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferring to Western
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Wade King Recreation Center Tours
  • Associated Students and Viking Union Tour


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

Parking is free for Western Fall Welcome. The most convenient parking lots to use will be the gravel C or 12A lots on the south end of campus. You can find driving directions on our website, and another helpful tool is this campus map.

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.