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 will take place in October 2018, with the exact date to be determined. In the meantime, please view our other visit options.

Who's Invited?

All students and families interested in Western Washington University.


Saturday, October 21, 2017


Free! There is no charge for attending this program. You can choose to eat lunch on your own at one of our on-campus eateries, or receive a discounted lunch coupon for one of our dining halls!

*Please note schedule is subject to change

9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Check-in and Campus Tours in Academic Instructional Center West (AW) Lobby (last tour leaves at 9:30)

¿Habla español? Ofrecemos un tour del campus en español (a partir de las 9 y media)

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Welcome Sessions

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Showcase

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

Academic Sessions
Seven distinct colleges house 160+ academic majors across the University. During this session we invite you to learn more about the academic experience here at Western. Hear from our Deans about each college's program offerings, opportunities in and out of the classroom and what makes their programs stand out. An additional session is available to learn about pre-Health advising and programs.

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Woodring College of Education
  • Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising at Western

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on own, discounted tickets available for the Dining Commons as well as time to explore campus

12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet with the Admissions Team

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Transfer Admissions
  • Honors Program
  • Education Abroad
  • Student Life Panel
  • Freshman & Running Start Admissions
  • Campus Recreation and Athletics

2:15 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Wade King Recreation Center Tours (tours leave every 10-15 minutes beginning at 2:15pm. Last tour leaves at 3:40pm)

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Tours, Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Honors Program
  • Education Abroad
  • Student Life Panel
  • Freshman & Running Start Admissions
  • Campus Recreation and Athletics

2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Campus 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 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.