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 on Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Who's Invited?

All students and families interested in Western Washington University.


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!

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)

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Welcome Session

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

Residence Hall Showcase

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Applying to Western
  • Education Abroad
  • Student Life and Parent Panels
  • Transferring to Western

11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Academic Department Open House

12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

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

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet and Greet with the Admissions Team

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Honors Program
  • Education Abroad
  • Student Life and Parent Panels
  • Financial Aid

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Tours, Workshops and Information Sessions, including:

  • Honors Program
  • Applying to Western
  • Fairhaven College
  • Financial Aid
  • Wade King Recreation Center Tours (2:45pm, 2:55pm, 3:10pm)
  • Afternoon Campus Tour (2:45 - 3:30pm)


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.