Western Preview

Western Preview is our largest event of the year for admitted students and their families. Spend a Saturday with us and sit in on academic information sessions led by department staff and faculty, explore Western's campus and residence halls, meet with current Western students, have lunch on campus, attend a Student Services and Club Fair, and more!

Western Preview will take place Saturday, April 7, 2018.

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



Subject to change

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 

Check in with campus tour

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Check in without campus tour

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Session

11:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Academic sessions & lunch*

11:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Select residence halls across campus are open

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Explore Campus on your own: Campus Club & Services Fair, Wade King Recreation Center Tours and Interest Sessions available.

*Based on academic sessions selected during registration, students will receive a personal agenda via email and at check-in.

Academic Sessions & Lunch

Sample only

Between 11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. you will have the chance to attend two academic sessions, take a break for lunch in one of our Residential Dining Halls and tour the Residence Halls. When you register you will choose two academic session options, one option for lunch and one option for Residence Hall tours.

Art & Art History
Behavioral Neuroscience
Business and Economics
Communication Science Disorders
Communication Studies
Computer Sciences
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Human Services
Huxley College of the Environment
Industrial Design
Kinesiology, Physical Education, Community Health, & Recreation
Modern and Classical Languages
Physics & Astronomy
Political Science
Pre-Health Care
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Interest Sessions

Sample only

At 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. you will have the opportunity to attend the following interest sessions. All sessions are available at both times.

Financial Aid: Paying for College
Home Away from Home: Living on Campus
Honors Program
Viking Parent Panel
Campus Life and Student Leadership
Study Abroad

Campus Clubs & Services Fair

From 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. you are invited to attend the Campus Clubs & Services Fair, which will include representatives from many student clubs and organizations and student services.

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, sunglasses, and your camera. If you bring your $280 enrollment confirmation to the Info Booth in Red Square we'll happily celebrate with you and your family!

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 Western Preview, 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.