Western Preview

Stay tuned for Western Preview 2016

Western Preview, held each April, is our largest campus event dedicated to admitted freshmen and their families. Feel free to explore the sample agendas below and to sign up if you would like to be notified when registration goes live.

Sign up to be notified when Western Preview registration opens.



Subject to change

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Check in with campus tour

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Check in without campus tour

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Welcome Session

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Academic sessions & lunch*

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Campus tours

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Select residence halls across campus are open

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Outdoor Center open house

2:00 & 2:45 p.m.

Interest sessions

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Campus Fair
Fairhaven College open house

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Campus tours
Recreation Center tours

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

Art & Art History
Behavioral Neuroscience
Business and Economics
Communication Science Disorders
Communication Studies
Computer Sciences
Engineering and Design
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Human Services
Huxley College of the Environment
Languages, Linguistics, & East Asian Studies
Physical Education, Health, & Recreation
Physics & Astronomy
Political Science
Pre-Health Care

Interest Sessions

Sample only

At 2:00 and 2:45 p.m. you will have the opportunity to attend the following interest sessions. All sessions are available at both times.

Coming from Out of State
Community and Culture: Diverse Opportunities at Western
Financial Aid: Paying for College
Home Away from Home: Living on Campus
Honors Program
Parental Q & A with Campus Experts
Student Leadership 101
Study Abroad
Viking Launch

Campus Fair

Sample only

From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. you are invited to attend the Campus Fair, which will include representatives from many campus departments, student services, and clubs and organizations.

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 $250 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.