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Let's Get Things Started.

September 19 – 25, 2021

Kick off your academic year during Western Welcome Week!

You’re invited to a week of fun, free, and engaging events to welcome all new and returning students. We’re celebrating the return of students to campus with a slate of events like the AS Fall Info Fair, New Student Convocation, Late Night social events, the annual Outdoor Movie, a weeklong Bike Fest, and more! 

Schedule of Events

Western Welcome Week events, along with an array of additional, upcoming campus-wide events, will be posted on this website and via WWU social media. Join the fun to connect and reconnect with your peers and our beautiful campus! Have a great Fall Quarter and Welcome Back!

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact the department sponsoring the event directly. If you are unsure who to contact or who is sponsoring an event, please contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach office for assistance, 360-650-3846 or NSSFO@wwu.edu. 5 business days advance notice is appreciated.

COVID-19 Protocol: Please be aware that Western will follow guidelines for gatherings per our COVID-19 policies and protocols, so be sure to follow COVID-19-related instructions for campus in general, as well as for indoor and outdoor events, as directed. We are committed to a fun and safe welcome back!  

Welcome Week Events (September 19-25, 2021)

Meet in Red Square

Exploring campus for the first time? Need help finding your classrooms? Interested in learning more about campus buildings and where resources and services are located? Looking…

Free admission for WWU Students during WWW! Join us at Harrington Field to watch the WWU Women's Soccer team.

Wade King Student Recreation Center

Join us at the Rec Center as we kick off the school year and welcome students to campus with fitness demos, dancing, free food, games and much more!

In Person/On Campus & Virtual/via Handshake

Each year, the Associated Students of Western Washington University coordinates the AS Fall Info Fair. The Fall Info Fair is a part of the Western Welcome Week program, introducing new…

In front of Carver Gym, 11:00am-2:00pm

The WWU Alumni Association is excited to welcome all of our new Western students while we Paint B'ham Blue! As part of Welcome Week, we will be offering FREE Paint Kits to students who register in…

Wilson Library/Haggard Hall

Drop by the library during orientation and explore our spaces! You can take a self-guided tour with the…

Tutoring Center

Drop by the Tutoring Center (TC) during Western Welcome Week to learn more about our services and explore our space! TC staff will be on hand to assist students with signing up for…

Meet in front of the Rec Center

Students who want to learn to ride or who have not riden in years, especially those looking to ride on Saturday's town ride, can learn basic bike skills. This will make Saturday's event more…

Live Stream

Western kicks off the academic year with the official welcoming ceremony, New Student Convocation. This formal ceremony introduces new students to academic life at Western and is the first…

Communications Lawn (rain locations: Arntzen Hall 100 & Academic West 204)

Grab a blanket, snack on some popcorn, relax and make some new friends before classes start. Summer of Soul shares amazing, never-before-seen footage and music from the 1969 Harlem Cultural…

Boulevard Park

Learn calming and destressing techniques from our on-campus pros in the counseling center and connect with other off-campus students! September 23rd from 3:30pm – 5pm at…

Meet in front of the Rec Center

Students who want to learn to ride or who have not riden in years, especially those looking to ride on Saturday's town ride, can learn basic bike skills. This will make Saturday's event more…

Viking Union & Old Main Lawn

Bring a friend and meet new ones at AS Late Night! With outdoor, indoor, and online activities, we've got something for everyone. Come check out the... mechanical bull ride,…

Viking Union Multipurpose Room (VUMPR)

Check out helpful information tables hosted by community partners, Transportation Services, and the Outdoor Center (OC). Bike checks with a mobile bike stand and…

Free admission for WWU Students during WWW! Join us at Harrington Field to watch the WWU Women's Soccer team.

Viking Union Multipurpose Room (VUMPR)

Length can be variable based on number of riders and desire to ride. Town ride will be more beginner and will have a focus of exploring Bellingham by bike. Route will go down into Fairhaven…

Save-the-Dates for these Upcoming Campus Events!

Check out WIN (Western Involvement Network) for info on clubs, campus events, news, and more during your time at Western!

Western Involvement Network

Join LGBTQ+ Western and friends to learn about tools and resources that can support your academic success, personal well-being, and community wellness.
Carver Gym

Join us at Carver Gymnasium to watch the WWU Volleyball team!

Harrington Field

Join us at Harrington Field to watch the WWU Women's Soccer team!

Bus stop by Haggard Hall or Bellingham Transit Center

Explore Bellingham’s best study spots with us on this downtown tour on October 1st.

Carver Gym

Join us at Carver Gymnasium to watch the WWU Volleyball team!

Harrington Field

Join us at Harrington Field to watch the WWU Women's Soccer team!

Western Washington University Community Space: 903 N. State St., Bellingham, WA

Get to know downtown Bellingham and sample food from eight of Bellingham’s delicious restaurants on this fun food tour happening on both October 6th and 7th from 3-5pm.

Western Washington University Community Space: 903 N. State St., Bellingham, WA

Get to know downtown Bellingham and sample food from eight of Bellingham’s delicious restaurants on this fun food tour happening on both October 6th and 7th from 3-5pm.

Friday, October 15 - Sunday October 17

Save-the-Date for Western's annual Fall Family Weekend held October 15-17, 2021! Fall Family Weekend is a time when campus and community come together to provide students and their families with fun and meaningful ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and its surrounding communities. We will offer virtual and in-person activities (subject to COVID protocols) to provide a variety of opportunities to explore on-and off-campus. For more information and to watch for schedule dates in late September.