Bearcat Day for Admitted Students

Schedule of Events

With the exception of class visits, parents and family members are welcome to join in on all activities scheduled for Friday, March 13th. A detailed schedule of events will be available for all guests at registration Friday morning. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
4:00–6:00 p.m.Check-in and Registration for Overnight Visitors
Bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel if you have them. A limited number of linen packets will be available for those unable to bring their own bedding.
5:00–7:00 p.m.Wine and Cheese Reception for Parents

Once overnight students have checked in and connected with their hosts, parents are invited to join Willamette staff members at the Hallie Ford Museum to sample a range of wines from the Willamette Valley.

7:30–10:00 p.m.Late Night Activities

Overnight student guests won’t want to miss this chance to meet one another and have some fun. A number of Willamette’s student clubs plan to roll out the red carpet to make you feel welcome.

Friday, March 13, 2015
7:45–8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration
Students who registered the prior evening need not register again. Neither food nor drink are allowed in our concert hall for the welcome address, so ask a staff member or student where you can get your caffeine fix before our program begins.
8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Michael Beseda, Vice President for Enrollment and University Communications
Stephen E. Thorsett, President

9:10–10:10 a.m.Class Visits / Tours / Break-out Sessions

1. Tours
 Attend a class (students only)
3. Attend one of the following break-out sessions:

  • The First Year Experience 
  • Faculty Panel
  • Varsity Athletics
10:20–11:20 a.m.Break-out Sessions

1. Tours
2. Attend a class (students only)

3. Attend one of the following break-out sessions:

  • The First Year Experience 
  • Student Clubs and Activities
  • Dual-Degree & Pre-Professional Programs
11:00–2:00 p.m. Lunch / Class Visits / Tours

Lunch: Goudy Commons, Kaneko Cafe, and the Bearcat Cavern are all open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Complimentary meals are provided for our student guests. Parents and families are welcome to purchase lunch from any of the aforementioned venues.

Class VisitsClass visits will be available from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as well as
12:40 - 1:40 p.m.  

Tours: Campus Tours will be available at 11:30 a.m. as well as 12:40 p.m. Tours last about one hour.  

1:00–1:40 p.m.Break-out Sessions

The final break-out sessions of the day are parent and student specific:

  • Student Panel
  • Parent Panel
1:45–2:30 p.m. Campus-Wide Reception

Faculty from across disciplines, varsity coaches, and student life staff will be on hand to answer any final questions before you depart from campus. For those ready to make it official, opportunities will be available to place your enrollment deposit and join in our tradition of ringing the enrollment bell. 

2:30–3:30 p.m.Last Minute Tours
2:45 p.m.Student Bus Departs Campus to Portland International Airport
Tours last about one hour.
3:00–4:00 p.m.Class Visits Available
If you were unable to attend a class earlier in the day, we'll have limited spaces available during the final hour of classes on Friday afternoon.

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All Day Events

The Financial Aid office will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the staff encourages you to stop by with questions about need-based financial aid. Located on the 3rd Floor of the University Center, they will serve families on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residential Services (residence hall selection, ID cards and parking) welcomes visitors.

Bishop Wellness Center (student health services and counseling) welcomes visitors to learn more about our services.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art hosts an impressive collection available to our visitors throughout the day. 

Beginning and end times are fixed although slight modifications may be made to the event schedule. 

Transportation: Overnight students arriving on Thursday who are traveling alone are welcome to board the Bearcat Bus for transportation between the Airport and Campus. The bus will depart PDX on Thursday March 12, April 9, and April 16 promptly at 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm. On Friday the bus will depart Willamette University after the Community Wide Reception at 2:45pm. If you would like to take advantage of this transportation opportunity please email Cady Cummings (