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, April 17th. A detailed schedule of events will be available for all guests at registration Friday morning. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015
4:00–6:00 p.m.Check-in and Registration for Overnight Visitors
Ford Hall Patio & Ford Theatre, 1st Floor
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
Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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.

7:30–9:00 p.m.Will Evans Concert
Jackson Plaza

Join us on Jackson Plaza* for an eclectic evening concert with Will Evans.

8:30–10:00 p.m.Bonfire with S'Mores and Hot Chocolate
Overnight student guests won’t want to miss this chance to meet one another and have some fun. 
Friday, April 17, 2015
7:45–8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
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
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall

Michael Beseda, Vice President for Enrollment and University Communications

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

1. Tours (Tours last about one hour and will depart from Cone Chapel.)
 Attend a class (students only)
3. Attend one of the following break-out sessions:

  • The First Year Experience (Montag Den)
  • Faculty Panel (Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room)
  • Varsity Athletics (Sparks Athletic Center, Prothero Classroom)
10:20–11:20 a.m.Break-out Sessions

1. Tours (Tours last about one hour and will depart from Cone Chapel.)
2. Attend a class (students only)

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

  • The First Year Experience (Montag Den)
  • Student Clubs and Activities (Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room)
  • Dual-Degree & Pre-Professional Programs (Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge)
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 and will depart from Cone Chapel.  

1:00–1:40 p.m.Break-out Sessions

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

  • Student Panel (Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room)
  • Parent Panel (Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge)
1:45–2:30 p.m. Campus-Wide Reception
Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern

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
Tours last about one hour and will depart from Cone Chapel
2:45 p.m.Student Bus Departs Campus to Portland International Airport
Hatfield Fountain
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, 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 (